Wednesday, August 31, 2016

beer column

here are my notes from yesterday's craft beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast with gloria macarenko:

The Beer News:

If you’re heading to the PNE, don’t forget to stop by the VCBW craft beer fest while you’re there.  Open every day of the fair from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., they’re serving up taster sizes of beers from various breweries.  Entry is $10 and tasters are $2 each.  Or catch them for happy hour between 2:00 and 3:00 for half-price entry.  Entry is also just $5 if you return with your tasting mug.  There are in and out privileges, so never fear, you can pop out for that second round of mini donuts, no problem!

One of the breweries pouring at the craft beer fest right now is Highway 97.  They’re not even open yet, so take advantage of this opportunity for an advance tasting of the Penticton brewery’s beer, and save yourself the long drive as well!  To see all the beers that are pouring, check out @vcbw on twitter.

Have you been to Darby’s Gastown yet?  Located on Hastings Street at Carrall Street, they have 28 taps of local and imported craft beers and ciders – and a wall of fame.  If you drink 50 different pints and get your Hall of Foam log book stamped, your name will be up there.  You won’t be the first name on the wall, that honour has already been won, but you could be one of the first several!  Think of the bragging rights!  Think how proud your mother will be!  To see what’s pouring, check their website.

A fun piece of international news:  You can now legally get a beer with your haircut in California.  Legislation was just passed that will allow salons and barbershops to serve a complimentary glass of beer or wine with a haircut.  Apparently many salons have been doing this for years, and now it will be legal.  I think it would be great if BC followed suit!  Maybe the idea will catch on and expand and one day you’ll be able to sip a beer while you get your eyes checked, or enjoy a glass of wine in the bank line-up... it could make running errands a whole lot more fun!

Congratulations to Bridge Brewing for winning the best in show at the CAMRA Vancouver cask festival last weekend.  Their delicious summer ale cask impressed the palates of the judges at the session beer festival.  Fuggles and Warlock wowed the regular folks to win the people’s choice for their cask of gin and lime pilsner.  Luppolo Brewing, who hope to open late September or early October on Venables Street in East Van, had a great showing with their English mild with roasted flaked coconut in the cask.  They came 3rd in the people’s choice and were a runner-up with the judges.  I was also really impressed with Steamworks Brewing’s entry – it was just under 2% alcohol, but so full of flavour you’d never be able to tell!

If you’re planning any travel in BC, and want to incorporate beer into your travels, the Thirsty Writer, Joe Wiebe has you covered.  The BC Ale Trail is a joint effort between several tourism destination marketing organizations, the BC Craft Brewers Guild and Joe.  Their promotional video is out now, and the full program kicks in October, just in time for BC Craft Beer Month. 

The ale trail is a mapped out path you can follow to discover beers and breweries.  Because this ale trail project is in conjunction with several tourism organizations, you can also discover many other attractions across BC.  When it launches, the BC Ale Trail will be an online guide you can use as a resource to sightsee and drink your way through the Comox Valley, the Kootenays, Nanaimo, Port Moody, the Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Whistler.  ‘Arrive Thirsty, Leave Inspired’ is their tag-line.

Happy first anniversary to Raven’s Brewing in Abbotsford.  They’re celebrating on September 3rd from 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the brewery.

And lastly, get your tickets now for the Great CanadianBeer Festival in Victoria on September 9 and 10, and the Whistler beer fest on September 17 and 18 before they sell out!  Both festivals are a lot of fun, and a great way to keep holding on to summer.

Beer Tasting:

Speaking of summer, I brought in a couple of my favourite summer beers to taste.  I love the fruitiness of these beers – they really feel like summer in a glass to me.  And that’s why I wanted to showcase them one more time before they’re gone for the season – I’m trying to hold on to these summer days as long as I can.  Fresh hopped beers and pumpkin ales are right around the corner.  But for these last days of summer, I’m going to keep on enjoying super refreshing fruity beers!

Stanley Park Sunsetter is an unfiltered peach wheat summer ale.  While not technically a craft beer as the brewery is part of the AB-Inbev megacorporation, this one is locally made, and it’s delicious!  At 4.8% it’s not going to knock you over either.  It is very, very peachy on the nose, due in part to being dry-hopped with citra hops which impart peachy and citrus notes on top of the peach flavour.  It doesn’t taste quite as peachy as it smells, but it is still oh so very peachy.  The wheat and high carbonation give it a very light feel in your mouth.

