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Craft Beer is Awesome! Coal Harbour Brewing Co.’s Market Saturation IPA

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  It’s pretty miserable out this week and I’m feeling pretty miserable, too, thanks to a lingering cold that just will not go away. So for this week’s beer I decided my sinuses needed a shotgun blast of hops to clear them out, and boy did Coal Harbour’s Market Saturation IPA deliver. Coal Harbour has…

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Recipe: Beer and Chili Glazed Oyster Tostada with Four Winds Pale Ale

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Although born in Mexico, La Mezcaleria’s chef Mariana Gabilondo has spent more than half her life in Canada. The flavours of the West Coast provide a constant source of inspiration as she puts her own spin on Mexican classics at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. “I spent most of my time on Vancouver…

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BREWS NEWS: NDP launches liquor review; Strathcona turns 1, Phillips’ Snowcase is back

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B.C. NDP to launch liquor review   B.C. Attorney General David Eby is making good on his promise to create a liquor industry advisory panel to review the province’s current liquor legislation and policies. As we first reported last month, Eby said he is looking at possibly instituting a wholesale pricing scheme for restaurants, bars…

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Craft Beer is Awesome! Steel & Oak Brewing Co. / Four Winds Brewing Co., The Fraser

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Steel and Oak and Four Winds are two breweries that can pretty much do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, and The Fraser is further proof of that. The beer is the second collaboration of these two Fraser River-adjacent breweries, following up on 2015’s Grätzer, a smoked Polish-style sour. The Fraser couldn’t be more…

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Westender’s Best Beer in the City

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Westender released its annual Best of the City Dining Awards this week, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight some of the very deserving beer-related winners. Check out the full readers’ poll results here.   Best Craft Brewery: 33 Acres Brewing Co.   While some breweries might be content to throw things at…

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On Tap: New Releases from Postmark, Faculty, and Red Collar

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Here’s what’s new at the beer store this week…   Postmark Brewing, Winter Warmer (5.8% ABV 51 IBU)   Warm your bones with this malty, hoppy treat. Dark, rich malts are balanced by Northwest hops for a complex winter ale made without spices, pumpkins or any other unnecessary ingredients that would make a German cry….

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Varsity Brews: The Growler guide to game day craft beer options

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Sports and beer. Best buds since forever, right? So you think it would be easy to find decent craft beer at the game. Wrong. Beer offerings at most sport stadiums have traditionally been pretty grim. You basically had two options: flavourless fizzy piss-water masquerading as beer, or a lighter version of said piss-water with somehow…

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Craft Beer is Awesome: Dageraad Brewing’s Louise

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So the story behind this beer is pretty friggin’ adorable. Last year, Dageraad owner and head brewer Ben Coli and his wife had twins. To commemorate surviving the first year of their lives (which as a new father, myself, I can attest is no easy task), Coli decided to brew a pair of beers named…

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Boundary Brewing targeted by hate groups online

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You might think that not welcoming Nazis in your establishment wouldn’t be too terribly controversial, but it’s 2017, Donald Trump is the president of the United States, and Nazis are apparently a surprisingly sensitive bunch. In the wake of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally — where a white supremacist drove his car into a…

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Brews News: Cariboo plants 18,000 trees; Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival; Luppolo turns one

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Cariboo plants 18,000 trees   More than 18,000 seedlings will be planted in the B.C. Interior next spring as part of Pacific Western Brewing’s “Cariboo Cares” campaign. PWB dedicated 25 cents from every six-pack of Cariboo product sold to help B.C. recover from this summer’s 1,000-plus wildfires that devastated more than a million hectares of…

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