Author: Joe Wiebe

Barkerville’s Painless Jones Schwarzbier Celebrates Black History Month

Quesnel’s Barkerville Brewing has brewed a special beer in honour of BC’s first licenced dentist, William Allen “Painless” Jones. Barkerville Brewing is celebrating Black History Month with the launch of a new beer called Painless Jones Schwarzbier. The Quesnel-based brewery, which is named after the nearby historic town of Barkerville and is located on the … Continued

Looking Back at 2022: The Year of the Comeback

Call it the Year of the Comeback: 2022 saw the return of beer festivals, beer judging/awards, and beer conferences. With all the trials and tribulations of 2020 and 2021 behind us, we all went into 2022 with a hopeful smile and a Zen-like sense of serenity, right? OK, maybe it wasn’t quite so serene and … Continued

It’s the Most Wonderful Time for a Beer

As December arrives, many craft breweries in British Columbia are releasing special beers they have created to celebrate the holiday season. These wintry beers are often a little darker and stronger, making them well-suited for colder, darker days, and some of the recipes even include spices, cranberries, or chocolate. Here are more than 100 suggestions … Continued

The BC Beer Awards Return After Two-Year Hiatus

Gladstone Brewing Wins Brewery of the Year and Parallel 49 Brewing Earns Best in Show The 2022 BC Beer Awards were announced on November 5 at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the last time this previously annual event took place was in October 2019.  The first of two big … Continued

Callister Brewing Wins 2022 Canada Beer Cup

Wee Laird Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Vancouver’s Callister Brewing Named Best Beer at the 2022 Canada Beer Cup, highlighting 46 medals won by BC breweries at this first annual competition organized by the Canadian Craft Brewers Association. Callister Brewing’s Wee Laird Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (9.2% ABV) is matured for 10 months in freshly … Continued

Fall is the Season for Tasting Explorations

Explore Flavours & Experiences with Tasting Passports in Five BC Communities. The BC Ale Trail is hosting Tasting Passports in five BC communities this fall. Each of these promotions runs for a month — the idea is to collect stamps at breweries, tap houses and other participating businesses and then enter the completed passport in … Continued

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