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January 14, 2021, Prince George BC -Kiwanis AleFest invites you to celebrate their annual festival at home, with an exclusive Kiwanis AleFest 8-pack featuring brews you’ve never had before.

The Kiwanis AleFest typically takes place in Prince George in January each year, and has grown to be one of B.C.’s most highly anticipated beer events each year. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of AleFest 2021, so organizers decided to bring the festival to the living room of B.C. beer lovers while trying to raise additional funds to support kids who need it the most.

AleFest organizers asked nine breweries from all across Northern British Columbia to produce a unique beer for inclusion in the 8-pack of cans. These limited-edition, never-before-canned beers will be available for sale at breweries and liquor stores throughout Northern BC and interior BC on Friday, January 29, 2021. 

The BC Ale Trail’s Virtual Hoppy Hour on @BCAleTrail on Instagram will showcase the beers on Thursday, January 28 at 6:00pm, followed by a Virtual Tasting of all eight brews on Friday, January 29 at 7:00pm. The virtual tasting will be co-hosted by Aaron Johnson, the Cascadian Beer Podcaster and Joe Wiebe, the Thirsty Writer and Content Manager for the BC Ale Trail.

The 8-pack includes one beer each from the following breweries (listed in geographical order from west to east): 

  • Wheelhouse Brewing (Prince Rupert) 
  • Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse (Terrace) 
  • Smithers Brewing (Smithers)
  • Trench Brewing & Distilling (Prince George)
  • CrossRoads Brewing & Distillery (Prince George)
  • Barkerville Brewing (Quesnel) 
  • Three Ranges Brewing (Valemount) 
  • Mighty Peace Brewing (Fort St John) in collaboration with Iron Road Brewing (Kamloops) and Smithers Brewing (Smithers)

Founded in 2015, the Kiwanis AleFest is a volunteer-run fundraiser organized by Kiwanis Prince George as an annual signature event to support local children charities and Ronald McDonald House. 

“It was apparent by spring 2020 that we were not going to be able to host Kiwanis Alefest in 2021,” said AleFest organizer Jamie Cunningham. “However, we felt collectively that if there was a time that the breweries needed a little extra attention and people needed a little bit more happiness, it was this year. This project has been so much fun to plan, and the cherry on the top is that all the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, and charities that support kids and families in the North.”

“Wheelhouse Brewing has participated in the Kiwanis Ale Fest every year since it started in 2015,” said Craig Outhet, co-owner and brewmaster at Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert. “It’s an oasis for craft breweries and craft beer lovers in January. In one of the slowest times of the year it provides an economic and social shot-in-the-arm for participating breweries. Wheelhouse Brewing is happy to give back and support the Prince George Kiwanis charity by participating in the 8 pack!”

“All of the breweries on the Northern BC Ale Trail share a bond because of geography,” said Monica Frost, BC Ale Trail Project Lead. “The Kiwanis AleFest 8-pack showcases their spirit of generosity, partnership and innovation while they are already dealing with pandemic-related challenges to their businesses.”

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January 12, 2021, Vancouver BC - BC Beer Con will return virtually to a monitor near you from February 3 to 5, 2021.

The BC Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the BC Craft Brewers Guild and presented by Great Little Box Company | Ideon Packaging, brings together key stakeholders from the Canadian craft brewing industry for an annual networking and educational event. 

From February 3 to 5, brewery staff, brewing students and beer enthusiasts are invited to take part in various educational seminars and keynotes to gear up 2021. The three days are divided into half-day tracks, broken out into Brewing, Marketing & Sales, Operations and Finance. Keynote speakers for BC Beer Con include:

  • Brewing up a real change - a discussion about diversity, inclusion and equality with Ren Navarro of Beer. Diversity.
  •  The Path Forward for the Hospitality Industry from COVID-19 with Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

In response to current public health advisories, the BC Craft Brewers Guild has developed a conference focused on enriched virtual experiences promising to keep BC’s craft beer community connected during the conference and throughout the year. Attendees will receive educational seminars and networking sessions centered around activating a new online private community network. The BC Craft Brewers Guild Community is a private network for attendees to form new connections directly with industry peers, suppliers, and various partners, to gain insight into key industry issues and solutions, year-round.

