Espolòn Tequila: A Modern Tequila Over 100 Years in the Making

You may not have heard of Espolòn before, but if you’ve recently been down the tequila aisle, it’s hard to miss the striking labels of this quality tequila. While evoking aspects of Mexico’s past, the labels also offer a modern twist to the legends, much like the spirit inside the bottle. Espolòn was founded in 1996,…

Understanding What Makes a Good Tequila

Tequila, it’s one of the most divisive spirits in the market, and for good reason. You’d be forgiven if the mere mention of tequila brings up an automatic gag reflex from too many nights of bad shots and inevitable hangovers. But what you may not realize, is that true tequila doesn’t have to be a…

Six Summer Cocktails for a Taste of Europe

Summer tends to bring out the travel bug in most of us. Dreams of warm beaches, rolling hills, exotic food, they all seem to get just that much more tantalizing during the summer months. But, if travel isn’t an option, then why not bring the exotic flavours to you? Here are six European inspired cocktails…

10 Classic Cocktails Every Home Bartender Should Know

Cocktails are a science and an art form. They are what make or break a good bar, and define a bartender based on their knowledge and skill of pairing flavours and spirits. But, a good cocktail doesn’t need to be complex; in fact, true classic cocktails tend to be as simple as they come with…

How to make the pilgrimage to Portland for the Oregon Brewers Festival

In Vancouver we are spoiled: we have access to a ton of local breweries and a number of quality festivals year-round that give us the chance to sample everything BC has to offer. But, just over the border, there is a beer festival that any self-respecting beer lover can’t ignore: the Oregon Brewers Festival. Now in its…

BC Craft Beer for the Beach

I think it’s fair to say that we’re finally in summer mode, the weather is cooperating and giving us some of the best beach days we’ve seen in a while. So what better way to celebrate than to crack open a cold one and enjoy the surf and sand. Here are a couple BC beers…

Celebrate Canada’s 150th with these Commemorative Beers and Spirits

Canada Day is fast approaching, and this year we’re celebrating a special milestone, 150 years. While there are a number of different ways Canadian companies are celebrating, one unique way beer and spirit producers are celebrating is by releasing commemorative editions for this special day. Whether you’re a beer, wine, or spirits drinker, here are…

Mariner Brewing: Coquitlam’s first craft brewery coming in July

It’s hard to believe that with the growth and popularity of craft beer in BC, that Coquitlam has yet to have a craft brewery to call its own. That is soon to be rectified with the opening of Mariner Brewing. Located at H-1100 Lansdowne Drive in the Coquitlam Centre neighbourhood, the brewery is on track…

Gluten Free Craft Brewery Crowdfunding to Open in Calgary

A Calgary based husband and wife team are hoping to bring Western Canada’s first 100 per cent Gluten Free craft brewery to Calgary in 2018. Wes and Jackie Maxwell, owners of Heathen’s Brewery have launched a Crowdfunding campaign to help raise start-up capital for the brewery; with a target goal of $150,000, they hope to…

Best Beers of the 2017 Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Vancouver Craft Beer Week, now on its eighth year, is one of the largest festivals in BC for craft beer. Many local breweries have made their debut at the festival, and there is guaranteed to be something on tap that you haven’t had a chance to try. With so many choices, it can be easy…