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Red Racer + Dix Redux = Good Brews News

By |July 30th, 2015|

  Red Racer Restaurant has landed—with a few taps to go along... The Big Brews News of the month is that Central City Brewing’s much anticipated Red Racer Restaurant has landed in downtown Vancouver, in the old Dix BBQ & Brewery spot. (871 Beatty St.) And, no surprise, there’s a whole raft of Red [...]

SoCIAL Lite: A Sin-free (and Tasteful) Cooler

By |July 21st, 2015|

SoCIAL Lite: taking a solid shot at the lucrative cooler business I’ve never been a cooler fan. I can’t really say why, except that I don’t like sweet drinks. It wasn’t always like that. When I was a kid, my parents used to take us kids to the pub after church. (Nice balance [...]

Nose to Tail: When Only the Beast Will Do

By |March 12th, 2015|

Nose to Tail at Campagnolo Roma Dramatic pig skull presentation at Campagnolo Roma makes the point I’m both intrigued and reassured by the resurgence and resilience of nose to tail dining. I’m a big fan of the whole beast movement, for any number of reasons. I’m intrigued because it really is a nod [...]

30 Days of IPA: Time to Hop On

By |August 1st, 2014|

Fat Tug and a whole lot more ... I’m intrigued by the notion of the “public palate”—the way in which ‘normal’ people grow into and adopt new ideas and tastes, as opposed to the geekery into which most of us food and wine types fall—because we’re immersed in it every day. A story [...]

First Bites at Vancouver’s Fat Badger

By |June 15th, 2014|

The Fat Badger: making good use of a familiar space I knew when I walked into The Fat Badger (1616 Alberni St., Vancouver) for the first time that it would stir my emotions. After all, there are few buildings in Vancouver with which I have a stronger connection than this West End house on Alberni [...]

5 Stout Walks on the Dark Side: Any Porter in a Storm

By |January 21st, 2014|

Central City's Imperial ... you might want to share Often as not, the best tastings are spontaneous and even unstructured. The other night I got together with my great friends and neighbours R & B. They’re very much part of our Real Person (Wine) Tasting Panel. But this was more of a last [...]

BYO = Brew Your Own: Moonshine Beer in Bag Home Brewing Unveiled in U.K.

By |November 27th, 2013|

Hops in a bag at home? No worries! Never at a loss to navigate their way around high liquor taxes, the Brits are at it again. This time with the seemingly ingenious and cleverly named Moonshine home brewing bag. Just add water and wait! I wonder if and when (or if ever) this [...]

12 Newbies in 2012 That Made Vancouver’s Dining Scene Even Better

By |December 18th, 2012|

Siena: braised lamb filled ravioli, Tim Pawsey photo One of the hazards of writing “Best of” / “Year End” lists is that you’re guaranteed to miss one (or more)—even more likely if you’ve been waging a kleenex demolition derby against the lurgy sweeping through Vancouver these days. That said, here’s a greatly expanded [...]

Brews News: Poring over Tastes from Pioneering Portland in Vancouver

By |October 19th, 2012|

Good pints and more ... We’ve waxed poetic (and otherwise) over the years about what used to pass for a pub in Vancouver. Having been eclipsed for so long by Victoria (which benefitted maybe just a tad from being the seat of political and bureaucratic power), Vancouver is finally coming into its own. [...]

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 [...]

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