Odd Spirits: Mama Juana

Chances are unless you’ve been to the Dominican Republic, you’ve likely never heard of Mama Juana, but it has an interesting history that’s worth exploring. First off, it’s worth explaining what Mama Juana actually is. Mama Juana is a concoction that is a combination of red wine, rum and honey that is allowed to soak…

Canada’s Best Breweries (According to Data)

Every year, the Canadian Brewing Awards celebrates the best beer being brewed in Canada. It’s a reason to celebrate for dozens of breweries, who walk away with the coveted prizes in their respective brewing categories, beating out the rest of the country. But, when it comes to year-over-year, what breweries are the cream of the…

The Best Whisky For $60 or Less

Not too long ago, I posted on the best value spirits in each category, and one category that truly needed to be expanded was whisky. Whisky is an expensive habit, but it doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. While most whisky will run you around the $100 or more range, there are a number…

What’s In The Parallel 49 & Central City Advent Calendar (Spoilers)

Seriously, don’t read this article if you want to go into this year’s advent calendar completely blind. With the release of the new advent calendar from Central City and Parallel 49, the inevitable question is always “what’s in the box?” Now if you well and truly want the experience spoiled for you, then continue below….

Introducing Vancouver’s Newest Brewery: East Van Brewing

Another promising brewery has opened it’s doors in the East Vancouver neighbourhood, and is hoping to find a niche in an already saturated area of the city. East Van Brewing, is spearheaded by Steve Jennings (of Jennings Hospitality) and Andy Agnesini. There is also some pedigree behind the team as Head Brewer James Labbe comes from Steamworks…

The 10 Must Visit Breweries in Canada

Ever wonder what breweries are the essential Canadian experience? The one’s that scream, this is what our country has to offer! From coast to coast, we have some incredible beer and hundreds of breweries that could sit on this list. But for the sake of brevity, I’ve broken it down to the 10 essential breweries…

Molson Buys Trou du Diable

One of my favourite Quebec based craft brewers has just joined the ranks of Molson Coors. Le Trou du Diable came into being in December 2005 on premises located on Willow Avenue in Shawinigan, Quebec. The brewery is well known for their barrel-aged beer and sour program, and in my opinion produces some of the most interesting beer…

BC’s Best Winter Beer Selection

Winter is upon us, and rather than moan about the loss of summer, let’s celebrate the season that brings us some of the most interesting beer all year round! BC breweries tend to embrace the new colder weather by bringing us some truly masterful craft beer. From light to dark, there’s something for everyone, so…

The Best Spirits For Their Value

There is an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to purchasing spirits. Quite frankly, most of us stick to either what we know, what we’ve heard of, or what’s the cheapest. But the reality is, just because you’re familiar with a brand because of their strong marketing, doesn’t mean there isn’t a better one…

The Best BC Breweries (According to Data)

Trying to determine who is the best of the best can be a heated argument over personal taste, but that’s why we have science! Every year the BC Beer Awards are held, and a number of awards are handed out to the best beer in the representative category. If you want to see the winners…

Grand Marnier Targets a New Generation

Grand Marnier is a brand that most of us are familiar with, they’ve done an excellent job on brand recognition and marketing. But here’s the problem: just because you know of Grand Marnier, does it mean you’re drinking it? In fact, how many of you reading can say you’ve got Grand Marnier in your home…

Scotch Lovers Rejoice! Hopscotch Returns to Vancouver

The 22nd annual Hopscotch Festival is returning to Vancouver to entice drinkers with a full roster of whiskey, beer and spirits. This year the festival runs for a full seven days and nights between Monday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, November 26. While the main festival runs on November 24-25 at the PNE Forum, new this year are a…