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Are Core Brands A Thing Of The Past?

By Adam Chatburn
  • July 24, 2019
This past February, beer journalist Stephen Beaumont launched #FlagshipFebruary, a social media campaign encouraging beer drinkers to consider drinking brewery core brands over ‘seasonal’ offerings.
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On The North Island Trail

By Warren Boyer
  • July 18, 2019
Three years ago, I traveled up the Sunshine Coast to Powell River across to Courtenay in the Comox Valley, and then south to Victoria, stopping at every brewery along my route. Since then, several new breweries have opened in the mid- and North Island, so it was time for a re-visit.
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Verrüktes Donnerbräu Festival 2019

By Warren Boyer
  • June 1, 2019
March 16th, 2019 marked the first annual Verrücktes Donnerbräu Festival brew day for a group of Lower Mainland homebrewers. The fest, whose German title loosely translates as “crazy thunder brew”, was a two-part experiment that began as a wacky 3 a.m. idea in the twisted brain of Tim Vandegrift.
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SUSTAINING THE MOMENTUM… IN HOMEBREWING

By Warren Boyer
  • May 16, 2019
I found myself contemplating this issue’s theme one snowy February day in Moody Ales’ taproom. I got to thinking: I’ve been a home brewer for twenty years. Many people try it and give up far sooner. How have I done it this long, and how I can sustain my momentum for the next twenty years?
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THE RETURN OF THE LAGER

By Adam Chatburn
  • February 13, 2019

Noxious ramblings from a semi-professional malcontent Lager is back! It’s the new craft beer! C’mon, it’s craft now! Bah, humbug. Let me tell you laddie, some of us fought a…

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U-Brews: forgotten members of the BC craft beer community

By Adam Chatburn
  • January 16, 2019
As the craft beer revolution has exploded over the last 5 years, it has had a mixed effect on U-Brews. The surrounding creativity has inspired them to raise their game and learn new styles, but they have lost overall market share. But some key members of the BC brewing community got their start in U-Brews and fondly recall their time there.
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A Look At Russian Imperial Stout

By Warren Boyer
  • December 19, 2018
Imperial stout, also knowns as Russian Imperial Stout or RIS, is a strong dark beer originally brewed in the eighteenth century in London for export to the Russian court of Catherine the Great (Empress Catherine II).
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End of an Era for Great Canadian Craft Beer Legends

By Dave Smith
  • November 5, 2018
This past Monday, the Great Canadian Beer Festival Society announced the passing of the torch from the current Directors (including co-founders) of GCBF to the Victoria Beer Week Society. It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that this day has finally come. But it had to come, given that GCBF began a quarter century ago.
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What’s NOT Brewing: Putting a Name To Craft Cider

By Jeff Nairn
  • November 5, 2018
A quick visit to your favourite liquor store reveals the confusion around cider: is it proper craft cider or not? It’s unfortunate that cider drinkers have to rifle through the alco-pop selection to get to their favourite craft cider. Even more unfortunate is that cider is still categorized among these Ready To Drink (RTD) beverages by the taxation overlords of our alcohol distribution and sales monopoly in the province.
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