Food & Drink

Wine: now more like beer

If you've ever said "yeah, I know people like wine and all, but I've never been to a wine-kegger, so I will never drink it", you've got serious problems, but you should also get to Bin 21, a rustic vino haven just off Alberta with garage-style doors that open up to a patio, and no less than three taps that pour juice direct from kegs.

In an environment that's anything but pretentious -- just tell them something like "I want a sweet red", don't dare mention tannins, and they'll hook it up -- said kegs keep price down, preserve things longer, precisely control temp, and pump out Rosé, Riesling, and Cabernet from Washington punk-rock vintners Charles & Charles (when they're not arguing about who's in charge, their slogan is "yes, you can drink Rosé and still be badass")

There's also a massive bottle selection ranging from renowned local pinots to more worldly sips like Boxer Shiraz from Australia's Mollydooker Wines and fruity, sparkling, Spanish tongue tickler/twister Txakoli de Getaria, rotating beers (Fort George's Vortex IPA, Occidental Dunkel), plus charcuterie plates and cheese-stuffed dates, or what Chester Cheetah calls his OKCupid conquests

Soft opening's this weekend, and expect the place to be jumping during next week's Last Thursday -- basically a teeming keg party without the kegs, until now.