December 1, 2023

All three of this week’s picks are extensively out there, from specialty grocers to bigger chains like London Medicine.

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Whereas the sunlit hours could also be on the decline, it nonetheless appears like we’re in summer time’s peak embrace.

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So even when the canine days of summer time are on the wane, hopefully many extra adventures abound: open air, on boats, in campgrounds, and so forth.

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And as summer time carries on, so, too, does the necessity for summer time refreshment — which actually can come from the more and more accessible non-alcoholic choices.

Certainly, all three of this week’s picks are extensively out there, from specialty grocers to bigger chains like London Medicine.

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Olé Cocktail Co. Margarita Lime Mocktail, British Columbia ($14.99 for four-355mL cans)

Certainly, there’s an total pattern towards much less alcohol consumption (notably amongst youthful demographics), whether or not from these utterly abstaining to the merely “sober curious.” Olé Cocktail Co. has each avenues lined. Constructing on their 4 tequila-based canned cocktails, Olé now gives two crafted mocktails. Their Margarita Lime Mocktail options actual lime juice and agave nectar with a touch of sea salt and poo, all in an — admittedly — sleek-looking can. At solely 30 energy, it gives ample refreshment, pouring a contact hazy with evident citric aromas. It’s dry, tart, crisp and makes a effective picnic companion.

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Backside line: B+, Elegant limeade!

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Stanley Park Brewing Non Alcoholic Path-Hopper IPA, Vancouver ($9.99 for four-355mL cans)

Then once more, for a lot of conference holds that summer time is greatest paired with beer. In fact, there’s a non-alcoholic beer for that! In actual fact, Vancouver’s Stanley Park Brewing retains the identical identify for each of their Path Hopper IPAs, besides the sans alcohol model checks in at 0.3 per cent alcohol-by-volume (ABV) versus the unique’s 6.8 per cent (legally non-alcoholic drinks can include as much as 0.5 per cent ABV). The low take a look at model pours golden with a beige head, and true to type wafts up shiny hoppy, floral and citrus aromas together with cereal notes. It’s actually crisp and refreshing with a bitter end, but comes throughout pretty skinny total.

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Backside line: C, All day refreshment

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Phillips Brewing IOTA Pale Ale, Victoria ($8.99 for four-355mL cans)

One other well-known native craft brewer additionally into the non-alcoholic beer sport is Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. Or, because the brewery states it on the can, this zero proof choice is “Responsibly brewed by irresponsible brewers.” Phillips’ IOTA line now includes 4 completely different non-alcoholic craft beers, together with this shiny Pale Ale. Pouring deep golden and providing aromas of malt and floral hops, this quencher offers first rate richness resulting in a handy guide a rough, bitter end. At 70 energy per can, it checks in a tad greater than different “close to beers,” however this brings participating texture and total physique.

Backside line: B, Deliver on the fish tacos!

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The Swirl: Silver Star Wine Competition

Again for its second 12 months, the Silver Star Wine Competition returns to the mountain resort for an prolonged weekend of wine-focused seminars, brunches. There’s additionally the signature walkabout Wine Tasting within the Village, that includes pours from greater than 25 B.C. wineries, alongside meals pairings. Quite a few occasions are scheduled from Aug. 10-13 (the Wine Tasting within the Village is from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 12), and for full particulars on tickets and lodging packages, go to

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