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

Farmhouse Fest Showcases World-class Wild Ales Down on the Farm

The sun shone, a gentle breeze blew off the Salish Sea and a wealth of world-class wild ales and saisons were savoured at Farmhouse Fest 2017. Upward of 1,200 people gathered at the UBC Farm on Saturday for the third annual rendition of what is arguably the most distinctive beer festival in the province. Set … 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

Mt. Begbie Wins Brewery of the Year at Canadian Brewing Awards 2017

Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. took the top prize at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards in Ottawa. There are now 50 more great reasons to hit BC’s ale trails, after the province’s breweries enjoyed a stellar night at the CBA gala on May 27. BC’s beer makers won a total of 49 individual awards, while the coveted … Continued

Central City’s collaboration 12-pack celebrates Canada’s craft culture

Surrey’s Central City Brewing + Distilling is kicking off Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations early with the mother of all collaboration projects. Collaboration has become a watchword in the craft beer industry, with breweries regularly joining forces to brew interesting one-off batches, teaming up with local businesses or helping out charities. Central City has tended to … 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

The History of BC Craft Beer — Part 2

This blog post picks up where we left off in “The History of BC Craft Beer — Part 1.“ After helping create Canada’s first microbrewery in Horseshoe Bay, BC, Frank Appleton returned to his home in the Kootenays but soon found himself in demand as a consultant brewmaster. Over the next two decades, he would … Continued

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