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    The Patio Madness Final Four

    by  • September 13, 2014 • 0 Comments

    After three months of intense competition, only four patios remain in the running for the coveted title of Patio Madness Champion – Best All-around Patio.  Yesterday we revealed the first two semi-finalists – Havana and Cactus Club (English Bay) – so today it’s time to announce who they will face-off against in a battle...

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    #PatioMadness Elite Eight

    by  • September 12, 2014 • 0 Comments


    Summer in Vancouver is like the one that got away. She breezes in with beauty and grace, makes you fall in Love, then leaves without a goodbye. Since I, like many others, choose to enjoy my summer fling by sipping away the day on a patio, it seems fitting for me to introduce, indulge,...

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    A taste of what Steamworks is brewing up

    by  • September 7, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Most Vancouverites are familiar with Steamworks Brewery. From their pub downtown to their brew in many local liquor stores, they’ve become an indisputable part of our craft brewing scene. Some people are unaware that they opened their taphouse and brewery in Burnaby, there are beers, merch, and tours to be had without having to...

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    Can’t Stop the Madness!!! – The Elite Eight

    by  • August 27, 2014 • 0 Comments


    As Vancouver basks in the sunny dog days of summer, Patio Madness continues to grip the population.  It’s going to be another beautiful evening tonight, so I think there’s no better time to set up the next set of match-ups in the 2014 VanCity Drink Specials Patio Madness Tournament.  After a fierce Round 2,...

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    Vancouver Craft Brew Cruise in photos

    by  • August 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Skokan crushing a few mini pints with the 'captain-in-training'.

    Last Saturday I missed an event I ‘d been looking forward to for several weeks, the inaugural Vancouver Craft Brew Cruise. Locally designed and brewed suds, served on a boat that cruises around our beautiful city, sounds like a pretty wicked idea. Disaster struck at the last minute (I had to work) and I...

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    Beers and Bars Abroad: Pubs, Pals, Pálinka – Boozing in Budapest

    by  • August 22, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    “Bull’s blood, please.” “Eh?” Hungarian is not my strongpoint. Despite having majored in linguistics and being proficient in Russian and French, I am not at all comfortable even attempting to pronounce even the simplest Hungarian words. “S” becomes “sh”, “sz” means “s”, and their “g” doesn’t even have an English counterpart. Nevertheless, here I...

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