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Faculty at the KPU Brew Lab peruse the latest issue of What's Brewing magazine, starring themselves. Full story → 

Magazine Release Week inspires look at Best Of 2019

This week, What’s Brewing released its Winter 2019 issue, featuring a number of cold-weather topics like a spotlight on BC Porters and our Holiday Gift Guide, including a look at beer books with Ted Child (preview below).

Also, we feature the interesting journey of the Brewing & Brewery Operations program at Langley’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which was named BC’s Brewery of the Year at October’s BC Beer Awards. That’s a great segue into a topic of interest for today’s newsletter.

BC Craft Beer Survey: People’s Choice Preview

In your latest copy of What’s Brewing, you’ll find a preview of some key results from sister website Beer Me BC‘s 7th annual BC Craft Beer Survey. During December, we will be publishing results from the survey as part of its 2019 Year In Review series.

We won’t scoop the full official announcements, but for sake of interest, here’s a quick comparison of some key results for the year 2019. For this, let’s contrast this year’s BC Beer Awards, which is a formal adjuticated competition by experts, versus The Growler‘sGrowlies‘, which is a pre-curated public survey, and Beer Me BC’s survey, which is a wide-open write-in vote. All are great in their own way. How do the results compare? Turns out that the surveys were in perfect lockstep.

BC Beer AwardsGrowliesBeer Me BC
BeerFuggles & Warlock Pixel PilsFat TugFat Tug
BreweryKPU BrewingField HouseField House
New BreweryÎle SauvageHouse of FunkHouse of Funk
Packaging DesignDageraad, VIBDriftwoodDriftwood
Beer FestivalVCBWVCBW

New this year but not shown: we added a survey question about cider. Topping the votes were Island-based Sea Cider and Merridale. This would be one area that would be good to see served by the other beer awards.

As you can see, it’s hard to avoid Driftwood Brewing’s Fat Tug IPA in a public vote for Favourite Beer. However, in the Beer Me BC results, which get quite deep, we’ll be detailing a number of others in our Top Ten, which will include beers from the likes of Superflux, Twin Sails, and two each from Yellow Dog and Four Winds. Stay tuned to Beer Me BC as we roll out full results, not only of People’s Choice but of other data about BC’s craft consumer preferences.

Ale/Sessions’ BC’s Best New Breweries of 2019

As you see, the BC public (OK, there may have been a lot of Lower Mainlanders) has voted North Vancouver’s House of Funk the best newbie in 2019. But Ryan Tessier of the excellent beer blog Ale/Sessions has compiled his own list of the top rookies of the year. Check it out here →

Four Winds tasting room

Hops & Sods

Four Winds Expansion

Four Winds Brewing has remodelled and expanded their tasting room! Maybe not quite the level of expansion they were looking for this year, but to be celebrated nonetheless. Full story → 

CRAFT Beer Market to open in English Bay

Vancouver Is Awesome broke the news that the city’s largest craft beer bar is going to get a bouncing baby sibling in the West End, probably next year. CRAFT Beer Market is taking over the old Boathouse restaurant in English Bay. Full story →

Cider Fest latest to announce Early Bird sale

Looking for holiday gifts with savings to boot? Last week, we provided a comprehensive listing of Early Bird sales on 2020 beer events. As of this coming Wednesday Dec 11, add North Vancouver’s BC Cider Fest to that list. Announcement → 


with Edward Kaye

The lights are up, the annoying music is playing everywhere, everyone wants your money… yup, it’s definitely the holidays! Check out our events calendar for holiday events in your area, but if you are just looking for some good beers to escape the madness, see below. 🙂

On Tuesday night, Moon Under Water in Victoria is hosting a seminar on making beer. The event includes an hour-long talk on the beer-making process, a Q&A, a tour of the brewery, and a beer tasting.

On Wednesday, The Cascade Room in Vancouver is hosting a Slackwater Brewing tap takeover, where they will be pouring six beers from this up-and-coming Penticton brewery.

Next Thursday, Joe Wiebe is hosting a seminar on holiday beers at Vessel Liquor in Victoria. He will be guiding people through eight different examples of the (loose) style, while sharing his insights on them.

Next weekend, Wildeye Brewing in North Vancouver is holding their second Cask Fest Weekender. They will have four special casks on offer throughout the weekend, with each one conceived by a different Wildeye brewer, going head to head to see whose is best.

Next Saturday, The Drake in Victoria is hosting a tap takeover / launch event for Florida’s famous Cigar City Brewing. They will have six beers on tap and will be serving up a special Cubano sandwich from the kitchen.

That same day, Land and Sea Brewing up in Comox is celebrating their 1st anniversary with a birthday bash at the brewery. They have brewed a special beer for the occasion, and will have live music, drink specials, prize giveaways, and birthday cake.

Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Moon Under Water Brewpub
Beer tasting with a 60 minute talk plus Q & A. Dig deeper into the processes & technology that create the magical liquid of beer!Brewing Beer. How do you make…
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Cascade Room
Join us as Penticton’s very own Slackwater Brewing take over our taps!What treats are they bringing this time?Sawmill Sour, Peach IPA, Solitude French Amber Saison, Mandarina Dry Hopped Lager, What…
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Vessel Liquor
Explore the world of BEER with the Thirsty Writer, Joe Wiebe. Once each month, Joe shares insights into a different style of beer with us. Taste through 8 beers in…
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – Dec 15 @ 12:00 am The Drake Eatery
A Cigar City Brewing Co. showcase.We will be serving…– Jai Alai IPA– Guayabera Citrus Pale Ale– Invasion Tropical Pale Ale– Margarita Gose– Tampa Style Lager– Cubano Espresso Brown AleAND be…
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 10:00 pm Wildeye Brewing
Hot off the heels of Cask Fest, comes our second edition scheduled for mid December. Once again featuring four delicious, limited edition beers, served on cask, for one weekend only.…
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Land And Sea Brewing Company
Land & Sea Brewing Co is 1 year old! Here’s what’s happening:Special Birthday Beer $1 off all dayHappy Hour 6-7pm – $5 pints Busted Notes Blues Trio 7-9pm @bustednotesband Prize…
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 19 @ 12:00 am The White Whale
We are excited to bring back the Beer Pairing Dinner series in a big way! The White Whale presents our first beer dinner of 2020. Chef Jeff has been meeting…
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…

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