Back before I gave up the demon rum in all its forms, I used to make my own beer. I read a book extolling its virtues with a line I'll always remember. "Beer, wine, bread and cheese - the very first processed foods. When I drink homemade beer, I commune with the ancients." Considering my connection to the makers of pyramids almost made the awful swill I produced drinkable, but after a while I gave up.
Others have not, and B.C. now leads the nation in so-called craft beer production, small breweries and brew pubs that oftentimes grew out of some ambitious home-brewers basement operation. It appears a growing number of people prefer craft beer to the stuff major breweries produce, even though it costs more. Witness the proclamation in Vancouver of 'Craft Beer Week'. That was the subject of my story and all I can say is that - like beer - it packs a punch at the end. Kegger