First Impressions, Part 4: Vancouver’s Beer

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Hello again, Vancouver.

In case you missed the last installment of this series, my name is Tom. I’m new in Town.

I just moved here from my hometown of Ottawa. It was a bit of leap of faith because I’d never been to BC before, but it’s all paid off. You see, I’ve already fallen in love with your city.

Vancouver has a lot going for it: Stanley Park, the SkyTrain, Science World, and more. But as I clumsily learn my way through its neighbourhoods—all unfamiliar to me—I’m learning that there is so much more to this city than the obvious. As a Vancouver newbie, I’m finding that even the city’s ordinary is excellent. Even the mundane is thrilling. Yes, Vancouver, with my fresh set of eyes, I’m here to remind you to appreciate the little things—the lovely little things—because your city is full of them.

Case in point? Your beer.

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First Impressions, Part 4: Vancouver’s Beer

Nine pumpkin ales (and one red wine) to try this Halloween

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Pumpkin ale lovers rejoice: October is here, and that means all those lovely seasonal pumpkin-flavoured craft beers are available once again.

Here’s a quick and handy guide to Vancouver- and B.C.-produced pumpkin ales that will help usher in Thanksgiving and Halloween and ease the way into winter. The beers are available in government and specialty liquor stores.

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Nine pumpkin ales (and one red wine) to try this Halloween

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!