20 Craft Breweries + Burlesque Dancers: Beerlesque Comes to Vancouver

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Performers at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse Community Centre Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

Craft beer, food carts and burlesque dancers: It’s a match made in … Vancouver.

Beerlesque IV rolls into town Friday, Oct. 10, as part of Vancouver Craft Beer Week.  Held ins Yaletown’s Roundhouse Centre, the event brings together 20 local breweries and a lineup of the city’s top burlesque dancers.

Because it’s easy to work up an appetite from all that drinking and ogling, a few of Vancouver’s top food carts will also be on hand.  Meanwhile, Blackberry Wood will be rocking the house with their unique brand of country-gypsy-circus music, completing the “adult carnival” atmosphere.

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20 Craft Breweries + Burlesque Dancers: Beerlesque Comes to Vancouver

5 ways Vancouver has changed since I left

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It’s been a year and a half since I left my beloved adopted home of Vancouver for my hometown of Toronto. It was a tough choice to make, as I’d never imagined I would leave a place I felt so enamoured by.  But it was work related decision and an offer that would have been silly to turn down. I made a commitment to return as often as I could, which is why I’ve been here since mid-June.

A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of the freedoms of freelancing and spend some time out West during its prime season: Summer. I arranged a month’s worth of house and cat sits in different parts of town, packed a small suitcase and booked a one-way ticket.

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5 ways Vancouver has changed since I left

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!

Bikes x Beer x Brunch: Together at last!

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Combining the best summer activities Bikes, Beer and Brunch or so we think!  Starting Saturday June 28th and every other Saturday this summer Cycle City Tours is running Vancouver’s first Craft Beer Bicycle Tour.

Perfect for the novice or beer nut alike, Cycle City Tours has partnered with 3 of the top Craft Breweries in Vancouver to create this unique Bike and Beer tasting treat!  Guests have the opportunity to tour brewing facilities, sample 9 different beers, and learn about beer and food pairing with edibles at Belgard Kitchen.

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Bikes x Beer x Brunch: Together at last!

Local Vancouver Chefs Design Craft Beers

Four chefs and a brewmaster: Brian Skinner, Robert Belcham, Todd Graham, Andrea Carlson, Chris Whittaker

Four chefs and a brewmaster: L-R Brian Skinner, Robert Belcham, Todd Graham, Andrea Carlson, Chris Whittaker

What are your favourite summer flavours? Chances are they may come from your garden, neighbourhood restaurant or for the adventurous, be foraged from Lower Mainland wild spaces.

Maybe, like me, you’re a fan of fresh minty drinks (hello Mr. Mojito) or a beverage with a hint of evergreen like a gin & tonic throughout the summer months. Now what if these flavour profiles were translated into beer that you could pair with a fancy dinner, drink after a day of competitive bike polo or bring to that epic sunset BBQ on your friend’s killer patio?

The folks at R&B Brewing Co. had these summer moments in mind when they put together their Chef Series craft beers.

“The variety of beer styles now available in restaurants encourages diners to choose beer as an accompaniment with their meal,” says R&B Brewing Co. Head Brewer, Todd Graham. “The Chef Series is intended to further stimulate one’s curiosity for beer and food pairing.”

Starting lat May and continuing into early fall, R&B will release five very different beers created by brewmaster Todd Graham and five of Vancouver’s top chefs: Chris Whittaker (Forage), Brian Skinner (Acorn), Robert Blecham (Campagnolo), Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co.) and the late Owen Lightly of Butter on the Endive catering.

Participating chefs were asked to choose a beer style and unique ingredients that are personal favourites. Each beer reveals a little bit about each chef and pair perfectly with some of their signature dishes. Following the release of the first five beers in the Chef Series, a new list of chef collaborators will be announced.  Continue reading:
Local Vancouver Chefs Design Craft Beers