Are you seriously into the BC Craft beer scene? You need The Growler.
In case you haven’t left your apartment in a year- or two, The Growler is B.C.'s quarterly craft beer guide, covering the BC craft beer world, the beer and the industry as it swells and threatens to consume us all if we don't consume it (the beer) first. The Growler offers profiles of all the BC Craft beer breweries, stories on the people and pressing issues, and pretty pictures in case you feel like gazing absently at something that isn't your iPhone.
Enjoy the new issue coming out- or a previous issue you missed! Featured in the new summer issue is a guide to reviewing beer without being a dink about it; an extremely nerdy music and beer quiz; a deep look into how Port Moody became cool all of a sudden; and so, so many brand new beers.
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Excerpts from some recent articles in The Growler include:
- “Of Course Breweries are Blending Beer With Fashion” Contrary to what Broken Lizard’s 2006 blockbuster Beerfest may have insinuated, gone are the days when the fashions associated with a pint of the brew were Bavarian-inspired peasant wear. In 2015, beer gear has an all-new identity — and it has little to do with binge drinking and hot German waitresses in dirndls. At least in the Pacific Northwest.
Draughts of craft speak to its consumers on a level beyond Friday night frat parties. Craft beer is a lifestyle, and local brewers such as Postmark Brewing, Steel & Oak, and 33 Acres Brewing are pioneering the movement through suds-inspired duds.
- “Beer and Loathing at the BC Beer Awards” 9 am-ish // There’s one bathroom stall here, which is going to be problematic, with dozens of dudes gathered to drink beer all day. This could get ugly.
Oh, wait. It’s ugly now. The bowl is filled, not with the liquid form of urine I’ve come rightfully to expect, but a bowlful of a foamy, frothy variety, rising like dish soap bubbles over the porcelain rim.
- “Here are the Most Offensive Beer Names Ever”
Big Cock Bock – Hoyne Brewing
The name cheekily refers to the rooster on the label, but the BC Liquor Distribution Board rejected the beer on the grounds that the name wasn’t “family friendly.” The Hoyne clan argued that beer’s not meant for families, but the LDB refused them anyway, forcing Hoyne to drop the cock and go with the neutered “Big Bock.”
- “Where’s Surrey’s Beer Scene, Dude?” Perhaps you’ve already noticed, but B.C.’s craft beer boom has been consistent across the province. Smaller, more remote communities such as Cumberland, Invermere and Terrace have all staked a claim to the burgeoning industry, right alongside Vancouver and Victoria.
There are still notable gaps, mostly in Vancouver’s suburbs. Burnaby and Richmond only have two breweries each – no sign of spillover from Vancouver’s 20-plus – while Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam have yet to set off the mark.
Stay in the know, in the world of BC craft beer, with The Growler. Every issue is packed with everything you need to stay on top of the scene. Order the recent issue online by visiting thegrowler.ca.BC Craft Beer