Vancouver Beer fans rejoice: Winter Ale is back

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Now that we’ve officially proved the world isn’t coming to an end, here’s one more reason to celebrate this holiday season.

Local brewmeisters Central City have brought back their seriously addictive Red Racer Winter Ale, just in time for Christmas.  Normally, this wouldn’t be breaking news – But this isn’t any normal ale.

Plenty of local breweries are offering up holiday suds (check out Shawn’s recent post for a complete rundown), but beer fans were seriously disappointed when it appeared that Central City might not be among them.

For the past several years, their Winter Ale has been among the most sought-after of seasonal beers – a serious, hoppy brew with just the faintest touch of vanilla and maple syrup. In contrast to other winter beers, Central City’s was hearty and complex – not some sugar- and cinnamon-sweetened macrobrew dressed up for the holidays.

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Vancouver Beer fans rejoice: Winter Ale is back

Brewmasters Dinner at Seasons in the Park – March 6, 2012

Photo: Seasons in the Park Restaurant

Seasons in the Park, one of the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View (and one that has been re-vamping its image from “traditional fine dining” to the more youthful, vital “enjoy wine on our rustic patio or grab an informal lunch while atop Queen Elizabeth Park“) is hosting a Brewmasters Dinner with Granville Island Brewery on March 6.

The first event of its kind at Seasons, the Brewmasters Dinner showcases award-winning beers from Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewery paired with seasonal, signature dishes from Seasons in the Park.  Granville Island Brewmaster Vern Lambourne will also be on hand to entertain guests with his oral “history of brewing.”

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Brewmasters Dinner at Seasons in the Park – March 6, 2012

Last Chance for BC Craft Beer Month

October is BC Craft Beer Month, which means this month-long celebration of British Columbia craft beer will be coming to a close on Monday, October 31.

There is still time to get in on the craft beer action: Between today and November 1, there are five events happening in and around Vancouver. Here’s the list of local BC Craft Beer Month events for October 27 – 31:

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Last Chance for BC Craft Beer Month

Best Bar for Beer in Vancouver? You make the call!

Alibi Room | 157 Alexander Street @ Main

Vancouver offers nightlife to suit almost every taste:  pubs both classic and contemporary, chic lounges, trendy clubs, even a few pleasantly grungy dive bars.

The city is also developing a reputation as a beer drinkers’ town.   From brew pubs to taverns serving dozens of premium local and international beers, Vancouver has no shortage of places to wet your whistle.   I’d like to know your favourite.

Where’s the best place in Vancouver for beer lovers?  Which bar boasts the best selection?  The best ambiance?  The friendliest and most knowledgeable bartenders?

I’ll start things off by mentioning one of my favourites:  the Alibi Room in Gastown.

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Best Bar for Beer in Vancouver? You make the call!

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