Raise a Glass
A craft beverage revolution has finally arrived to sate a public thirsty for change
Vancouverites had long gazed enviously in the direction of our south-of-the-border neighbours—Seattle and, especially, Portland—where a growing clutch of independent breweries and distilleries had formed one of the most exciting (and delicious) groundswells of entrepreneurialism in the Pacific Northwest. At long last, in 2012, a loosening of antiquated municipal and provincial laws allowed us to follow suit, and the result has been staggering: at the time of this writing, roughly two dozen craft beer companies are operating in the city (more than 100 across B.C.), as well as five spirit-makers (almost 30 provincially)—and many more are imminent. The masses’ overwhelmingly positive response almost certainly hastened what happened next: the long-overdue legalization of happy hour, and scores of new brewpubs and tasting lounges in which to enjoy the fruits of our liberated region’s labours. Best of all, it turns out we have an exceptional knack for this sort of thing, as evidenced by all the awards these local libations have been scooping up around the world.