5 Craft-Beer Themed Events Coming to Vancouver for Dine Out 2016

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Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

Craft beer for breakfast?

A unique boozy breakfast and host of other craft-beer themed events are headed for Vancouver this January. It’s all part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, the annual celebration of all things delicious and indulgent in the city, Jan. 15-Jan. 31.

Hundreds of restaurants across Vancouver will be offering special prix-fix menus at $20, $30 and $40 price points, while dozens of special events highlight the city’s unique culinary and cultural offerings.

New this year are a series of events about one of Vancouver’s latest obsessions: craft beer. Dozens of breweries have popped up in the city in recent years, and they’re eager to share their stories – and their beer – with the world.

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5 Craft-Beer Themed Events Coming to Vancouver for Dine Out 2016

More Local Craft Beers Coming to BC Liquor Stores

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Photo credit: TheDigitel Beaufort | Flickr

There’s good news for B.C. beer fans in Vancouver.

Changes in liquor board rules mean that more local craft beers should be showing up in your neighbourhood B.C. Liquor store. The rule change allows government liquor stores to sell up to a dozen more beers from area microbreweries. This total is above and beyond the craft beers already on liquor store shelves.

The new policy represents a needed update to an antiquated distribution system, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore. Up until now, government liquor stores have been limited largely to stocking beers listed by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch. Stores can choose from just a limited selection of around 650 beers, and only 143 of those qualify as microbrews. Continue reading:
More Local Craft Beers Coming to BC Liquor Stores

Pumpkin craft beer rolls out for Thanksgiving and Halloween in Vancouver

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

It’s not just the leaves on the trees: the beer labels at Vancouver liquor stores are turning orange, too.

A new crop of pumpkin beers is appearing both in stores and on tap at local craft breweries and restaurants.

Some are old favourites, and others are new, seasonal concoctions. Here’s a taste of what’s brewing.

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Pumpkin craft beer rolls out for Thanksgiving and Halloween in Vancouver

It’s like Hot Wheels for Adults: first Beer Can Derby set for Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Beer Can Derby

Photo courtesy of Beer Can Derby

Take an empty beer can. Put wheels on it. Kit it out so it looks super-cool and runs like an aerodynamic machine. Now you’ve got a beer-can racer–and all you need is a track and a bit of liquid courage.

For everyone who has dreamed of racing beer cans–or has never heard of racing beer cans but now can’t envision their life without it–Vancouver’s first Beer Can Derby is set for November 8.

“It’s the only kind of racing you can do if you’ve had a beer,” says John Moroney, laughing. He’s co-organizing the event with Derek Furtney, with help from Bomber Brewing’s Rachaal Steele. “It’s hysterical to watch,” he adds.

The craft beer enthusiasts are holding the Sunday afternoon event at WISE Hall as a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Contestants can bring their own cars or make them on-site, and then race them on a 64-foot-long track, which has an 8 to 12 foot drop at the start to get things zooming.

As the derby’s website puts it, it’s “kind of like Hot Wheels, but for adults”.

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B.C. Beer Awards and Festival tickets on sale today!

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Tickets to the 6th Annual B.C. Beer Awards & Festival went on sale today (Aug. 26). The annual beer-appreciation event is being held Oct. 24 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive).

What makes this year’s festival exciting for craft beer enthusiasts is that the local beer community has, apparently, declared 2015 to be the Year of the Sour Beer. Organizers of the B.C. Beer Awards have challenged B.C. Brewers to create some flavourful sours, all of which you’ll be able to try at the festival.

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Craft beer lovers unite at two new restaurants, including Western Canada’s largest

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

It’s easy to find great craft beer in Vancouver these days–and it’s not just at brewery tasting rooms. Restaurants around the city are taking as much pride in their beer lists as their wine lists and offering some of British Columbia’s finest on tap.

Two new restaurants have just opened that put craft beer front and centre.

On July 28, Tap & Barrel Shipyards made its debut on Lower Lonsdale. The North Vancouver location is the third in the Tap & Barrel chain–and this one’s a biggie.

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30 Days of IPA Returns for another Hoppy Year This August

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Third annual celebration includes beers never tapped before in BC!

While craft beer trends come and go, India Pale Ale, better known as IPA, remains the signature style of Pacific Northwest craft beer culture. With the Donnelly Group’s third annual 30 Days of IPA set to kick off August 1st, now is the time for fans of this iconic beer style to pick up a calendar and start planning their month of hops.

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30 Days of IPA Returns for another Hoppy Year This August