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BC Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
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North Paw Brew Co celebrates their second anniversary this weekend (see below). Photo with Salt N Sear Catering courtesy North Paw

BC Ends Bars & Restaurant Draught To-Go Programme

I was a bit surprised back on March 26 when the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch implemented a temporary rule change that allowed bars and restaurants to fill growlers and jars of draught beer to go. Lot of places in the US and Europe have been allowing this for years, but BC is always a bit behind the times with alcohol regulations.

The trial was scheduled to end on July 15 and a number of people signed a petition to extend it until the pandemic is over. Well, it seems the province was at least half listening, as they have extended the trial until October 15, but sadly are now only permitting the sale of packaged beer and wine, not draught.

I guess it could be worse!

Saanich Says No to Alcohol in Parks

On a related topic, to absolutely nobody’s surprise, Saanich council has voted against allowing people to drink alcohol in public parks. Apparently, they received a number of letters opposing the motion, saying it was promoting excessive alcohol consumption and a lot of other rubbish. When were these letters mailed? 1920?

Vancouver Approves Temporary Brewery Patios

On to a bit of good news. The City of Vancouver has voted unanimously to approve temporary patios for breweries and distilleries. The trial programme is scheduled to run through till the end of October. This is great for some of those small tasting rooms where socially distancing was not possible. To be honest though, I’m not entirely sure why they weren’t allowed to have patios in the first place!

A bit of an admission here, as this was actually approved on June 30. I mentioned last week that they were voting on Tuesday, but it seems I was a week behind. It’s hard to keep up on all of this stuff!

Northpaw Helps Raise Awareness of Diversity in Brewing

Northpaw Brew Co. in Port Coquitlam has released a special beer called The Love Movement, with which they aim to help raise awareness of diversity in brewing. This beer is a tart milkshake IPA brewed with pineapple and passion fruit.

Partial proceeds from the sale of the beer will be donated to:

  • The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society BCBHAS celebrates the achievements of Black people by creating an awareness of the history of Blacks in B.C.
  • Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities—This organization offers their time and skills to make a difference in the lives of women and girls.

The Love Movement is available now from the brewery and on tap at Moody Ales, Another Beer Co, Trading Post, Orange Kitchen, and Polito’s.

Vernon Brew Pub Honours Dr. Bonnie Henry

Closing out the week of some lighter news, Marten Brewpub in Vernon has named a beer after the Provincial Health Officer. So if you are in Vernon, go grab a pint of Bonnie Henry Blonde Ale and raise a glass to her tireless work to keep us safe during these troubling times.

  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Shirley Warne’s Legendary Life In Brewing

By Lundy Dale
Shirley Warne is a true BC brewing legend, with a career working at and consulting for breweries across Canada. It’s amazing how many brewers of today she trained and supported before she made a home at Angry Hen Brewing in Kaslo, BC. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


From 14:00 this afternoon, Trading Post Brewery will be tapping a special cask at their tasting room in Langley. Head on down to try something a bit different.

At 19:30 tonight CAMRA Victoria is hosting their 14th watch party. This week they are asking watchers to buy beers from Vancouver Island Brewing and discuss why they chose that beer.

On Saturday, Northpaw Beer Co. in Port Coquitlam is celebrating their 2nd anniversary. They will have Salt N Sear Catering on site from 12:00 to help mark the occasion.

On Monday at 19:00 Tapworks Brewing will be live streaming their Monday night trivia via Zoom. Check their Facebook page for the link.

At 19:30 on Monday, A-Frame Brewing holding an in-person trivia night. Due to restrictions, they will be limiting to 9 teams only.


View our Full Calendar ≫


From Beer Me BC

Launch of HYPHA Project: Beer, Art and Community

East Vancouver welcomes a new beer project to its neighbourhood that will contribute in more ways than just beer.

