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

Session Cask Festival showcases low-alcohol beer

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With Vancouver gone craft beer crazy, we keep seeing “session” beers available at various tasting rooms and brewpubs around town. With the Session Cask Festival on Saturday, July 4, these brews get a showcase of their own.

A session beer is one that is brewed to be 5 per cent alcohol or less. In addition, flavour isn’t sacrificed in the malt to hop balance, which results in extremely drinkable beer that won’t put you under the table. In other words, you can drink plenty without overwhelming the palate in the same way, say, an afternoon of India Pale Ale would, or knocking out the senses of the imbiber, the way stronger beers might. These ales allow for repeated consumption over a long “session.”

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Session Cask Festival showcases low-alcohol beer

5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

The countdown is on to Vancouver Craft Beer Week, and there’s still time to get your ducks—er, bottle caps–in a row.

The biggest craft-beer festival in Canada starts at the end of this month and runs from May 29 to June 7 with beer-pairing dinners, festival tastings, and party upon party.

Tickets to some of the signature events (such as the Rare Brews & BBQ) have already sold out but, but there are plenty of others to choose from.

Here are five to whet your whistle.

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5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015

Surrey brewer expands to Vancouver

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Central City Brewers + Distillers is expanding out of its home in Surrey, B.C. The Vancouver Beer Club blog is reporting that the company has taken over the space previously occupied by Dix, an old brew and bbq joint located at 871 Beatty Street across from B.C. Place Stadium.

The new brewpub is scheduled to open at the end of May. Interestingly, the brewery will specialize in sour beers. According to the blog, “The room will centre around an enormous foudre,” which is a cask that will be used to house fermenting sours.

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Peek inside Dogwood Brewing, Vancouver’s first organic brewery

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

Photo credit: Carolyn Ali

It was only a matter of time before Vancouver’s appreciation for organic, sustainable living combined with the city’s craft beer boom.

Dogwood Brewing, the city’s first organic brewery, opened in Southeast Vancouver in late March. Unlike most of the city’s craft breweries, it’s not in the Mount Pleasant Brewery Creek area. It’s located just off Marine Drive west of the Knight Street Bridge.

So what makes this microbrewery special?

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Peek inside Dogwood Brewing, Vancouver’s first organic brewery