Let’s meet up for a beer in Hope.
Hope, BC, is a meeting place. It sits at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers, and marks the eastern boundary of the Fraser Valley. It is where the Coquihalla and Crowsnest Highways split off from the Trans-Canada, which makes it a place many people drive through, often stopping there for a rest break to stretch their legs and maybe get a bite to eat. As such, it was always quite surprising that Hope was also one of the few places in BC that didn’t have a brewery of its own.
That changed when Mountainview Brewing finally opened. The owners, Adam and Danielle Keil, grew up in Hope but moved to the Lower Mainland for work. They saw the potential for a brewery in Hope with so many tourists driving through along with the untapped local market. For the brewery’s location they picked a large building that had previously held a machine shop because it would provide lots of space. Renovations took a long time, and when Mountainview finally opened, they faced unexpected challenges as one of the first new breweries to open during the COVID pandemic, but they have adapted and kept the beer flowing.
Mountainside has a large, airy tasting room with a view of the brewery. The kitchen offers sandwiches, salads and other snacks to go along with the delicious range of beers. Check it out the next time you are driving through Hope, or better yet, plan a getaway just to visit the brewery and all the local attractions, including hiking trails and a variety of local parks.
First Blood, the original Rambo movie, was filmed in and around Hope. Fans can take a self-guided tour of filming locations used in the movie. One of Mountainview’s most popular beers is its First Blood Orange, an imperial wheat beer that “packs a punch worthy of Sylvester Stallone himself.”