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The Melbourne Identity: Craft beer catches on in Australia’s culture capital

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Looking across the Yarra river from Southbank to the city of Melbourne. iStock photo

There’s a funny rivalry that exists between Melbourne and Sydney. Australia’s two largest cities have a long history of jockeying for the world’s attention, each believing they are Australia’s greatest gift to the world. It can get a little nasty. Ask a Sydneysider what they think of Melbourne, and they’ll invariably moan about the “intolerable”…

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Brewer vs Brewer: New School vs Old School Edition

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Gladstone Brewing's Tak Guenette (left) and Cumberland Brewing's Michael Tymchuk (right) share a pint in Cumberland Brewing's tasting room. Meghan Kirkpatrick photo

…AKA The Comox Valley Edition   The craft beer industry in B.C. has come along way since Frank Appleton first started making beer in converted dairy equipment at the now defunct Troller Pub in Horseshoe Bay more than 35 years ago. Michael Tymchuk, 54, has been there pretty much from the beginning. The Cumberland Brewing…

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Brews News: Whistler Beer Fest; Trading Post teams with Vij; Twin beers from Dageraad

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The Whistler Village Beer Fest takes place Sept. 13-17. Contributed photo

Whistler Village Beer Fest celebrates five years   Whistler Village is obviously a great spot for some pints of craft beer après ski, but it’s a pretty fantastic place even when there’s no snow on the mountains. The Whistler Village Beer Fest takes place this Thursday to Sunday (Sept. 13-17), with the main event running…

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A-brew-cadabra: The magic of fresh-hopped beers

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B.C. Hop Fest (Sept. 30) features fresh-hopped creations from 36 craft breweries. Contributed photo

There’s something truly magical about a fresh-hopped beer. In terms of flavour, the use of fresh hops – that is, hops that have been picked that day and put immediately into the brew – imparts wonderfully floral aromatics and intense bright flavours. But that’s only part of the appeal. Because fresh-hopped beers need to be…

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Free the beer! Beer advocacy group takes protest to the park

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Remind us... why is drinking at the beach illegal? CAMRA Vancouver photo

OK, check this out. I have this crazy idea. It’s totally insane. Stay with me here. I think (you ready for this?) the good people of this city should be able to sit down together at a picnic table, in public, and enjoy an alcoholic beverage of their choosing. Hold on, I’m not done. I…

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Brew Kid On The Block: Iron Road Brewing

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Iron Road Brewing is helping Kamloops shift to being a craft beer destination. Contributed photo

Kamloops may be Canada’s Tournament Capital, but until recently, there haven’t been many craft beer options there. Despite having 10 times the population of Nelson, it somehow has fewer craft breweries. Thankfully, Richard Phillips and Jared Tarswell chose to do something about that. Geologists by trade, the pair decided they’d rather brew beer then break rocks for…

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Vancouver’s best craft beer patios

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If drinking in the park is making you feel old, hit up a patio, like Dockside's in Vancouver. Dan Toulgoet photo

Let’s face it, beer just tastes better outside. When the sun is shining down, few things in life are better than a frosty, refreshing pint in your hand. The police are generally pretty cool about turning a blind eye if you’re tipping growlers at the park and not causing a fuss, or if you have…

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BREWS NEWS: This six pack costs $100

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You read that correctly: this six-pack costs $100

Yes, you read that correctly, this six-pack from Red Truck Beer Co. does indeed cost $100. And it’s actually a pretty good deal, all things considered. This isn’t a caviar stout served in gold-plated cans, however. The $100 six-pack includes six cans of Red Truck Lager, as well as four tickets to their Truck Stop…

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B.C. beer tour: Five places to drink craft beer this summer

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You won't find Cumberland beer anywhere but the Comox Valley. — Meghan Kirkpatrick photo

Summer is in full swing and if you’re looking for a last-minute weekend getaway that doesn’t involve getting mauled by bears and eaten alive by mosquitos, then let craft beer be your guide. There are tons of hot spots popping up around the province offering quality craft beer and a unique experience in which to…

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Toppling the craft beer pedestal

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Belgium's Westvleteren 12 is considered one of the rarest, most sought-after beers in the world. — Wikimedia Commons photo

I think every craft beer nerd probably has a bucket list; a list of beers they want to try before they kick said bucket. Last year, I had the opportunity to cross one of the beers off of mine. My wife and I were in Amsterdam to celebrate our anniversary and we ended up in…

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