Since last year, around the time that the Stanley Cup Playoffs were really starting to get hot, I started working for Melody Fury, of Vancouver Food Tour, as a Culinary Guide. I cannot begin to tell you how much fun this job has been. It’s actually rather difficult to classify it as a job. I’m not sure that meeting really rad and interesting people, eating and drinking my way around town, talking about food, beer, wine, cocktails and Vancouver, and all the while getting paid to do it, really qualifies as working. To make it even better, I’ve managed to acquire incredible friends along the way.
Pretty recently, for Dine Out Vancouver in fact, I was charged with creating a Craft Beer Tour to add to the line-up of fabulous tours that Melody and Vancouver Food Tour already offered. And so, enter Vancouver Food Tour’s Craft Beer and Bites Tour!
My enthusiasm for this project was and still is enormous. There are few things in this world that excite me as much as talking incessantly about beer. I do have to admit, however, I was initially worried that people would tire of my excessive ramblings about the merits of American IPA’s or the reasons for cloudy versus non cloudy wheat beers. Turns out, I was wrong. There are many members off the general public that are just as inquisitive about beer as I once was before the beer nerd bug bit.
I don’t know why I was so surprised. The demographic that drinks craft beer is growing exponentially every day. I’ve had three generations of one family on a tour together, all enthusiastic beer lovers just getting their feet wet in the craft brew pond, and I feel so lucky to be a guide to them as they begin to explore this world. In fact, at times I feel like I’m still wading in the shallows, with so much to learn before I can swim with the big fish. But isn’t that the fun of it?
If you or someone you know is yearning to learn more about craft beer, check out my tour. If you’re really interested in studying the stuff, not just at the bottom of a pint glass, check out Chester Carey’s Serious Beer Course at the Pacific Culinary Institute. (I’ll hopefully be subbing for him there once in a while ) He’s a huge beer nerd, the first Cicerone in Canada and also a really great guy.
Till next time, Cheers!