Tall Sails & Ales: BC's First Craft Beer and Culinary Cruise by Sail

Calling everyone who likes a well-crafted glass of beer: Pack your bag and your taste buds for the first-ever craft beer tour by sailing ship in B.C., Canada. This October.

Victoria, B.C., Canada, July 16, 2009 --(PR.com)-- In October, under the sails of the 92-foot sailing ship Maple Leaf, you can cruise the Gulf Islands, B.C., on an excursion that includes sampling 50 of the area's top microbrews.

Add to that the expertise of brewing historian Greg Evans, a lot of beautiful scenery, and island hopping. You get a "tasting" tour (not a booze cruise).

You also get gourmet food prepared with beer, and paired with just the right brew. Beer pairing? You bet.

Like wine, beer comes in a variety of colours and flavors, from Swan's crisp Arctic Ale to the rich chocolatiness of a Saltspring Porter. And speaking of chocolates - how about beer and truffles?

The trip, operated by veteran Canadian tour operator Maple Leaf Adventures, is in its third season.

B.C. is a hotbed of excellent beers, and the Gulf Islands is a very protected waterway for smooth cruising. In October, weather is good and the islands' green forests are tinged with golden maple leaves and red arbutus berries.

In addition to exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and one-on-one tastings with local brewmasters, there's more.

Maple Leaf Adventures is renowned for their exceptional nature cruises, so guests on this tour will get to visit off-the-beaten-track wildlife hotspots (think porpoises, sea lions, seabirds) and have plenty of shore walks, in addition to tastings.

And Evans will have you laughing with tales of BC brewing history, including which early Victoria saloons had rat-killing competitions as entertainment.

Interestingly, on previous trips, almost half of the guests were women. Proving once again that beer is not just a man's drink.

Oct. 22-27, C$2215 (approx US $1900)
5 nights, 6 days
Includes all accommodation, meals, tastings, materials, and use of gear on board including kayaks.

The company’s trips are listed as a Frommer’s Canada “Best Travel Experience”.

For information, contact Maple Leaf Adventures at 1-888-599-5323 / +1-250-386-7245 or www.MapleLeafAdventures.com

Maple Leaf Adventures
Maureen Gordon
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