Following the Ale Trail “Up Island”

If you know anyone who lives on Vancouver Island – or if you’re an Islander yourself – you’ll be familiar with the term “up island.” This can mean anything from a half-hour’s drive north of Victoria over the Malahat to the five-and-a-half hour long haul up to Port Hardy. And there’s a whole lot to … Continued

Behind the Scenes on the BC Ale Trail

Let’s go “behind the scenes” as our photo/video team visits breweries in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. A lot of work goes into producing the BC Ale Trail. We start off by researching and consulting with the breweries and local tourism agencies to determine the activities and sites we will feature. Then, we send out our video-photography team … Continued

Ale Trail Takes Shape Along the Pacific Rim Highway

There are two sides to Vancouver Island, geographically speaking; two distinct coasts whose characters are defined by the seas that erode their shores. The tranquil east coast on the Strait of Georgia has the bulk of the Island’s industry, agriculture and population; the west coast is wild, battered by Pacific storms and relentless waves. Highway … Continued

Kelowna’s Craft Beer Scene Comes of Age

Blending an agricultural past with a new reputation as a tech centre, Kelowna is rich in history, innovation and fermentation. The Okanagan Valley’s largest city is situated in the heart of wine country. It’s home to Calona Vineyards, the province’s longest running winery, which turns 85 this year. It’s also home to two craft beer … Continued

Raise a Glass to Kootenay Rockies Beer Festivals

Two craft beer festivals have popped up in the heart of the Kootenay Rockies — and they’re both on this weekend. Fresh beer and fresh Rocky Mountain air — that’s got to be more than enough to rally your dad for a Father’s Day road trip this weekend. Hot spot, cool beer The East Kootenay Beer Festival takes … Continued

Take a Walking Tour of Nelson’s Breweries

Nelson is pretty much the perfect walking town, particularly when you have four breweries to visit along the way. The city, which is on the Kootenay Rockies West Ale Trail, is compact and the architecture is beautiful — the fact that the economy tanked here in the 1970s means it was saved from the architectural trends … Continued

Economusee Helps Townsite Expand and Educate on Sunshine Coast

Arriving in Powell River isn’t something that happens by accident. With two ferries necessary to get to the Upper Sunshine Coast from Metro Vancouver, it’s a quest for the dedicated. Townsite Brewing Inc. has, in many ways, embraced the can-do effort needed in a small city built on the frontier mentality. When the brewery set out … Continued

Squamish Breweries Have All You Need For Apres Adventure

Squamish has come of age in the craft beer world and is now set to become a BC Ale Trail destination. For many people, Squamish has long been a refuelling stop on the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler. But in recent years, this town of around 20,000 people has repositioned itself as an … 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

Follow us on social media!