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Good Deeds in the BC Beer Community

Ricky Chooses Esther the Wonder Pig

Following on from last week’s story on Parallel 49 offering to donate partial proceeds of Ruby Tears sales to a charity of Ricky Gervais’ choice, the British celebrity finally nominated Esther the Wonder Pig as the recipient.

Esther is a social media sensation with 1.5 million followers on Facebook and 600K on Instagram. In 2014, her adoptive dads founded Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary,where they rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals. Seems like a worthy cause!

Four Winds Raises Funds

Four Winds Brewing announced this week that they raised a grand total of $20,623.36 from their February Cheers for Children charity concert benefiting the Reach Child and Youth Development Society—just beating their record from last year. Well done to everyone involved!

Craft Beer Crawl App

The Rotary Club of Nanaimo North has launched an interesting fundraising project called Craft Beer Crawl. For a $25 donation to a charity of your choosing, you get access to the Craft Beer Crawl pass (app or gift card), which provides you with over $200 worth of offers when you visit one of the 23 participating breweries on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and the Sea to Sky corridor.

Offers include discounts on food and merchandise, free glassware, free growlers, and more. See the full details here.

RateBeer’s Best of the Year

The popular beer website RateBeer recently unveiled their Best of the Year awards for 2019. Of particular note is that Driftwood Brewery‘s Naughty Hildegard took the top spot in the bitter – premium / strong / ESB category. On the provincial level, Central City‘s Red Racer IPA was voted best beer, Four Winds Brewing was voted best brewery, and House of Funk was voted best new brewery.

The Alibi Room in Vancouver was ranked as the second best beer bar in Canada and best in the province, while The Drake in Victoria was ranked as the best restaurant for beer in the province.

Brassneck was voted as best taproom in BC, Spinnakers as best brewpub, and Legacy Liquor as best bottle shop. Full story → 

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