Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Great Parallel 49 Brewing Co. and Central City Brewers and Distillers Craft Crossing Calendar Spoiler Exchange!

The Craft Crossing Calendar is the second Christmas-themed collaboration between Parallel 49 Brewing Co. and Central City Brewers and Distillers.

Nothing says Christmas like sneaking a peek at your presents before the big day. That, and consumption of copious amounts of alcohol.

So in the spirit of the holidays, the Vancouver Beer Club spontaneously decided to embark upon an alcoholic adventure we call …

The Great Parallel 49 Brewing Co. and Central City Brewers and Distillers Craft Crossing Calendar Spoiler Exchange!

Four men. Twenty-four bottles of beer. Insatiable curiosity and equally insatiable thirst.

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Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Great Parallel 49 Brewing Co. and Central City Brewers and Distillers Craft Crossing Calendar Spoiler Exchange!

UPDATED: Ex-Granville Island brewmaster to make a splash in Brew-rard Inlet

Vern Lambourne announced the name of Port Moody’s fourth brewery, The Parkside, Saturday on Twitter. It is expected to open on Murray Street in 2016.

As Port Moody’s third craft brewery celebrates its grand opening, details emerge on the city’s fourth.

Ex-Granville Island Brewing brewmaster Vern Lambourne is behind The Parkside Brewery, aiming to open in 2016, he announced Saturday on Twitter.

“My consulting biz is over. Happy to announce I’m starting my own brewery! The Parkside Brewery/Port Moody/Opening 2016/Stay tuned,” Lambourne said.

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UPDATED: Ex-Granville Island brewmaster to make a splash in Brew-rard Inlet

Port Moody’s Twin Sails sets … sail

Twin Sails Brewing Co. quietly opened across the alley from Yellow Dog in Port Moody.
Twin Sails Brewing Co. quietly opened across the alley from Yellow Dog in Port Moody.

Port Moody is set to become B.C.’s biggest craft beer destination outside of Vancouver with the opening of the long-awaited Twin Sails Brewing Co.

Twin brothers Cody and Clay Allmin — the former formerly a manager with the Donnelly Group, and the latter a homebrewer and operations manager for Loblaws — opened the doors quietly on Saturday.

Head brewer Dave Bridger, previously of Parallel 49 and 33 Acres, is focusing on traditional German styles. For the opening he has brewed a pilsner, a Marzen, a hefeweizen and a roggenweizen.

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Port Moody’s Twin Sails sets … sail

Central City secures former Dix BBQ & Brewery site

Dix BBQ & Brewery closed in May 2010. Central City Brewers + Distillers will open a brewpub in the space in late May, five years later.

Pucker up, Vancouver.

Central City Brewers + Distillers is moving to a familiar downtown address — and sour beers will flow.

As previously reported here, the award-winning Surrey brewery is opening a brewpub in downtown Vancouver.

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Central City secures former Dix BBQ & Brewery site

Howe Sound Brewing buys East Vancouver’s R&B Brewing

R&B Brewing was opened in East Vancouver’s historical Brewery Creek district in 1997 by Rick Dellow and Barry Benson.

Squamish’s Howe Sound Brewing has purchased East Vancouver’s long-established R&B Brewing in an unprecedented move in B.C.’s burgeoning craft beer market.

This is the first time an independent, local brewery has bought another, marking a new era in the province’s craft beer boom.

The transaction closed last week, according to sources close to the deal.

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Howe Sound Brewing buys East Vancouver’s R&B Brewing

Vancouver’s first organic brewery to open its doors Tuesday

South Vancouver's Dogwood Brewing opens Tuesday at 4 p.m.
South Vancouver’s Dogwood Brewing will open Tuesday at 4 p.m., according to brewmaster Claire Wilson.

Dogwood Brewing, Vancouver’s first organic craft brewery, is set to open its doors.

“Tasting room opening next week,” brewmaster Claire Wilson said Wednesday on Instagram.

Dogwood’s hours will be from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, Wilson said.

Four beers are expected on tap for Dogwood Brewing's opening.
Four beers are expected on tap for Dogwood Brewing’s opening.

Four beers are expected on tap: a 5.9%, 50 IBU India Pale Ale; a 6.9%, 20 IBU Marzen-style “fest” ale; a 4%, 20 IBU stout; and a 4.5%, 15 IBU honey ale.

Wilson honed her craft at Richmond’s Big River Brew Pub, Aldergrove’s Dead Frog, and in the United Kingdom.

Dogwood is supplied by Harvesters of Organic Hops in Lillooet and Gambrinus Malting in Armstrong.

Tables made from reclaimed timber, wooden keg collars, reusable coasters and recycled cardboard growler tags that use string repurposed from malt bags highlight the brewery’s sustainable, eco-friendly efforts.

Dogwood is located at 8284 Sherbrooke St. in south Vancouver, off of Marine Drive near the Knight Street bridge.


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“Crafty” beer alert: Molson Coors brings Mad Jack to B.C.

Mad Jack, an apple-flavoured lager, will be released in B.C. in April by Molson Coors.
Mad Jack, an apple-flavoured lager, will be released in B.C. in April by Molson Coors.

Sound the “crafty” beer alarm.

Mad Jack will also be available in bottles.
Mad Jack will also be available in bottles.

Molson Coors is set to unleash Mad Jack — an apple-flavoured lager — across Canada in April, the company announced Tuesday in a news release.

“With a crisp apple taste that’s light in body with a smooth, clean finish, Mad Jack has a taste that’s refreshingly different,” said Kristi Knowles, vice-president of innovation, insights and portfolio strategy at Molson Coors. “Beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers have quickly taken a liking to Mad Jack and we can’t wait for the rest of Canada to get the opportunity to taste one of our best-received products in years.”

Mad Jack has been available in Quebec and Ontario since 2014, and launches this year in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces.

The 5% ABV beverage differs from cider in that it is malt-based and contains flavouring.

It won the Canadian Living 2015 Best New Product Award for new beer.


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