Postmark brewing smDine Out Vancouver started out as discount dinner-fest. But it’s now blossomed well beyond the plate. Dine Out is now very much also about what’s in the glass.

The time was, not all that long ago, when you’d be hard pressed to find any BC wines on a restaurant list. No More. Dine Out’s most dedicated players offer the option of a good VQA wine by the glass paired with each course.

Nor is it only about grapes. After all, with Vancouver’s ‘Brewvolution’ in full swing, who could resist including beer and other beverages?

 

Dine Out’s Ultimate beer dinner

Postmark and Belgard dessert match

Postmark Porter with chocolate + espresso budino, sponge toffee and creme fraiche

For serious hopheads, Postmark Brewing and Belgard Kitchen’s Jan 20th. Tankfarm dinner is not to be missed. I was lucky enough to sample these inspired tastes the other night, a collaboration between Brewmaster Craig Noble and Chef Reuben Major. Noble also happens to be an award winning film-maker; and Major joined Belgard Kitchen after a successful career as chef and director of culinary development at Earls.

The $55 dinner (including four 10 oz. beers paired with courses, and brewery tour) is served long table style, right in the Settlement Building barrel room—home of Vancouver Urban Winery.

Grab a ticket if you can, if only to taste the extraordinary Postmark Porter paired with chocolate + espresso budino, sponge toffee and creme fraiche. This dinner looks pretty set to sell out. But I’m told by a reliable source that something similar to this will be on the Belgard schedule on a regular basis. Stay tuned!

Dine Out beer at Postmark Brewing

A flight of fancy at Postmark Brewing

For more malty Dine Out madness, hop on the bus to take in the Craft Beer and Artisan Food Tour of Vancouver. Here’s a full-on tour that takes in two top craft breweries (Strange Fellows Brewing, and Bomber Brewing) and three award-winning artisan food stops. Presented by Vancouver Brewery Tours, you can catch it Jan 22, 23, 29, 30 (3-6 pm) or January 24, 31 (4-7 pm).

 

Bottles and glasses at Odd Society Spirits

Odd Society Spirits — on the tour

Not have craft spirits been overlooked… The Craft Distillery Tour (Presented by Off the Eaten Track) on Jan 22, 24, 29, 31 (5-7.30 pm), which includes tours and tastes at Odd Society Spirits, Liberty Distillery and Yaletown Distillery. Again, the fact that this tour is now on the Dine Out roster is further testament to just how fast the local craft distillery scene and spirits culture is growing. If you’ve yet to visit any, here’s a great chance to do so—and leave the driving to somebody else—a very smart idea!

Find full details under ‘events’ at  dineoutvancouver.com — but move quickly as they’re all selling fast.

 

(This post also appeared in the North Shore News)