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How To Make Bitters at The Modern Bartender

How cool is this? On Tuesday, 25 November 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM join the The Modern Bartender for a night of “How to make bitters?”. In coalition with the proprietor of The Apothecary Bitters Company, Cole Benoit, they’ll take you through the history of bitters and how you can create amazing bitters at home.

The Apothecary Bitters Company’s NEW WINTER SEASONAL bitters will launch this night; be the first one to try this by itself and in a cocktail made by Mr. Benoit himself.

Learn the history of bitters, how to make bitters, and learn how to craft 3 original cocktails all using The Apothecary Bitters.

Tickets are $25  and can only be purchased in person in the store or on eventbrite. With a maximum capacity of 25 people this will sell out fast, grab yours asap.

Bring a front seat mentality because you’ll have the opportunity to ask the Master Bitters Maker questions after the presentation! / 604 684 1747.

10% off everything in store this night only!

Have questions about How To Make Bitters? Contact The Modern Bartender

Best in BC Sommelier Award

Chambar Restaurant’s Jason Yamasaki Awarded “Best Sommelier in BC” Distinction
First Annual CAPS Competition to Send One Canadian to Compete for “Best Sommelier in the World” in 2015

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) in partnership with Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) has named Chambar Restaurant Sommelier, Jason Yamasaki, “Best Sommelier in BC”.

On November 3, 2014, 14 of the province’s top sommeliers gathered on Vancouver’s Granville Island for a morning of written theory and blind tasting exams. After compiling scores, the group was narrowed down to three candidates: Chambar’s Jason Yamasaki, Unsworth Vineyard’s Chris Turyk, and CinCin’s Shane Taylor. The competition then moved into a tense afternoon of Sommelierie testing including: sparkling and decantation service, food and wine pairing, wine list correction, and verbal blind tasting of 5 beverages. Principal judges, Ontario’s Bruce Wallner MS, Barbara Philip MW, and CAPS BC President, Michelle Bouffard, tabulated the final scores and declared Yamasaki the provincial winner.

In addition to being honored at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival as “Best Sommelier in BC”, Yamasaki will also represent British Columbia in the “Best Sommelier in Canada” competition in Ontario in the spring of 2015, and could potentially represent Canada at the world competition.  

Long Table Distillery Opens Cocktail Laboratory

LTD RoomAt Long Table Distillery they’velways mixed a civilized gin and tonic, but now it’s time to shake things up with a newly designed tasting room and cocktail laboratory. This new space will officially open October 25, 2014 serving hand crafted cocktails from 1-7pm on both Thursdays and Saturdays with more hours to evolve over time. On these days, chemist and bar manager, Cole Benoit, owner of Vancouver’s Apothecary Bitters, will create cocktails from featuring Long Table Distillery’s hand crafted, small batch spirits, fresh locally sourced ingredients, botanicals, hand-made syrups and handcrafted bitters.

At Long Table Distillery, Vancouver’s first micro distillery, being social is big on the menu. The distillery encourages visitors to slow down and stay a while. Their West Coast inspired selection of traditionally crafted gins, Texada Vodka and expanding line of unique handcrafted spirits are all copper pot distilled in small batches to ensure only the freshest aromatics make it into each bottle.

Regular visiting hours are from 1-6pm, when visitors can purchase spirits, have a tasting or attend frequent events. Gin & Tonic Fridays happen every Friday from 5-9 pm and are accompanied each week by one of Vancouver’s top ten local food trucks.  The newly designed space and cocktail program now offer more opportunities for visitors to stay a while or make an evening of it.


Introducing Cole Benoit – Long Table’s Craft Bartender

Long Table Distillery newest member of the team is Cole Benoit, who will oversee the bar program. Cole Benoit is the head bitters maker, co-founder, recipe developer and designer at The Apothecary Bitters Company. He’s also a mixologist and spirits geek, an avid brewer and beer connoisseur and an industry experienced cook and all around culinary nerd.

He grew up with a horticulturist father, giving him an in-depth of knowledge and interest in botany that combined with his lifelong interest in cooking, his experience with brewing sciences, his creative nature and his technical background, all work together to make the bitters at The Apothecary Bitters Company.

