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2020 Diversity in Brewing award recipients Alexander Paul.

Students Receive First Diversity in Brewing Scolarships

Three Kwantlen Polytechnic University brewing students have been selected as the first recipients of the Diversity in Brewing scholarship—a grassroots initiative dedicated to supporting BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ folx in the craft brewing industry and community.

Alexander Paul, Nishant Amin, and Jasper Bautista were awarded the new scholarship that will be given out annually to one or more second-year students who self-identify as BIPOC or LGBTQ2S+.

Apparently the initial goal was to engage 25 breweries, but more than 35 breweries contributed, which allowed them to split the funds between three students.

In a time when there is a new grim industry story every other week, this gives me hope!

Online North Shore Beer Festival

The Vancouver-Based company Enjoy Craft is providing an online North Shore craft beer festival experience. Consumers are able to order a box of nine hand-selected craft beers from select North Shore breweries to sample at home and they also offered a live stream to accompany the box on Canadian Beer Day, featuring the breweries and brewmasters who made the beers. While this date has passed, they still have boxes available and proceeds going to St. John Ambulance of British Columbia.

Enjoy Craft says that they plan to offer similar online festivals in the future.

We Are Running Out of Cans… Again

Since March, craft beer has faced doom many times, due to shutdowns, a lack of bottles, a lack of cans, and more. This time, Sleeman and other large Canadian breweries are claiming that they are unable to secure enough cans to meet supply and are having to bottle more beer than normal.

The FP article cites stats from Beer Canada that says that in the past five years, cans have grown to 65% of all beer sales, from 40%, while bottles fell to 25% of sales from 50%. I had noticed this trend happening, but its interesting to see some statistics on it.

Hopefully they fix this shortage soon, because I don’t want to go back to the dark ages of drinking beer out of bombers, listening to music on a chunky iPod, and watching movies in 1080p!

Calgary’s Mill St Brewpub Closed by Alberta Health Services

Oh boy, this one is a real cautionary tale. Alberta Health Services has ordered Mill St Brewpub to close its doors after multiple violations of a public health order. It is reported that they held an indoor social event with 85 patrons in attendance with no physical distancing measures; there were patrons seated at the bar and there was no barrier installed to prevent contamination of food, food contact surfaces and glassware; patrons were crowding around the bar to order drinks; seven patrons were seated at one table; multiple dining parties were seated less than two meters apart.

Here is the kicker though: a patron served food from the buffet using their hands. I’m really hoping it was chicken wings or bread rolls and not pasta or salad.

That’s just complete madness!


  – Ed Kaye, Editor




By Dave Smith
Our two-part Fall 2020 cover story, featuring Just Here For The Beer Radio, is a tale of bold adventure. But it’s not just about a business. It’s about pursuing a dream, even in the face of tragic loss. Here's how Rick Mohabir met Colin Jack, and how the duo joined forces with veteran broadcaster Joe Leary to create Canada’s original and longest-running all-beer talk show. View story →


By Dave Smith
In Part II, we learn how Rick and Joe honoured Colin’s legacy by keeping JHFTB going and serving BC’s beer community. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


A 10th Anniversary Special two-hour edition of Just Here For The Beer Radio, including a feature on What’s Brewing, will air this weekend on Saturday from 3-5 pm and Sunday from ten to midnight, on Radio TSN 1040 AM.

Tonight, Black’s Pub in Whistler is hosting a brewmaster’s dinner. They will be serving up a 4-course meal with 4 curated beers from Steamworks Brewery.

On Friday, The Longhorn Saloon in Whistler is hosting a Deep Cove Brewing tap takeover with delicious sliders to complement the beers.

On Friday and Saturday, Stonesedge Kitchen in Whistler will serving up craft beer infused platters in partnership with The Beer Farmers. On Saturday and Sunday, they will also be serving up beer infused brunch foods.

From Friday to Sunday, The Woodlands Rooftop in Whistler will be transforming into an Oktoberfest-inspired family-style Bavarian BBQ, with plenty of BC beer to sample and live music.

On Saturday, 3 Dogs Brewery in White Rock is holding a fundraiser to mark World Mental Health Day. On that day, they will donate one dollar from every four- and 16-ounce glass of its new Jack Jack’s Pumpkin Ale to the young programs at Alexandra Neighbourhood House. In addition to beer sales, 3 Dogs will be selling “surprise gift bags” that can contain anything from 3 Dogs Brewing-branded stickers, beer glasses and growlers, as well as contributions from other local businesses.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Raven Room in Whistler is serving up a two-course brunch paired with Coast Mountain Beer.

On Tuesday, Tapley’s Pub in Whistler is holding a Backcounty Brewing Bingo night, featuring Backcountry Brewing pints and prize packs from Backcountry Brewing.

Whistler Craft Beer is running all month long and they have dozens of events planned, so head to their website to see the full schedule.


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Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Wee Irish pub on wheels available for private pandemic pint parties in Victoria

If the pandemic has kept you from going to the pub for a pint, a new bar in Victoria may be what you need to get the beer flowing between friends once again. Full Story →


Online beer festival brewing in North Vancouver

Enjoy Craft, a Vancouver-based company that specializes in events celebrating the blossoming craft beverage scene in Western Canada, has taken the beer festival concept online in the COVID-19 era, and their first target is the exploding craft brewing hot spot of North Vancouver. Full Story →



From Beer Me BC

Neighbourhood Brewing – Freshie Fresh Fresh IPA

It’s fresh hop season, the time of year where all hop heads look forward to the releases of Driftwood Brewing’s  “Sartori”, Yellow Dog’s, “Alpha Dog” as well as many others  Continue Reading…

Vice & Virtue – The First Crush Cherry Sour

After our visit to Kelowna this summer, we’re pleased to notch the first Beer Me BC review for Vice & Virtue Brewing, one of the city’s standout breweries. As we  Continue Reading…


By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 Field House Brewing Releases “Citra Tettang Galaxy XPA”

 Red Collar Brewing Releases 2020 “Inflorescence” Agave Saison

 Dageraad Brewing Releases “Birth of the Cool” Dry-Hopped Mixed-Culture Saison

 Hypha Project Releases “The New Normal” IPA

 Taylight Brewing Releases “Guava & Lychee” Low Cal Fruit Beer

 Brassneck Brewery Releases “Highfalutin” Barrel-Aged Saison

 Off the Rail Brewing Collaborates with Brickworks on “Flip Cide” Stout & Cider Blend

 BC Beer Awards Announces 2020 Collaboration Brew: “Class Act” Dry-Hopped Sour

 R&B Brewing Releases “Rainy Day Dream Away” Butterfly Pea Flower Saison

 Coast Mountain Brewing Releases 2020 “First Aid Kit” Pomegranate Sour

Visit the full listing for more new BC beer launches →



From Beer Me BC

Project Manager ( Key Client Projects) – Central City Brewers and Distillers – Surrey, BC

Central City Brewers & Distillers Ltd. (CCBD) is a craft brewery in the business of developing and selling international award-winning premium craft beer and… From Indeed – Mon, 28 Sep  Continue Reading… View Job →


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