The Alchemist Fall/Winter 2019

Thirsty for cocktail and spirits news? You’re in luck—the fall/winter issue of The Alchemist is out this week.

The Up to Date cocktail, created by Homer Street Cafe lead bartender Rob Scope. Dan Toulgoet photo

As the days get colder and shorter, we turn to dark spirits, deep flavours and slow-sipping cocktails, the kinds of drinks best enjoyed over thoughtful conversation.

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Vancouver’s Jeff Savage among top tier at Diageo World Class

Although Singapore takes the title, Canada once again shakes up the world’s biggest cocktail competition

Jeff Savage, World Class Canada 2019 winner, was among the was among
the top bartenders at the Global Finals. Photo courtesy of Diageo World Class

Note: This is the third in an Alchemist series following Diageo World Class 2019 from planning the competition to the National Final in Whistler and through to the Global Final in Scotland.

He came so close. Vancouver’s Jeff Savage made it to the final eight at the Diageo World Class Final. And he won the Singleton State of Mind award. But in the end, the diminutive Bannie Kang from Singapore took home the ultimate prize.

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Vancouver’s Jeff Savage among the top eight at Diageo World Class 2019

Jeff Savage. Photo courtesy of Diageo World Class Canada

Congratulations to Vancouver bartender Jeff Savage, who made it to the final eight at the Diageo World Class Final on September 26 in Glasgow, Scotland. He also won the Singleton State of Mind award.

But, in the end, Bannie Kang from Singapore took home the ultimate prize, beating out 54 bartenders from around the world to become World Class Bartender of the Year.

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9 Vancouver restaurants band together for week-long Pride cocktail fundraiser

The Mackenzie Room has rallied several Vancouver restaurants together for a week-long Pride cocktail fundraiser. Photo by Katie Cross Photography/courtesy The Mackenzie Room

The theme of this year’s Vancouver Pride Parade is “50 Years and Still Fighting” and with many across the city and region set to join in the celebration on West End streets, there are venues across Vancouver that are stepping up to raise awareness and money for Pride-related causes.

The Mackenzie Room has rallied together eight other restaurants for a week-long joint-effort cocktail fundraiser to align with Pride – and being a great ally is the fitting theme.

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The new Copper Spirit Distillery is making organic liquor on Bowen Island

Miguel and Candice Kabantsov chose copper stills for their new cove-based distillery.Photo by Bronwyn Beairsto / Undercurrent

It’s within the crisp concrete walls of the newly open Copper Spirit Distillery that owners Candice and Miguel Kabantsov want people to forge new relationships with alcohol and one another.

“We discussed how we could create an industry that was focused on conscious consumption, not over consumption,” said Candice.

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B.C. eliminates personal-exemption limit on out-of-province booze

Move is in stark contrast to Ontario becoming more restrictive on interprovincial e-commerce shipments of alcohol into the province

The lifting of restrictions is only for when a person physically transports the products across the B.C. border, as it does not include e-commerce. Istock photo

British Columbians can now visit another Canadian province and bring back to B.C. an unlimited amount of alcohol, the B.C. government said in a July 19 news release.

The move also applies to people from other provinces who visit B.C.

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The Alchemist Summer 2019

Keep cool: The summer issue of The Alchemist is out this week.

The Garden’s Keeper G&T by Jeff Savage of Botanist. Dan Toulgoet photo

The 12th edition of B.C.’s only magazine dedicated to cocktail and spirits culture returns with everything you need to quench your thirst this summer.

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Botanist wins Bols Around the World

The Fairmont Pacific Rim team cleans up at the global competition

The Botanist Bar team was crowned 2019 ‘BOLS AROUND THE WORLD’ World’s Best Bar Team! From left, Grant Sceney, Jeff Savage and Max Curzon-Price. Botanist Bar photo/Facebook

Another day, another global win for Botanist Bar. Bartenders Grant Sceney, Jeff Savage and Max Curzon-Price have just been crowned the “Bols Around the World” bar team of the year.

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