The last few years have seen a rise in the number of craft breweries in Vancouver. The market is saturated with fussy craft beer, but what is wrong with mass-produced Pilsner?
To qualify as a craft beer, the brewer must abide by the holy trinity:
- Small – annual production must be six million barrels or less
- Independent – at least 75% must be owned or controlled by a craft brewer
- Traditional – at least 50% of the volume produced must be malt beer
“More love and less water have been poured into your favourite beverage.”
Most people know about the well-known bottled or on-tap craft beer (sometimes called “real ale”). Cask ale is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, conditioned beer served from a cask without nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. It can be produced by a nanobrewery, a system that makes less than four barrels (470 litres) each time or a microbrewery, whose annual production is less than 15,000 barrels (1.8 million litres).
Brewpubs, an establishment that sells 25% or more of their own beer on site, are popular for sourcing local craft beer. Typically, craft breweries begin their days as nanobreweries and graduate to microbreweries or brewpubs.
“Craft beer also saves you money.”
Due to small-scale production there are several benefits to the consumer. One is the better taste: more love and less water have been poured into your favourite beverage. Another is the higher alcohol content: you attain “beer bliss” much sooner and need fewer trips to the washroom.
Craft beer also saves you money. Yep, that’s right. You’d spend more on watery mass-produced beer per drinking session than on your locally brewed, small batch beer. And there’s more variety from your local brewer. The makers are able to hone their skills and flex their creativity with every batch, unlike corporate breweries.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week, May 31-June 8 hosts 60 breweries exhibiting their finest ales, lagers and stouts. The opening night gala will be at Roundhouse on May 31. Sample the Collaboration Beer that donates all profits to “A Better Life Foundation” a charity that supports the Save on Meats meal token program.
The Vancouver Craft Beer Week video features the latest batch of Vancouver brew masters.
By Chantelle Jones, Roundhouse Blog Team. A Welsh girl living in Vancouver. Looking for new challenges. Spending my days operating a successful small business and my nights doing yoga, bootcamps and blogging. Sometimes I see my friends and movies too!