About Long Table Distillery

Long Table Distillery brings together organic and natural ingredients, proprietary West Coast inspired recipes, and plenty of traditional distilling experience, to hand craft a critically acclaimed selection of unique gins, vodkas, and seasonal spirits.

Find Long Table Distillery’s spirits at the distillery, BCLCB Signature stores and many regular BCLDB outlets, private liquor stores throughout BC, Alberta and soon, Ontario.  Ask for Long Table Distillery’s products at restaurants and bars throughout Vancouver, on Vancouver Island and throughout the Province.

Long Table Distillery Ltd.
1451 Hornby St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W8
T: 604.266.0177

**Long Table Distillery is a client of our sister company Haute Consulting.

Cornucopia Top 25 Wines Announced

cornucopia4Each year the wineries participating in Cornucopia’s Crush Gala Grand Tasting enter into the festival’s Top 25 competition and only the best are chosen! Taste the best of the festival at Celebratory Reception taking place on Saturday, November 8 at the Whistler Public Library. Tickets for the event are $35 Cdn.

Top White – Quails’ Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013

Top Red – Privato Vineyard and Winery Pinot Noir 2011

Top Bubble – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut

Best of the Rest, in alphabetical order:

  • 50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir 2012
  • 50th Parallel Estate Riesling 2013
  • 50th Parallel Estate Rosé 2013
  • Achaval Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2012
  • BC Wine Studio Siren’s Call Harmonious 2011
  • Benjamin Bridge Brut 2008
  • Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  • Cocci Grifoni “Le Torri” Rosso Pecino Superiore 2008
  • Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Sophia 2010
  • Custoza Superiore Bianco Monte del Fra Ca Del Magro 2011
  • Fairview Cellars Cabernet Franc 2012
  • Kunde Family Estate Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012
  • La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  • Moon Curser Dead of Night 2011
  • Paolo Conterno Barolo “Ginestra” DOCG 2008
  • Pentage Winery Viognier 2013
  • Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz 2012
  • Road 13 Chardonnay 2011
  • Road 13 Syrah Malbec 2012
  • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
  • Stoneboat Vineyards Pinotage 2012
  • Thornhaven Estate Winery Syrah 2012


30 Days of IPA Donnelly Group

30 Days of IPAHow great is this IPA lovers? The Donnelly Group is offering 30 different IPAs over the next 30 days! Can we do them all? Perhaps we can. Follow @goodlifevan and we’ll give it a try.

30 Days

30 Breweries

10 Venues

30 unique IPAs

This year is no joke: 30 unique Breweries have come to the table. There are one-off styles and regularly available styles being tapped in venues that wouldn’t normally have them as well as some brand new launch styles. It’s a new IPA to enjoy every day for 30 days.

The event starts this Friday, August 1 at The Three Brits with Cannery Brewing’s IPA. from there each venue gets an IPA on a rotation. But don’t assume you can sit back and wait on this – some of these kegs are extremely limited and there’s no promise the beer will last past the first day.

If you happen to find me in one of the pubs come have a chat – I’ll buy your first IPA (if there’s any left).

Calender here:

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Vancouver Foodster presents the 100 Mile Cocktail Challenge

The 100 Mile Ccocktailocktail Challenge features 7 restaurants and bars in Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver and runs from July 4-27, 2014.

Participating restaurants are showcasing Cocktail creations which use at least 60% local ingredients found in 100 mile radius. All of these cocktails entered were created just for this challenge and all will be offered in all of these restaurants/bars during the challenge period.

For the challenge there are 2 sets of winners. The People’s Choice winners will be selected by the public and 4 media judges will pick their favs.

Cassandra Anderton

Writer and Broadcaster for many publications including her own Twitter: @goodlifevan

Dawn Chubai

Breakfast Television Host at City TV & Jazz Vocalist Twitter: @dawnchubai

Christine McAvoy  

Photographer and Editor at Vancouver is Awesome Twitter: @ChristineMcAvoy

Brian Webb  

Canada’s award-winning and top gay blogger on North American homoculture.

