Beyond Robson: Vancouver has a new connoisseur – the craft beer drinker.
They arrive at parties with bottles of beer you have never heard of, stouts, ales and lagers with names like Dogfish Head, Anchor Steam and Polygamy Porter, cases brought back from a trip to the States and recycled glass jugs they get refilled by their friends who work for local watering holes and breweries. They have beer memberships, wear beer pins and forgo music festivals for ones about beer.
You can’t blame them though. With specialty beer stores popping up all over and existing stores expanding their craft beer selection, it is actually becoming more difficult to make a decision about what to drink each night when faced with rows upon rows of heady deliciousness.
Craft beer refers to beer that is brewed using traditional methods, focused on distinction and flavour and less on mass appeal. Craft beers are typically synonymous with microbrews, but can also be made on a larger scale.