Molson Brew 2.0

Posted in Around Vancouver, Beer & Wine, Events

Molson Brew 2.0

Last night we attended Molson’s second Brew 2.0 event, the first of which was held earlier this summer in Toronto.

Molson put together an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vancouver’s Burrard Street Brewery. The night consisted of a meet & greet party, a beer & food tasting, a tour of the Molson brewery and a special one-night-only beer crafted especially for us. We had a chance to meet brewmasters Kerry Scarsbrook and Gord Rickards (creator of Rickard’s Red), as well as 7th generation Molson family brewer Geoff Molson.

The Brew 2.0 menu prepared by by Blair Rasmussen, Executive Chef at the Pan Pacific, featuring ceviche and bruschetta and bison sandwiches, was paired up with different beer choices for each course. Rickard’s White for the ceviche, Coor’s Light with the bruschetta, etc. The special 50th anniversary brew was, to me, kind of like a Hefeweizen meets a Brown – it had a taste like celery. Quite nice.

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We learned a lot about beer, including the difference between the beer that goes into the keg vs what is bottled / canned. That difference being pasteurization. We tasted some canned Rickard’s Red right off the line that hadn’t been pasteurized yet, and the difference was significant. Also, the Molson Canadian on tap there, fresh from the brewery, is good. I was astonished by that – it had so much more body and flavor. We also learned not to place beer bottles on their side for more than a few days – so much for our beer drawer!

The invite for the Brew 2.0 event went out to Vancouver’s social media community – to people like Duane, Rebecca & John, Raul, Colleen, Tanya, Monica, John and many many others. We were not asked to write about the event, but writing is what we do. So, you give us a great experience and we’ll very happily write about it. I was impressed with the evening and with how well Molson reached out to the community – great work!

Twitter on the iPhone: Twinkle vs Twitterrific

Posted in Social networking


Twinkle / Twitterrific

There are so many ways to Twitter from the iPhone – via SMS, via the web, or via a Twitter app. Currently I switch between two Twitter applications for the iPhone – Twinkle and Twitterrific. I’d much rather only use one application, but am stuck using both for now. Here’s a comparison chart (based on my experience) to explain why:

Twinkle

Twitterrific

Features
Style Design makes it easier to scan Clean interface but slower to scan
When posting fails You get an error message & need to retry Message goes poof
Location Aware Yes – though I’d rather turn "Nearby" off No
Cost Free Ad supported or Paid
Images in Tweets Yes – take photo or use existing Yes, use existing only – though I’ve yet to post one due to issue #2
Reply features Easier to send direct messages ; replying not as intuitive though Interface doesn’t make it easy to send direct messages ; icons used for reply functions
Navigation Single click to view message Double click to view message (a little annoying)
Links Open in new browser window Open in embedded nav window (so you never leave the app – faster)
Speed Opens quickly & scans quickly Can drag if you’re scrolling
User Profiles Shows profile & many of the latest tweets Shows profile & followers, but no stream of tweets
Issues Was showing me DMs by people I don’t follow. There were profiles I did not want to see. Unknown if this is fixed. Tends to crash a lot.

Neither application makes it very easy to click to people’s profiles that you don’t subscribe to (to follow @name links) or to follow new users. The photo features keep me locked into Twinkle, while the embedded browser keeps me locked into Twitterrific.

What do you think? Do you use either of these applications?

If you want to follow me on twitter, you can find me here: twitter.com/arieanna



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