This nano-brewery’s welcoming tasting room serves up a selection of styles with a focus on organic beers.
Named for the Forbidden Plateau region of central Vancouver Island, this tiny brewery is based in Courtenay’s Westerley Hotel. The founders work day jobs: The brewer is a Grade One teacher who takes a day off each week to brew the beer. They can’t brew enough beer to justify packaging it for sale outside of the tasting room, so the focus is ultra-local. Some nights the tasting room features live music, and if you’re lucky you might bump into world-famous violinist Sarah Neufeld, who is a co-owner. She grew up nearby and likes to visit when she is in town.
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