Hopping Around Vancouver Microbreweries

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With a comprehensive offering of local ingredients, a notable desire to support local, and evolving provincial liquor laws, Greater Vancouver has seen a surge in microbreweries that shows no sign of slowing down.

Recent government announcements have unveiled plans to phase in the sale of beer, wine and spirits in British Columbia grocery stores and farmers markets, as well as new regulations around happy hour and larger site licenses at music festivals. These developments have seen provincial market shares for artisanal beer double over the past four years, with industry experts forecasting a count of more than 80 active breweries by the end of 2014.

With this, visitors and residents of Vancouver have an inspiring selection of local suds, with many incorporating tasting rooms, growler shops and the inclusion of local food trucks offerings.

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Hopping Around Vancouver Microbreweries

Pirate Pak Day for Adults Coming to White Spot, Aug. 13

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

It’s the one day of the year when adults – with a straight face – can order a Pirate Pak.

On Wednesday, August 13, White Spot is holding its annual Adult Pirate Pak Day. Normally just for the kiddies, the special meals packed with fast-food goodness will be available to everyone, for one day only.

For the uninitiated, a Pirate Pak is basically a kids meal, laid out inside a paper boat with a paper sail supported by a straw. On the deck of the boat, there’s a spot for a burger, fries, coleslaw and a soft drink.  A scoop of ice cream goes into the prow and, of course, there’s the pirate treasure: one solid gold (er … chocolate) coin.

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Pirate Pak Day for Adults Coming to White Spot, Aug. 13

Second Annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby Returns August 10

Photo Credit: Daniel Burke

Photo Credit: Daniel Burke Photography

If you’re in Chinatown or Strathcona this Sunday, be sure to make your way to 100 block of Keefer Street. The second annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby will be heating up Keefer as some of Vancouver’s hippest chefs compete for the Golden Dumpling championship.

This is how it works: local master Chinese chefs will be selling traditional dumplings roadside, while cooks from 20 of Vancouver’s top restos will plate up fresh takes on the little pouches of yum. A panel of expert dumpling-eating judges – like Global BC Newswoman Sophie Lui – who decide the winner

The cook off competitors’ list reads like an honour roll of Vancouver’s finest eateries including: Oru, Campagnolo, Wildebeest and Vij’s. Attendees can sample the 20 different dumpling offerings by purchasing a $30 passport. Though online passports are sold out, 100 tickets will be available the day of the event and we’re giving away two passports (see details below). Continue reading:
Second Annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby Returns August 10

Araxi Longtable Dinner Series makes its debut in Vancouver

Araxi Longtable Series Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Araxi Longtable Series

Araxi Restaurant has long been celebrated as one of the best restaurants in Whistler, offering farm-to-table fresh food and seasonally focused menus. Aside from the award-winning food, Araxi Restaurant has made a name for themselves with their Longtable Dinner Series, which has guests dining with 300 friends in a picture-perfect outdoor setting.

For the first time ever, the Araxi Longtable Series will be coming to Vancouver at Vanier Park on August 04, 2014. The long table dinner includes a four-course farm-to-table meal prepared by Araxi executive chef, James Walt.

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Araxi Longtable Dinner Series makes its debut in Vancouver

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