Odd Spirits: Chareau

When it comes to odd spirits, generally speaking they tend to exist in a foreign country, with some historical context and a rarity that make them hard to find outside their country of origin. But Chareau is different, starting with the fact that it’s California made. Founded by Kurt Charron, Chareau pulls off the remarkable…

Is Craft Mead The Next Big Thing?

Craft beer is no longer a fringe hobby, in fact ‘craft’ everything is now the norm. The trend toward ‘craft’ food and drinks has been well underway for decades, organic and locally-sourced foods, beer made by your friends, artisan distilleries, inventive cocktail recipes, and the recent rise of craft beer and cider have all been…

Beat the Heat with these Late Summer Cocktails

August is one of the hottest months of the year, and while we’re outside all day long, we’ve got to find creative ways to beat that summer heat. That means serving up some cocktails that really offer a thirst quenching experience. These cocktails are not only great for summer sipping, but the lower alcohol content…

Red Truck Opens New Brewery in Colorado

In British Columbia we know we make good beer, and one local brewery is out to prove they can play in the big leagues by opening a new brewhouse south of the border. Red Truck has officially opened their new brewery (as of August 18th) in For Collins, Colorado. This is the first time a…

Try These Quality Rums for National Rum Day

Someone was smart enough to decide that in the dead center of the heat in August, there should be a day that celebrates rum, that beautiful liquid that is the basis for most all of your favourite tropical cocktails. This year, National Rum Day falls on August 16th. To celebrate, here’s a few rums worth…

Whistler Village Beer Fest Returns September 11-16

You read that right, six full days of beer and activities in one of the most beautiful settings in the province! This is the first year the Whistler Village festival will span a full six days, and there is no lack of activities for the beer and outdoor enthusiast. There’s axe throwing, beer yoga, brunch,…

4.5 Million Consumer Reviews Determine the Best Craft Beer in the USA

Craft beer is a massive industry in the United States. There are well over 8,000 breweries across the country which accounts for more than 100,000 distinct beers. A while back we noted the crowdsourced favourites listed by the American Brewers Association, but now a new list has been published that takes a wide look at data…

Sipping Spotlight: Montreal’s Cold Room

Every so often there comes along a bar that makes you feel special to have even found the place, Cold Room is the epitome of that experience. Cold Room is one of those bars that survives purely through rumor, the mysterious bar that lays hidden in plain sight. Nestled in the exceptionally high trafficked area…

Celebrate International Beer Day With These Craft Beer

International Beer Day falls on August 4th, and no matter where you are in the world, you can celebrate with this list of beer from countries all over the world to wet your whistle. Note that while all these countries have some great beer, we’re going with options that you’d be able to reasonably find…

Odd Spirits: Pulque

The ancient ancestor of mezcal and tequila, pulque works in mysterious ways and is starting to regain some of its popularity. Pulque is a milky, slightly foamy and somewhat viscous beverage made by fermenting (not distilling) the fresh sap of certain types of agave, and pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish by something like 1,500…