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The Tall Sails and Ales Tour in BC

By William Brand
Friday, July 20th, 2007 at 7:16 pm in Uncategorized.

The Tall Sails and Ales Tour in British Columbia

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Schooner Maple Leaf – 1Also: The 7th Annual Microbreweries Battling Breast Cancer Fest is Saturday.

If you have a few dollars burning up in your pocket, love beer and the thought of a week on a tall ship in one of the most beautiful, exotic parts of North America – check this out.
It’s the Tall Sails and Ales Tour, visiting the seaward craft brewers of British Columbia – in the Gulf Islands and southern Vancouver Island in Canada for five days aboard the schooner Maple Leaf.
The annual tour from Oct. 25-30 features meetings and tastings with brewers and brewery tours; meals will be paired with appropriate beers.
The cost is $1,865 U.S. and includes everything, accommodations, meals, tastings etc.
Greg Evans, a BC brewing historian and head of the Vancouver branch of the Campaign for Real Ale will be aboard.
Here’s what the tour operators say in their publicity release:
“Fall is harvest time and it allows us to pair the best of B.C. beers with the finest local Island produce,” says Capt. Kevin Smith, owner of ecotourism company Maple Leaf Adventures, which operates the trip. “There is such a variety of flavours being produced here that the toughest part of the trip is ensuring we don’t leave a producer out.”
“The organization has a strong focus on learning and education, and Smith stresses that the tour is a tasting tour, not a drinking tour. It is designed both for people who appreciate a good learning holiday and for those who are knowledgeable about beer.
“Guests will also be treated to wildlife viewing (think porpoises, sea lions, seabirds and intertidal life), sailing the classic tall ship and frequent shore excursions to explore the islands’ natural beauty.”
And a handout quote from Mr. Evans:
“The beer culture and the craft brewing movement in BC are very strong, with some of the finest products and brewers in Canada,” says Evans, whose masters degree is in Vancouver Island’s brewing history and who writes articles with titles like “Hic Hic Hooray: How Canadians Kept Americans Wet During Prohibition”. “Like our American cousins along the Pacific Coast, craft brewers in BC tend to like ‘bigness’ in their beers – that is, a tendency to more hops, more body and products with a big, rich head.”
Damn. This one tickles my fancy. The islands and sea passages between Seattle and Vanouver, B.C. are absolutely heart-stopping gorgeous and outrank, in my humble opinion, the Caribbean, if not the islands of Greece.
Info: www.MapleLeafAdventures.com or call 1-888-599-5323.

One last events note. If you’re in the Bay Area, don’t forget the 7th annual Microbrewries Battling Breast Cancer Brewfest, Saturday, July 21, noon – 5 p.m. at Marin Brewing, Larkspur. Tickets: $25 at the door, benefits breast cancer research. Over 20 breweries; live music. See you there.
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