Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Creative Tequila Cocktails

Cinco de Mayo is just days away, and this festive celebration wouldn’t be complete without some tequila cocktails to indulge in. Rather than defaulting to the basic frozen margaritas, why not try a few of these creative, but not too difficult options, to make the experience a little more authentic. Pineapple Cilantro Margarita Margarita’s are…

Two Bottles of Macallan 1926 Sold for an Unbelievable Price

Last week, word got out that a new world record had been set for the most expensive whisky sale ever made. Two exceptionally rare bottles of Macallan 1926 single malt whisky were recently sold at Le Clos, a duty free spirits retailer in Dubai’s international airport. Let me stress that again, the world’s most expensive whisky…

Make Space in your Cooler for these Canned Cocktails

I’ll be the first to advocate for making your own cocktails from scratch. Not only does it build a better understanding of what makes a good cocktail, but you start to learn what tastes you prefer and how to make a cocktail perfect for you. BUT, there are special occasions where it simply doesn’t make…

The Top Five BC Based Wheat Beers

British Columbia loves wheat beer. Thanks to long summers and warm weather, wheat beer tends to be one of the most popular choices when it comes to patio beer. Wheat beers are exactly what the name implies, it’s an ale that is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to barley. There are a…

Third Annual East Van Hop Circuit is This Weekend

That’s right, East Vancouver is arguably THE definitive area for craft beer in Vancouver, and will be the place to be this Sunday, April 22 for the 3rd annual Hop Circuit. Think of the Hop Circuit like one big open house, where the doors and suds are flowing at 17 different East Van breweries and…

Sipping Spotlight: Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash

Three Dot and a Dash is one of those cocktail bars you know you’re going to love just by walking in the door. If you haven’t guessed already, Three Dots is a tiki bar, but it’s not that kitschy kind of tiki bar that your friends drag you to when they are feeling like some…

Wild Fermentation Brings Old Traditions Back to Life

The process of creating beer, wine and spirits that are not only delicious, but non-toxic, is extremely scientific; one step in the wrong direction and you could end up with a skunked batch or even a lethal dose. That’s why there are hundreds of resources outlining the specific needs of a variety of alcohol categories,…

Parallel 49 Releases Brews Brothers Volume 4

If you’ve been paying attention, then you’ll know that it’s right about that time of year when you can expect to see the Parallel 49 collaboration pack hit store shelves. Now in it’s fourth year, the collaboration pack tends to provide a unique take on a number of beer styles, which can be either a…

Craft Beer Drinkers Are Less Diverse Than You Think

Sometimes it can feel like there is a glut of craft beer to try. An overwhelming number of breweries to choose from and an unlimited number of styles to taste. But when you start looking at the overall numbers of what is “popular” things start to become much more narrow. First off, let’s start by…

Odd Spirits: Anty Gin

Gin is usually a pretty safe bet; while distilleries vary on the amount of botanicals used, there is a general consensus of what a gin should ultimately be made of. That has completely been upended with Anty Gin, a product that doesn’t seem to be even possible. Anty Gin is a a joint venture between…

The Secret Health Benefits of Craft Beer

Next time you pour yourself a pint, remember to cheers to your health! We’ve all been told that beer is bad for you, aka drink too much and look out for the dreaded ‘Beer belly”. While excess drinking is obviously not good for you, and beer does contain calories, there are some significant health benefits…

1st Annual Alberta Beer Awards Winners

The 1st annual edition of the Alberta Beer Awards took place earlier this month at the Palace Theatre in Calgary, with the awards also serving as a closing party for the 2nd annual Alberta Craft Brewing Convention. Hosted by the Alberta Small Brewers Association, the inaugural ABAs featured 66 medals in 22 style categories, plus awards for Best of Show…