Gibsons’ booming craft beer scene welcomes third brewery

This summer, The 101 Brewhouse and Distillery, opened in Gibsons — the third brewery to do so. That means that the Sunshine Coast town, population 4,605, almost certainly has the most breweries per capita in B.C. And although three breweries seems like a lot for such a small town, each operation — The 101,  Persephone Brewing Company and Gibsons … Continued

The Great Canadian Beer Festival Celebrates 25 years

The annual Great Canadian Beer Festival is returning to Victoria for the 25th time Sept. 8-9, 2017. Canada’s longest running craft beer festival was first held indoors at the Victoria Conference Centre in 1993, with 2,000 people attending. After 10 years, organizers moved it outdoors to Royal Athletic Park, which plays host to 9,000 thirsty beer … 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

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

Homebrewing is Booming in BC

Homebrewing in BC is catching on like wildfire! Recently, the Tri-Cities Cask Festival group held its Winter Pro-Am, which was a competition between amateur and pro brewers. The sold-out event hosted 570 guests at the Coquitlam Executive Plaza and craft beer fans came from all over to sample casks on offer from 35 breweries and 11 … Continued

Beer is Flowing at Beach Fire Brewing in Campbell River

Thirsty for craft beer, three friends hatched a plan to fill an untapped market and opened Campbell River’s first craft brewery. Walk through the doors of Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House and it’s obvious that this establishment is more than a place where beer is made. Here, people gather to mix and mingle over great beer and … Continued

Victoria’s Scottish-Themed Craft Brewery and Distillery

The newest brewery-distillery in Greater Victoria has set up shop in Saanich with a Scotsman and an Australian at the helm and copper pot stills in the back. Just off the Pat Bay Highway, which takes you to the BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay, step inside this new tasting lounge at Victoria Caledonian Brewery … Continued

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