Since it opened its doors in November, 2013 Craft Beer Market in Olympic Village has been supporting and engaging with not-for-profits through its Community Brew program. Several times a year Craft selects a local charity or community initiative to support with the sale proceeds from a “one-off” beer produced in collaboration with a local brewery.
I had the good fortune of being in Toronto over the Labour Day weekend, which meant more than my fair share of late-night shawarma on the Danforth and Blue Jays baseball. It also allowed me the chance to catch up with my friend and colleague Glenford Jameson – and be a guest on his new podcast.
The #craftbeer community owes BCBusiness a debt of gratitude for kicking off Vancouver Craft Beer Week yesterday with its 2015 incarnation of the Business of Craft Beer event. The 250+ attendees at this industry-insider conference and trade show is a strong indication that brewing culture is alive and well in British Columbia.
The bar industry is notoriously competitive. A pub can be packed one weekend, and be a ghost town the next. To survive bars and restaurants have to do a lot of things right. The same is true for breweries and distilleries. Vancouver is enjoying significant growth in the beverage industry at present, but consumers can be fickle, and there are no guarantees in this business.