V.I.A. Podcast Ep. 20: Leah Heneghan, co-founder of Vancouver Craft Beer Week


This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast, we get to know one of the co-founders of Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Leah Heneghan. Find out how this fest, now in its ninth year, grew from being a small 100-person tasting event to a 10-day city-wide multi-event craft beer bonanza.

Sitting in the co-host chair this week with Lindsay is V.I.A. Content Editor (and legit rock star) Adam Nanji. Adam and Lindsay talk to Leah, who is the VCBW Festival Director, about how soaked Vancouver has become in craft suds, what the rise of the independent beer producer means for the “big beer” biz, and trends like glitter beer.

Leah Heneghan of VCBW (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

And of course…there’s beer to be tried. Leah brought along four local brews and one high-wattage cider. While the Glacier Media offices’ glassware selection comes up lacking, these beers are some excellent picks representing a diverse array of styles.

The five beers we taste during this episode (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Plus, Adam and Lindsay talk more about restaurants, and follow up on some of the big awards that were revealed for 2018. And Adam talks about his chat with artist Germaine Koh, whose “SeaSawSeat” installation got Vancouver talking A LOT about the value of public art in our city. Sit right back, crack open a cold one, and have a listen. And check out VCBW, running May 25-June 3.

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Show notes for Ep. 20



Making do with what we have for a fun tasting (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)


Photo courtesy City of Vancouver


Produced and hosted by Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer.
Additional support from Adam Nanji.
Our Associate Producer is Albert Van Santvoort.
We record in the studio at Glacier Media, 303 West 5th Avenue in Mt Pleasant.
Theme song is Vancouver BC by The Smugglers ©1990, available on iTunes.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom