BC Beer Awards 2017: Vancouver Island breweries bag big prizes

The newly expanded BC​ ​Beer​ ​Awards and Festival took place in Vancouver on Saturday, with six-month-old Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company of Parksville taking the inaugural Brewery of the Year prize. The other big winner in the eighth annual BC Beer Awards ceremony — a highlight of the province’s annual beer calendar and the showpiece event of BC Craft … Continued

BC Craft Beer Month boasts a barrel full of events

Back in 2011, October was officially proclaimed BC Craft Beer Month… and there was much rejoicing! That’s mostly because, ever since, the 10th month of the year has become stuffed with premium beer events across the province. These can range from kitschy Oktoberfest-style celebrations to full-blown beer events. BC Beer Awards The big kahuna is … Continued

White Sails and Mt. Begbie on Top of the World Beer Awards

BC beer won yet more accolades last week, when the World Beer Awards 2017 style winners were announced in London. White Sails Brewing of Nanaimo earned the title of world’s best black IPA for its Snake Island CDA, while Mt. Begbie Brewing of Revelstoke recorded another big win for its highly decorated High Country Kolsch, … Continued

Farmhouse Fest Showcases World-class Wild Ales Down on the Farm

The sun shone, a gentle breeze blew off the Salish Sea and a wealth of world-class wild ales and saisons were savoured at Farmhouse Fest 2017. Upward of 1,200 people gathered at the UBC Farm on Saturday for the third annual rendition of what is arguably the most distinctive beer festival in the province. Set … Continued

Ale Trail Takes Shape Along the Pacific Rim Highway

There are two sides to Vancouver Island, geographically speaking; two distinct coasts whose characters are defined by the seas that erode their shores. The tranquil east coast on the Strait of Georgia has the bulk of the Island’s industry, agriculture and population; the west coast is wild, battered by Pacific storms and relentless waves. Highway … Continued

Mt. Begbie Wins Brewery of the Year at Canadian Brewing Awards 2017

Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. took the top prize at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards in Ottawa. There are now 50 more great reasons to hit BC’s ale trails, after the province’s breweries enjoyed a stellar night at the CBA gala on May 27. BC’s beer makers won a total of 49 individual awards, while the coveted … Continued

Central City’s collaboration 12-pack celebrates Canada’s craft culture

Surrey’s Central City Brewing + Distilling is kicking off Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations early with the mother of all collaboration projects. Collaboration has become a watchword in the craft beer industry, with breweries regularly joining forces to brew interesting one-off batches, teaming up with local businesses or helping out charities. Central City has tended to … Continued

BC Ale Trail Expands With Eight New Routes This Summer

Get ready to explore even more of BC’s beer, breweries and beautiful regions and cities: The BC Ale Trail is expanding. Eight new ale trails will launch this summer — bringing the total to 15 — in areas ranging from lakeside towns to the metropolitan big city. The new trails are: BC’s multicultural craft beer capital, Vancouver, where … Continued

Fest of Ale Proves Beer Flows Strongly in Wine Country

British Columbia’s beer scene looked very different back in 1996: blander, less diverse, with fewer places to drink quality beer and fewer than 20 breweries across the province. And yet, in the middle of the Okanagan’s burgeoning wine country, a beer festival was born. “I can hardly remember back then because it’s 21 years ago,” says … Continued

Frank Appleton: BC Craft Beer Pioneer

The story of Frank Appleton and Canada’s first craft brewery. When it comes to beer, we’ve never had it so good. It’s an oft-repeated phrase these days, but sometimes it’s worthwhile to take stock of how far beer in Canada has come. Fifty years ago, beer culture in Vancouver was a wasteland saturated with the … Continued

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