Bomber Brewing Park Life passionfruit ale.  Brewed with 7% passionfruit juice, this is a fruit beer, not a radler, although it certainly drinks as easily as a radler.  A sessionable 4.5% alcohol, this is a tart little beer that is perfect for hot weather.  Very tropical fruity on the nose, and the tongue.
 
Both beers come in cans, which are perfect for hiking, biking, camping and other summer activities.

Beer Picks:

Get them while you can!  These are the last few of these beers left, until next summer.

Stanley Park SunSetter summer ale – this unfiltered peach wheat ale is dry-hopped with citra to give it even more peach and citrus aroma.  4.8%, available in six-packs of bottles and 9 packs of cans.  The bottles are currently on sale for $1.00 off at BC Liquor stores.

Bomber Brewing Park Life passionfruit ale – a blonde ale base with added passionfruit juice makes for a tart little number!  Very drinkable and refreshing, with lots of tropical fruit flavours and aromas.  Available in six packs of cans at the brewery.


Fernie Brewing What the Huck huckleberry wheat ale – just a little bit of pucker from those huckleberries before you get to the sweetness.  This wheat ale is thirst-quenching and as tasty as the summer day is long.  I strongly suggest you pour this into a glass so you can fully appreciate the beautiful pink hue of the beer. 5%, 650ml bottles at BC liquor stores.

cbc website

B.C. Ale Trail lets beer lovers
explore province's breweries

Comox Valley, the Kootenays, Nanaimo, Port Moody, more covered
in guides

CBC News Posted: Aug 30, 2016 4:57 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016 4:57 PM PT
The B.C. Ale Trail also features Nanaimo breweries like Longwood and White Sails.
The B.C. Ale Trail also features Nanaimo breweries like Longwood and White Sails. (@BCAleTrail/Instagram)
Road trips are usually reserved for summer months, but On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman is highlighting a special trip for beer lovers in B.C., beginning in October.
The B.C. Ale Trail is a joint effort between several tourism marketing organizations, the B.C. Craft Brewers Guild and beer writer Joe Wiebe.
Whyman says it will allow beer fans to explore places like the Comox Valley, the Kootenays, Nanaimo, Port Moody, the Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Whistler.
"Their promotional video is out now, and the full program kicks off in October, just in time for B.C. Craft Beer Month," Whyman told On The Coast guest host Gloria Macarenko.
"Because this ale trail project is in conjunction with several tourism organizations, you can also discover many other attractions across B.C."
Just make sure you don't drink and drive.
Here are Whyman's picks for this week.
Stanley Park Sunsetter
"An unfiltered peach, wheat summer ale. While not technically a craft beer as the brewery is part of the AB-InBev megacorporation, this one is locally made, and it's delicious! At 4.8 per cent it's not going to knock you over either. … The wheat and high carbonation give it a very light feel in your mouth."
Bomber Brewing Park Life Passion Fruit Ale
"Brewed with seven per cent passion fruit juice, this is a fruit beer, not a radler, although it certainly drinks as easily as a radler. A sessionable 4.5 per cent alcohol, this is a tart little beer that is perfect for hot weather."
Fernie Brewing What the Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale
"Just a little bit of pucker from those huckleberries, before you get to the sweetness. This wheat ale is thirst-quenching and as tasty as the summer day is long. I strongly suggest you pour this into a glass so you can fully appreciate the beautiful pink hue of the beer. Five per cent, 650ml bottles at B.C. Liquor Stores."
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

feast of fields

THE METRO VANCOUVER FEAST OF FIELDS BOASTS SOME OF THE BEST OF BC

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This year’s Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields will be a true reflection of the incredible harvest of British Columbia. Guests are invited to taste the local creations from over 50 of British Columbia's restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries at this gourmet wandering harvest festival. 

Picture yourself walking amongst apple trees in the orchard of Fraser Common Farm as you savour Fable restaurant’s barbecued steak with black papper jam, a Glen Valley artichoke remoulade with dill cracker and pickled purslane by West restaurant, or a Terra Breads butter croissant with The Farm House Natural Cheeses fromage frais and nectarine preserve made with nectarines from Parsons Farm. Pair that with cold brew coffee from Salt Spring Coffee, a rich glass of Okanagan wine, or a cold beer from Trading Post Brewing. You finish off by strolling through to Laurica Farm and take a seat at their long table while you taste a salted caramel or Tahitian vanilla ice cream from Earnest Ice Cream and enjoy live music in the beautiful outdoors. 

The Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields will be held on Sunday, September 11th at Laurica Farm and Fraser Common Farm (combined venue) from 1pm - 5pm.

Proceeds from this year’s Feast of Fields will support the continuing efforts of FarmFolk CityFolk, a not-for-profit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system. They work with communities across BC to provide access to & protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage communities in the celebration of local food.

For a full list of this year’s participants and to order your tickets visit www.feastoffields.com

Guests traveling from downtown Vancouver can hop on the Feast bus that will take them directly to the farm and return home. Tickets for the bus are also available online. 



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

bc ale trail

Destination BC and the BC Craft Brewers Guild present:  The BC Ale Trail

This autumn, explore British Columbia’s raw wilderness and bounty of craft beer with the BC Ale Trail — the definitive online guide to BC’s dynamic craft beer community. Explore stouts and snow-capped peaks, brown ales and beaches, or bikes and hikes that lead to a tasting room using curated Ale Trails connecting towns, breweries and nearby attractions, yielding unforgettable experiences for craft beer enthusiasts touring the province.

With support from seven of BC’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), the self-guided
tours will highlight local brewery destinations and suggested sightseeing in each of the seven
participating communities — Comox Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Nanaimo, Port Moody, Sunshine
Coast, Victoria and Whistler.

Launching in October to coincide with BC Craft Beer Month, the BC Ale Trail will come to life
with help from Joe Wiebe, author of the BC bestselling book Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s
Guide to BC Breweries and co-founder of Victoria Beer Week, as well as several other BC craft
beer champions who have contributed their expertise of the industry to produce an authentic
and robust BC Ale Trail experience.

The BC Ale Trail invites beer enthusiasts to Arrive Thirsty, Leave Inspired. Join the wild at heart
and explore all that British Columbia’s craft beer wilderness has to offer.

For more information, please visit BCAleTrail.com or email info@bcaletrail.ca.

Check out the teaser video

Thursday, August 18, 2016

beer column

CBC On the Coast Beer column August 16, 2016

Now that the really hot weather is finally upon us, you might want to spend some time at the two new Tap Shack locations, because they have great beer... and patios!  The Daniel Group, who brought us Tap and Barrel with their three fabulous patios, carry on the group’s “local” mantra by using reclaimed and repurposed locally sourced building materials in the bars, local ingredients in the food, local beer and wine on the taplists and featuring works from local artists.  Check them out under Burrard Bridge at 1012 Beach Avenue and in Coal Harbour at 1199 West Cordova.

On August 20th Persephone Brewing in Gibsons will hold its Beer Farm Fest!  To celebrate their third anniversary they’re throwing a fundraising beer festival from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Kids are welcome, but your cars are not, so take a shuttle!  There will be live music, as well as live streaming of the Tragically Hip concert on the big screen, a pig roast, farm games and activities and a pop-up farm gate market.  Tickets are $40 for adults.  It’s free for folks under 19, unless they plan to eat.  Dinner tickets for the under 19 set are $15 for a full meal, and $8 for a half.  Following on the heels of their Tough Kegger race, there will be 12 taps of beer on offer, including those from the competitors in the Tough Kegger race – but fortunately not any actual beer that was run around town!

Also on August 20th Red Truck will be hosting a patio party at the brewery (295 East 1st Avenue) as part of Vancouver Mural Festival.  The all ages event will feature music, and a beer garden for those 19+ from 2-10 p.m., and you can watch as murals are being painted on the brewery’s grain silos.  No cover charge.

Beginning on August 20th and running until September 5th you can enjoy the Vancouver Craft Beer Week beer garden at the PNE.  2:00 - 8:00 p.m. daily in the Italian Gardens.  You can purchase tickets in advance to avoid the line-up, or be spontaneous and grab them on-site.

On August 21st Strange Fellows Brewing will be making merry at Joy Fest.  From noon until 11:00 p.m. you can join in on the joyous celebration of the end of summer with music, food and of course, beer!  No cover charge, kids welcome.

August 27th there will be a CAMRA cask festival at Central City Beatty – From 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. you can sample sessionable ales – beers under 5% alcohol by volume – from 10 breweries.  Tickets include 3 tasters and they’re $20.  If you’re a CAMRA or VanBrewers member, you get in for $15.

