Toasting 40 years of Canadian craft beer

Today, July 6th 2022, marks 40 years to the day since John Mitchell’s first craft beer inspiration was launched. Mitchell’s trailblazing quest for good ale continues to educate and inspire BC’s brewers. On July 6th 1982, in an unassuming enclave just north of metropolitan Vancouver BC known as Horseshoe Bay, the first pints were pulled … Continued

Hops Among Friends: Martina Solano Bielen of KPU Brew Lab

This is the latest installment in the Hops Among Friends series, which showcases the people that make up the craft beer scene on the BC Ale Trail. In this edition, Kim Lawton interviews Martina Solano Bielen from KPU. I spoke with Ashley Brooks, the Quality Control Manager at Four Winds Brewing in my most recent … Continued

BC Breweries Win Big at the Canadian Brewing Awards & World Beer Cup

BC Breweries Win 64 awards and Howe Sound Brewing Named Canadian Brewery of the Year! Wow, what a haul! British Columbia’s craft breweries continued a long-running tradition of winning more than their fair share of medals at the annual Canadian Brewing Awards, which were announced in Calgary last weekend. All in all, 39 different breweries … Continued

How Breweries Are Giving Back During the Holiday Season

One of the most important aspects of the holiday season is showing gratitude to family, friends and neighbours.  Many of BC’s craft breweries are showing appreciation to their customers for all the support they have received this year by giving back to the community in a variety of ways, including: fundraising for flood victims, supporting … Continued

Meet Richmond’s Learn to Brew Winner

Scroll to the bottom for locations to purchase 442 Squadron on tap or packaged product. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Monkey 9 Brewing Co, Richmond, BC and the #BCAleTrail as part of the recent ‘Learn to Brew’ contest. (Anastasia Lavrik was the lucky winner!) ⁠The beer is named in honour of the 1951 Royal … Continued

Lost in the Pumpkin Patch: A Battle of BC Pumpkin Beers

“You agreed to what?” I’ve made the mistake in the past of saying that there isn’t enough money in the world to get me to drink pumpkin beers, and I’ve managed to stick to that statement pretty well. Until now, when, in true daytime talk show style, the results are in, and this article proves … Continued

BC Craft Beer Takeout Pairings and Food Collaborations

Calling all foodies! The only thing better than beer from your favourite brewery? Beer from your favourite brewery alongside a killer meal. Learn how and where to pair BC craft beer with takeout and dine-in options.  Whether you choose to dine in or enjoy takeout, many breweries across the province are teaming up with restaurateurs … Continued

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