Pint Controversy Spills Over in Vancouver

Photo credit: Tim Dobson | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Tim Dobson | Wikimedia Commons

Are you getting enough beer for your buck?

Maybe not, according to a sobering new investigative report in the Vancouver Sun. Reporters scoured the city’s bars and discovered that some are shortchanging their patrons on pints.

By law, a pint of beer must be 20 ounces.  However, some establishments are serving up “pints” that are anywhere from 18 ounces to 14 ounces.  The total loss to thirsty beer drinkers is estimated to be equivalent to two Olympic-sized swimming pools or, in monetary terms, $50 million.

Discovering the under-pours required some creative sleuthing (video here) by newspaper staff. Reporter Larry Pynn ordered pints in dozens of bars and secretly measured the volume, pouring the beer out of the glass and making use of special measuring containers.

Many of the worst offenders are listed on the Vancouver Sun website.  In fairness, however, many bars did serve full, honest-to-goodness pints, including the Alibi Room on Alexander Street, Rogue in Waterfront Station, the Whip just off Main Street and Library Square on West Georgia.

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Pint Controversy Spills Over in Vancouver

White Spot’s Celebrate BC summer menu returns with fresh local ingredients and B.C. wines ($25 Giftcard Giveaway!)

Photo: White Spot

Photo: White Spot

White Spot unveiled its new Celebrate BC summer menu, featuring local ingredients and select wines from farms and vineyards around the province. White Spot uses more local ingredients than any other full service restaurant chain in the province, and proudly offers a 100% B.C. VQA wine list.

“Since our first restaurant opened in 1928, we’ve been committed to serving guests fresh, B.C. ingredients whenever possible,” said White Spot President Warren Erhart. “Over half our ingredients are locally sourced or produced, and our summer menu celebrates long-standing partnerships with B.C. farmers and winemakers. Hats off to Executive Chef Danny Markowicz, who led a team of Red Seal chefs in creating these innovative dishes.”

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Fresh from the market at Campagnolo

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The heartwarming, long-term relationship that’s developed between Campagnolo’s and Main Street Station’s farmer’s market is one that can be tasted, every Wednesday from May to October.  The pairing has blossomed over the last four years, when the market first popped up – a year after the restaurant opened. It’s a mouthwatering testament of the beauty of a close-knit community.

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Fresh from the market at Campagnolo

All aboard for Vancouver’s first craft beer cruise!

Image courtesy Bomber Brewing.

Image courtesy Bomber Brewing.

Cue up the song “Sea Cruise” and get ready to sail into a sunset of suds. The inaugural Vancouver Craft Brew Cruise launches August 23, with two sailings.

Fifteen local craft breweries will take part in the scenic tour aboard the Magic Spirit. So who’s on board?

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All aboard for Vancouver’s first craft beer cruise!

New Booze Laws in Vancouver: Happy Hours Officially Start; Booze Now at Farmers Markets

Photo credit: J R | Flickr

Photo credit: J R | Flickr

The moment that Vancouver drinkers have long dreamed of is finally here.

June 20 marked the first day that pubs and restaurants in the city could offer customers happy hour specials on beer, wine and spirits.  Previously, provincial regulations had prohibited establishments from changing the price of their booze during the day, effectively nixing the possibility of happy hours.

Under the new rules,  bars and restaurants are now free to set their own happy hour specials, provided that they comply with mandatory minimum prices.  For beer, the minimum price is $3 per 12-ounce bottle or sleeve, $5 per 20-ounce pint or $15 per 60-ounce jug.  Wine must be priced at at least $3 per 5-ounce glass or $15.85 per 750-millilitre bottle.  Spirit prices must be set at a minimum of $3 per 1.5-ounce drink.

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New Booze Laws in Vancouver: Happy Hours Officially Start; Booze Now at Farmers Markets