Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery Tour Tacos

Craft Beer and Tacos Tour in the Georgia Straight

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery TourDine Out 2017 is just around the corner and we’re super excited to launch our Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery Tour! We’ve put together a whole new tour for Dine Out this year celebrating our two favourite things and can’t wait to introduce our guests to our beer stops at Strathcona Brewing and Big Rock Urban Brewing and for the main course of tacos at Tacofino Gastown.

Our tour was just featured in the Georgia Straight as one of the top “booze related” Dine Out events and in case you missed it, you can read the article below!

There’s only a few seats left on tour, click here if you love tacos and craft beer!

Craft Beer & Tacos Tour

Various dates, departing from Waterfront Station

We could go on and on about Vancouver’s mind-blowing craft-beer and international-food scenes, but let’s be real: this event sells itself.

Join Vancouver Brewery Tours for a taste of some of the city’s most talked-about suds as you’re chauffeured to Big Rock Urban Brewery and Strathcona Beer Company for insider peeks behind the brewmasters’ doors.

Your evening is capped off with a Mexican-inspired feast in Gastown, where you can balance all that beer-guzzling with a few of Tacofino‘s award-winning plates.
Tickets are $98.25, including tax.

Click here for the full article by Lucy Lau from the Georgia Straight entitled “9 booze-related events to explore at Dine Out Vancouver 2017”

 

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - BC Beer Wars

BC Beer Wars 2017 is underway!

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - BC Beer WarsBC Beer Wars: Local breweries enter the boxing ring for at-risk youth

BC Beer Wars is an annual collaborative fundraiser between Vancouver and Victoria’s Craft Beer and Boxing communities. Participants from over a dozen local craft breweries take part in an intensive three month training regime to prepare themselves for a sold out boxing card at participating venues. Funds raised from Beer Wars benefit local gyms – Eastside Boxing Club located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Victoria Boxing Club located in Victoria. Both community based non-profits aim to better their communities through boxing Community boxing programs for at risk youth and women that have been exposed to violence.

VBT in collaboration with our Brewery Partner Storm Brewing, has sponsored one of our Brewery Tour Guides to compete. Dave is pumped and training started today!

Several teasers will lead up to the main event including open sparring sessions. The main event is coming up at the end of April. Date tbc.

Good luck to everyone competing and props to Eastside Boxing Club and Victoria Boxing Club for organizing this amazing fundraiser for the community.

If you’d like to know more about Eastside Boxing Club’s community programs check it out here.

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. -The Beer and Growler List at Storm Brewing

Brewery Feature: Storm Brewing

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. Storm Brewing Owner James Walton outisde the breweryThis month we shine the spotlight on one of the most popular breweries on our tour, the one and only Storm Brewing!

Storm Brewing has been on our brewery tours since the day we launched our business in June 2013, and is consistently voted as one of the most popular breweries on our Vancouver Brewery Tour – no small feat considering the abundance of craft breweries in Vancouver and the amount of craft beer choices out there. So why is Storm Brewing such a hit with our brewery tour guests? Well in short, there’s nothing quite like Storm.

Storm Brewing opened its doors in 1995 in a small building the heart of East Vancouver at Commercial and Hastings. The owner James Walton had been brewing beer for a few decades and at the time was unsatisfied with the beer being produced in Vancouver, and like any aspiring entrepreneur thought he could do a better job and make better beer. From there James traveled out to a scrap yard in New Westminster and found almost everything he needed to open his new brewery! Both the Mash Tun and Boil Kettle, still in use today, were purchased from this scrap yard and re purposed to make beer. Can you say Mad Scientist anyone?

It was also around this time that James took inspiration from Belgium and began producing sour beers. Truly ahead of his time, James was one of the first brewers in North America to begin experimenting with the style. While the beer has changed over the years, Storm Brewing now produces the infamous Imperial Flanders Sour Ale, an 11% sour beer which will truly make your mouth water and pucker!

While James began producing some of the mainstay beers that have made Storm famous in 1994, beers like the Highland Scottish Ale, the Black Plague Stout, Precipitation Pilsner and the Hurricane IPA, he also realized his true passion, and that was producing truly unique and adventurous beers.  Called Brainstorms, these weekly one offs are considered some of the most unique, and higher ABV beers made in Vancouver. Beers like the Basil IPA, Echinacea Stout, Wormwood Ale and the hugely successfully Whisky Vanilla Stout. No trip to Storm is complete without sampling your way through the weekly Brainstorms!

And speaking of James, his approachable demeanour and kind heart is one of the reasons why the brewery is so popular with our guests. He’s happy to tell the Storm story to anyone who will listen, and is always happy to talk beer with aspiring brewers or just folks who love his beer. He’s also surrounded himself with some of the best beer staff in the Vancouver brewery scene, and once you’ve visited Storm you’ll know what we’re talking about. The beer is great, and the staff are even better.

Another reason why guests love Storm Brewing is the brewery itself. Made before the tasting room culture took hold in Vancouver, Storm is truly a working brewery and one of the “grittiest” spaces in the entire craft beer community in Vancouver. You could say the brewery perfectly captures the spirit of East Vancouver where the brewery resides. We could write about it all we want, but you truly have to visit Storm Brewing and experience the brewery yourself to “get it”.

