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BC Beer History: 2010s Events Break Through To The Crowd

By What's Brewing
  • August 26, 2020
Events make up an important pillar of the craft beer movement. As part of our Summer 2020 Special Issue, we present a few words from people like Leah Heneghan, Rick Green, Amanda Barry-Butchart and Lundy Dale who helped establish some of BC's most important event traditions between 2010-2011.
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Legends of DIX Pt II: When Hops Popped Up In Vancouver

By Warren Boyer
  • August 10, 2020
In 2005, Tony Dewald (now of Trading Post Brewing) was the brewer at DIX BBQ & Brewery, and Warren Boyer was President of the fledgling beer enthusiasts' group, CAMRA Vancouver. Tony decided to have a homebrew contest specifically for IPA. Warren entered two beers into the contest. Here's what made the memorable winning beer so representative of the Pacific Northwest.
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The Class Of ’94: A Brave New Wave in BC Brewing

By What's Brewing
  • July 9, 2020
** This past week, Donald Trump had his Mount Rushmore moment; now we're having ours. ** In this installment of our Class of '94 series, we introduce you to more legendary brewers from BC’s 1990s scene. As a quartet, the four pictured above make up a mini Rushmore that Trump would never appreciate.
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Iain Hill: From Shaftebury To Yaletown

By Iain Hill
  • July 1, 2020
As part of our 30th Anniversary, What's Brewing spotlights some of BC's beer pioneers. In The Class Of '94 series, we introduce you to some key BC brewmasters who started up a celebrated brewery in the year 1994. Iain Hill shares a hilarious memory from working at East Van's very first craft brewery. Right after that, he helped open Vancouver's first brewpub and began pushing the boundaries of BC brewing.
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What Was Brewin’ in the ’80s

By Gerry Hieter
  • June 18, 2020
As part of What’s Brewing magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to feature some of BC’s beer advocacy pioneers. Today, we present a retrospective by Gerry Hieter, the long-time former Chairperson of Great Canadian Beer Festival. Find out how BC's craft beer scene developed from Sir Gerry!
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Big Bad John: The Story of John Rowling and CAMRA Victoria

By What's Brewing
  • June 9, 2020
As part of What’s Brewing magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to pay tribute to some of BC’s beer advocacy pioneers. In case you haven't met today's special honouree: he is one of the most respected names amongst long-time members of the BC beer community. He helped found much of what constitutes craft beer culture in BC today, and he's a true gentleman. In words and pictures, let us introduce you to John Rowling.
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Thanks, Labatt: When Canadian Big Beer Shot Itself in the Foot

By Dave Smith
  • May 21, 2020
Big Beer in Canada had it good when I was a kid, and I didn't know any better than to drink their stuff. But thanks to a recent conversation with a Vancouver brewery chief, I can now pinpoint the moment that a giant brewer set me on the path to craft beer evangelism...by selling me the first beer I really enjoyed.
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BC College to Debut Brewing Education Program This Fall

By Adam Chatburn
  • May 11, 2020
For the past three years, I’ve been fortunate to be a Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials instructor at Simon Fraser University. Last year, I was approached by North Island College in Comox to help build a new Craft Brewing and Malting program from scratch. The online courses start this September, three evenings per week (with the hands-on course moved to 2021). This means that anyone could take this year’s courses, not just local Islanders.
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The Next 10 Years In Homebrewing

By Warren Boyer
  • April 28, 2020
Homebrewing changed a lot between 2010 and 2020. I'm excited to see what the next decade brings and how it affects homebrewing. If it’s anything like the past decade, it will be transformative.
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Cultivating BC’s Taste for Craft Cider

By Dave Smith
  • April 21, 2020
When it comes to the cider scene in BC, those who operate fruit orchards tend to stick together. Based primarily in the province’s pastoral belts, these small operators make cider, at least in part, from their own fruit. Founded in 2016, the BC Farm Crafted Cider Association acts as a voice for these land-based cider producers.
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