I have previously dined at Little District, once for a whiskey and bourbon tasting, and a few times just during my lunch break as I work around the corner (side note, come see me for a massage at North Shore Wellness Centre!), so I have a decent understanding of their menu.
I love beer, so it’s no surprise that when I was offered a free spot aboard the Vancouver Brewery Tours that I made space in my schedule to attend.
They offer tours all year round on the following days and times:
- Thursday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
- Friday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
- Saturday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm *on select dates
- Sunday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Booking a tour is easy to do, and all that’s required from you is to show up and enjoy. From complete beer newbies to seasoned craft beer nerds, there’s plenty of new information to take in, and don’t forget the chance to indulge in plenty of craft beer samples with no worries of transportation.
On my particular tour on Thursday, we visited R&B Brewing, Bomber Brewing and Postmark Brewing. All 3 of these breweries could not be anymore different in their styles of beer and actual physical locations. That’s the beauty of craft beer, the chance to really be creative and unique.
Rachel was our tour guide for the day, and she was bright, bubbly and knew every in and out of the beer industry. Along for the tour was a family from Australia, and a couple from Ontario, so we were small in numbers, which mead it more personable and easier to manage.
Yikes, I’ve been slacking and procrastinating extra hard recently. No words required for this wondrous event known as the VCBW closing, an event so big it spans 2 days due to the amount of awesome amazing beer available!
Born from love and a dream, Burgundy is helmed by two best friends, Erica Kosciuk and Lisa Skelton. Walking in, you’ll see a minuscule 30 seater restaurant, cozy yet eclectic with the decor, and a French inspired menu. I actually had quite a deja vu feeling, as it reminded me of Caché Bistro & Lounge (which closed in March sadly).
As this was a menu tasting, the meal was complimentary. I was not paid to write this review.
Upon our arrival, we were handed a Gin n’ Juice – Bombay, Aperol, orange, grapefruit and cherry juice, peach bitters, ginger ale.
This past Saturday, I stopped by The Little District in the heart of Upper Lonsdale in North Vancouver for a Bourbon tasting, in honour of National Bourbon Day and Father’s Day.
My own experiences with bourbon probably start and end at Jim Bean, which can be seen as an entry or beginner bourbon. Knowing my lack of experience and willingness to try new flavors, Jeremiah, the General Manger, took care of us and poured us a trio of bourbons he thought would best represent the range of flavours possible.
heavy rye, pepper, spicy, dry and sharp finish
vanilla, caramel, honey, long and warm finish, easy sipping
Floral, pollen, cinnamon, warm and easy
This was a great introduction to the world of Bourbon, which I feel can be intimidating.
In addition to the higher end bourbons, Jeremiah also brought out their in-house Jim Bean infused creations, Apple Cinnamon, Dried Cherries and Coffee and Brown Sugar. Fine for sipping alone albeit a bit sweet, these are more suited for adding some creative impact in cocktails.
Sipping alcohol, no matter how small the amount is never a good idea without food, so we ordered the Boneless Demon Wings ($12)and the Oven Roasted Bone Marrow ($12) . Boneless chicken “wings” with a thick and spicy sauce accompanied with bleu cheese dip, a good take on the traditional buffalo wings. The bone marrow came topped with garlic herb butter and parmesan and served with a bread roll. Both excellent dishes and decently priced as well.
*Disclaimer – The bourbon was complimentary, but we paid for our food.
The 2014 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Opening Night took place this year at Gossip Night Club. What, a club? I suppose the venue itself is quite huge, and it did play well with the whole hip-hop theme for this years week long festivity. All samples are included in your ticket if you bought one, I attended as media. A good number of breweries were in attendance, including:
Driftwood Brewing pouring Fat Tug IPA and White Bark Witbier
Another year, another EAT! Vancouver Food+Cooking Festival. I missed out on the media tour on the opening, and so attended as a regular the Saturday. However, I didn’t have much time to spend at the festival, but from the quick cycle that we took around, we felt this years was lacking in terms of vendors and offerings. A few things stood out to me, such as the hand powered raw juicer, the coconut bacon chips, a soon to open restaurant called “The Lo”..but overall, as I said previously…the festival just felt smaller and lacking.
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