The Road Ahead

An interview with Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers’ Guild After more than 18 months enduring COVID-19, life is finally beginning to return to normal. British Columbia’s craft beer industry dealt with a huge amount of uncertainty […]

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This hand sanitizer, that beer

Author’s note: below is a transcript of my notes from the This Hand Sanitizer, That Beer Throwdown, a new event which took place on January 9, 2021, in Gibsons.* 12:40 P.M. // First beer event I’ve been to in a […]

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Lessons from Pandemic Drinking

The last six months have been an interesting and trying experience, to say the least. They have taught me a lot about myself, my family and my relationship to my home and work. Most importantly, they’ve taught me some crucial […]

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Bar business outlook brightens with hockey’s return

Vancouver’s hospitality sector will benefit from the return of Vancouver Canucks games at Rogers Arena following the provincial government’s approval of the National Hockey League’s plan for its 2021 season, but industry officials say that benefit will vary from subsector […]

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Restaurants prepare to struggle through the rain and cold

For restaurants, the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been a tale of two cities. Restaurants in Vancouver’s and Victoria’s downtown core, typically buzzing with business lunches and after work cocktails, have been struggling. However, restaurants in the suburbs […]

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Pandemic shakes up Vancouver’s alcohol-delivery sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the liquor delivery business in Metro Vancouver, opening the door – at least temporarily – for restaurants to deliver alcohol with meals, for consumers to receive alcohol bought from private retailers through meal-delivery apps […]

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The Growler is back! 

Next issue of The Growler due out Nov. 1, 2020! After a brief hiatus due to the world almost ending (and the birth of my second child, totally unrelated), I’m happy to announce that The Growler is back, with a […]

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