Raise a Glass

A craft bev­er­age rev­o­lu­tion has fi­nally ar­rived to sate a pub­lic thirsty for change

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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.

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