Monday, November 30, 2015

link love

doan's craft brewing
good beer, and really nice guys!

pretty things calls it quits
for a beginning there must be an end

in case you celebrated american thanksgiving, here's what you should have served instead of turkey

road-trip!  six breweries to visit

15 best holiday brews
hopworks abominable snowman is one of my faves!

westender best in the city 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

grey cup

woohoo!
i'm off to winterpeg for grey cup!

i'm very interested in seeing what passes for "craft beer" at the sports bar in my hotel
and at the "craft beer concert series" the city is running each night

seeing as there are only two craft breweries in the whole province, i'm expecting some imports
(fort garry and half pints)
please, please, please, please let them be actual craft and not crafty!

still, if they manage to serve actual craft beer in a province that only has two craft breweries, they will put vancouver to shame
we have a zillion craft breweries (113 according to the craft brewers guild) and yet couldn't manage to offer any of them at grey cup events last year
so, my fingers are crossed
inside several pairs of mittens, but crossed!


update:
just looking at the beer list for the 150 taps at barley brothers stadium location
not the greatest list, but it has more options than i have hours to drink there, so i'll be fine
although i wonder about that red racer that comes from america...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

beer column

my notes from yesterday's beer column on cbc radio's on the coast with stephen quinn:


Coralee Oakes, the BC Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction announced last week that as of November 30th government liquor stores will be able to carry up to twelve local craft beers that are non-listed.  Being non-listed means that the products are not otherwise available at the government stores.

The new program is timed to coincide with BC Buy Local Week.  Buy Local Week is "an annual celebration of local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our economy and our communities".  Craft breweries definitely fit that bill - they're contributing more and more to local economies and are changing the face of neighbourhoods, so you can't fault the Ministry on their timing!

There are currently 102 breweries in the province which qualify as microbreweries by the Province and can take advantage of the initiative.  To be considered a microbrewery by the Province you must brew 15,000 hectolitres or less a year.  By the BC Craft Brewers Guild's count there are currently 113 craft breweries in the Province, meaning that only 11 are larger than the Province's microbrewery definition - for example, Central City Brewing in Surrey, who brew over 25,000 hecs a year.

Just for fun, I looked up how much Labatts brews annually -  10 million hectolitres, over 650 times the microbrewery amount.  So even though some of our craft breweries have outgrown the microbrewery size, they're nowhere near the huge breweries.

As with all the government announcements, we'll have to wait and see how the plan is implemented before we'll know for sure that craft beer drinkers will actually benefit, but it does sound like small breweries who find it hard to get sku numbers for their beers will have the opportunity to have their local government liquor store carry their beers.  Competition for shelf space is fierce, so any policy that offers brewers a chance to get their product out to consumers is a welcome one. I have heard horror stories like only 5% of the 3,000 applications that are received each year by the LDB actually get a listing.  I don't have actual stats, but if that is even close to true, it illustrates how much of an impact an initiative like this could have for craft breweries.  

As for consumers, they will have the ease of picking up beer from several local breweries in one stop rather than having to visit each brewery when they're looking to purchase bottles. Tasters and growler fills will still require a trip to the brewery, which is the epitome of buying local, but for consumers outside the Lower Mainland and Victoria where breweries are fewer and further between, having local craft beers on government liquor store shelves should mean craft beer lovers have more options close to home.

So I guess I'm saying that I'm cautiously optimistic about it!

The BC Craft Brewers Guild, though, is very pleased with the announcement:

