Outside my window, we’re in that tentative, awkward phase vis-à-vis the weather. It’s Labour Day and no one’s sure what to wear. Sweater? Jacket? Layers? Does the no-white-after-Labour Day rule start at the beginning of the weekend or the end? Does anyone still care?
B.C. Craft Cider
In B.C., a perfect storm of heritage orchards, government tax breaks, and artisanal fervour are building a specific Pacific Northwest style of craft cider.
British Columbia’s Rum Distillers
Four B.C. distilleries improving on tradition with innovative ingredients.
Sheringham Distillery Akvavit
The country’s finest craft spirit is being made on Vancouver Island at Sheringham Distillery.
Goodridge & Williams Craft Distillers’ Negroni
Local law enforcement may disagree, but summer’s parks and campgrounds call for a few chilled bottles of premixed craft cocktails.
Black Fox Gin
John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote of Black Fox Gin took a lot of detours on the way to the Best Cask Gin podium at the World Gin Awards in 2017.
The B.C. Ale Trail
These new travel itineraries are tailor-made for adventure-seeking craft beer enthusiasts.
In Pursuit of British Columbia’s Best Gin and Tonic
It’s not news that we are gripped by craftmania in our distillers as in so many other ways. British Columbia is no exception, and there are some delicious products now available.
Odd Society Spirits Mia Amata Amaro
Odd Society’s complex new elixir is a love potion disguised as a digestif.
Have you ever read Snow Man by David Albahari? It’s really good. “Provocative insights abound,” The Georgia Straight raved. How about Matthew Kneale’s When We Were Romans? Terrific. “Intense … perfect voice,” said The Globe and Mail. Well, I said those things, and a lot more besides. For 10 years, I reviewed fiction and non-fiction here, there, and everywhere.
The Canadian book industry is big business. In 2001 publishers recorded revenues of over $2.4 billion, more than all the country’s spectator sports combined (NHL included). Every year some 10,000 titles are published in Canada, which is a lot of books, and a lot of paper, too, though some books use up more pulp than others.