And tickets – get your tickets!  There are still tickets available for the Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria on September 9 and 10.  You can get those online through etix.com, and I suggest you do!  I am quite fond of this festival – not only is it a great opportunity to try beer from all over the Province without having to travel any further than Victoria, it is also a handy excuse to head to Victoria for the weekend and visit all the breweries and taprooms there.  The festival runs on the Friday evening and Saturday during the day, so even if you attend on both days, you’ve still got all of Sunday left open for beer exploration around Victoria.

Tickets for the BC Beer Awards are on sale as of today!  The awards and tasting festival will be held on October 15th at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 4-9:00 p.m..  Get your early bird tickets for $32 on the BCBeerAwards.com website.  The awards ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Quinn again this year!

And if you're interested in watching a little comedy about the brewing world, check out Brewstars on StoryHive.  A listener, Gwilyn, sent me a lovely email about enjoying the craft beer segment here on CBC, and saying that their friend made a short comedy about life in a brewery that they thought I would enjoy.  And she was right!  I watched Brewstars, which was filmed locally at Dogwood Brewery, and was very well amused.  The project will find out tomorrow (August 17) if they received enough votes to get funding to turn the pilot into a web-series.  My fingers are crossed for them.

Beer to Taste:

It is a sour – I just can’t get enough of them!  This is the Parallel 49 Flanders Red and it is the first beer  aged in their foeder. 

For those not familiar with what a foeder is, it is an oak vessel – they vary in size from regular barrel-sized to enormous barrel sized - used for aging beer.  Because wood is porous it allows some oxygen to get into the beer, and bacteria living in the wood to infect the beer, which is where those funky and sour flavours come from.  Normally you wouldn't want oxygen to get into your beer, but for sour beers, it is fully part of the process.

Some yeasts can also be added to the brew at different stages to encourage the souring, like brettanomyces, lactobacillus and pediococcus.  The oak vessel also imparts oak notes to the beers aged within it, and traces of whatever was aged in it previously.  The foeder used for this beer we’re drinking had Cabernet Sauvignon in it previously, so there are definitely notes of red wine in the beer.

The beer aged for six months in the foeder.  You are likely noticing the vinegar character in the beer.  This is due to the acetic acid present.  This is an off-flavour in most beers, but it is a desired and purposeful flavour component in Flanders Reds and Oud Bruins.

650 ml bottles available at the tasting room and select liquor stores.

Beer Picks:

Let’s celebrate the hot weather with fruity, refreshing beers:

Steamworks YVR India Session Ale is light on the alcohol at 4.4%, and on the bitterness at 40ibus, but heavy on the citrus aroma!  Not quite as fruity tasting as it smells, you’ll still get notes of pineapple and citrus from those lovely New Zealand Galaxy, Orbit and Nelson Sauvin hops, through a lighter body and dry finish.  Available in six packs of 330 ml bottles.

Nothing says summer like biting in to a sun-warmed raspberry!  So how about a Raspberry beer?  Here are a few different styles to choose from, but each and every one of them is very, very raspberry!

If you’re in the mood for a hefeweizen, Raven’s Brewing has a raspberry hefe made with local Abbotsford berries, available in 650ml bombers.  5%

Postmark Brewing has a boldy fruity session ale made with tart raspberry puree available in six packs of 355 ml cans and 650ml bombers. 4.7%


Hearthstone Brewery has a Wyld Raspberry Berliner weisse that’s tart and so full of flavour that you’ll never notice that it’s a mere 3.2%  Available in six packs of 355ml cans.  It also comes in peach and lychee flavours!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

cbc website

from last night's beer column on cbc radio one's on the coast
with gloria macarenko sitting in for stephen quinn:

Summer beer events still going
on throughout B.C., columnist
says

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's picks for refreshing summer fruit
beers