  • This is excellent news and two huge wins for our membership.The Guild has worked on this initiative since we first presented to the Liquor Policy review in order to raise the visibility of BC Craft beer in the BCGL stores and recognizing the local role craft beer plays in over 50 communities in BC. 
  • We are pleased on 2 fronts: First, a barrier to entry for our smaller members has been removed and second – the BC LDB Retail Stores (BCLDB) will be showcasing at least 6 of their local craft breweries within their stores
  • As of November 30th, craft breweries at or below 15,000HL in annual production will be eligible to participate at their local BCLDB without getting a full time listing at a GLS.
  • Getting listings at the BCLDB is a major concern for all our Guild members, and as of November 30, our members under 15,000HL will be eligible to present two non-listed products to their 6 closest BCGLS outlets and the store manager will choose which products to list at their local store. 
  • These products will be direct delivered to the store by our breweries. 
  • Like all products in the government retail system, these products must be achieving sufficient sales results after 90 days to continue in the store.To help achieve success, the BCLDB retail stores will create shelf space - and feature - the closest 6 craft breweries to the store. For many of our members, this will be their long-awaited first BCLDB listings in the six closest stores.
  • As the unprecedented growth in the BC craft brewing industry continues the BCGLS stores cannot keep up with the demand their customers have to support local breweries. This is due to their current retail store space layouts, product selections and distribution requirements therefore this program removes the barrier for the local breweries selected.
  • This is a great step in the right direction – it helps ensure additional support for all our members. We will continue to work for greater space and exposure for all our members (0- 200,000HL) regardless of size and hope in the near future consumers at local government stores will be directed to the BC Craft Beer Section with dedicated signage in the same manner BC wine is supported in the government store system.


Because the weather outside is frightful (for a summer lover like myself), I brought in a winter seasonal for us to taste.  I tried this one at the Burnaby Beer Fest the other week and fell under its hoppy, malty spell!  Beers like this almost make the cold weather worthwhile... Almost!

The Sleigh Booster by Bridge Brewing is an Imperial Red Ale that weighs in at 71 ibus - international bittering units - and 9% alcohol.  Because it comes in 650ml bottles, I suggest sharing with a fellow beer lover.  Fireplace optional.

It pours a really lovely red colour - so seasonal!

As I say all the time, I'm not a fan of vanilla winter ales, so I'm always on the lookout for a winter beer that emphasizes other flavours.  A well-balanced hoppy beer like this one is a real pleaser for me.


I want to encourage people to visit StrangeFellows Brewing on Clark Drive Wednesday night. They're hosting a Mo-vember Craft Beeard contest.  There will be chili, music and a special cask of Nocturnum, as well as the moustache and beard contests at 8:00 p.m.  I'll be judging the facial hair, alongside some experts in the field.  It is going to be a fun night, and it's for charity!


Beer picks:

Devilfish IPA from Old Yale Brewing - this limited release SMaSH beer (single malt, single hop) is available in 650ml bombers at government and private liquor stores.  The malt is Special Amber and the hop is Ella from Australia.

Townsite Perfect Storm Oatmeal Stout - this seasonal beer is 5.5% and available in 650 ml bottles at private liquor stores.


Brassneck Brewing Inertia Imperial Stout - 9% of dark and handsome with coffee and chocolate notes - available on tap at the tasting room and the Alibi Room


Further reading:



Monday, November 23, 2015

link love

if you didn't win the 6L bottle of la fin du monde that i gave away the other week, you still have a chance to win a 6L bottle of unibroue 17 grand reserve from bc beer blog!

constellation brands buys ballast point for a whole lotta money
like, the most spent on a craft brewery yet
(and more coverage:  draftmag, reuters, streetinsider)

in perhaps the best beer story of the year, dedicated drinkers go for a pint
even though the beer garden is flooded.

Friday, November 20, 2015

juniper


Juniper Rediscovers The Spirit Of the Pacific Northwest
Regional, Cascadian restaurant shows home is where its heart is

Vancouver, BC (November 18, 2015) — A fresh and vibrant distillation of the Pacific Northwest, Juniper proudly opens its doors December 3, 2015 in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood at 185 Keefer Street (corner Main Street).

The 104-seat, spirit-forward restaurant and lounge, designed by Simcic & Uhrich Architects, is committed to showcasing the best of Cascadia. From rocky shores to fragrant rainforests to arid deserts, Juniper has sought out the homegrown and handmade, forging relationships with producers and suppliers who share a reverence for craftsman-like quality and time-honoured traditions.
In her first Executive post, Chef Sarah Stewart (FRANK Restaurant at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Northern Ontario’s iconic canoe-tripping Camp Wanapitei and Vancouver’s Edible Canada) has created a menu that incorporates not only her love of the great outdoors, but her small-town, farming community roots and respect for Canada’s shared culinary heritage.

