Why We’re Pumped About Steamworks Brewing’s New Bottles. And the beer.

By |September 27th, 2012|

I’ll admit it: I’m a tiny bit of a design geek. Nope. I have no qualifications. But I am intrigued by clever labels and good looking bottles. Some that come to mind are (BC wineries) Blasted Church, Laughing Stock, Tantalus, and a few more. No coincidence, they’re all the work of Brandever, a company run [...]

Feast of Fields: Today More Relevant Than Ever to Local Food Production

By |August 23rd, 2012|

  FarmFolk CityFolk is one of BC's longest established proponents of locally grown food Food and wine celebrations come and go but one of the longest running—unquestionably because its very telling relevance continues to resonate—is Feast of Fields, the notable outdoor graze that now unfolds in three incarnations: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and [...]

Vancouver’s Tap & Barrel Proves Quality Keg Wines Are Here to Stay

By |August 2nd, 2012|

Tap & Barrel: wines on tap and dazzling downtown views, Tim Pawsey photo We owe a debt of thanks to Blasted Church’s Brent Hayman for being the first to give us the heads up on the burgeoning tap wine business, earlier this spring.  He introduced us to Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten at Vancouver [...]

Time to Get a-Head: Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2012 Looms large

By |April 12th, 2012|

Calling all hopheads: Tickets go on sale at midnight tonight for Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 18-26) Can it really be a year already since the last VCBW? Already, VCBW has quickly become one of the town’s hottest tickets. Last year many events sold out faster than you can say ‘cheers!’ What’s driving [...]

Gastown’s Bitter: Sweet Destination for a Perfect Pint

By |March 23rd, 2012|

Encounter with a perfect pint, Tim Pawsey photo If there’s one thing the Hired Belly finds hard to resist it’s a decent pint, particularly when it's properly poured, and at the right temperature.  I’m sure it’s one of the many very sound traits inherited from my dad—who I still sorely miss. Growing up, beer [...]

Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Returns with a Delightfully ‘Cheeky’ Launch

By |February 14th, 2012|

Vancouver’s classiest cocktail salute is back with a vengeance this week. Judging by the weekend pre-show and first day’s activities, it promises to far outshine last year’s inaugural event, which was impressive—even more so considering it was the first run. Where cocktails and bartenders mix, even the most functional of activities is likely [...]

The Haggis Match: What to Drink (as opposed to sip) on Burns Night

By |January 25th, 2012|

For just a moment—horrors!—the wine geek within had me pondering what to drink with Haggis. A crisp, clean Riesling perhaps? Or, how about a rustic red, maybe a budget Syrah, to pick up on all those gamey sheep bits? Thankfully, at this point, common sense (or my Scottish grandmother, from the Great Beyond) [...]

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