Twitter: @br_webb

These are just some of the unique 100 Mile Cocktail creations in this challenge

ABODE Restaurant

Boa Bite

Boa Bite

Price: $8

Description: The Boa Bite is a dry, incredibly refreshing cocktail inspired by the Snakebite and Black AKA Diesel – a popular cocktail from the UK made of lager or stout, hard cider and blackcurrant syrup. We’ve taken this favourite and replaced blackcurrant syrup with blackcurrant liqueur and added a fresh finish of muddled mint. Topped off with a garnish of house made caramel lacing, one sip from this cocktail will take you to the tropical climates where this exotic snake calls home.

Ingredients: Stanley Park Brewery Pilsner, Vancouver Island Merridale Traditional Craft Cider, Odd Society Spirit’s Crème de Cassis Liqueur, Mint (from our rooftop garden), Caramel garnish

Created by: Tannis Smith

Offered:  Monday – Thursday 11:00am – close; Friday – Sunday 11:30am – close

ABODE Restaurant

1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411


Twitter: @ABODERestaurant
Blacktail Florist

The Blacktail Sour

The Blacktail Sour

Price: $12

Description: The drink is a complex and vegital cocktail, with sour notes from the fresh pressed rhubarb and a delicate sweetness to finish

Ingredients: Long Table Distillery Gin, Odd Society Creme de cassis, Rhubarb, Local Honey Syrup, Egg Whites

Created by: Connor Gotowiec

Offered: It is available Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-1145pm

Blacktail Florist

332 Water Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-669 -0249


Twitter: @THEFLORISTbc
Pinnacle Pier Hotel

The Stanley Park

The Stanley Park

Price: $10.50

Description: Martini

Ingredients: Yaletown Distilling Company Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, locally grown basil leaves, ‘Twisted Bitter’ Victoria Spirits, Rosemary grapefruit, Rabbit River Farms egg whites and garnish with basil leaf

Created by: Kelly Robert

Offered: All the time

Pinnacle Pier Hotel

138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-986-7437


Twitter: @PinnaclePier
The full list of participating restaurants can be found here

Voting: The public is invited to order these cocktail creations ,at the participating restaurants and bars keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness,  traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying the cocktail creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from July 4-27, 2014

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Cocktail creation.


July Special Events At The BC Liquor Stores

wine tasting

Uncover the Wines of Australia
Australia is renowned for a multitude of geographical regions panning diverse climates, and has a wine for every taste and every occasion. Join us and uncover your favourite wine alongside a delicious food pairing.

Friday, July 4 | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Alberni & Bute
Saturday, July 5 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | 39th & Cambie
Saturday, July 5 | 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Park Royal
Sunday, July 6 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | 39th & Cambie
Friday, July 18 | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Alberni & Bute
Saturday, July 19 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | 39th & Cambie

Celebrate Kim Crawford
Join us for an informal wine tasting with perfectly paired fresh cheeses and breads. Come and experience these fantastic wines and receive a gift with the purchase of 2 bottles. Wednesday, July 9 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. |

Cooking with Blueberries
Join chef Celine Turenne to taste an amazing spread of savoury and sweet recipes with blueberries as the star ingredient! Each recipe will be paired with wine chosen by our 39th & Cambie Product Consultants. Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase at the 39th & Cambie Customer Service desk. Thursday, July 10 | 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. |

French Wines
Join our 39th & Cambie product consultants to sample French wines with cheese pairings fit to share with your fellow wine-lover.  These hand-picked selections are sure to bring a smile to your face as you experience all that French wines have to offer. Friday, July 11 | 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. |

Sleeman Original Draught
Rediscover Sleeman’s Original Draught beer! Served alongside tasty treats such as truffle infused butter popcorn prepared by The August Jack, Kitsilano’s newest tapas bar. Saturday, July 12 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. |

Grey Goose
Sample Grey Goose Vodka along with the Grey Goose flavour Line up and find out what makes Grey Goose the world’s greatest vodka!  Team Grey Goose will be on hand to answer any questions and share some great cocktail ideas. Thursday, July 17 | 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. |

Steam Inspired Sampler
Get Steam Inspired!!!  Steamworks Brewing Company is brewing up a storm with a steam inspired beer and food tasting.  Join chef Cory Chapman of Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar and Head Brewer Caolan Vaughan for a steam filled pairing event featuring the award winning Pilsner & Pale Ale as well as special releases Saison and Frambozen. Friday, July 18 | 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. |

Spend Hot Summer Days Camping with Ice Cold Coors Light!
Do you love summertime camping? Join us as we celebrate the great outdoors with Coors Light. Receive a gift with purchase of a Coors Light Search and Rescue T-Shirt.  There will also be a contest to enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Camping Package.