Sarah’s menu is complemented by internationally acclaimed bartender Shaun Layton’s (L’Abattoir) influence behind the wood, with a broad selection of artisanal and small-batch spirits as well as a rotating selection of curated ciders and craft beers. In a winking acknowledgement of the Juniper name, Shaun has introduced a gin-forward concept: A constantly evolving list of Gin & Tonics where different gins are poured with specific tonics based on the marriage of their aromatics.

Keeping the room on point is Operations Manager Sarah McCauley (Bacchus at the Wedgewood, Cin Cin, Bluewater Café). A Vancouver hospitality veteran, Sarah is also the driving force behind the regional wine program, which focuses on new and little-known gems from up and down the Pacific Coast.
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JUNIPER
185 Keefer Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
604-681-1695
www.junipervancouver.com
4pm ‘til late / Happy Hour: 4pm to 5:30pm


SOCIAL MEDIA
I: @junipervancouver
T: @eatatjuniper

Thursday, November 19, 2015

the 12 taps of christmas

Library Square and Parallel 49 Brewing Company celebrate 12 Taps of Christmas
Celebrate craft beer, Advent-style starting December 1st

Beer Advent Calendars are craft beer’s contribution to seasonal traditions, and this year Library Square and Parallel 49 Brewing Company are teaming up to offer the “12 Taps of Christmas”, an opportunity to celebrate Advent-style, even if you weren’t one of the lucky beer fans who was able to snag a limited release calendars.

Parallel 49 Brewing Company has contributed 12 beers to this year’s collaboration “Craft Crossing” beer Advent calendar and every odd day in December, starting on the 1st, Library Square will be tapping a keg of the exact same Parallel 49 beer which is in the Advent Calendar on that day.

The keg will be tapped each morning at 11:30AM and will be poured all day for the feature price of $5/pint. And just like an Advent calendar, each day’s beer will be a surprise until the keg is tapped.

This year, get in the holiday spirit at Library Square with the 12 Taps of Christmas!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

new releases

New Belgium Brewing Declares a Mutiny on Gluten with Two Gluten-Reduced Ales

Year-round offerings, Glütiny Pale Ale and Glütiny Golden Ale,
offer uncompromised options for craft drinkers


Ft. Collins, Colo., November 16, 2015 New Belgium Brewing joins the mutiny against gluten by hoisting pints of its new Glütiny ales. The brewery’s latest year-round offerings, Glütiny Pale Ale and Glütiny Golden Ale, give discerning craft beer drinkers uncompromised choices in the gluten-reduced category. The two beers will be available in New Belgium markets mid-January, 2016.

Glütiny Golden Ale
New Belgium dosed Glütiny Golden Ale with Nugget, Goldings and Cascade hops, and then dry-hopped it again with Cascade. These bright, floral hops lend grapefruit and subtle herb notes to the wash of bready-sweet malts. An addition of oats adds a layer of smoothness to the mouthfeel. At 5.2 percent ABV and 20 IBUs, Glütiny Golden Ale is a sessionable, flavorful ale that starts sweet and ends crisp.

Glütiny Pale Ale
Glütiny Pale Ale has a hefty dose of exotic Equinox hops, which bring out guava, papaya and stone fruits lending to a sweet, slightly toasty malt flavor. Additional hops include chinook, cascade and crystal. The beer starts with a light sweetness that slides into a balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is juicy with a crisp finish. Glütiny Pale Ale comes in at 6 percent ABV and 30 IBUs.

For both beers, New Belgium’s brewers used an enzyme to break down the proteins that trigger a reaction from gluten-sensitive consumers. The beers are technically gluten-removed rather than gluten free, but fall well within the FDA’s guidelines of less than 20ppm. All New Belgium gluten-reduced beers will come in under 10ppm.

“When we started experimenting with the recipes, we wanted to create beers that our most adventurous craft beer drinkers would enjoy” said Bryan Simpson, spokesperson for New Belgium Brewing. “We didn’t want to compromise on flavor, mouthfeel or body. These beers deliver the full flavored experience craft drinkers expect foremost with the added benefit of being gluten-reduced.”

New Belgium’s Glütiny ales retail for a suggested price $9.99 a six pack.

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewBelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, one of World Blu’s Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at NewBelgium.com.


Benefit Brew Winners!!

