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In 1862, New Westminster was granted the third brewery license in BC, and from then on, the city has had a proud tradition of brewing. New West even had what I would call a “Beer Baron”, in Nels Nelson. Nelson consolidated the brewing in New West and was even granted a special exemption during prohibition to brew beer for export (much of which was illegally sold in New West anyway). That, along with a special brewing license granted after prohibition was lifted, helped Nelson become one of the richest and most influential figures in the city. You can still see the mansion he built in 1913 at 127 Queens Ave.

Eventually, Nelson sold his business and over time it transformed until we ended up with a Labatt brewery at the corner of Columbia and Brunette. And that didn’t last forever, either, as it closed in 2005, bringing to a close the brewing tradition of New Westminster.

Enter: Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

I first heard about Steel & Oak on October 1, 2013, when they tweeted “#CraftBeer is coming to #NewWest!”.  I was, shall we say, excited. And that was even before I found out they’re a mere 5 minute walk from my place.

Inside Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Fast forward 8 ½ months and countless brewery building pictures on Instagram, and S&O is getting ready to open their doors.

Steel & Oak Coasters

I had the opportunity to meet with co-owner Jorden Foss a few days ago for a chat and tour of the brewery. (more…)


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Would craft beer and spot prawns make a good pair?

You will have the opportunity to try them both next week!

Vancouver Craft Beer Week: May 10-16

To celebrate craft beer culture, local craft breweries and establishments put together a week full of activities to promote craft beer in Vancouver, including dinners, award ceremony and workshops.

Check out the Vancouver Craft Beer Week website for more information and to purchase tickets. A number of events are already sold out so be sure to act fast.

And don’t forget, please be responsible and plan your transportation ahead of time!

4th Annual Spot Prawn Festival Kicks Off on May 8

It’s that time of the year again. Just a few weeks ago I had the first taste of this season’s spot prawns and they’re just soooo yummy!! We had them two-way at home – sashimi and boiled – and we could taste the natural, sweet flavour of the prawns.

Spot Prawn Sashimi

Spot Prawn Sashimi

Boiled Fresh Spot Prawns

Boiled Fresh Spot Prawns

For the fourth time the Chefs Table Society is hosting the annual Spot Prawn Festival and it kicks off with a community event this Saturday, May 8 at the False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf. For the next 6-8 weeks, take the opportunity to visit the Fishermen’s Wharf and buy some locally sourced, sustainable spot prawns. They are really that good!

For more information, visit the Chefs Table Society’s website.

As always, happy eating!


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