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Where to Go Vancouver

Cheers to Summer Beers!

By KRISTEN MORAN

Vancouver’s craft beer scene has grown at an impressive rate, with microbreweries popping up all over Metro Vancouver and with them a slew of on-site tasting rooms. Drink it by the glass or pick up a growler (a large, refillable glass bottle) to take home

Order your brew in a jar, glass or sampler, at 33 Acres Brewing Co. (Photo: Joshua Michnik)

Order your brew in a jar, glass or sampler, at 33 Acres Brewing Co. (Photo: Joshua Michnik)

R&B Brewing 

This East Van brewery has been creating handcrafted lagers and ales since 1997, and its award-winning concoctions never fail to impress. The growler station is open Friday through Sunday, with five taps that rotate regularly with brews like Sun God Wheat Ale and Red Devil Pale Ale. Seasonal favourite Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA rolls out this month, and Nettle Mint Ginger has just arrived.

Green Leaf Brewing Co.

This new brewery is nestled in the heart of Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, making it the perfect spot to quench your thirst while shopping around the waterfront market on a hot summer day. Constantly rolling out new creations, Green Leaf usually has four brews on tap including an IPA, a hefeweizen, a Berliner weizen and the year-round brew Pie Hole Pale Ale. Taster flights, glasses and growlers are all available to buy in the tasting room.

Parallel 49 Brewing Co. 

Known for its artistic labels and uniquely named brews, Parallel 49 has become one of the top breweries in Vancouver. Try a glass of the Hoparazzi India Pale Ale or seasonal brews like Seedspitter, Banana Hammock Summer Hefeweizen and the new Tricycle Grapefruit Rattler, or try several in flight samplers of four. Fill up your growler or purchase select six-packs on site.

33 Acres Brewing Co.

Not even a year old yet and this hip little brewery is pouring beer in 26 restaurants around Vancouver and is selling its brews in numerous liquor stores. The tasting room at 33 Acres allows beer enthusiasts to sample creations, such as summer brew 33 Acres of Sunshine, in a glass, 709-ml (24-oz) jar or 1.89-L (64-oz) growler. Set up a group tour and get an exclusive look at brewing while enjoying snacks and sampling the sudsy sensations.

Day at the Races: Deighton Cup

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Spectators donning floppy hats look on as horse races take place.

Spectators donning floppy hats look on as horse races take place.

Fancy frocks, dapper duds and mint juleps can mean only one thing: we’re off to the races. The Kentucky Derby–style Deighton Cup (Jul. 26) promises a day of high-stakes horse racing, fashion and cocktails. Dandies kick it off with The Big Smoke, for cigars, scotch and whisky tastings, while tipplers join the revelry at The Julep for the Mint Julep Craft Cocktail Competition. The rest don cufflinks and fascinators for a chance to win “Best Dressed,” take in the luxury car collection, and enjoy the action on the racecourse. Champing at the bit? We are, too.

50 Things We Love About Granville Island

By SHERI RADFORD and JILL VON SPRECKEN

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

1. Commuting via Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

2. SeaVillage, a charming collection of floating homes.

3. Browsing for fresh produce, bread and seafood in the Granville Island Public Market.

4. Spotting orcas with Wild Whales Vancouver.

5. Ocean Concrete, the oldest and largest tenant on the island. It’s been there since 1917.

6. Edible Canada at the Market, with its fresh regional fare on the menu, plus foodie tours and a gourmet artisan retail shop.

7. Watching buskers perform: musicians, jugglers, magicians and more.

8. Hand-pressed, hand-bottled sake from Artisan SakeMaker.

9. Splashing around in the Granville Island Waterpark.

10. Watching artisans hard at work in their studios.

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The Liberty Distillery: From Grain to Glass

By TIM PAWSEY

Handmade cocktails from The Liberty Distillery. (Photo: KK Law)

Handmade cocktails from The Liberty Distillery. (Photo: KK Law)

Vancouver is in the midst of its biggest spirits resurgence since BC’s prohibition ended in 1921, with craft distilleries popping up all over. Granville Island’s The Liberty Distillery makes premium spirits only from BC-grown and organic grains. Drop by for regular tours and tastes, with an educational theme, of gin, vodka and a white (unaged) whisky, all sampled at their suitably well-worn 110-year-old Saloon Bar, which was salvaged from an old hotel.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

5 Waterside Bites

By TIM PAWSEY

Watch floatplanes take off and land at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (Photo: KK Law)

Watch floatplanes take off and land at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill. (Photo: KK Law)

Myriad haunts around town offer a chance for spectacular waterfront dining, each with a twist.