CBC News Posted: Aug 16, 2016 5:00 PM PT Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016 5:00 PM PT
The hot summer weather is still here, and Rebecca Whyman's beer picks are all about keeping you refreshed.
The hot summer weather is still here, and Rebecca Whyman's beer picks are all about keeping you refreshed. (Northwest Beer Guide/Flickr)
While summer vacations are wrapping up for many people, On The Coast's beer columnist says there are still some summer beer activities to check out around the province.
Here are the events Whyman highlighted to On The Coast guest host Gloria Macarenko:
  • Beer Farm Fest in Gibsons: The third annual event held by Persephone Brewing takes place Aug. 20. "There will be live music, as well as live streaming of the Tragically Hip concert on the big screen, a pig roast, farm games and activities and a pop-up farm gate market," Whyman said, adding 12 beers will be on tap.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival: Also on Aug. 20, Red Truck will be hosting a patio party at their brewery as part of the festival. "The all ages event will feature music, and a beer garden for those from 2-10 p.m.," Whyman said. "And you can watch as murals are being painted on the brewery's grain silos."
  • Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria: Whyman says there are still tickets available for the Sept. 9-10. "I am quite fond of this festival; not only is it a great opportunity to try beer from all over the province without having to travel any further than Victoria, it is also a handy excuse to head to Victoria for the weekend and visit all the breweries and taprooms there," she said.
And because the hot summer weather is still with us, Whyman's picks are fruity, refreshing beers:
Steamworks' YVR India Session Ale
"Light on the alcohol at 4.4 percent, and on the bitterness at 40ibus, but heavy on the citrus aroma! Not quite as fruity tasting as it smells, you'll still get notes of pineapple and citrus from those lovely New Zealand Galaxy, Orbit and Nelson Sauvin hops, through a lighter body and dry finish. Available in six packs of 330 ml bottles."
Ravens Brewing Raspberry Hefeweizen
"Made with local Abbotsford berries, available in 650ml bombers. Five percent alcohol."
Postmark Brewing's Raspberry Session Ale
"A bold, fruity session ale made with tart raspberry puree available in six packs of 355 ml cans and 650 ml bombers. 4.7 percent alcohol."
Hearthstone Brewery's Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse
"Tart and so full of flavour that you'll never notice that it's a mere 3.2 percent. Available in six packs of 355ml cans. It also comes in peach and lychee flavours!"
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast

new belgium new releases


  
 New Belgium Brewing Goes to its Wild Side with Four New Releases Showcasing Sour and Spice, along with Tart and Fruity Flavors

The brewery’s latest seasonal, Lips of Faith, Hop Kitchen, and stainless steel offerings pair perfectly with the final days of summer

Ft. Collins, Colo., August 15, 2016 – New Belgium Brewing has four new releases to help make the fall transition a little easier to bear. The beers include Pumpkick, a fall festival favorite; Le Terroir, one of New Belgium’s favorite wood-aged sours; Bretta IPA, which crosses wild Brettanomyces yeast with fruity hop varieties; and Fruit Fly, a refreshing stainless steel sour.

Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale
Pumpkick is back bringing a bite of tartness to New Belgium’s traditionally spiced pumpkin ale. The tart cranberry kick offers a bright burst of seasonal flavor. Pumpkick pours a slightly hazy, glowing orange, packed with pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and a snappy dose of cranberry. The mouthfeel is creamy from added oats, followed by a quick, dry finish, making Pumpkick the perfect beer to kick off fall.

ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 18
Yeast: Ale yeast
Hops: Nugget
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel
Availability: Now in 6-and 12-packs

Le Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour Ale
Le Terroir, named after the French term meaning “of the earth,” packs the bold and hoppy nose of an American IPA, plus the pucker of a well-crafted sour. Felix, New Belgium’s wood-aged pale sour beer, is dry hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops to create Le Terroir. The mango and peach tones of the hops playfully complement the wood-aged backbone without any bitterness, creating a beer that changes every time New Belgium brews it.

ABV: 7.5%
IBU: 12
Yeast: Lager yeast
Hops: Nugget
Malts: Pale, Wheat, C-80, Carapils, Oats
Special Processing: Dry Hopped with Amarillo and a little Galaxy in stainless tanks in wood cellar
Availability: August 29 in 22 oz. bombers and on draft

Draft Only

Bretta IPA
Bretta IPA, part of New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series, which showcases New Belgium’s hop heavy beers, is out now. This beer crosses wickedly wild Brettanomyces yeast with some of New Belgium’s favorite fruity hop varieties. Bretta is conditioned on two strains of Brettanomyces for a month, giving it citrusy, piney hop notes thanks to Equinox, Galaxy, and Warrior. It has a bite that lingers, but a sweetness that emerges with a touch of pineapple.

ABV: 7.5%
IBU: 75
Yeast: Ale yeast, Brettanomyces Clausenii, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis
Hops: Cascade, Equinox, Galaxy, Warrior
Malts: Pale, Caramel 120, Spelt
Special Processing: Brewed with two types of Brettanomyces yeast and dry-hopped with Equinox, Galaxy and Warrior.
Availability: Now on draft

Fruit Fly Passionfruit Citra Sour
Fruit Fly is a fruity, refreshingly tart, and juicy summer release, putting a new spin on the classic tartness of Berliner weisse. New Belgium acidifies this stainless steel sour beer with its house lacto strain, then dry-hops it with fruity Citra. During fermentation 800 pounds of tropical passion fruit is blended in. Fruit Fly has big citrus flavors and rich guava-like aromas, with a finish that is tart and dry; an ideal summer beer.