Full Story → 

The Beer Deck: Playing Cards Full of Facts About Beer

It's the game with playing cards full of facts about beer. Currently up on Kickstarter! A new #BCCraftBeer product created by Caleb J Beyers and Ben Barrett-Forrest:

Full Story → 

Foamers’ Folly Brewing Releases Megamama Double IPA

We made Megamama to celebrate our tenacious and resilient moms who do amazing things for us every day.

Full Story → 

Andina Brewing Releases POCHOLA – Kiwi 🍒 Cherry Sour

A subtle balance between the tartness and the fruit flavour from the cherries and kiwis gives this limited release sour a refreshing summer treat that everyone will enjoy.

Full Story → 



Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Consumers getting short-changed on deposit refunds at some recycling locations

There's a bit of a battle brewing between beer makers and consumers over recycling in British Columbia. Consumers have complained they've been getting short-changed when they return their empties at some recycling depots. Full Story →


COVID-19: Extension granted for restaurants to sell liquor with food deliveries

The B.C. government has extended a temporary authorization that allows food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Story →


New scholarship at B.C. university aims to bring more diverse people into the craft beer industry

Breweries are pitching in funds that will be awarded to a Kwantlen Polytechnic University student. Full Story →



Tapping the West review: Alberta gets its own beer book

By Ted Child
No doubt all of us stuck at home in 2020 are dreaming about our next major road trip. Beer tourism is essential travel, isn’t it? Good news: this great little book will get snobby West Coast beer drinkers ready to dream about a trip to (gasp!) Alberta to taste craft beer. View story →



From Beer Me BC


By Lundy Dale

For the third year in a row, B.C.’s only all-female-run craft brewery, Barkerville Brewing in Quesnel,  hosted their annual collaboration brew day in honour of International Women’s Day. It was  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Five Roads – South African IPA

By Beer Seekers

Five Roads Brewing of Langley has adopted the ‘crowler’ format as a staple of their locally-available packaged product. Folks in the Fraser Valley area who frequent their brewery will be  Continue Reading…

Full review →



By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 Field House Brewing Releases “Candied Lemon & Black Pepper Saison”

 Persephone Brewing Releases “Hibiscus Gose”

 Strathcona Beer Releases Imperial Piña Colada “Love Buzz” Imperial Sour

 Parallel 49 Brewing Releases Three Chinese Culture beers: “Hunan,” “Fujian,” and “Szechaun”

 Île Sauvage Brewing Releases 2020 “Papillon” Saison with Butterfly Pea Flower and Lavender

 Container Brewing Releases “Tacka” Kveik IPA

 33 Brewing Experiment Releases “33B-EXP.007 MKIII: Amarillo Sour IPA”

 Wildeye Brewing Releases “After the Rain” Hefeweizen

 Camp Beer Co. Releases “Anorak” IPA

 Andina Brewing Releases Wai-iti Variant of “Brumosa” Hazy IPA

Visit the full listing for more new BC beer launches →



From Beer Me BC

Lead Brewer – Field House Brewing Co. – Abbotsford, BC

Support for the Head Brewer on our main brewing system. As an Assistant Brewer, the work will include but is not limited to: A passion for craft beer (bonus: From  Continue Reading… View Job →

Brewery Assistant – Trench Brewing – Prince George, BC

Previous brewing experience or formal brewing Training from a recognized institute. Familiar with the brewing process. Able to work without supervision. $15 an hour From Indeed – Sat, 11 Jul  Continue Reading… View Job →

Sales Manager (Nelson Brewing)

SALES MANAGER – NELSON BREWING COMPANY Hey, we are Nelson Brewing Company. We are family-owned, a little quirky, and don’t take ourselves too seriously. But we take care of each  Continue Reading… View Job →

Taproom and Kitchen Staff – Mariner Brewing – Coquitlam, BC

We are looking for fun, craft beer enthusiasts to join our taproom/kitchen team. Serving beer with a positive attitude. General opening and closing duties. $14.60 an hour From Indeed –  Continue Reading… View Job →


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