1. Flying Beaver Bar & Grill Close to Airport South, locals, travellers and off-duty pilots rub shoulders at this tasty, pubby spot that doubles as a floatplane terminus.

2. Bridges The grand dame of Granville Island patios delivers a close-up of busy False Creek, with West Coast tastes such as grilled wild sockeye salmon and steamed local mussels.

3. Wild Rice  Overlooking heritage vessels moored on the working Fraser River at New Westminster’s River Market, this contemporary bistro serves updated takes on classic Chinese dishes.

4. The Beach House Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and head west along Marine Drive to take in a dazzling sunset dinner at this West Van landmark.

5. Lift Bar-Grill-View A stylish rooftop deck, complete with fire pit, yields breathtaking harbour and mountain views and creative, locally inspired plates to match.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Tough Mudder

By SHERI RADFORD

Participants take their first leap at the start of the race (Photo: Touch Mudder)

Participants take their first leap at the start of the race (Photo: Touch Mudder)

It stretches over 16 km (10 mi) of rough terrain. It contains challenges that our ancestors tried hard to avoid: fire, electricity, water and heights. And it’s probably the only competition in the world with both an official pain reliever and an official beef jerky. (Advil and Oberto, respectively, in case you were wondering.) (more…)

The Holy Grail of Musicals

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Knights of the Round Table in Monty Python's Spamalot. (Photo: David Cooper)

The Knights of the Round Table in Monty Python’s Spamalot. (Photo: David Cooper)

Join the dreaded knights who say “Ni!” and the French taunter at Monty Python’s Spamalot. The “lovingly ripped off” musical is based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which parodies the legend of King Arthur and inspired this Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. The knights’ journey will have long-time fans and newbies alike singing along to ditties such as “I’m Not Dead Yet” and fan-favourite “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” Catch all the silliness at The Stanley, to Jun. 29.

Wicked

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A dramatic ascent by Elphaba in Wicked. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

A dramatic ascent by Elphaba in Wicked. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

May 28 to June 29

For over a decade, this charming tale of two witches has put a spell on audiences. Follow these unlikely friends—misunderstood Elphaba, with her emerald-green skin, and the beautiful and popular Galinda—on their journey to becoming the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. To discover this bewitching Grammy- and Tony Award–winning musical for yourself, just follow the yellow-brick road to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Pauline

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols stars as Pauline Johnson in Pauline

Mezzo Rose-Ellen Nichols stars as Pauline Johnson in Pauline

Who better to bring an extraordinary Canadian writer to the stage than Margaret Atwood, one of the country’s most celebrated authors? We can’t think of anyone. The literary giant’s debut opera is based on 19th-century writer, poet and actress Pauline Johnson. Set during the final days of the half-Mohawk, half-English performer’s life, Pauline tells the story of a self-reliant woman haunted by failure and her dual identity. At the York Theatre (May 23, 25, 27, 29, 31).

Under the Big Top

By SHERI RADFORD

Foot jugglers, otherwise known as the "crystal ladies," at Cirque du Soleil's Totem. (Photo: ©OSA Images)

Foot jugglers, otherwise known as the “crystal ladies,” at Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. (Photo: ©OSA Images)

Quebec’s Robert Lepage has spent his career pushing the boundaries of live theatre. Now the award-winning multidisciplinary artist has teamed up with Quebec’s equally ground-breaking Cirque du Soleil to write and direct Totem. This new show uses comedy, music, surprising visual effects and jaw-dropping acrobatics to trace humankind’s journey. Catch all the circus wizardry May 15 to Jun. 29.

In High Spirits: BC Distilled Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

On May 10, the BC Distilled Festival will be the toast of the town

On May 10, the BC Distilled Festival will be the toast of the town

Raise a glass to the province’s small-batch distilleries at the BC Distilled Festival (May 10). An array of local artisanal spirits—from gin and brandy to schnapps and absinthe—along with mouth-watering bites from Forage, Grain Tasting Bar and others will have taste buds tempted. Cheers!

Amy Grant

By SHERI RADFORD

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

Christian pop artist, Amy Grant

After more than 25 years in the biz, Amy Grant is practically synonymous with Christian pop music. In addition to her string of Grammy Awards and Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, she’s one of only two Christian artists with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See this legendary artist perform live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Apr. 14 at the Orpheum Theatre.