So next time you hop on tour with us, or plan your own walking brewery tour of Vancouver, make sure you visit Storm Brewing. Our advice? Keep an open mind, be adventurous with the beer selection and chat up the staff for a true East Van beer experience.

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Tri Cities Cask Festival

Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter 2017 Pro-Am

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Tri Cities Cask FestivalJoin Vancouver Brewery Tours at the Tri Cities Cask Festival Winter Pro-Am and be sure to stop by our booth. We’re excited to be attending! What’s this event all about? Glad you asked!

The Tri-Cities Cask Festival group have been organizing craft beer events now for the past year or so, and this one is quite unique. A cask festival where pro brewers
compete against amateur home brewers for the coveted top prizes of Top Pro Cask, Top Amateur Cask and Best of Show Cask. At last check, the list of brewery count is now up to 35 and homebrew clubs is at 11. That’s 46 casks to sample! Wait – what’s cask beer you say? You can read more about it here. Full list of participants below.

The Winter Pro-Am is taking place at Coquitlam Executive Plaza on January 22nd from 11am to 5pm. Tickets are $49 and that includes: 10 x 4oz beer tokens, 1 token for a custom made burger, 1 token for a custom made poutine and entry into the draw for various door prizes. The venue is conveniently located across the street from the Lougheed Mall skytrain station.

Tickets are still available here.

Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Monica

We are a newly formed not-for-profit society made up of a dedicated and passionate group of craft beer lovers that are looking to increase the craft beer presence in the Tri-Cities. We are looking to host regular craft beer events throughout the Tri-Cities, so of these events may be smaller more intimate events, others maybe grand events but most will be midsize fun events for all types of craft beer lovers. Most importantly our events are put on by craft beer enthusiasts for craft beer enthusiasts.

Participating Breweries:

  • The Parkside Brewery
  • Moody Ales
  • Twin Sails Brewing
  • Yellow Dog Brewing
  • Silver Valley Brewing
  • Postmark Brewing
  • Trading Post Brewing
  • KPU Brewing Lab – Instructors
  • Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
  • Chaos & Solace Craft Brewing Co.
  • Real Cask Brewing
  • Persephone Brewing
  • Maple Meadows Brewing Co.
  • Ravens Brewing Co.
  • Central City Brewers & Distillers
  • Coal Harbour Brewing Company
  • Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
  • Parallel 49 Brewing
  • Old Yale Brewing
  • Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
  • Dageraad Brewing
  • Tool Shed Brewing
  • Moon Under Water Brewery
  • BoomBox Brewing Co.
  • East Van Brewing Co.
  • Callister Brewing
  • HearthStone Brewery
  • Bomber Brewing
  • Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
  • Luppolo Brewing Co.
  • Strathcona Beer Company
  • Lightheart Brewing
  • Storm Brewing
  • Dogwood Brewing
  • Merridale Ciderworks

Participating Clubs/Amateurs are:

 

Special Interest Booths:

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Now Hiring Brewery Tour Guides

Now Hiring Brewery Tour Guides!

Brewery Tour Guide

About Vancouver Brewery Tours

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. is Vancouver’s #1 craft brewery tour experience. Since launching in 2013 as Vancouver’s first and only company dedicated exclusively to craft brewery tours, we pride ourselves on connecting locals and visitors to the vibrant craft beer community in Vancouver. From weekly Public Tours to by request Private Tours, on tour our guests are taken on a craft beer adventure that includes an introduction to the brewing process, behind the scenes tours, VIP entrance and seating, and a generous amount of craft beer samples meant to highlight the exciting diversity currently being brewed in town.

The Opportunity: Brewery Tour Guide

We are seeking 2-3 passionate and knowledgeable brewery tour guides to join our team.  The positions are for on call, part time and potentially full time. The successful candidate must be available every Saturday without exception with other weekday/weekend shifts available upon request. Shifts are 5-8 hours long.

Think you’re right for the job?  Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Passion for locally made craft beer is a MUST
  • Sound knowledge of craft beer, or be willing to learn: Including beer styles, the brewing process, and familiarity with the Vancouver brewery scene in general.
  • Ability to command and captivate a crowd and lead a tour for up to 42 beer lovers
  • Be 100% responsible for a positive and memorable experience for each and every guest
  • Captivating storytelling and sales abilities
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Skilled conversationalist
  • Clean and professional appearance
  • Respectful sense of humour and a laugh that lights up a room!
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Acute time management skills
  • Ability to project your voice in loud spaces
  • Professional and goal oriented approach to your work

Primary Requirements

We are searching for 3 types of candidates
1)    Strong experience in the local craft beer scene (brewers, home brewers, liquor store, etc) AND willing to obtain a Class 4 driver’s license.
2)    Holds a Class 4 driver’s license and a passion for Vancouver craft beer
3)    Holds a Class 4 License AND strong craft beer experience? Skip the interview you’re hired!

