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

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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

Craft Beer “Battle Royale” Coming to Vancouver

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Photo credit: Mathew Knott | Flickr

Vancouver has some great craft breweries, but which of them is king of the ring?

That burning question will be settled once and for all (at least, for this month) at the fourth Beer Battle Royale at Doolin’s Irish Pub on May 29.

The premise is simple: “four B.C. breweries battle it out in the Doolin’s ring for total beer glory.” Vying for top honours this year are local heavyweights Granville Island Brewing, Longwood Brewery, Coal Harbour Brewing Company and Bridge Brewing.

Each of the contenders will bring one cask of their finest beer to the competition.  The winner – chosen in fittingly democratic fashion – is whoever sells out their keg first. Apart from bragging rights, the victorious brewery will also have its beer featured at Doolin’s throughout the month of June.

Tickets for the Beer Battle Royale are $25 and include four 16-ounce beers.  The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at Doolin’s Irish Pub (654 Nelson St., corner of Granville Street).

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Craft Beer “Battle Royale” Coming to Vancouver

Big List of Downtown Vancouver Craft Breweries and Brew Pubs

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Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Ready for the ultimate microbrew crawl? Here’s a comprehensive list of the craft breweries and brew pubs currently operating in downtown Vancouver.  We’ll start in the heart of downtown near Waterfront Station, head out to East Vancouver, swoop up to Mount Pleasant and conclude along False Creek.

Brew pubs on the list all have extensive food menus, while the smaller breweries often partner with local food trucks and generally also offer growlers (refillable glass containers) of beer to go.

Steamworks Brew PubLocated adjacent to downtown’s Waterfront Station, this expansive pub and restaurant uses heat from the city’s underground steam lines in the beer making process and boasts an encyclopedic selection of home brews.  375 Water St.

Patricia Hotel Brew PubBetter known as Pat’s Pub, this 100-year-old establishment makes its own tasty lager and also offers great jazz and live music near Hastings and Main Streets.  403 E. Hastings St.

Storm Brewing: One of a cluster of small breweries in the gritty East Vancouver industrial district at the end of Commercial Drive, Storm has been making beer since 1995 and offers a full lineup featuring a stout, IPA, Scottish ale, pilsner and even a sour red ale.  310 Commercial Dr.

Powell Street BrewingThis very popular “nano-brewery” in the same neighbourhood was started by a husband-and-wife team in 2012 and offers tastings and growler refills of its three signature brews: Dive Bomb Porter, Old Jalopy Pale Ale and Hopdemonium IPA.  1830 Powell St.

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Rare $150-a-Bottle Beer Coming to Vancouver

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Photo credit: Another Pint Please… | Flickr

Would you pay $150 for one bottle of beer?

The craft brew revolution took a strange, pricy twist in Vancouver this week, with the announcement that a $150 beer will soon be available in select B.C. Liquor Stores.  In total, 84 bottles of Utopias, made by American brewer Samuel Adams, will make their way to the province.

But this is no ordinary brew.  It has no carbonation and an incredible 28-percent alcohol content, more than twice the percentage in an average bottle of wine.  In fact, it can be opened and closed like a spirit and doesn’t have to be refrigerated.  The beer comes in special 710-ml bottles, twice the size of a typical longneck beer bottle.

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Rare $150-a-Bottle Beer Coming to Vancouver

Vancouver-Area University Offering 2-Year Degree in Beer

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Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Serious about beer? Maybe it’s time you took your love of suds to the next level.

Starting in September, local craft beer enthusiasts will be able to enrol in an accredited, two-year program all about brewing.  Offered at the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Brewing and Brewery Operations diploma is the first of its kind in the province and one of only a handful of beer-based multi-year diplomas in North America.

The inaugural class of 35 students will convene in a specially designed brew laboratory. Their studies will combine classes on the chemistry and microbiology behind the brewing process with hands-on training in brewing, packaging and marketing beer.

Meanwhile, guest lectures from members of the B.C. Craft Brewers Guild and Master Brewers Association of Canada will be supplemented by internships at local breweries for real-world beer experience.

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Vancouver-Area University Offering 2-Year Degree in Beer