Queers & Beers: An LGBTQ+ Hang-Out for the Rest of Us, Sep. 18

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By Casey Stepaniuk

Remember that Gandhi saying about being the change you want to see in the world? You might not think it at first, but Vancouver’s Queers and Beers is inspired by just that sort of logic. It’s a seasonal event held every 3-4 months and just like the awesome name implies, it’s a hang-out party for LGBTQ+ folks focused on local craft beer tasting.

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Queers & Beers: An LGBTQ+ Hang-Out for the Rest of Us, Sep. 18

Say ‘hi’ to Vancouver’s latest craft brewery!

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Vancouver’s newest craft brewery, is now officially open for business. Located at 1830 Ontario St., Faculty Brewing Co. opened its doors to the general public Aug 2. First beers include a blonde, a mint heffe (a minzeweizen, a milky wheat beer brewed with peppermint tea), a pale ale made with Chinook hops, and a dry-oaked stout.

So, what’s their story?

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Say ‘hi’ to Vancouver’s latest craft brewery!

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Offers A New Line-Up

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Who’s thirsty?! The seventh annual VCBW is set to kick off with opening night fun on May 27th and will keep the party hopping until June 5th.

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Vancouver Craft Beer Week Offers A New Line-Up

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

Photo credit: traveljunction | Flickr

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