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Unsung Heroes of Beer: The Tool Shed Brewing guys (Graham Sherman and Jeff Orr)

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Lately, Graham Sherman might be best known nationally as the Calgarian brewer and co-founder of Tool Shed Brewing who “fired” a critical patron and beer writer. But Sherman’s been making headlines, alongside his business partner Jeff Orr, since 2013, when the duo helped shape Alberta’s archaic brewing laws to make them more friendly for start-up…

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Brewer vs. Brewer: The Employee vs. Employee edition

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  With Brewer vs Brewer, the concept always been the same: put two brewers from different breweries in the same room, make them ask each other questions, take pictures of them answering these questions, then hope to gawd that the conversation doesn’t bore our faithful readers into a coma. But what if, instead of getting…

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Brews From The Six: The Growler Guide to Toronto

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  Toronto’s claim as Canada’s beer capital has its merits: There are more breweries within T-Dot city limits than anywhere else in the country; these breweries and the seemingly endless beer bars are embraced fully by the locals (and, increasingly, by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario); and for the most part, the beer coming…

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10 Best Breweries in BC, Ranked

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The Growler turns two this coming Monday, birthed the day I published my first weekly column for Westender. A lot has changed in the beer world since then. The local industry has grown rapidly. The quality has improved drastically. The beers styles have grown more sophisticated. Hundreds of breweries across North America have set up…

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The Oktoberfest Survival Guide

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I’ve been writing about beer for almost two years now, in an effort to grasp and define what makes BC beer culture so special. What I’ve learned boils down to this: People in this province love a good piss-up. And in a way, we’re pretty good at hosting a good piss-up, too. We can hold our…

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New subscription service delivers craft beer to your door

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With the hundreds of new beers brewed in BC, there’s no way for even the most ardent connoisseur to try everything. Now think for a minute about the newbie, who’s interested in craft beer but is inundated with a stupefying amount of choices. Where do they begin? Now Pint Post, a new Vancouver startup, is…

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Growler Approved: 5 beers to try this fall

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Whelp, The Growler’s Fall 2016 issue is out this week, at a brewery (and London Drugs, and Chapters, and a BC Ferry, and assorted other retail outlets) near you. And as usual, we’ve included five Growler Approved beers that staff and contributors think all y’all really should try at least once. We chose these beers…

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So you’ve opened a brewery. Now what?

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We at The Growler spend so much time hyping up soon-to-be opened breweries that we often forget about these breweries once they finally open. But that’s where the real work begins, and in some cases, the real stress. What’s the reality like for a brewery owner the week after they open shop? How do they…

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Brewer vs. Brewer: The “We finally left Vancouver and interviewed some women” edition

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We’ve had some emails about this series, oh yes. “Can you feature some Vancouver Island breweries?” you’ve asked. “How about some women for once?” you’ve pleaded. And so, we’ve heeded your calls and invited Chloe Smith, co-founder of Townsite Brewing – a woman brewer and small-town small business owner – to speak with Aly Tomlin,…

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The Growler Guide to Calgary

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That’s right. Calgary. The city gets a bad rep in most parts of B.C., particularly in Vancouver, because… well, why is it exactly? Because it’s flat? Because it’s cold? Or because of the Flames? Or the cowboys? Or the oil? Maybe it’s because of all of that. But we’ve heard rumblings of a craft beer scene…

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