A tasty way to get a read on beer

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Joe Wiebe
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For some it sounds like the dream vacation: a road trip crisscrossing the southern portion of British Columbia on a mission to sample as many craft beers as possible.

For Joe Wiebe it was research.

The "Thirsty Writer" was gathering material for his new book Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider's Guide to B.C. Breweries.

You can join him as he raises a glass to its launch Thursday at the Craig Street Brew Pub in Duncan.

Guests are invited to drop by the pub at 6 p.m. to meet Wiebe, pick up a personalized copy of the book, and try some of Duncan's contribution the revolution.

"In Craft Beer Revolution, Wiebe documents the fascinating craft beer movement in B.C., profiling its history, the breweries themselves, the people behind the kegs and casks, and the colourful stories," event promotional material reads. "The book is filled to the brim with recommendations for beer tasting tours around the province, lists of the best brews that B.C. has to offer, and entertaining trivia that will make beer geeks salivate.

"On (his) trip, he found that British Columbians are embracing craft beer like never before. It may, in part, be wrapped up in an ever-growing movement to consume high-quality, local products. However, there is more to craft beer than its superb ingredients. Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, writes that "craft brewing universally involves boldly flavoured beers coupled with a defiantly independent spirit."

For more information about Wiebe or his book, click here.

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