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Vancouver Craft Beer Week opener unites local beer lovers

Photos by Kelly Marion ----> @kellyjean247

Once you dapple in craft beer, it’s hard to drink anything else; mass produced and generic beer begins to taste lacklustre and meek in comparison to the bold flavours and heart in craft beer. One might wonder why heart matters in a beverage that many consume on a regular basis, and how it can even be gauged. Just as your mom’s carrot cake that’s made with love, tastes better than a supermarket cake, craft beer can offer the same satisfaction.

Take a moment to speak with a Brewmaster and have them explain the beer you are drinking, and you’ll understand. With careful thought and precise words, the descriptive notes will begin to make sense the more experienced with craft beer you get. As a sommelier can explain wine, a cicerone can explain beer. Vancouver Craft Beer Week offers Vancouverites a chance to explore what’s out there and in the case of the opening night of VCBW, an opportunity to sample many different breweries in one night. With the expanding amount of micro-breweries in Vancouver it’s easy to find a beer that suits your taste, whether a chocolate porter, a raspberry wheat ale or a hoppy IPA.

Limited releases of beer, of which there were a few of that night, offer an opportunity to adapt to seasons and trends while testing new flavours. They even provide grounds to pay tribute to a loyal dog, as Red Truck did for their brewery’s mascot Ruby. Ruby da Dawg beer is in homage to her on her 4th birthday and represents her strength and sweetness in its flavour with its vanilla and bourbon essence.

But if that’s not your flavour, there’s no need to fret, as there is a wide variety of craft beer during Vancouver Craft Beer Week. The week offers a series of opportunities to explore what Vancouver has to offer in terms of craft beer with the opener being a preview of the events to come.

Beers at the event ranged from Belgian style amber ales, to hefeweizens and fruit ales. Biercraft was there pouring a broad spectrum of beers including Liefmans Fruitesse, an effervescent fruit beer, DeKoninck, an amber ale, and Duvel a hearty and high alcohol beer. Howe Sound was pouring their new 4 Way Fruit Ale, one of my favorites of the night, with their King Heffy, an unfiltered ale.

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