November 16th, 2015 - The votes are in and we're thrilled to announce that the Dogwood Rescue Society (BC) and Edmonton Area Land Trust (AB) as this year's Benefit Brew Winners!.

We will be brewing up a delicious red lager for the Dogwood crew, and a special one-off Oatmeal Brown Ale for the Edmonton Area Land Trust.  Full proceeds from the sale of each will be donated to their causes (~$10,000 each!).  The brews are slated to hit the shelves in early February, but in the meantime here's a little snapshot of the incredible work these groups do:


Dogwood Rescue is group of passionate, talented, caring volunteers who want to help the thousands of dogs who are homeless because of abandonment or abuse.  They rehome sporting breeds such as Pointers, Vizslas, Weimaraners, as well as Dobermans, Hounds and senior dogs.  They are particularly partial to seniors.

http://www.dogwoodrescue.org


Edmonton Area Land Trust (EALT) works to benefit wildlife and people by protecting natural areas and preserving biodiversity. They steward these special places with volunteers and neighbors who are critical to their work, and educate the public to protect nature for future generations.

http://www.ealt.ca
 


STAY TUNED for in BC for the Dogwood Rescue Society Red Lager, and in Alberta for the Edmonton Area Land Trust Oatmeal Brown Ale.  Both brews should be hitting the shelves in early February.

We would also like to thank everyone who nominated, voted and participated in the project this year; especially the other finalists. They all do incredible work and for participating as a finalist each will receive a $500 donation. Please check them out below and consider lending your support.

BC:
Alberta:

For more information on the project, or to make sure you're notified about key project dates, head over to WWW.BENEFITBREW.COM.
 
  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

granville island brewing

granville island wants you to drink their winter ale.  And they're happy to give it to you, and invite you to parties too!

check out the winter warmer pack they sent me:  beer glasses, winter ale, brownies, a toque, socks and playing cards.  i may not hate winter quite as much now...



All this talk of winter has got us thinking about our favourite parts of the season. We love those crisp fall mornings, and the cozy dark nights, the raking of leaves and the first dump of snow, we love waxing up our skis and getting out on them any chance we get.  Apres activity makes the snacks and the beer taste even more amazing!  This chilly season we’re most looking forward to the get-togethers with friends.

Winter Warmer Care Package Details

Thanks for all the support and fan love, we love you too!  Tell us why you love all things winter with a pic, short video or story and you just may win.  We’ll select 40 submissions from across the country to send a Winter Warmer care package to.  You need to be legal drinking age in your province of residence to win. Entries must be received on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #LionsWinter by 11:59pm on November 20th to be included in selection process. (Approximate retail value $100.)

Winter Warm Ups

Plus, stay tuned because we’re hosting a few Winter Warm Up get-togethers across the country giving you the chance to connect with old friends and meet new ones. You must be legal drinking age in the host province and the spaces are limited by venue and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Each event will feature music, photo wall, food, a few tasty refreshments and each person who attends gets to take home a warming gift perfect for the season.  Parties to be hosted between November 23rd and December 12th. More details to come.

Winter Warm-Up Parties: 4 parties in BC, 2 in Alberta, 3 in Ontario, 1 in QC. Times and individual dates are TBC.  Check back soon for all locations.


Lions Winter Ale Video #1 (Over 26,000 views)

Lions Winter Ale Video #2 (Over 8,000 views & counting)

Lions Winter Ale Blog post: http://bit.ly/20H8VG3

Winter Warm Up Event Details: http://bit.ly/1NTEsPh 

Twitter/Instagram: @granvillebeer

#LionsWinter

Sunday, November 15, 2015

new releases

PIKE AULD ACQUAINTANCE 
Spiced, holiday ale  

Pike Auld Acquaintance is a dark and toasty amber ale with refined spices brewed to complement holiday foods. This festive and flavorful seasonal beer has subtle spices and 
aromatic orange notes to please your nose and palate. Pike Auld Acquaintance is lower in alcohol than most winter beers so you can enjoy one or two during those long, Northwest winter nights. Hoppy holidays from Pike Brewing.