“While we can’t meet in person this year, we’re confident the new format and online community platform will help connect BC Craft Brewers in a new way,” said Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild. “It’s important for us to continually build connections within our industry and outside of it, to ensure the longevity of craft brewing in BC.”

“Breaking out the conference into half-day tracks allows people to take part in what they’re most interested in,” said Beattie. “Running concurrent sessions didn’t allow people to absorb everything they wanted to. Now, they have the option to stay for the whole conference, or just attend the half-day session that pertains to their job.” 

Tickets to BC Beer Con are now available here, with 50 per cent of every ticket sold supporting the Canadian Craft Brewers Association to create a more inclusive and diverse beer community. BC Craft Brewers Guild member breweries and Associate Members, Canadian Craft Brewers Association Members, and Brewing School Students can attend for $20 plus applicable taxes, and public or non-member tickets are available for $50 plus applicable taxes. 

For more information on BC Beer Con, please visit

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“In today’s economy ̶ even before COVID-19 ̶ businesses are choosing to go cash-free, including hotels, with manyencouraging credit-card and contactless payments,” said Sarah Taveprungsenukul, youtip co-founder and CEO. “We’ve all been there. We want to tip service staff, such as the valet parking attendant, bellman or hotel housekeeper for jobs well done, but don’t have enough cash on hand to do so. Taking the time to download a gratuity app is inconvenient, especially for travelers who often find themselves in a time crunch to run to the ATM or who want to limit their exposure to handling germ ridden cash. We developed youtip as the easiest

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TORONTO, CANADA (January 11, 2021) – Today, Red Bull® Canada introduces the latest addition to its signature line of Energy Drinks. Red® Bull Zerois a refreshing on trend alternative to traditional no sugar drinks. This new offer gives consumers an additional zero-sugar product option with a different taste than Red Bull® Sugarfree.     

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Cuvée Elena by Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs, the first-ever Chardonnay from commune Saint-Emilion, has been awarded the Gold Medal at the Global Chardonnay Masters 2020. Held annually by the leading European drinks trade publication The Drinks Business, the prestigious competition is a top international ranking event for the global wine industry.


The wines from more than 20 countries, including France, Italy, Spain, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Greece, Turkey, Romania, South Africa, Mexico and others took part in the Global Chardonnay Masters 2020. Under the terms and conditions of the competition, samples of chardonnay from around the world were evaluated in a blind tasting by a panel of judges, consisting of group of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and leading UK wine buyers. According to the Global Masters, ‘for the first time, preconceived notions of the importance of location are pushed aside, allowing wines from across the globe to be judged purely on style and quality’. Competing in the Premium Category, Cuvée Elena has got a Gold as a Chardonnay Aged in Oak Barrels.


This was the maiden participation of Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs in the Global Chardonnay Masters. Known for its red Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Art Russe Collection, with Russian art on the labels, the Chateau released its first white wine as recently as November 2020, and it is Cuvée Elena 2019, the very first vintage, that was submitted to the judgement of the wine gurus in London. Furthermore, the wine created by the winemaker Louis Mitjavile and the Chateau team is the first-ever chardonnay produced in the commune Saint-Emilion.


Laurent Prosperi, Director of Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs:

‘We are honoured to represent France at this prestigious international competition. We are very proud of our victory and the fact that we are part of the tradition of the great French art of winemaking. The birth of Cuvée Elena was preceded by a long and painstaking work of our winemaker Louis Mitjavile and the entire Chateau team, and we are proud that the white wine of Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs elicited a direct response from leading wine experts and has been recognized as one of the world's best chardonnays of its class.’


The Chardonnay variety occupies one hectare of the Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs vineyards. Cuvée Elena is vinified in 100% new oak barrels from the Radoux Coopery; aging takes approximately 12 months. The wine is bottled exclusively in magnums. The unique bottles for Cuvée Elena are handcrafted at the Waltersperger artisanal glass workshop labelled France’s Living Heritage Enterprise. Decorated with a floral motif, each bottle is painted by an artist individually.


As previously reported, by decision of the Chateau owner Andrei Filatov, the 2019 vintage and all subsequent vintages of Cuvée Elena will be donated to charities. Each year, the bulk of the produce will be made available to charity auctions in the regions where Art Russe is present, and all proceeds will go to charities supporting children with severe illnesses. The charity idea for the project comes from the spouse of the Chateau owner, Elena Filatova.


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