Friday, July 18 | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Squamish, Whistler Marketplace
Saturday, July 19 | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Pemberton, Whistler Village
Saturday, July 19 | 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Whistler Village

Survive the Pemberton Music Festival with Molson Canadian
Molson Canadian wants to make sure you’re prepared to survive one epic weekend at Pemberton Music Festival! Join us to sample refreshing Molson Canadian and receive a bonus festival survival kit as a gift with purchase. Wednesday, July 23 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. |

Dress it up!
Join chef Lawren Moneta as she creates four inspired recipes with a savoury yogurt addition to dress it up!  Each recipe will be paired with wines selected by our 39th & Cambie Product Consultants. Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase at the 39th & Cambie Customer Service desk. Thursday, July 24 | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. |

Join the Cono Sur Bike!
A popular selection of wines from Cono Sur Winery will be poured and paired with delicious canapés.  Come and experience this amazing value wine from Chile. Friday, July 25 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. |

Bombay Sapphire and St. Germain
Come and sample Bombay Sapphire & St Germain Enjoy an appetizer and learn what makes these spirits so unique. Also sample Bombay Sapphire East in various easy cocktails and let us help make your entertaining fun and easy!

Friday, July 25 | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Dunbar, Westview, Ironwood, Meadowtown, Caulfield, Whistler Marketplace
Saturday, July 26 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | 39th & Cambie, Peninsula Village, Kamloops Columbia Place, Dunbar, Westview, Ironwood, Meadowtown, Whistler Marketplace, 8th & Cambie
Sunday, July 27 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | 39th & Cambie, Alberni & Bute

Refreshingly West Coast
Join us for a refreshing West Coast inspired tasting of English Bay Pale Ale and Robson St. Hefeweizen. To complement the flavours of these local beers, locally inspired appetizers will be served, highlighting the best of the West Coast. Thursday, July 31 | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. |

Bienvenido a Mexology! Taste authentic tequilas from Casa Herradura and learn how to make authentic Mexican cocktails alongside samples of the most delicious and authentic Mexican food Vancouver has to offer, courtesy of Patron Tacos & Cantina. Viva Mexico! Thursday, July 31 | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. |  Langley

Try Our Summer Blockbusters!
Come and enjoy these classic summer blockbuster spirits!  Alongside a perfectly paired appetizer, you can sample Malibu, Absolut and Wiser’s. Make this trio the perfect start to your summer gathering!

Care To Bid On A $25,000 Cognac?

louisxiii_jerobaum_promotionOn Thursday, June 26 at 5:00p.m., BC Liquor Stores will release the Louis XIII Le Jeroboam Grand Champagne Cognac. An extremely limited production from world-renowned cognac maker Remy Martin, there is only one available for purchase in B.C. and its’ at BC Liquor Stores.

A special complimentary tasting to celebrate the release of the Le Jeroboam. Louis XIII Brand Ambassador will be at the 39th & Cambie store (5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver) on June 26, from 4:00 – 5:00p.m., offering customers a taste of Remy Martin VSOP – a very nice sip, but not the Grand Champagne $25,000 Cognac!


Le Jeroboam is contained in an impressive crystal decanter that holds 3 litres of Louis XIII Grande Champagne Cognac. Individually fashioned by a team of nine crystal craftsmen, the decanter is made from five kilograms of crystal and has a 24 carat gold ornamented neck.  A limited number have been made and each decanter is numbered and certified.

Inside the decanter, there’s a multitude of aromas, resulting in a dense harmony of flowers, fruits, and spices. Jasmine mingles with the passion fruit, in a blended flirtation with ginger and nutmeg. Roses and violets entertain fig and prune that in turn perform melodiously with the sandalwood and honey.

