Trend to try: Vancouver’s new craft ciders

Photo from Left Field Cider Co. website

Photo from Left Field Cider Co. website

There’s a new trend in craft beer in British Columbia and it’s not beer—it’s cider.

Two brand-new B.C. ciders will hit Vancouver liquor store shelves in April. As the interest in craft cider gains traction, expect more options in bars and restaurants throughout the summer.

Here are a few that are new to the market, plus a fun event on March 21 where you can sample not only ciders but an array of gluten-free beer.

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Trend to try: Vancouver’s new craft ciders

Molten glass + cold beer = one sizzling night

Photo credit: Terminal City Glass Co-op on Facebook

Photo credit: Terminal City Glass Co-op on Facebook

There’s something riveting about glassblowing. Maybe it’s the molten glass, maybe it’s the intensity of the 1,200° C (2,220° F) heat blasting out of the open furnace. Maybe it’s the high-pressure, make-or-break (literally) nature of the art.

Whatever it is, it’s fascinating to watch talented glass artists do their thing. And it’s even better to watch it while enjoying good craft beer.

All of this comes together for one night–Friday, March 13–at an event called Hot Glass Cold Beer. It’s the second annual fundraiser for Terminal City Glass Co-op, Canada’s only non-profit co-operative glass studio.

TCGC has invited in nine craft breweries to stage a tasting on the premises. Not only will guests sample some of B.C.’s latest craft beer offerings, they’ll do it from a hand-blown glass beer mug.

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Molten glass + cold beer = one sizzling night

Attention Hopheads: Vancouver-Area University Launches Craft Beer Certificate

Photo credit: Evil Sivan | Flickr

Photo credit: Evil Sivan | Flickr

Know your hops from your malts and your ales from your lagers?  A new degree program at Metro Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University may be for you.

The university has announced that it will be offering a special certificate in Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials, starting this October at its Surrey campus.  The five-course, part-time program promises a “comprehensive approach to the art, science and business of craft beer” and is targeted to individuals eager to cash in on Vancouver’s craft beer boom.

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Attention Hopheads: Vancouver-Area University Launches Craft Beer Certificate

New East Vancouver craft brewery Strange Fellows opens

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On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Vancouver’s latest craft brewery opened its doors. The new brewery is called Strange Fellows and is located at 1345 Clark Drive in East Vancouver.

The new brewery currently has six different beers on tap, including an imperial stout (the Boris, which comes in at a night-ending – or night-beginning, depending on your outlook – 10% alcohol), an IPA, a brown ale (the Familiar Brown, our favourite), a lager, a pale ale and a wheat beer. The brewery hopes to have eight beers available, four perennials and four on rotation.

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Meet Vancouver’s newest brewmaster

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Steel Toad brewmaster Chris Charron.

After a long wait and a lot of speculation, the big red barn-like building at 97 East 2nd Ave. (between Ontario and Quebec) is finally open for business.

After opening in October, Steel Toad Brewpub and Dining Hall became the latest entry in Vancouver’s brewing scene (although, at the rate the industry is growing, this statement could be out-of-date by the end of this weekend!). Housed in the former Opsal Steel Building, near Olympic Village, Steel Toad is a spacious, airy gathering place for locals and visitors alike. A large centrepiece bar shares the main floor with dining tables, with another dining area on the mezzanine level. On game nights, a big screen TV screen shows Canucks games. There is also live music.

Steel Toad has a well-stocked whiskey selection, a craft cocktail program and a dinner, lunch and brunch menu. But the on-site brewing is one of the main attractions, and we talked to head brewmaster Chris Charron about his current selection and plans for the future.

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