Podcast: Red Collar Brewing

I’ve traveled to Kamloops, BC. — a town that isn’t new to craft beer, but still is trying to find its place in the market. In this episode, I visit Red Collar Brewing, a family-run brewery in the heart of downtown Kamloops. I spoke with Lara & David Beardsell. Check out the Kamloops, Shuswap & Vernon … Continued

New Vancouver Island Ale Trail Features 14 Breweries from Duncan to Courtenay

The BC Ale Trail has launched the new Vancouver Island Ale Trail, featuring 14 craft breweries showcased in two separate itineraries, following the addition of new ale trails in Northern BC, Richmond and the Kamloops-Shuswap-Vernon region over the past few months. When joined together with the Victoria Ale Trail, beer lovers can explore 24 different … Continued

 Podcast: Smithers Brewing

I’ve traveled all over Cascadia so far in this series, but this is the furthest north I’ve been so far. I’m in Smithers, BC, a community with a population around 6,000. I wanted to know the challenges of opening a brewery so far north and what the community’s response has been. So I stopped in … Continued

The Hiet is On: Gerry Hieter & the Great Canadian Beer Festival

The Great Canadian Beer Festival, Canada’s longest-running annual beer festival, takes place every September in Victoria, British Columbia. Nearly 10,000 people, cup in hand, swarm the grass fields of Royal Athletic Park for two days of the best in B.C. brewing. Standing front and center since day one is co-founder and festival chairman Gerry Hieter, … Continued

The BC Ale Trail expands into four new regions in the summer of 2018

Over the summer of 2018, four more regions will be added to the BC Ale Trail, including Kamloops-Shuswap-Vernon, Northern BC, Port Alberni, and Richmond. Less than two years since the BC Ale Trail launched in the fall of 2016, our comprehensive website now represents more than 150 craft breweries featured in 16 different regional Ale … Continued

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