EST. 2012 | Powell River

An iconic brewery in a historic neighbourhood in a unique and interesting BC community.

Townsite is based in the Federal Building, an architectural treasure with beautiful art deco brickwork built in 1939 to house the post office and other federal agencies in the Townsite area of Powell River. It had been empty and unused for a long time before the owner agreed to invest in the brewery in 2011.

Back then, before the current boom of new breweries had really begun, the idea of opening a craft brewery in a remote town two ferries from Vancouver seemed more than a little risky, but Townsite was a hit with the local community from the start and has never looked back. A big part of its success is the skill and approach of Cédric Dauchot, the only Belgian-born brewmaster west of Montréal. His wife, Chloe Smith, a brewer herself, is now the brewery GM.

Townsite is also the only brewery in BC that is also designated as an Economusée. This program aims to promote and conserve the heritage of traditional skills by showcasing artisans at work as they produce authentic, handcrafted products and contribute innovative ideas to their trade.

Townsite Brewing won our 1st annual Best Brewery Experience Award in 2018.


Beer Service

  • Full Draught Service
    Draught Beer By the Glass
  • Growler Fills
  • Keg Sales/Rentals
    Keg Rentals and Sales
  • Retail
    Cans and/or bottles available for purchase
  • Samples & Flights


  • Family Friendly
    you can bring the kids
  • Has Tours
    offers guided tours of their facility

Food Service

  • Snacks
    Light Snacks Available

What Else?

  • Barrels
    Barrel-aged beer production
  • Cider
  • Merchandise
    shirts, hats available for sale
  • Pub-Only/Single-Batch Brews
  • Sour Beer Production
  • Delivery
    Check with brewery for more details
  • Take-Out
    Check with brewery for more details
Fun Fact:

The Townsite neighbourhood of Powell River is a designated National Historic District. It was built between 1910 and 1930 by the Powell River Paper Company as housing for its employees, following a utopian planning philosophy called the Garden City Movement, which respected the humanity of industrial workers and their families. The paper mill, which began operating in 1912 and is still running today, was the world’s largest for a time — at the height of its output, one in every 25 of the world’s newspapers was printed on newsprint produced there.The Townsite area features beautifully constructed and well maintained houses built in the Arts and Crafts architectural style — all of which would cost much less than a condo in Vancouver or Victoria.

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