2015's Pike Auld Acquaintance label honors the venerable beer writer, Michael Jackson. An Englishman, Michael started writing seriously about beer in 1976 and wrote until the time of his death in 2007. He was passionate about introducing people to beers they had yet to try, and many people credit him with rekindling interest in beer via his books, articles and TV show. Michael was also one of Pike Brewing Company's Founder and Owner, Charles', close friends. He christened The Pike Pub as "a shrine to beer!"
MALT VARIETIES: Gambrinus ESB, Maris Otter, Bairds, Skagit Valley Munich, Malted Wheat, Carapils, Flaked Rye
HOP VARIETIES: Nugget, Comet, Cascade
  • IBU: 28
  • ABV: 6.50%
  • OG: 1.068
Pike Auld Acquaintance is available now on draft and in 22 oz dinner bottles. Find Pike Brewing Company beer on tap or in bottles near you


WOOD AGED TANDEM
To be released later this month

Pike Tandem is a Belgian style double with fervent fans who've been clamoring for us to bring this Pike classic back. They long for its rich yet smooth body layered with flavors of freshly baked bread and just the right amount of sweet malt. We brew this classic style with local hops and coriander to keep it complex and inviting. This once-in-a-lifetime batch was then aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey barrels to fully round out the beer.

Pike Wood Aged Tandem will be available later this month on draft at The Pike Pub and select bars, pubs and restaurants that serve Pike Brewing beer.
   

MALT VARIETIES:
 Gambrinus ESB, Maris Otter, Bairds, Malted Wheat
HOP VARIETIES: Nugget, Mt. Hood

  • IBU: 30
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • OG: 1.067                      

Saturday, November 14, 2015

craft beer kickstarter

Hey Craft Beer lovers ... BC's next up and coming community craft brewery needs your help!!

Field House Brewing Co. is set to open in Abbotsford, BC - looking to join the ranks of the other amazing breweries in our local beer community. 
BC has some of the best craft beer in the world and we're hoping to bring some twists and turns to the table to help keep things fresh and exciting. 

We've launched a Kickstarter Campaign (Check it out HERE) to help open our doors, we are 6-7 weeks from opening and budgets are getting really tight, so we could use your help for a couple key things: 


1) Finish our Awesome Tap Room - We need some extra funds to create a rad little tasting room where we are proud to host you. It will be a place you want to stay for a while - featuring a nice warm fireplace, 10 beers on tap, a growler station and lots of seats to meet up with friends and drink some Field House liquid gold.

2) Make the Best Damn (Licensed) Picnic Area in BC - We've got 3000 sq.ft of outdoor space that we're hoping to convert to an awesome little grassy knoll where the beers will be flowing when the weather is nice. We need to landscape, build some fences, plant some trees and finish the parking lot so we can get some food trucks down there to keep your bellies full while sampling our craft beer line up. We've got big plans for this space including outdoor concerts and bocce ball tournaments in the sunshine... but we need your help to make our dreams of a magical beer-lawn happen.

If you could help show us some BC Craft Beer love... we'll find a way to repay the favour. So, How can you help?  2 easy ways...

1. Support our Kickstarter - whether it's $10 for a high five OR $100 to get a quality, ceramic craft growler, we have lots of great craft beer swag to reward you for your kind donations... heck, who can't use another awesome Growler or Beer T-shirt!?

2. Spread the word... we created a fun video that's worth checking out and hopefully sharing with a few friends... but we need your help to spread the word whether it's a quick post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram... or email to friends. 

So, fellow Craft Beer lovers... helps us get to or goal and we'll promise you a great beer experience that is worth making the trip to Abby for! 


 - Thanks from the Field House team: Josh, Parker, Ashley and Kendra

-  If you have any questions, feel free to email us or give Josh a call at 604-825-5026.


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Visit our Kickstarter and support craft beer in the Fraser Valley!

Friday, November 13, 2015

12 days of christmas

spinnakers is celebrating the 12 days of christmas with bombers!





We are very excited to unveil our first advent calendar. The pack will hit shelves across BC in both private and Government stores this November. Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with a mixed pack of year round, seasonal and special release bombers!
            

