Stay Toasty This Winter with These Warming Libations

Whether you prefer a local brew or something a little stronger, we've got suggestions for this season's most standout boozes.

January 16, 2019

By Vancouver Magazine


Bearface Whisky, $40

Canadian whisky is an exercise in two solitudes: the behemoths who crank out the well-known brands, and the craft guys who are in full tinker mode—for better and sometimes for worse. But right up the middle comes Anthony von Mandl with this: a seven-year-old whisky (you won’t get that from the crafter) that gets to know three different barrels: ex-bourbon, then ex-Mission Hill, then virgin Hungarian oak—before sliding into this supremely cool bottle. The result? It definitely has some of the sweetness that’s a calling card of Canadian whisky, but it’s got a lot of personality.—Neal McLennan

Spectrum Beer CompanyWhite Chocolate Stout, $18 for a six-pack

When the weather starts turning, there’s nothing better than picking up a couple of thick, flavourful beers. Actually, there’s one thing better: a thick, flavourful beer that you’re not sick of after one can. This sessionable stout (yep, there’s such a thing) is light in colour but packed with notes of vanilla and cocoa. The only negative: you’ll be forced to share with  your curious friends.—Nathan Caddell

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