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How the Beer Oligopoly Apple Cart was Upset

by Rick Green 05.16.2012

^ Frank Appleton, Scottie McLellan, and John Mitchell at the Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria. On July 26, 1980, Labatt, Molson, and Carling O’Keefe locked out their unionized workers on the threat of a strike, and stopped distributing beer in BC. Since the Big Three produced all the beer sold in the province at […]

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BC Brew Review: Howe Sound Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale

by Rick Green 10.15.2009

In both American and Belgian brewing traditions, there is a history of stronger spiced ales that are normally associated with Christmas. Before malt was available in America, pumpkin was one substitute ingredient that was used to make ale. However, spiced pumpkin ale is a more recent phenomenon in craft brewing that is becoming increasingly established […]

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