Thursday, November 12, 2015

new releases


More than just another IPA

4 Hands / Bale Breaker / Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA

For our latest collaboration, we ventured into uncharted territory with 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Bale
Breaker Brewing Company—two rising stars of American craft brewing. Brewed with experimental hops
HBC 342 and HBC 344, along with beloved varietals Simcoe and Mosaic, this imperial IPA's stone fruit,
pine, tropical fruit, berry and citrus notes are amplified by a dose of puréed peaches.

So, yeah, we made (more than just) another IPA: 
#SorryNotSorry. Read more about this unapologetically 
delicious beer on The Stone Blog.

For those of you who are thinking, "Is this beer coming to my area and, if so, when?" we have created our 

new, exclusive "beer tracker." This great tool, located on the beer's official web page, will serve as a 
handy companion to the Stone Beer Finder for getting your hands on
4 Hands / Bale Breaker / Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA.

From Phillips Brewing:

Pucker up and play the sour note! Thorny Horn Raspberry Brown Ale, our latest seasonal beer,
is brewed intentionally sour.  Born as a medium bodied brown ale, it is infused with raspberries 
and augmented with lively Lactobacillus bacteria, the magical secret to sour.  (**tasty fun-fact: 
our 'lacto' strain was actually cultured in-house from our own spent grain)

Pouring a deep ruby red colour topped by a frothy bubblegum-pink head, a tangy berry nose leads 
to a rich, slightlysharp raspberry tartness through the body that finishes puckeringly dry.  This 
sour brew is proof that sometimes the best notes fall outside of traditional scales!

Thorny Horn is only available from private craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time!  


EAST VAN ORIGINAL

Announcing another great beer release
from the original East Van brewery.

It's been said that 'necessity is the mother of invention', an old English 
proverb meaning that difficult or impossible scenarios prompt inventions
that attempt to ease that difficulty.  It is with this pioneering and gritty attitude 
that two great innovations came to be.
The need for BEER and the need for a HOME have long been the most basic to 
human existence...  The Vancouver Special IPA celebrates both inventions that overcame the difficulty and have become the defining expressions of R&B Brewing 
Co.'s newest brew.
THE STORY BEHIND THE BEER:
In the early 1700's troops and 'ex-pat' citizens living in India did not have access to
 good British ale because it was too hot to brew in India. When they tried to ship it 
over the gruelling 6 month long journey it would spoil. In 1780, a London brewer 
named Hodgson created a strong, heavily hopped beer that would normally be 
aged before drinking.  He called it October Ale, and when it was shipped to India,
 it not only survived the journey but the taste improved dramatically.  This was 
the first IPA. When refridgeration came about, proper IPA began to die out, until 
around 1976 American craft brewers started a new love affair with forgotten beer 
styles including IPA.
THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME:
As with all good inventions, the development of the Vancouver Special home 
design was a solution to a problem. In the late 60's then Prime Minister Pierre 
Trudeau made major changes to the immigration laws which became the catalyst 
to an influx of migrant families from India and China. Property on the east side 
of Vancouver was relatively inexpensive, and there was need for an affordable 
house design for builders to suit these buyers of the time. The Vancouver 
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Massively reproduced
 in that era, they were without question the 
most successful mass-market housing model Vancouver has ever experienced.  There 
were more of these 
homes built in Vancouver than any other style to
 date. The design is an
 ideal layout with massive floor area, adaptability
 and affordability.  The reasons why these older homes are having a resurgence of popularity, as our East 
side neighbourhood is being renovated by new families populating and re-energizing it.
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R&B BREWING CO.'S LATEST RELEASE - THE VANCOUVER SPECIAL IPA
This hop-dominant IPA featuring Pacific Northwest 
hops is named for the box-like houses built in East Vancouver between 1965 and 1985. With moderate bitterness, it has floral citrus-like flavours -- copper-coloured ale with full hoppy aroma it has mid level maltiness which gives it a medium body.
The Vancouver Special is true to it's name -- the 
perfect 'house party' beer. Bring it home in growlers
or bottles to go with anything fatty or spicy! Crackers 
and cheese, potato chips, nachos, poutine and chicken wings.
Like the homes it was named after -- it's Big and 
Sturdy. The Vancouver Special is truly an iconic 
East Van original.
IBU: 75  SRM: 10   ABV: 6%
Available in 20 and 50L kegs, and 650ml bottles.