Vancouver Food Tour - Craft Beer 'n' Bites Tour

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Last week, the Vancouver Food Tour hosted some bloggers on their Craft Beer 'n' Bites Tour. Since we know that the craft beer scene is booming in Vancouver, I was really stoked to learn about some different (new and/or local) beers and have some good eats.

While I can't say where we stopped on the tour, I can tell you the different beers and food we tried - and fortunately the beers at the different stops change, so you may never get the same tour twice!

Stop #1

The beers (L-R): Phillip's Phoenix Gold Lager (Victoria, BC), Parallel 49 Seedspitter Watermelon Wit (Vancouver, BC), Driftwood Fat Tug IPA (Victoria, BC)
The bites (paired) (L-R): Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese, Vietnamese Taco, Award Winning Chili (won the Gastown Chili Cookoff a couple years ago)

Notes: I prefer the Phillip's Blue Buck over the Gold Lager, but this one is still good. I'm not into super hoppy beers, so I don't typically drink IPAs, but this one was a nice middle ground for me. The Seedspitter was amazing - like, I would go back to just drink this beer...and lots of it.

Stop #2

The beers (L-R): Lost Coast Brewery Great White (Eureka, CA), Driftwood White Bark Wheat Ale (Victoria, BC), Crannog Ales Back Hand of God Organic Stout (Sorrento, BC). 
The bites (L-R): Scotch egg, Devils on Horseback (prunes stuffed with gruyere, wrapped in bacon)

Notes: Driftwood's White Bark is a staple craft wheat in my life. The Lost Coast was also great - it was really interesting to juxtapose the two wheat ales. I'm not a big stout drinker, but the Back Hand of God is always enjoyable.

Stop #3

The beers (L-R): Lighthouse Brewery Switchback IPA (Victoria, BC), 2012 VCBW Collaboration Beer (a Cascadia Brown), R&B Brewing Stumpy (Vancouver, BC) *note: The Stumpy is exclusive to this location
The bites: Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry and hazelnut

Notes: By this time, I was so full of food and beer. The cake was delish and the beers were too. I found this IPA too hoppy for me, but the others, for dark, stout-type beers, I enjoyed them. The flavour profiles were so different - which is why I love beer/wine/coffee flights.

The VFT Craft Beer 'n' Bites Tour is $69 plus tax and gratuity. It's a great way to spend an evening whether you're a local or tourist, a great way to learn more about beer, and a great way to go home with a food coma.

Check out my posts on the VFT blog.

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