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

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Festival Debuts New Gibsons Brewery

Gibsons is just a short ferry ride away from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, making the Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Festival the perfect way to spend a cool and wet February weekend. This year’s event was a great example of the way the beer community comes together not only to celebrate great beer, but also … Continued

Victoria Beer Week Celebrates in BC’s Craft Beer Capital

Victoria Beer Week (VBW) is less than a month away and the beer buzz is swelling. The fourth instalment of the annual beer festival will be hosted at various venues across Victoria from March 3rd to 11th and marks the beginning of the 2017 beer festival season. The 2017 edition of VBW features 50 craft … Continued

Homebrewing is Booming in BC

Homebrewing in BC is catching on like wildfire! Recently, the Tri-Cities Cask Festival group held its Winter Pro-Am, which was a competition between amateur and pro brewers. The sold-out event hosted 570 guests at the Coquitlam Executive Plaza and craft beer fans came from all over to sample casks on offer from 35 breweries and 11 … Continued

100 Breweries in One Year: Nimai Rigby’s challenge

Nimai Rigby spent 2016 touring BC on his own personal ale trail. Rigby, who lives in Coquitlam in BC’s Lower Mainland, set himself the goal of visiting 100 of the province’s breweries within the year, and completed his quest just 11 days before 2017 arrived. But why take the journey, and where did it lead? Just before the … Continued

Beer is Flowing at Beach Fire Brewing in Campbell River

Thirsty for craft beer, three friends hatched a plan to fill an untapped market and opened Campbell River’s first craft brewery. Walk through the doors of Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House and it’s obvious that this establishment is more than a place where beer is made. Here, people gather to mix and mingle over great beer and … Continued

Pairing Powder and Pints in the Kootenay Rockies

With an increasing number of brewery visitors meandering their way throughout the Kootenay Rockies this past summer, a couple of things have become clear. First, there is an increasing number of stops to make, beers to drink and small-town charm to be found — so best secure a few more days off work for your trip. … 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

Powell River Craft Beer Festival draws sold out crowd

When the weather is wet and windy it’s the perfect time to go inside and drink delicious craft beer. Craft beer enthusiasts on the Sunshine Coast did just that on Saturday, November 12, when a crowd of local residents, as well as visitors from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, gathered for the 2016 Powell River … Continued

Brewers Row Builds Community in Port Moody

It’s evident when you visit Port Moody’s Brewers Row, especially on a weekend, just how popular it’s become. Some days getting a parking spot can be challenging with locals and folks from nearby towns flocking to the area. That problem will soon be alleviated somewhat with the Evergreen Skytrain Line slated to start running in December, … Continued

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