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Private Tour at Old Yale Brewing

Tonight, one of the partners in Old Yale Brewing invited me down  for chat, tour, and tasting.  As many times as I’ve stood in the front half of the brewery talking to Larry or one of the employees, I’ve never actually been walked through the whole system – so I...

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Judging the 2013 Chilliwack Hombrewer’s Club Brewing Competition

It’s Sunday morning, and I’m carefully laying out score sheets, grouping beer bottles into categories,  and printing out BJCP Style Guidelines.  Last night was the Fraser Valley Beer Fest.  The night before was the Central City launch party, and the night before was the Chilliwack Homebrewer’s Club monthly meeting and...

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Fraser Valley Culture and Craft Beer Festival

Finally, the day is here!  The day I have been awaiting for over four months, the day I co-sponsor my first real beer event, Chilliwack’s inaugural Fraser Valley Culture and Craft Beer Festival!  My homebrew supply shop True North Brew Supply is one of the bronze level sponsors, and while...

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Central City Brewers and Distillers, Private Launch Party

Sometimes offers come up that you just can’t pass up.  After our jaunt to McKays on Monday, giving a beer making lecture on Tuesday, and attending a wine club meeting on Wednesday, I hosted the Chilliwack Homebrewer’s monthly club meeting on Thursday.  Just when I thought I might get a...

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Chilliwack is Still a Hop Mecca

In my August 2013 article for The BC Craft Beer News I mentioned that while Chilliwack, BC was at one time the largest exporter of hops in the entire British Empire, by the end of the 1990’s every last hop farm had been shuttered. While it’s true that all those fields...