B.C. Is Brewing Some Seriously Crafty Beer

Craft beer in British Columbia has experienced an unprecedented surge in popularity with a plethora of micro-breweries, brew pubs, artisan brewers and craft breweries popping up across the province.

This is not surprising when considering B.C. is the birthplace of craft beer in Canada. Entrepreneur John Mitchell kick-started the industry at Horseshoe Bay Brewing in 1982, where the province’s first craft beer was produced – an English Bitter called Bay Ale. Since then, B.C. has continued to frontier the craft beer movement, nurturing locally produced and small-batch brew. In B.C. we’ve seen over 40 breweries open in the last three years, and we will see our 100th craft brewery open before the end of the year.” says Ken Beattie, executive director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild.  “With the vast majority of these locally owned and operated” – reiterating the province’s civic pride through continual support of local business.

As such, Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial, is celebrating the unique and defined flavours flowing from B.C. Craft Breweries into local bars and retailers.

Attendees are invited to enjoy a surplus of beer-infused events such as, Poured: The Full Spectrum of Taste, where you can experience expertly crafted B.C. beer, alongside 50 year old whisky and some of the world’s finest wines.

The hugely popular Craft Beer for Wine Lovers seminar returns again with a line-up of compatible wine and beer duos that embrace the craft beer explosion, but are specially selected for wine lovers. Led by Ken Beattie and DJ Kearney, the seminar showcases much-loved grape varieties, poured side by side with like-minded vinous beers.

The newest addition to the festivals extensive line-up of gala tastings is BREWED: The BC Craft Brewers Guild Winter Beer Market. Beattie leads this grand tasting event, featuring over 25 of the province’s best craft brewers, with a special sneak-peak of the up-coming seasonal flavours you can expect this winter.

Ken kindly took the time to offer some insight into the flavours that you can expect this fall. “Fall is harvest time and the brewing business is no different,” says Beattie. “Pumpkin beers are always popular, as are late harvest fruit beers and with the resurgence of locally grown hops we will see a huge selection of locally produced fresh hopped beers.”

Whistler is fast becoming a familiar face at beer festivals across B.C. thanks to the esteemed Brew-master’s at Whistler Brewing Company who are continually churning out spectacular brews. From Bear Paw Honey Lager to Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale, from Powder Mountain Lager to Pineapple Express Wheat Ale; Whistler is producing unique, quality brews that are placing the resort on the B.C. craft beer map.

No matter what you choose to sip on this fall, ‘craft beer master’ Beattie leaves you with one last statement, “keep it local… and move out of your comfort zone.” With a booming industry and a number of festivals and events paying tribute to the craft beer movement, there really is no reason to be sipping on the same old thing; change it up and keep it local.

Cornucopia and Whistler.com have teamed up to provide guests a bigger bang for their buck with incredible stay and play packages. Combine accommodation and event tickets to receive the best prices guaranteed. From Poured + accommodation, CRUSH + accommodation, Cellar Door + accommodation, or CRUSH + Cellar Door + accommodation packages available the options are bountiful. Get your party package here.

Join us for B.C craft cele-BEER-ations at Cornucopia, November 5-15


Six Things To Love About Cornucopia

Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial embraces 11 decadent days of food and drink inspired dinners, galas, tastings, seminars, demonstrations and more. You may ask how such an extensive schedule of events can be condensed into merely six points, keep reading…

1.  VINE VARIETY – You Heard it on the Grapevine

Cabernet or Gewurztraminer, Prosecco or Syrah, old world vs. new world this is just a taste of the vine varieties attendees can explore. Self-proclaimed Oenophiles, amateur wine-lovers and every level in-between are invited to immerse themselves in a wine fiesta like no other.
Feeling fancy? Cellar Door gala tasting unlocks the gates to the world of luxury wines, uncorking top-shelf bottles. SEPTEMBER SPECIAL – grab your tickets to Cellar Door for only $99 (regular $120)! With bottles ranging in price from $35 and up – this opportunity is not to be missed!

Continue to build your cellar and explore the wine regions of the world. Tour Italy’s Sultry South, explore France Without the Attitude, Celebrate Argentina discover local and organic Social Justice Wines, attend the “Showcase Showdown” of wine classes – The Price is Wrong  or attend the gala of wine tastings – CRUSH Gala Grand Tasting. Perhaps you want to make it official with certification – sign up for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Levels 1 and 2.  Whatever your interest – you can be sure to impress at your next dinner party.

2.  CULINARY EXPERTISE – learn from the best
From Chef’s Table Luncheons with renowned chefs from L’Abbatoir, Minami or the Okanagan’s Burrowing Owl Winery to the Culinary Stage Series offering home cooks the opportunity to learn from experts, whilst (of course) savouring the delicious rewards of their labor. Key industry leaders taking part on the culinary stage include Alana Peckham, who recently won the Food Network’s Chopped Canada: or Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu of Vancouver’s Café Medina, one of Canada’s Top 50 Restaurants.

