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BC’s Weekly Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
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Expect all the colours of the beer rainbow at the upcoming Weathered Beer Celebration (Photo by Jonathan Evans)

Sending Love Down Under on Australia Day

Most of Canada might be frozen over right now, even BC has been feeling the chill, but down in Australia, it’s a very different story. Some regions are experiencing serious drought conditions and bushfires.

Australia Day is coming up this weekend, so if you want to help out, there are fundraisers taking place this weekend at Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish, Slackwater Brewing in Penticton, and Moose’s Down Under in Vancouver.

Australian Navy Makes Emergency Beer Delivery

We might think we love beer up here in Canada, but compared to Australia, we are amateurs. CTV reports that the small Victoria coastal town of Mallacootawas was isolated from the rest of the country when a bushfire ripped through it on New Year’s Eve. When Melbourne-based Carlton & United Breweries heard that the local pub was running out of beer, it arranged for a special delivery of 3,000 litres of beer to be sent over by the navy. That’s some serious beer love!

The Best Beers at Weathered

With Weathered Beer Celebration coming up next weekend (limited tickets still available), I put together a list over on my  Bring Your Porter to the Slaughter blog of the best lambics, barley wines, imperials stouts, and more to try at the event. Make sure you leave some for me though!

Field House Grows its Own Barley

The Surrey-Now Leader has published a piece on Field House brewing in Abbotsford partnering with Vitala Foods to grow barley. They are one of the first Lower Mainland breweries to attempt to grow this key beer ingredient, and the article says they would like to work together with other local breweries in the future to create a shared malting facility in the region, as the closest one is currently in Armstrong.

Is Penticton Canada’s Beer Capitol?

The website Lonely Planet just published an article on how Penticton is Canada’s craft beer capitol. The article mentions Cannery, Slackwater, Neighborhood, and Bad Tattoo. I haven’t been there, so am not qualified to form an opinion, but am interested to hear what others have to say. Strangely they don’t mention Highway 97 or Tin Whistle at all.

The Search for Perfect Head

Don’t you hate when the head on your beer is too small? Well, there’s an app for that! A start-up tech company called Pubinno has created an AI-platform that controls the flow of beer from the keg to the tap, setting the amount of foam. Apparently they estimate their evaluation to be $30 million. I didn’t know people cared that much about beer head!

– Ed Kaye, Editor
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with Edward Kaye

If you are willing to get out there and brave the elements, there’s a ton of great stuff coming up this week, especially in Vancouver.

Tonight, The Red Accordion in Vancouver is hosting a Jester King tap takeover, where they will be pouring 6 sought after beers from this acclaimed Austin, Texas brewery, and will be giving away some swag. 

In Victoria tonight, Joe Wiebe is hosting a seminar at Vessel Liquor, where he will be guiding people through eight of his favourite beers 2019, while sharing his insights on them, and talking about what to expect in 2020 for BC craft beer.

This Saturday, Moody Ales is hosting their Heart of Darkness stout festival. During this event, they will be filling their taps with nothing but stouts, including some very special small batches of experimental stouts they’ve been working on.

On Sunday, West Craft will be holding their third Sunday Service pop-up event at Prototype Coffee in Vancouver, where they will be pouring a selection of beers from Garden Path Fermentation, Dwinell Country Ales, Chuckanut Brewery, Nicklebrook, and Three Magnets Brewing. Beer sale proceeds go to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Next Thursday, The Red Accordion in Vancouver is hosting a Collective Arts Origin of Darkness beer dinner takeover, where they will be pairing four courses with the four unique collaboration imperial stouts from this year’s series.

Next weekend, Weathered Beer Celebration returns to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall for its sophomore year on the 25th and 26th. Weathered is a curated beer and art event, celebrating imperial stouts, barley wines, extreme hops, wild ales, and lambic. Tickets for session 1 on Saturday are now sold out, but there’s still tickets left for session 2 on Saturday and the Sunday session; however, they are moving quickly, so don’t sleep on it!
Jan 23 all-day The Red Accordion
Join us on January 23rd as we host Collective Arts at The Red Accordion for a beer dinner of epic proportions!! Chef Mandy has curated a 4 course beer dinner…
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm Heritage Hall
THE BEER LIST is live at Weathered Beer Celebration returns January 25 & 26, 2020 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver BC. New this year is a third session on…
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Prototype Coffee
Join West Craft with their Sunday Service at Prototype Coffee on all Sundays of January 2020 from 12pm until 7pm. Beer sale proceeds go to support the Greater Vancouver Food…
Feb 29 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Croatian Cultural Centre
Stay tuned for more information.
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Great Okanagan Beer Festival, presented by The Train Station Pub, is a 5-day celebration, offering festival and craft beer lovers a mix of amazing programming at local bars and…
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm Concord Community Park
Vancouver’s biggest craft beer festival is back on the shores of False Creek June 5, 6 & 7. Featuring Music, Food, Beer, Art and more!NEW FOR 2020: LOCATION! Concord Community…
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 3:00 pm Nootka Sound Resort
Join us for our 3rd Annual luxury vacation experience on the stunning west coast of Vancouver island in the historical Nootka Sound. A dream getaway for foodies, craft beer lovers…
Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm Camp Cove, aka 10 Mile Bay.
We’re back for year 2! The same awesome private campground on beautiful Harrison Lake for the new and improved Craft Cove 2020 – a home-brew and camping weekend at the…

RSS Current Stories – Beer Me British Columbia

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    Originally scheduled to make its home in Kelowna BC, Detonate Brewing in the end located in Summerland (between Kelowna and Penticton) and became Summerland’s first craft brewery opening in February
    Lundy Dale
  • Red Arrow Brewing Co – Lion’s Mane Golden Ale
    Red Arrow Brewing has teamed up with Purica, an “iconic health and wellness company” from the Cowichan Valley, to brew a golden ale with Lion’s Mane mushrooms added to the
    Ted Child

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