Great Canadian Beer Festival

AFTER TEN YEARS: STILL HERE FOR THE BEER
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AFTER TEN YEARS: STILL HERE FOR THE BEER

Our two-part Fall 2020 cover story, featuring Just Here For The Beer Radio, is a tale of bold adventure. But it’s not just about a business. It’s about pursuing a dream, even in the face of tragic loss.

Here’s how Rick Mohabir met Colin Jack, and how the duo joined forces with veteran broadcaster Joe Leary to create Canada’s original and longest-running all-beer talk show.

Big Bad John: The Story of John Rowling and CAMRA Victoria
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Big Bad John: The Story of John Rowling and CAMRA Victoria

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.

Thanks, Labatt: When Canadian Big Beer Shot Itself in the Foot
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Thanks, Labatt: When Canadian Big Beer Shot Itself in the Foot

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.

THE DEATH OF CAMRA VANCOUVER?… and my part in its downfall
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THE DEATH OF CAMRA VANCOUVER?… and my part in its downfall

The craft beer enthusiasts group CAMRA Vancouver came into being in 2003. It was one of the most motivated and dynamic groups of people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. So how has a branch with close to 1,500 paid members at one point now become largely defunct?

That's All There Was!

That's All There Was!