Le Jeroboam is listed at $25,000 (Canadian funds), delivered in an oak coffret which includes the outstanding crystal decanter, one pipette, four Pillet crystal glasses, one Pillet shelf display, a LOUIS XIII image book and a letter signed by Remy Martin’s Cellar Master, Pierrette Trichet. A replica of the bottle with further product information is on display at our39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store until Thursday, June 26.


Sale of Le Jeroboam is available to individuals and will be conducted by a draw if there is more than one interested party. Customers are invited to complete an entry form to purchase at locations listed below. Entries will be accepted up to 5:00p.m. on Thursday, June 26 at 39th & Cambie.  You must be present at the time of the draw. Entry forms are available at these locations: 

Townsite Brewing Perfect Storm

beer_perfect_stormPowell River’s Townsite Brewing has brewed up the perfect storm in their oatmeal stout. Pours the darkest of browns with a nice head of foam. On the nose there is molasses, bitter chocolate, toasted nuts and coffee with some baked fig.

Starts a bit sweet and follows up with cocoa, coffee and walnut flavours. Immensely complex and enjoyable. Thankfully lives up to it’s name.

Grab some freshly shucked oysters and enjoy.


Best Female Bartender in Canada Comp Cointreau

The Winners with Alfred CointreauMademoiselle Cointreau – The Quest for the Best Female Bartender in Canada began its cross-Canada tour in Vancouver at The Blackbird on June 11th. Cointreau, the famous orange liqueur to presents the very first Canadian cocktail competition exclusively dedicated to women.  Danielle Tartarin took first place in the contest with Evelyn Chick pulling up in a close second. The contest was presented by Alfred Cointreau with the support of head judge Joanne Sasvari, respected author and spirit journalist.

The Winner of the Cointreau Vancouver Competition

 Danielle Tartarin works her pouring magic.

The second best winning cocktail

Evelyn Chick shakes up the Ladies in L’voire (recipe below)

The Cointreau team will continue traveling across Canada looking for the most creative and talented female bartenders. The National competition will also visit Calgary, Toronto and Montreal to challenge the skills of professional mixologists.

Cointreau liqueur was invented in 1875, driven by the energy of its creator, Édouard Cointreau. In tribute to his beloved muse Louisa, he created just the right blend of sweet and bitter orange peel flavours, inspired by the heart of femininity. By representing the essence of French lifestyle, it has become through the ages an icon in the cocktail world. Inspired by Edouard’s love story, Cointreau decided to explore the country to find its next muse: Mademoiselle Cointreau!

We’ve got the scoop on Chick’s and Tartarin’s recipes:

Belle Jardin Fizz – Tartarin
1 ½ oz Cointreau
½ oz Orange Bitters
4 Lime water & thyme ice cubes*
4 Orange water & thyme ice cubes**
Top with Aloe Soda Water***
Hydrosol of Thyme, Lavender, Mint & Orange.
Spray the Hydrosol around the area as you start to make the cocktail.
In a mixing glass stir together Cointreau and Orange Bitters with 2 of each of the flavoured ice cubes.
Place the remainder of the flavoured ice cubes in to a Collins glass and pour the chilled & diluted cocktail into the glass. Top with Aloe Soda Water.
Garnish with a fresh thyme sprig and finish by spraying the hydrosol in the air and over the drink before consuming.

*Lime Water Ice Cubes – in a tray of 1” square ice cubes add ¼ oz of Lime juice, 1 pinch fresh thyme sprig and one long orange zest. Top with water. Freeze until solid and use to mix the Belle Jardin Fizz.
**Orange Water Ice Cubes – in a tray of 1” square ice cubes add ¼ oz of Orange juice, 1 pinch fresh thyme sprig and one long lime zest. Top with waterFreeze until solid and use to mix the Belle Jardin Fizz.
***Aloe Soda Water – In a soda ciphon combine 2 oz of pure Aloe Juice with 10 oz of distilled water. Charge and keep refrigerated.

Ladies in L’voire – Chick
1.5 oz Cointreau
.25 oz green chartreuse
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz lemon juice
2 dashes angostura
3 dashes housemade rosemary tincture
1 tbsp bergamot sorbet

Shake in perlini, charge with CO2 and serve in a punch cup garnish with sprig of rosemary