“At New Belgium, fruited beers are very much a part of our DNA,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium specialty brand manager. “We’ve been using real fruit since the very beginning with a beer called Old Cherry and since 1991 we’ve sent to market 34 beers brewed with fruit. Last year, our Pilot Brewers were challenged with creating a few stainless steel sour recipes featuring our proprietary lacto blending process and beautifully tart house lacto strain. While all recipes were great we felt the Passionfruit Citra Sour just killed it.”

ABV: 5.7%
Hops: Citra
Special Processing: Additions of passion fruit and dry-hopped with Citra hops.
Availability: Now on draft

To learn more on the differences between stainless steel sours, like Fruit Fly, and wood-aged sours, like La Folie, check out: How is your New Belgium Beer Sourced?

To find Pumpkick, Bretta IPA, Le Terroir, or Fruit Fly near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app.

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, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
 


 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Red Truck Patio Party for Vancouver Mural Festival

For Immediate Release
Vancouver, BC
Red Truck Beer welcomes the Vancouver Mural Festival for a Patio Party
All ages, free admission show combines with live mural painting of silos

On Saturday, August 20th, the Vancouver Mural Festival is taking over East Vancouver for the city’s biggest celebration of public art. By the event’s conclusion, over 35 new murals will have been added to the neighbourhood’s visual landscape. Red Truck Beer Company is pleased to be taking part in the festival by hosting the Red Truck Patio Party, an all-ages celebration of art and music in the parking lot of the brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue.

While French street artist and activist Kashink live paints Red Truck’s giant grain silos, up and coming local acts will play a show in the brilliant summer sunshine. One of the most prominent female graffiti artists in world, Kashink has created vivid, memorable pieces across Europe, Asia and North America and she will cover the silos with her distinctive four-eyed figures and vibrant colours.

The musical line up for the show spans pop and indie to roots and hip-hop and showcases some of the best acts from the Truck Stop Concert Series local submissions program and headlined by Alpha Omega, the latest project from hip hop legend Prevail and Vancouver rapper Neph.

The complete show line up is:
2PM:             Kaylee Johnston
3PM:             Lovecoast
4PM:             Tourist Company
5PM:             Twin River
6PM:             Rococode
7PM:             
Alpha Omega
8PM-10PM: DJ Zu

While the show is all ages, those of legal drinking age will be able to enjoy a full selection of delicious Red Truck beers in the Truck Stop Diner or in the special event beer garden and the show will run from 2PM-10PM. For more information visit http://www.vancouvermuralfestival.com or www.redtruckbeer.com.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

bc beer awards

RAISE A GLASS TO THE BEST OF BC CRAFT BEER
The BC Beer Awards & Festival 
Returns to Vancouver October 15, 2016

Suggested Tweet: Raise a glass! @BCBeerAwards return October 15 – Early Bird tickets on sale Aug 16 – Sept 15 #BCBA2016 #YearoftheMild

Event Hashtags: #BCBA2016 #YearoftheMild

In Short:  
Vancouver, BC (June 24, 2016): The 7th Annual BC Beer Awards & Festival is set to return to Vancouver on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 4 - 9pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive). The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the province. A one-day only event, it features both the BC Beer Awards ceremony hosted by CBC's Stephen Quinn and a craft beer festival with over 65 breweries and cideries. This year, awards will be presented for 30 categories, up from 20 last year. Awards include CBC People's Choice Award, Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award and the Brewers Challenge. Last year the BC Beer Awards challenged Brewers to make our judges and event attendees “pucker up.” 2016 has been dubbed by the craft beer community to be the “Year of the Mild Beer” and we have challenged BC’s Brewers to create something mild, 4% ABV or less and still full flavoured. Also returning to the festival will be our community booths, and craft beer focused vendors.
Early Bird tickets are $32 (plus tax) for the BC Beer Awards & Festival, and will be available August 16, 2016 until September 15, 2016. Regular priced tickets are $37 (plus tax) as of September 16, 2016.

2015 Photo Gallery 
The Full Story: View on our website Media Page or attached PDF. 
Media Pass applications.
For more information on our event please visit BCBeerAwards.com or follow the conversation on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.