Category: Beer & Spirits

Spring Patio Tasting on the Dockside Restaurant Patio

I recently attended a celebration of spring, held on May 24 on the beautiful patio behind the Granville Island Hotel. This annual event celebrated spring with a tasting of appetizers from the chefs at Dockside Restaurant along with a tasting…

Touring Bridge Brewing

Since they opened in 2012, beer lovers in BC have discovered Bridge Brewing’s great tasting, high quality craft beer. Owned by Leigh Stratton and her husband, Jason Stratton they began their journey as Vancouver’s first nano brewery, since they built…

Former Steel Toad Brewing to become T&B Brewing Co.

Steel Toad Brewing was recently purchased by Daniel Frankel and his Tap & Barrel group, as Daniel said “Richard, I wanted to send you this first, so you heard it from me”. In the Spring 2018, Tap & Barrel will…

Experiencing Cornucopia 2017 in Whistler

Started off my Whistler Cornucopia experience by attending the Best of BC House Party on Thursday November 16 at the Whistler Conference Centre. Stayed at the beautiful Crystal Lodge Hotel, centrally located across the walkway from the Whistler Conference Centre…

Canadian Club 40 Year Old tasting at L’Abattoir

I recently had the opportunity to taste this special Whiskey, a 40 Year Old whiskey from Canadian Club, this was a rare moment to celebrate a true Canadian whiskey and we did this at L’Abattoir in Gastown. The Canadian Tuxedo…

House Party at Whistler Cornucopia 2017 Recap

It’s been years since my last visit to Cornucopia, back then it was a 4 day event, in recent years it became an 11 day event. This year I attended Cornucopia on the latter part of the festival and had…

Davin de Kergommeaux Talks Canadian Whisky at the Vancouver Club

I recently attended an intimate guided whisky tasting by Davin de Kergommeaux, the Author of Canadian Whisky, a book recently published by Appetite Randomhouse. From left to right, we tried his selection of 5 whiskies, #43, then the Crown Royal which…

Touring Backcountry Brewing

John Folinsbee, one of the partners and Brewmaster toured me around the brewery which was established by a group of five partners, including head brewer John Folinsbee and Ben Reeder, co-owner of Maple Bay Hop Farm where many of the…

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,…

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