Beyond the brew. The Non-Alky liquids of Vancouver
Quietly something in Vancouver has been bubbling beyond the breweries of the Mount Pleasant and the East Side.
Entrepreneurs with a desire to bring their liquid obsessions to consumers are handcrafting micro batch brews in YVR. A step beyond what we see at our favourite new breweries like 33 Acres, Brassneck and the slew of other wonderful local hoppy delights available. But is there more?…why yes…yes there is Vancouver.
Brew 2.0 in Vancouver is ALL about Non-Alky beverages. Kombucha, nut milks, ginger beer and of course those cold pressed juices that can be found everywhere lately. While we are all on a mission to get tight for summer, these are the drinks that will lead you along that glorious path saving your drinking days for the long sunsets just around the corner with your perfect abs glistening in the sun washer board style…well maybe a few beers until then.
O5 Tea’s Master Brewer Rosie Priest has begun to offer a painstakingly crafted Kombucha that is now bottled and served at a few specific spots around town. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a bottle its a much smoother and velvety experience than the sharp and generic kombucha swill thats more commonly found in shops. Rosie reminds us just how unique and special a neighbourhood brew can be, and why we should probably all brew kombucha at home not because its healthy or will cure man friends gout. Just simply because its delicious.
Lauren founder of Nuez Milk hand crafts nut milks. Previously actually pretty limited to what you can find on the shelves of the grocery mart. Unless you are willing to soak, peel, blend nuts yourself because we all have time to our own make milk. Nuez is on to something, we all love milk and want it to be luxurious, delicious and nourishing. Whether with fruity pebbles or with your Cartems doughnuts. It’s a staple. Why not feel good about drinking it and where it comes from without worrying about ethics, hormones and the innocent cows. Nuez is fair trade, delicious, creative, relevant and made lovingly.
Dickies Ginger, named for Dickie a dear friend of Stephen Tufts the man behind the eponymous ginger beer. This is ginger beer that doesn't suck. Not the weak stuff at Whole Foods more like punch you in the throat ginger bite with some really nice sweetness and the perfect fizz sensation on your tongue. Stephen quite simply is a Man who quite simply takes ginger beer very seriously and set forth to handcraft the best ginger beer Vancouver has seen and in this authors opinion he has done just that.
You can catch Stephen hawking it up at markets around the lower mainland and Squamish, the best part is he even serves it on draught.
Find these brews around town in Vancouver or on the web. Nuez even delivers!
Drink ‘em all at Hawkers Market May 10th Vancouver’s spot for new food ventures and ridiculously good eating to loud music. Support the brews and buy a ticket at hwkrsmrkt.eventbrite.ca so they have a place to hawk it to you.
Chris Jerome is the Founder and Director of Hawkers Market an entrepreneurial incubator and roving marketplace for new food businesses in Canada and occasionally writes food and entrepreneurship. He lives in Vancouver with his dog Strummer.