May Long Weekend: Local Craft Beer Picks

Curated by: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Sommelier

Behold! May Long Weekend is upon us. ’Tis the season to sip on local Spring flavours that accompany your adventures. Whatever your tastes in craft beer may be, allow these fine local brews to satisfy and quench your thirst.

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Parkside Brewery
Humans IPA

Big flavours of tropical fruit, citrus + peach
$15.49, 4x473ml
Port Moody, BC

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Category 12 Brewing
Mainframe Red Ale

Light + fruity with good malt balance
$6.29, 650ml
Victoria, BC

Tofino Brewing Blonde Ale

Dageraad Brewing
Burnabarian Belgian Style Session Ale

Lightly spiced with coriander. Brewed  with oats, silky mouthfeel
$13.49, 4x473ml
Vancouver, BC

Local Saisons


By: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Cicerone®

With winter's gloomy grip on the weather loosening and the sun beginning to reign, we’re moving away from heavy and hearty brews.

Spring ushers in the time for Saisons. These beers were originally brewed in southern Belgium during the cooler months for consumption in the summer season.

Saisons are light enough to be thirst quenching with great character. Fruity and peppery on the nose with a mix of herbs, spice and earthiness on the palate.   Quench your thirst with these great examples of this wonderful warmer weather style. 

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Driftwood Brewing
Farm Hand Saison

Sturdy malt backbone with notes of bubblegum, banana and cloves.

$5.99 (650 ml)
Victoria, BC


Townsite Brewing

Crisp, mild sweetness and light coriander.

$7.49 (650 ml)
Powell River, BC

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Four Winds Brewing

Nuanced notes of flower and spice.

$9.99 (4x341 ml)
Delta, BC

"Flowers" For Mom


By: Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier, Certified Sherry Specialist

On the hunt for a Mother’s Day gift? Lucky for you, Ann has selected floral wines that match the notes of a few everyday blossoms. Get your mom a bouquet she can both enjoy and imbibe!


Alasia Langhe Nebbiolo

For those who love roses, this wine boasts a mix of the delicate red flowers, with a complexity of earth and spice.

$25.49 (750 ml)


Colinas de Uruguay Albariño

A bouquet in a bottle: elderflower, jasmine and a hint of lavender, followed by fresh stone fruit and citrus acidity.

$20.49 (750ml)


Emandare Siegerrebe Gewurztraminer

A local favourite that evokes aromas of wildflowers and meadows. A pleasing textural mouthfeel and refreshing finish.

$23.49 (750ml)
Cowichan Valley

May 2018 Best Buys

May Best Buys, Cascadia Liquor

Meet the Maker: Averill Creek Winery

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By: Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier, Certified Sherry Specialist

Beautiful and elegant wines crafted from cool climate grapes, perfectly suited to Vancouver Island's unique terroir.

 Andy Johnston, Co-owner

Andy Johnston, Co-owner

 Daniel Dragert & Mira Tusz, Winemakers

Daniel Dragert & Mira Tusz, Winemakers

Andy and Wendy Johnston started Averill Creek in 2001, finally pursuing their passion for wine after long careers in the health and financial industries. Joined by winemakers, Daniel Dragert and Mira Tusz, the Averill Creek team have solidified themselves as one of Vancouver Island’s top producers.


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Innovative Mountainside Winery
Built onto the side of Mt. Prevost, the winery features stunning views of Cowichan Valley. The mountain slope creates the perfect opportunity for a state-of-the-art gravity-fed facility, allowing their delicate wines to flow without the use of pumps, protecting their subtle and elegant characteristics.

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Award-Winning Wines
The winery’s innovative process has shown that the wines of Vancouver Island can be complex and thoughtful, aromatic and lively. Averill Creek has gained worldwide attention and accolades from competitions such as Global Pinot Noir Masters, Best International Trade, Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards and more.

Our Recommendations


Charm De L’ile

A lively island sparkler made in the charmat method and expressing vibrant citrus and peach notes with a hint of flowers. The perfect drink to celebrate spring!
$24.99, 750ml



Bright aromatics of raspberry and watermelon, yet refreshingly dry, this merlot and pinot noir rosé has jucy acidity that makes it a versatile wine with any dish. Serve with friends!
$21.99, 750ml


Pinot Noir  

Averill Creek's Raison D' Être, and with good reason! A serious, elegant, and silky wine with a complex mix of raspberry, earth, and spice. This one is sure to impress!
$26.99, 750ml

Where to Find Them
Just a short drive out to the sunny Cowichan Valley!
6552 North Road, Duncan, BC
Tasting room and picnic area open 7 days a week, 11am-5pm

April Local Craft Beer Picks: Refreshing Brews for Spring

Curated by: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Sommelier

Spring is in the air! Crack open these refreshing brews to welcome the start of patio season.


Hoyne Brewing
Alpha Acid IPA

Tropical fruit with good bitterness
$6.29, 650ml
Victoria, BC


Twin Sails Brewing ‘Dat Juice’ Citra Pale Ale

Twin Sails Brewing
‘Dat Juice’ Citra Pale Ale

grapefruit, pineapple + citra hop flavours
$13.99, 4x473ml
Port Moody, BC

Tofino Brewing Blonde Ale

Tofino Brewing
 Blonde Ale

Light + crisp. Perfect beach beer.
$5.19, 650ml
Tofino, BC

Celebrating BC Cider Week (April 28 - May 7)


By: Jessie Fowler, Eagle Creek GM, ISG Level 2 / WSET Level 1

BC Cider Week celebrates the art of local craft cider. Gaining popularity over the past few years, you can now find small boutique cider houses crafting with local products and ingredients at almost every corner of the province. With so with many styles available, there truly is a cider for every taste. 


The BX Press
Bandit Cherry Cider

Fermented from over a dozen varieties of apples. Organic BC cherries freshly added in before bottling. 

$7.99 (500 ml)
Vernon, BC


Sea Cider

Pineapple and confectionary notes. Incredibly food friendly.

$15.99 (750 ml)
Victoria, BC


Tod Creek Cider
Island Light

Light, crisp, crafted with apple kombucha. Only 3% alcohol.

$12.99 (4x355 ml)
Victoria, BC


PS. Don't miss our upcoming BC Cider Masterclasses!