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What’s better than eight hours of sleep on a luxury Simmons Beautyrest? To be honest, not much. But a cold pint of craft beer on a summer day comes close.

Vancouver’s craft beer scene is exploding this summer, as the hipster drink of choice goes mainstream. From IPA’s, to lagers, to Belgian blondes, the hop is back in style.

One way to enjoy the bubbly beverages is to head straight to the source. A number of Vancouver’s independent breweries are furnished with tasting lounges for sampling the brewmaster’s wares. Most of these establishments also offer tours for a full-bodied, clean-sipping, in-house experience.

One of our personal favourites is Parallel 49. They produce a number of beers that have become legendary in our city, like Gypsy Tears, Hoparazzi and the ever-popular watermelon flavoured Seedspitter.

This year Parallel 49 has jumped on the bike craze and named their new summer release Tricycle. The beer is a lager infused with red grapefruit juice. The third wheel might come in handy with these infectiously tasty beverages.

For a full selection of beers brewed in VanCity, head to Craft Beer in the Olympic Village. They have over a hundred beers on tap. Like their local suppliers, they also offer tasting flutes.

As a parting note, we should add a reminder to always drink responsibly. A few too many could affect your sleep and we would never want that.

Little known fact: Beer is the third most consumed drink in the world after water and tea.

Take that milk!

Sunset Food Trucks

One more reason why Vancouver is an awesome place to live: Weekly Food Truck Festival at Sunset Beach.

Yes, you heard right. This summer the Vancouver food trucks will be circling their wagons in the Sunset Beach parking lot every Friday night. The festival will focus on the culinary creations of Vancouver’s mobile cooks, but it will also feature local art and music. The backdrop: well you know what’s down there – one of the most gorgeous spots to watch the sun dip away, rivalled only by Spanish Banks.

The weekly food-love-in will start at 5 p.m. and wrap up (unintentional pun) around 9 p.m, just as the sun sets.

Andrew Fielding, president of the Streetfood Vancouver Society, is hard at work getting the permits in order. He still needs approval from the Parks Department. He is also looking for corporate sponsorship to help with the funding.

Last year, a similar festival was held at the Olympic Village, with help from the Waldorf Hotel. The new plan would place the organizing power firmly in the hands of the cart owners. “This would be different…this would be our event,” claims Fielding.

In any form, Vancouverites win. No Fun City. Ha! We think not!

From Russia With Love

The Canadian Men’s Hockey team is full of high profile players that will be representing Canada on the Olympic ice in Sochi over the next few weeks. In the Olympic Village, they will probably be some of the most recognizable athletes. Along with their fellow NHLers they will also be some of the most highly paid individuals participating in the games. But when it comes to accommodations, the premier hockey players will be living in the same cramped quarters as the rest of the winter athletes.

Last Tuesday, the media was given a tour of the rooms the Canadian competitors will be staying in  – As one reporter put it, the athletes will be trading ‘luxury for community.’

The rooms are for three single occupants to live. They have four walls and the bare essentials. The most bizarre feature: the bed arrangements.

Each room holds three twin beds, lined up in a row, with just over a foot of space between. Tight, too say the least.

Shannon Szabados, of the Woman’s Hockey Team said her roommates were already making adjustments. “We arranged our beds so they weren’t side-by-side,” she said. “I think mine’s in the kitchen right now.”

One of the only NHLers to receive a sliver of special treatment was Zdeno Chara, the flag-bearer for Slovakia. Chara received an extra foot-and-a-half extension on his bed to fit his 6′9″ frame.

No word if all three Canadian Men’s Hockey goalies will be sharing a room together.

It will certainly be a change from Roberto Luongo’s lavish Yaletown digs. Maybe he will send a family member over to Simmons Mattress Gallery and we could send him a Beautyrest World Class mattress. We’ve heard there’s room in the lounge…

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