Category: Beer & Spirits

Touring Andina Brewing

Brothers, Andrés and Nicolás Amaya are co-owners along with their wives of this recently opened brewery in the East Village neighborhood. Andrew Powers is their head brewer who collaborates with Nicolás on recipes that include fruit only found in South…

Bowmore Whisky Unlock Hidden Depths

I recently had the opportunity to taste some of the fine Whiskey’s from the Bowmore collection in a guided food and whisky pairing tasting. Bowmore is a distillery that produces scotch whisky on the isle of Islay, an island of…

Interview with Beer Merchant Mike Sharpham

I had a chance to chat with Mike Sharpham who brings over half a decade of beverage experience to Granville Island Brewing. Working as a drinks expert at specialty retail stores for many years allowed Mike to collaborate with Canada’s…

Laphroaig Lore and Chocolate at Chocolate Arts

Whisky always goes well with chocolate, I was fortunate to attend this chocolate pairing of Laphroaig as they launched their Lore in Vancouver at Chocolate Arts to a small group of media and bartenders. The liquid inside of Laphroaig Select…

The Unsung Heroes: Sake & Sherry

Comparisons and tasting of That’s Life Gourmet Sake and Sherry, lead by Margaux Leahelaine and Mariko Tajiri was a great way to learn about some of their fine Sherry as well as Sake from their portfolio. Aged sakes have a…

Touring Faculty Brewing

Husband-and-wife team Mauricio, the head brewer, and Alicia, the architect behind the brewery’s design started their brewery this past August. Located in the Olympic Village neighborhood just South of 2nd Avenue. At Faculty Brewing, they strive to create an open…

Grey Goose Pairing Dinner with Chef Jamie Kennedy

Recently, I attended a wonderful media dinner with a select group of media that featured Celebrity Chef Jamie Kennedy who created a spectacular dinner with a seafood emphasis to pair with Grey Goose Cocktails. The Boulangerie Bleue cocktails were designed…

Touring The Parkside Brewery

Vern Lambourne & Sam Payne started their brewery in June of 2016 as the latest addition to Brewer’s Row in Port Moody. Located across the street from Rocky Point Park and between Yellow Dog Brewing and Moody Ales. Sam toured…

Baron Samedi Rum Launch Party

Local artist Jace Kim was on hand to do a live painting of The Baron Samedi at the launch of this new spiced rum at Calabash Bistro in Vancouver recently. In under 2 hours Jace painted a 7 foot tall…

Vancouver International Tequila Expo on May 28

The 5th Annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) will take place on May 28, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Proceeds will benefit the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), the hospitality industry’s own charity. The event is Canada’s largest showcase of premium agave…

The Last Great Malts Unveiled

I recently had a chance to learn about The Last Great Malts whiskey collection from their global brand Ambassador Gabriel Cardarella of Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky. In a one on one session earlier in the day and then at the…

Celebrating the Spirits at BC Distilled

On March 26th I attended BC Distilled that featured over 23 distilleries from across British Columbia, it was mostly small-batch distilleries and many of them were new. I was looking forward to another round so to speak, after last years…

A night of Remy Martin at Hy’s Steakhouse

Pairing Remy Martin to Hy’s Steakhouse classic fare was a divine experience that I had recently at the Bon Vivant Dinner. Remy Martin Vsop Old Fashioned in the first course paired with a salad of greens was a great start…

Balvenie Pairing Dinner at L’Abattoir

Recently, I attended a wonderful dinner at L’Abattoir Restaurant that featured The Balvenie line-up of whiskey’s to paired with wonderful dishes from Chef Lee Cooper and his chefs team. A night of tasting The Balvenie Whisky to celebrate The Balvenie…

Craft Brew Touring in Port Moody

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and wine writer, Karl Kliparchuk joined me on our own tour of three fairly new craft breweries in Port Moody. Our first stop was at Yellow Dog Brewing The tasting room is themed…

Making Holiday Cocktails at Liberty Distillery

At local Liberty Distillery on Granville Island they wish to celebrate and pay homage to the old traditions, and their spirits are fermented and distilled onsite following exacting recipes. Each batch is meticulously controlled in each step from the fermentation…

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky Tasting and Pairing

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky tasting at Miku Restaurant, where Beam Suntory Japanese Whisky Brand Ambassador, Johnnie Mundell offered up some history and tasting notes behind the brand. Hibiki Japanese Harmony encapsulates the…

Glenfiddich Pairing Dinner at Hawksworth

Last week, I attended a dinner at Hawksworth Restaurant that featured the Glenfiddich line-up of whiskey’s paired with wonderful dishes from Chef Stewart Boyles and Chef David Hawksworth’s chefs team. 1st Course: Salmon lightly smoked, picked cucumber, chilli, olive oil,…

Grand Marnier Pairing Dinner at West

On October 28, I attended a dinner at West Restaurant that featured Patrick Raguenaud, who is the master distiller at Grand Marnier in France.  Master Distiller, Patrick Raguenaud presented his Grand Marnier Cuvée collection with wonderful dishes from culinary mastermind…

Parallel 49 Brewing Schadenfreude Launch Party

Earlier in the week, I attended a terrific and fun launch party of Parallel 49’s fall release of their Oktoberfest Lager. This beer sets itself apart from other pumpkin ales by being light and refreshing. Pumpkin is used in the…

Craft Brew Touring in the East Village

Last Sunday, I went on my own tour of four new craft breweries in the East Village neighborhood.  My cousin joined me for this walking tour as we started off at Off The Rail which is located just East of…

Stanley Park Brewing Sunsetter Launch Party

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a fabulous beachside party for the launch of Stanley Park Brewing’s new Sunsetter Summer Ale. This well-organized event took place in the heart of English Bay just above the beach on a beautiful…

Rare Brews & BBQ

On May 31st I attended this one of a kind of event that combined the best in local beer with in house BBQ meats along with other dishes at Darby’s Public House in Kitsilano. It was a packed house inside…

Touring Red Truck Brewery

I recently toured the expansive Red Truck Beer Company brewery in the heart of what was once known as Historical Brewery Creek, just outside of Downtown Vancouver. The new Brewery features the Red Truck Stop Diner along with the Red…

Celebrating the Spirits at BC Distilled

On April 18th I attended BC Distilled that featured over 23 distilleries from across British Columbia, it was mostly small-batch distilleries and many of them were new. Tasting was the operative word here and there were a few that not…

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