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People know about wine and food. The wine industry has done a fantastic job promoting food pairings and recipes that include wine as an ingredient. When I lived in Ontario, I used to get a monthly box of wine from Hillebrand Estates Winery that included two bottles of wine along with suggested recipes that paired with, or incorporated, the included wines.

But what about beer? Beer goes with food, too. Craft breweries aren’t shy about giving suggestions on what food to pair with different beer styles, even going as far as to print it on the labels. Unfortunately the industry, from a total sales standpoint, is still dominated by macro brews that don’t give a whit about food pairing or cooking. So, in spite of the efforts of craft producers, the overall alcohol-with-food perception is skewed towards wine.

I think this is changing. Craft beer is growing, and more people are becoming aware of the possibilities craft beer offers for cooking and food pairing. Two of the breweries I’ll be reviewing today, Cannery Brewing and Vancouver Island Brewery, have taken the step of including beer recipes on their websites. I love it!

Those who follow me on Twitter may have noticed me dipping my toes into the Cooking With Beer arena. Today I’m here to tell you some of the results.

Pancakes with beer

Pancake Recipe

I decided to start with something easy – Pancakes! I have a base recipe that I’ve been making for years so I know exactly what to expect from it. Here it is: (more…)

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I never consider myself to be on trend, and definitely not an early adopter to anything. So when craft beer became popular in Vancouver, it took me awhile to catch on. Well, thanks to our friend Bryan, it took us no time to catch up. We have been holding Beer Nights where we would taste different kinds of beer brewed locally and beyond.

What happens at Beer Night, stays at Beer Night

What happens at Beer Night, stays at Beer Night

Last winter, Mr. discovered and fell in love with a beer from Parallel 49. Now that this seasonal beer has returned, and in celebration of BC Craft Beer Month, we paid a visit to its tasting room located near Victoria St. and Triumph St.

Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Almost all (if not all) current offerings are available on tap here at the tasting room. (more…)

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