Fest of Ale proves beer flows strongly in wine country

British Columbia’s beer scene looked very different back in 1996: blander, less diverse, with fewer places to drink quality beer and fewer than 20 breweries across the province. And yet, in the middle of the Okanagan’s burgeoning wine country, a beer festival was born. “I can hardly remember back then because it’s 21 years ago,” says … Continued

100 Breweries in One Year: Nimai Rigby’s challenge

Nimai Rigby spent 2016 touring BC on his own personal ale trail. Rigby, who lives in Coquitlam in BC’s Lower Mainland, set himself the goal of visiting 100 of the province’s breweries within the year, and completed his quest just 11 days before 2017 arrived. But why take the journey, and where did it lead? Just before the … Continued

Pairing Powder and Pints in the Kootenay Rockies

With an increasing number of brewery visitors meandering their way throughout the Kootenay Rockies this past summer, a couple of things have become clear. First, there is an increasing number of stops to make, beers to drink and small-town charm to be found — so best secure a few more days off work for your trip. … Continued

Powell River Craft Beer Festival draws sold out crowd

When the weather is wet and windy it’s the perfect time to go inside and drink delicious craft beer. Craft beer enthusiasts on the Sunshine Coast did just that on Saturday, November 12, when a crowd of local residents, as well as visitors from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, gathered for the 2016 Powell River … 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

2016 BC Beer Awards showcase craft’s diversity

The BC Beer Awards and Festival served up its customary mix of surprise results, good times and delicious craft beer at the Croatian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver on Saturday evening. Steamworks Brewing Company of Burnaby scored the biggest prize of the seventh annual awards, winning Best in Show for its recently released Flagship IPA. That announcement came after trophies were … Continued

Fresh Hopping Along the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast breweries are making beer with locally produced fresh hops, whether they were grown in a hop yard in Gibsons or in a backyard in Powell River. Craft beer drinkers in British Columbia love hops. Most of us have lost count of all the super-hoppy, tongue-curling IPAs we’ve tasted from BC breweries. Cider makers are even starting to … Continued

There’s plenty to cheer during BC Craft Beer Month

And in the 10th month, the beer gods created BC Craft Beer Month. It’s been five years since Don McRae, then provincial minister of agriculture, gave the official nod to a 31-day celebration of beer every October. And boy, does BC ever have some celebrating to do. In those five years, the number of breweries in … Continued

Welcome to the BC Ale Trail

Arrive Thirsty. Leave Inspired. When the small group of BC Ale Trail organizers came up with this catch phrase at one of our early planning sessions we knew we’d struck gold. That motto encapsulated everything we were trying to achieve with the BC Ale Trail, and it served as our beacon as we pushed forward, trying to make this … Continued

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