3. CERTIFIED CICERONE – Beer gains respect
Microsoft vs. Apple, cats vs dogs, Pepsi vs. Coke, in the world of famous rivalries beer vs. wine is about to erupt and Cornucopia is looking for answers. Join Jack Crompton of Whistler Debates as he hosts Cicerone vs. Sommelier, a scrappy and scrumptious multi-course match-up between Sommelier David Stansfield and Cicerone Don Farion.

And beyond the battlefield Ken Beattie, Director of BC Craft Brewers Guild, explores the ever-evolving craft beer market, presenting at Craft Beer for Wine Lovers as well as kick-starting the holiday season at BREWED: The BC Craft Brewers Guild Winter Beer Market, showcasing over 25 of the BC’s best craft brewers, including a wintery sneak peek of their latest seasonal recipes.

4. SOMMELIER SMACK-DOWN – wine will be spilled
Two will enter, only one will leave ego still intact. Join the quirky and somewhat vicious battle between two expert sommeliers – Sunday school’s David Stansfield and Lisa Cook – at this epic Sommelier Smackdown. David and Lisa will step into the ring and pit their favourite wines against each other in a high intensity cage fight for wine geek supremacy.

5. MIX LIKE A PRO – the full spectrum of taste
Guests are invited to experience the full spectrum of spirits and cocktails throughout Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial. Head out to gala tasting Poured; patrons can sip a 50 year old whisky from Europe or perhaps an expertly crafted BC Beer, a Canadian Cider or a fine wine from across the globe. Shaken or stirred? Neat or over ice? The choice is yours at With a Twist, where guests choose their own cocktail inspired journey. Always wanted to be a distiller but couldn’t take the leap of faith? Industry pioneer Tyler Schramm, of The Pemberton Distillery and self-described “Booze Witch” Kelly Ann Woods of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits in Squamish, lead BC Craft Distilling uncovering the distilling industry and how they got started.

6. WHISTLER – need we say more?
As the age-old saying goes: location, location, location! From the pedestrian Village to the majestic surrounding mountains, the warm local welcomes to the international atmosphere – Whistler provides the ultimate setting for Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial.  Whether it’s a local experience you’re after or an indulgence of global proportions, Cornucopia offers tastes from all regions, for all palates – experience why Whistler is on everyone’s bucket list.

A master-chef, distiller, sommelier and cicerone walk into a bar… find out what happens next at Cornucopia, November 5-15.


Retreat And Nourish At Cornucopia

Health and wellness is top of mind in Whistler, where people come to relax and rejuvenate. With many of us becoming more aware of the benefits of consuming good, nutrient-rich foods, the following mantra from Ann Wigmore, holistic health practitioner, whole foods advocate, author and doctor of Divinity, rings true: The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.

Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial, has a deep-rooted connection to wellbeing. One just has to look upon the Whistler location to understand that health and vitality flows through the community. From glacier-capped peaks to the valley floor — the natural landscape encourages living life to the fullest in Whistler.

Cornucopia’s health and wellness series Nourish is set to be bigger and better than ever in 2015. Check out the Nourish Retreat at Cornucopia, where soul-seekers can commit, retreat-style to the first dynamic weekend of Cornucopia. This full package of Nourish programming gives you three nights and four days dedicated to your mind, body and spirit. Cornucopia gala wine tastings are included! Or, choose your workshops a la carte throughout the Nourish: Health and Wellness Series and drop in to workshops and sessions throughout the 11 day festival that speak to your specific interests.

Of course, the Nourish Retreat at Cornucopia is the complete toolkit for revival and relaxation, but if you can’t commit to the whole kit-and-caboodle, here are a few highlights from the Nourish: Health + Wellness Series:

Aging Gracefully Seminar – November 6
Cornucopia presents the answers you have been looking for at the Aging Gracefully Seminar. This recurrent sell-out session is back and better than ever, unveiling how food choices and daily wellness practices can help reduce the impact of aging on the body.

Raw Food Brunch – November 8
Gaining worldwide attention, raw food diets are based predominantly on organic, uncooked and unprocessed foods. With the added popularity, comes more creativity – join Merina Koly and Audra Mott for a colourful and interactive Raw Food Brunch, experiencing first-hand how pure, raw foods can tantalize the taste buds.

Fermented Food Lunch – November 12
Detoxification, improved immune system and a more complete nutrient boast are just a few of the proven health benefits of fermented foods. From kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh and kimchi these probiotic-powerhouses are a must for any health-conscious kitchen. Learn about the new (yet old world) style of cooking with super-foods at the Fermented Food Lunch.

Retreat to Cornucopia this fall and rejuevnate while enjoying all the things you love. www.whistlercornucopia.com