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This week: Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) 

By |May 25th, 2015|

El Peloton de la Muerte returns for this year's competition... Vancouver’s premium liquor culture continues to surge and grow in popularity. The biggest to date so far, the fourth annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) pours into the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday, May 30. The event is highlighted by a hotly contested [...]

‘Foragin’ craft gin flights of fancy

By |May 20th, 2015|

A close look at gin ... Leave it to forage to come up with a unique gin tasting option... The ever inventive and regionally driven Vancouver restaurant has unveiled a flight of three one-ounce drops to celebrate BC's burgeoning craft distillery culture. Each gin is paired with a taste from Chef Chris Whitaker's adventuresome kitchen. [...]

Perfect Pairings: ChocolaTas, Whisky and Wine

By |December 17th, 2014|

  ChocolaTas: Looking as good as they taste UPDATED, Sept 9th, 2015 CHOCOLATAS OWNER WIM TAS NAMED TOP ARTISANAL CHOCOLATIER There is plenty of gold for ChocolaTas THE NEWS Master Chocolatier Wim Tas, with his wife and business partner Veve, are positively beaming GOLD. Named Top Artisanal Chocolatier and Most Gifted Chocolatierat the recent International [...]

Make Mine with Mezcal: Tequila Expo Shakedown

By |June 6th, 2014|

Shea Hogan's Mezcal based Death Squad Sour (Shameful Tiki Room) Mezcal can be mildly mesmerizing. Over the years I've learned to treat certain spirits—from single malt Whisky to Absinthe and more— with a degree of respect. Maybe it was only a matter of time before Mezcal was added to the list—a fact reconfirmed at last [...]

Agave Week: Time to Taste Tequila and Meet Your Mezcal (Video)

By |April 17th, 2014|

"Mr. Mezcal" Eric Lorenz and an array of Mezcal Updated, April 9, 2014. This year's Vancouver International Tequila Expo runs May 26-31. Full details here: Much more to come soon...   When we first met Eric Lorenz a few of years ago, Tequila was something you made margaritas with and, well, who had even heard [...]

Breaking Bread with Clos du Soleil at Tavola

By |March 21st, 2014|

    A ground-breaking collaboration: Marc du Soleil, made by Long Table Distillery, TP photo The Hired Belly has attended more than few winemaker dinners. But some remain etched in my memory. The very first was when Howard Soon (now Peller Estates’ chief winemaker, then Calona Vineyards’) dropped by the original Raintree, in [...]

Odd Society Spirits: Riding the Crest of BC’s Craft Distillery Boom

By |December 4th, 2013|

Craft distilling blossoms: Odd Society's smart Powell St. tasting bar Sitting at Odd Society’s long black bar, it’s not hard to be impressed—even if a little surprised—that this polished operation has popped up at 1725 Powell Street (604-716-6745). Of course, it’s not quite that simple. Lost in the hubbub surrounding the close of [...]

Broker’s, Brollies and Bowlers: The London Dry Taking the Gin World by Storm

By |November 29th, 2013|

The Broker's Brothers  Martin & Andy Dawson... If the hat fits ... Andy Dawson is sitting at the bar in Gerrard at Sutton Place. Between measured sips of her Moét, the woman at the other end is staring at him intently. More precisely (no offence to the eminently handsome Mr. Dawson), she’s actually [...]

Long Table: Craft Distilling (Finally) Comes to Vancouver

By |February 23rd, 2013|

First sips of Vancouver's Long Table gin and vodka, Tim Pawsey photo Today marks a truly auspicious occasion in the sometimes mirky history of Vancouver's liquor trade. Long Table Distillery officially opens its doors—marking the launch of the city’s first distillery in several decades. The path to pulling the wraps off the converted [...]

Tales of the Cocktail Vancouver: Looking Forward to Next Year

By |March 21st, 2011|

The English wrote the book on gin - Tim Pawsey photo We’ve been taking stock of last week’s cocktail infused days, sifting through images and notes from Tales of the Cocktail—the New Orleans success story brought to Vancouver by TOTC founder Ann Tuenneman. Kudos to the contingent of savvy folks behind the Canadian [...]

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