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September 24, 2014 

Craft or crafty? 10 Craft Beers Made By Big Beer Companies

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Breaking into the brewery business takes a lot of time and a lot of money. But that hasn’t stopped the more than 2,500 independent breweries to eat away at the market share of mass-produced beer year after year. Big Beer has responded by gobbling up craft breweries or launching crafty brands themselves.

Since Coors launched Blue Moon in 1995, many more big breweries have dipped their toes into the micro waters. If there’s an upside to Big Beer investing in craft breweries, it’s that some good beers have received wider distribution than they might otherwise. Goose Island is probably the best example.

Blue Moon
The original crafty beer distributed to the masses was this fruity wheat beer. It’s served as a gateway craft beer for people that have had limited knowledge and taste in the subject. But as it’s now owned by MillerCoors, it was never really a true, independent craft beer in the first place. Just a decent, tasty gateway drug.
Blue-Moon

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June 28, 2014 Published in:

Unhappy “happy hours” in BC

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Several days ago the provincial government implemented its Happy Hour policies, making B.C. the last province to introduce liquor discounts at bars, pubs and restaurants during certain hours of the day.

However, the new mandated minimum pricing for drinks are now the highest amongst the Canadian provinces – and these prices are effective during all hours of the day, not just during Happy Hour.

According to a provincial government news release, “the introduction of minimum drink pricing is intended to prevent aggressive pricing strategies that may lead to intoxication.”

Happy Hour is meant to provide both businesses and consumers with flexible pricing options, but the latest pricing stipulations seem to have completely defeated the original purpose of the reformed law.

Minimum liquor pricing for each Canadian province

British Columbia (not including sales tax)

  • Draught beer: $0.25 per oz. minimum ($3 per 12 oz. sleeve; $5 per 20 oz. pint; $15 per 60 oz. jug)
  • Packaged beer, cider or coolers: $0.25 per oz. minimum ($3.00 per 12 oz. bottle or 355 ml per can)
  • Wine, fortified wine and sake: $0.60 per oz. minimum ($3 per 5 oz. glass; $3.60 per 6 oz. glass; $5.40 per 9 oz. glass; $15.85 per 26.4 oz)
  • Liquers/Spirits: $3 per oz. minimum

Alberta

  • Draught beer: $0.16 per oz. minimum
  • Packaged beer, cider or coolers: $2.75 per 12 oz. minimum
  • Wine, fortified wine and sake: $0.35 per oz. minimum
  • Liquers/Spirits: $2.75 per oz. minimum

Saskatchewan

  • Draught beer: $0.16 per oz. minimum
  • Packaged beer, cider or coolers: $2.25 per 12 oz. minimum
  • Wine, fortified wine and sake: $0.35 per oz. minimum
  • Liquers/Spirits: $2.25 per oz. minimum

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June 8, 2014 Published in:

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2014 in photos: Beer Festival, Day #2, June 7

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Hi there,

Here are the photos from the 2nd day of VCBW 2014 Beer Festival :) 1st day photos are here.

So-o-o – find your faces there! Good luck! 😉

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Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival, Day #2. June 7 Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival, Day #2. June 7
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Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival, Day #2. June 7 Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival, Day #2. June 7

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June 8, 2014 Published in:

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2014 in photos: Beer Festival, Day #1, June 6

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Hi guys,

I suggest you to review the photos from 1st day of Beer Festival on VCBW and find your faces there 😉

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Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival Day #1. June 6 Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival Day #1. June 6
Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival Day #1. June 6 Vancouver Craft Beer Week: Beer Festival Day #1. June 6

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June 5, 2014 

Alibi Room. Vancouver

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Alibi Room Vancouver Address: 157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 1B8
GPS: 49.284265, -123.100228
Phone: +1 (604) 623 3383
Open:
Sun-Thu: 11am – 01am
Fri-Sat: 11am – 02am (with last call 30 mins before close)

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June 5, 2014 

33 Acres Brewing Company. Vancouver

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

33 Acres Brewery Address: 15 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1M8
GPS: 49.263875, -123.105401,17
Phone: +1 (604) 620 4589
Open:
Mon-Thu: 12pm – 11pm
Fri-Sun: 11pm – 11pm

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June 5, 2014 

Main Street Brewing Company. Vancouver

Author: Sergey Brusentsov

Main Street Brewing Company BC logo Address: 261 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5T 0B4
GPS: 49.2646786,-123.0992043
Phone: +1 (604) 336-7711
Open: 11am – 11pm

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