On the Street: Beer awards, tourism speakers, median rents

Island brewers win hardware at B.C. Beer Awards

Five Victoria brewers brought home awards from the annual B.C. Beer Awards held last week in Vancouver.

Victoria brewing newcomers Ile Sauvage and Whistle Buoy Brewing combined to take top spot in the European sour category for their Shiro Shiro Berliner Weisse, while Ile Sauvage took third place in the smoke-and-wood-aged-beer category and was named rookie of the year.

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Whistle Buoy also won a third place award in the specialty beer category for Gulagubben.

Vancouver Island Brewing’s Hermannator Ice Bock and Dominion Dark Lager took first and third place, respectively, in the dark and strong European category. The brewery also won a best packaging design award for its Pod Pack.

Lighthouse Brewing took third place in the spice beer category for Nightwatch, and second place in the North American IPA category for Shipwreck and second for Numbskull in the Imperial IPA category.

Four Mile Brewing took top spot in the North American pale ale category with its Hazy Citra Pale Ale.

Tourism industry wants speakers

The B.C. Tourism Industry Conference in March in Victoria is calling for speakers and new ideas to add to the conference’s education program. Ideal speakers are those keen to share valuable information, utilize creative ideas for audience engagement and are capable of delivering an educational punch in an interesting way.

Presentation proposals are being accepted in the themes of technology and innovation, politics and policies, tourism trends and marketing.

Deadline for submissions is Nov. 15. Contact Nora Cumming at n.cumming@chemistryconsulting.ca or 250-940-6365

BBB to create social-impact index

The Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island is part of a pilot project to develop an international database of social-impact businesses. The idea is to collect data in order to create an online directory to enable U.S. and Canadian consumers to find social-impact businesses in their communities and make informed purchasing decisions that will do the most good. The BBB hopes to launch the directory in 2020. The data collection program is part of the BBB’s program to support and elevate social- impactbusinesses.

Rents remain high

PadMapper’s latest Canadian National Rent Report, based on its listing, has Victoria as the fifth most expensive rental market in Canada. Median monthly prices of one- and two-bedroom units are $1,450 and $1,720, respectively. The median price of a one bedroom unit has increased 16 per cent since 2018.

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