Category: History

Nelson Brewing: 30 Years of Craft Beer

On May 15, 2021, Nelson Brewing Company celebrates its 30th anniversary. We dive into the company’s “richer than a chocolate stout” history, and uncover the characters who made this neighbourhood brewery a stalwart of the BC craft beer scene. Nelson Brewing Company was founded in 1991. The history of brewing in this small Kootenay town, … Continued

 Cascadian Beer Podcast: Main Street Brewing

In this episode, Aaron visits Main Street Brewing in Vancouver, BC. The neighbourhood of Mt. Pleasant has seen a major transformation in recent years, and a key establishment that has played a major role is Main Street Brewing, part of the newly relaunched Brewery Creek Ale Trail in Vancouver. The historic building housing Main Street … Continued

Exploring the Kootenays’ Most Thought-Provoking Beer Names

You know what they say… behind every great beer name, there’s an even greater story. Once upon a pre-COVID time, I embarked on a road trip across the Kootenays. Dipping into breweries for crisp salvation, I came across a number of brow-furrowing, curiosity-sparking Kootenay beer names. Intrigued to discover the secrets and stories that lurk … Continued

The History of BC Craft Beer – Part 1

BC Craft Beer—searching for a better way. Back in the early 1980s there weren’t any craft breweries in British Columbia. No one really said “craft beer” back then anyway — the term was “microbrewery.” Either way, there weren’t any microbreweries in BC then; there were hardly any anywhere. At the beginning of the 20th century … Continued

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