Vancouver Breweries and Sustainability: Upcycling Spent Grain

Marc Wandler, co-owner of Susgrainable (left) with Mauricio Lozano, owner/operator of Faculty Brewing Co. (right); sourced from Susgrainable

Vancouver’s craft brewery scene has been exploding over the last decade. This growth has been an incredibly exciting development for beer enthusiasts. However, beer production consumes considerable resources, such as water, and leads to waste, primarily in the form of spent grain. In fact, it’s estimated that breweries in Canada produce over 400,000 tonnes of spent grain per year. That’s a huge amount of waste potentially going to the landfill.

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Vancouver Breweries and Sustainability: Upcycling Spent Grain

Yoga+beer! And other goings-on at Vancouver craft breweries in September

It’s back-to-school time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a yoga class and drink a beer immediately after. In fact, it’s imperative.

Well, don’t worry; Faculty Brewing Co. has you covered.

Après Om is a weekly yoga-and-beer event held at the brewery on Saturday mornings. You can find out more about Après Om below, along with a few other special events hosted by other Vancouver craft breweries this month.

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Yoga+beer! And other goings-on at Vancouver craft breweries in September

Beer, Italian-style as Luppolo Brewing Company opens in East Vancouver

Luppolo Brewing, Vancouver. Shawn Conner photo.

A happy camper at Luppolo Brewing, Nov. 5 2016. Shawn Conner photo.

In April, we wrote about the Hop Circuit, a guided beer-tasting tour of East Vancouver craft breweries. At the time, three new establishments that were on the circuit were still in the planning stages. On Oct. 28, one of those breweries opened its doors.

An Italian-themed craft brewery, Luppolo (1123 Venables St.) is already attracting beer aficionados. On a recent Saturday, we arrived at 3 p.m. – at opening time – along with a few others. By 3:30, the tasting room – with a capacity of 50 or 60 (we’re guessing) – was full.

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Beer, Italian-style as Luppolo Brewing Company opens in East Vancouver

NEW Happy Hour at VCBW’s Craft Beer Fest at the PNE

VCBW PNE Aug 27

Just in! Vancouver Craft Beer Week just announced they are offering Happy Hour daily until the PNE closes September 5th. Continue reading:
NEW Happy Hour at VCBW’s Craft Beer Fest at the PNE

East Vancouver wins big at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards!

Alison Page/Four Winds Brewing.

Alison Page/Four Winds Brewing.

Vancouver’s Four Winds Brewing won the top prize at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, bringing home the Beer of the Year award for its Nectarous Dry-Hopped Sour.

Not to be outdone, East Vancouver – which boasts the highest concentration of craft breweries in B.C. – also put in a strong showing. While the awards were spread amongst brewers all over Vancouver (Four Winds is located in Delta), we’ve compiled a list of all the East Van winners to make your next craft brewery crawl more exciting.

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East Vancouver wins big at this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards!

Red Truck Beer Company announces summer concert series

Five Alarm Funk. Gabriela Gonzalez-Milroy photo.

Five Alarm Funk. Gabriela Gonzalez-Milroy photo.

The Red Truck Beer Company is getting set to open its new facilities on 1st Avenue in East Vancouver. To add to the excitement, the craft brewery has announced a summer parking lot concert series.

The kickoff show in June 13 and features local band Five Alarm Funk. There are four more concerts in the series.

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Red Truck Beer Company announces summer concert series

Meet Vancouver’s latest craft brewery

Off the Rail on a Thursday afternoon in February in Vancouver

Off the Rail on a Thursday afternoon in February in Vancouver. Shawn Conner photo.

Off the Rail Brewing Company is now open for business.

Located on a major bike thoroughfare in East Vancouver, the new brewery has been the subject of plenty of speculation and curiosity over the last several months, especially during the summer, as thousands of commuting cyclists passed by daily as the brewery was under construction.

So what will all those thirsty bike-riders, along with everyone else following Vancouver’s seemingly insatiable craft beer scene, find?

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Meet Vancouver’s latest craft brewery