Other Requirements

  • Experience as a tour guide an asset
  • Have a smartphone with access to social media
  • PC or Mac with access to the MS suite of products
  • Aged 19 or over
  • Please note a criminal record check and ICBC driver’s abstract will be requested from the successful candidates

How to apply

1.    Email a PDF or Word document of your resume along with a cover letter. In your cover letter show us a little personality! Please tell us the following:

  • Why you’ll make the perfect brewery tour guide
  • Your beer experience – do you homebrew? have you worked in a brewery? how well do you know the Vancouver craft beer scene and/or beer styles? etc
  • Do you hold a Class 4 License?
  • About your favourite Vancouver brewery and why you think others should support them

2. Submit your application to 

Due to the amount of applications received, we will only be contacting potential candiates. Thank you for your interest in good luck!

Vanouver Brewery Tours Inc. -Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Steamworks Brewing Flagship IPA

Beer Trends for 2017

CBC On the CoastVancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Steamworks Brewing Flagship IPA Columnist Rebecca Whyman, spoke earlier this week about some of the craft beer trends predicted for 2017. Two styles that she flagged as up and coming were the New England IPA (aka Northeast or Vermont IPA) and the Milkshake IPA.

A fantastic example of an East Coast IPA is Steamworks Brewing Flagship IPA. This beer won Best in Show at the 2016 BC Beer Awards (and has been a personal favourite of mine the past few months!)

Milkshake IPAs have been popular with two breweries so far – Boom Box Brewing at Callister (they made a Coconut Showers Milkshake IPA) and Two Sails Brewing (Two Straws Mango Pineapple Milkshake IPA).

The Steamworks Flagship and Boom Box Coconut Showers IPAs may just be available to sample when you #HopOn one of our Vancouver Brewery Tours. Check it out!

Cheers, Monica

Everyone wants to know what the future holds, and On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says the future of craft beer in B.C. — at least for 2017 — is the New England India Pale Ale. Also known as the Northeast-style IPA, New England IPAs are less bitter than a Northwest IPA, which makes them more approachable for most people. Whyman says they have fruity, citrusy flavours and a creamy soft mouthfeel, an unexpected sensation for drinkers used to Northwest IPAs.

You can read her full article here.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery Tour Tacos

Science Says You?re Wrong About Pairing IPAs and Spicy Foods

It’s commonly suggested and accepted that the perfect obvious pairing for spicy foods is an IPA. Curry and IPA. Wings and IPA. This is an interesting article that I found on the Brewers Association website (www.craftbeer.com) by Nicole Garneau, that talks about the science behind why that’s not actually correct if you’re looking to quench your thirst or subdue your burning mouth. On our Vancouver Brewery Tours we talk a little about pairing beer and food. I learned in the Cicerone Certified Beer Server program that you can either complement your food’s flavours or you can contrast the flavours. At the end of the day it’s up to you! You can also find a pairing chart on the Brewers Association website here.

Happy tasting!

Monica

 

My career cultivating a scientific understanding about flavor has prepared me for contributing to beer knowledge, but not Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery Tour Tacos“growing up” in the industry means that I often am not aware of the many of the shared stories, anecdotes and oral histories that have been passed down from one brewing generation to the next. So it’s not surprising that I find myself stumbling into these moments of tension where my grasp on the science behind a phenomenon, like beer calming spice, doesn’t quite match up with the brewing industry’s perspective.

Along those lines, I recently got myself in a bit of boiling water. I was presenting a workshop of food and beer pairing alongside my colleagues on the Beer & Food Working Group, when I made a comment about the dated image of beer and hot wings and made the mistake of following that up by saying beer is a pretty terrible choice for spicy food. There was an audible gasp in the audience, and I looked over to find my friend, and incidentally, publisher of CraftBeer.com, Julia Herz shaking her head with eyes wide. I learned later that for many craft connoisseurs like Julia, beer is a go-to for spicy Thai and Indian food. She swore that it was the residual sugar in the beer that made the pairing work.

How Your Taste Receptors React to Spicy Foods

First, the reason why spicy foods cause a burning feeling is because they contain an irritant. For this reason, spicy is a mouthfeel, not a taste. It could be capsaicin in chili peppers, gingerol in ginger, or cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon to name a few. These irritants bind to receptors on the tongue, which kicks off a chain reaction and signals to the brain that there is something potentially dangerous in the mouth. This causes the brain to unleash a typical pain reaction: dilation of blood vessels cause your skin to get red, sweating occurs, and you actually feel like your mouth is burning. The goal of a pain reaction? Your body is telling you to counteract. If you’re reading this post, my guess is that you counteract by picking up your beer….

Read the full article here.

About the Author: Dr. Nicole Garneau is a geneticist who studies taste, co-author of the Beer Flavor Map, and co-founder of the beer sensory app DraughtLab. She is a sought-after speaker, has done numerous media interviews and is featured in the book, Beer Pairing the Essential Guide from the Pros. She is a member of ASBC, the Beer & Food Working Group, and on the advisory board member for the Fermentation Science & Technology program at her alma mater Colorado State University. When she’s not speaking or consulting on sensory perception, she’s enjoying time at her day job as PI of the Genetics of Taste Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.