2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

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2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 84,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites – A Multi-Blog Collaboration


Here is a Summary of the #bcbeerbloggers collaboration that I was a part of. Hope you enjoyed the collaboration as much as we did.

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The Idea: About a month ago a group of us local BC Beer Bloggers (and one from Alberta) decided to get together and collaborate on a list of our favourite local winter craft beer from Western Canada, primarily British Columbia and a few from Alberta. We thought it would be fun to compare what we were looking forward too, to collaborate together and get the message out. Finally, what’s really the most fun part is researching, tasting and writing about some of the great beers we have here produced by some awesome local brewers.

The Process: All 5 bloggers were asked to come up with their top 5 or 6 beers that are normally released around this time of year and we would each choose three from our lists to help deal with any overlap. We picked beers that had meaning to us, beers we buy and enjoy every year and focused…

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12 Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer Over The Holidays (By Vern Lambourne)


Every year we dread having to go shopping for the holiday season as it is just insane. We also dread some of the other parts of the Christmas/Holiday season as well. Well Vern Lambourne the Brewmaster at Granville Island Brewing has written a list of the ” 12 Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer Over The Holidays”. Looking over the list I personally I felt most of the list resonated fairly well with me personally. With that said I present to you his list!

12 Reasons Why You Should Drink Beer Over The Holidays

1. To make shopping marathons more bearable
Long line-ups and endless searches to find the perfect gift are inevitable during the holiday season, but shopping pain doesn’t have to be. Treat yourself to a lunch brew or two to break up the day, and make the mall marathon more tolerable.
 
2. To put up with your annoying relatives
You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Although we all love our kooky clans, there’s nothing like a beer remedy to increase your tolerance for these inescapable awkward encounters.
 
3. To flush out those heavy holiday meals
Beer, especially dark beer, like Barley Wine, contains fibre. After countless servings of turkey, potatoes and stuffing, you’ll be grateful to have counteracted those holiday helpings with a beverage that will keep you regular and absorb feast fats.
 
4. To deal with your in-laws
Enough said.
 
5. To help you sleep during the cold winter months
Beer hops contain chemical properties that promote the zzzs. Drink a hoppy beer at dinner to help you snooze throughout those cool Canadian nights.
 
6. To cheers to the end of a perfect day on the slopes
The robust flavour of winter warm beers, like Lions Winter Ale, are the perfect pairing to winter escapades. Come in from the cold and celebrate the best winter has to offer.
 
7. To act as your plus one
Whether it’s a work holiday party or a New Years Eve bash, a roasty bottle of beer is the ideal stand-in for an actual date. Already have a plus one? Grab two beers and make it a double date.
 
8. To keep you hoppy and healthy for the holidays
Hops contained in beer contain antiviral properties that fight against cold-like symptoms in adults. Though we don’t recommend using alcohol as a primary medicinal source, we beer lovers can dream.
 
9. To prove that you’re a knowledgeable holiday host
Impress your guests by pairing a delicious Honey Smoked Scallop and Bacon Chowder with a hearty Lions Winter Ale, or a smooth Pot de Crème with a rich Chocolate Imperial Stout.
 
10. To implement your best Saint Nick impression
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry…
 
11. To spread the holiday cheer(s)
Beer is the quintessential social beverage. Drink a few beers, share a few laughs and cheers to lasting memories this holiday season.
 
12. To save up for the next holiday season
After all the gift exchanges and elaborate holiday events, you’ll surely search for ways to make extra cash in the new year. Return your empties to the Granville Island Brewing retail store and receive 10 cents for each GIB recycled bottle/can. After a holiday season of beer drinking, it will be the gift that keeps on giving…

Well there you have it. Does this list resonate with you at all over the holiday season? I would love to hear what my followers have to say on this topic!

Craft Beer Infographic


I was recently sent an article and infographic on craft beer done by the Hospitality program at Kendall College out of Chicago.  It may not be a perfect comparison of the British Columbia craft beer scene but it is still a good representation of what is going on.  Take a peak!

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Writeup from Matt Zajechowski of Digital Third Coast

The Rise of Craft Beer

 

As many beer lovers already know, the craft beer industry has been growing exponentially over the past few years. You can see evidence everywhere: more local breweries are popping up, bars are adding new taps, and grocery stores are stocking brands like Brooklyn Brewery and New Belgium next to the usual Budweiser and Coors Light.

According to research compiled by Kendall College’s School of Hospitality, 36% of consumers already drink craft beer. If you talk to a group of Millennials, you’ll find that even more of them drink craft beer—at least 43%. Furthermore, 45% of consumers say that they would try more craft beers if they knew more about them. And for anyone who hangs out with beer enthusiasts, all of these numbers probably sound low.

So why has everyone been climbing aboard the craft beer bandwagon recently?

Reasons for Craft Beer’s Popularity

 

It offers more flavor. When you open a bottle of Budweiser or Miller Light, it’s not going to taste any different than the last time you had a beer from one of those major brands. With the thousands of small independent breweries around the country, consumers have more opportunities to try different, full-flavored varieties of beer. IPAs in particular have taken off as consumers have come to embrace a hoppier taste.

It’s great for foodies. Wine connoisseurs often get into fervent discussions about what types of wine pair best with different types of foods, and now beer drinkers can also have fun experimenting with different food and beverage pairings. For example, an Irish red might go great with a burger, while a wheat beer would go nicely with sushi. Craft beer gives people a chance to savor their drink along with their meal.

It’s becoming more readily available. Gone are the days when you had limited options when it came to picking out beer at the store. Liquor and grocery stores are recognizing that their customers are in the market for more variety, and as a result they’re stocking a wider range of craft beers.

It’s getting more portable. While many breweries start out by bottling their beers, a lot are now also releasing cans, which allows people to take craft beer to places that ban bottles. Now people can enjoy craft beer while hiking, floating down a river, or going to the tennis courts.

Breweries keep innovating. Craft breweries know that the only way they are going to be able to stand out from their much bigger competitors is to keep trying new things and see what consumes latch onto. This means that different breweries will often introduce new seasonal or limited release beers, giving consumers even more to get excited about.

A Golden Era for the Craft Beer Industry

 

With more than 2,400 breweries around the country offering an estimated 103,585 jobs, there are plenty of opportunities for anyone who wants to work as a brewer, tasting room specialist, brewpub server, or sales manager. Ambitious individuals with a passion for craft beer can even open their own brewery. In fact, several colleges and culinary schools now offer concentrations in Beverage Management in order to prepare their students to enter the world of craft beer when they graduate. In short, thanks to the increasing popularity of craft beer, now is the ideal time to enter the industry.

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Back to me.

It is great to see Colleges and Universities get into the discussion of quality craft beer.  I like how they even bring up some great ideas for food pairing in the infographic.  Be it in Chicago with Kendell College’s Hospitality program or locally here in Metro Vancouver on the other side of the Continent with Surrey’s campus of Simon Fraser University offering their brand new Brewing program.  If like the Infographic said 45% of consumers would be willing to try craft beer then maybe we can convert 50% of them to drinking a quality product with tones of flavour.  Then down the road maybe the next 45% can try it out and so on.  Peoples palates are changing slowly but surely.  It may have started in the wine industry but it has already had its Renascence and now it is quite obviously beers turn.