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In the tasting room at award-winning Twin City Brewing. Photo: Brian K. Smith

Twin City Wins 2020 Best Brewery Experience Award

Twin City Brewing in Port Alberni has won the 3rd annual Best Brewery Experience Award, as nominated by readers of the BC Ale Trail blog. As part of their prize, BC Ale Trail has published a feature article on their site, highlighting what makes this brewery so special. Head over to their blog to check it out.

I should definitely get up there and check it out at some point. I haven’t been up island in a very long time!

33 Acres Releases Black is Beautiful

33 Acres Brewing in Vancouver has released their take on Black is Beautiful. Started by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, Texas, Black is Beautiful is a collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers that attempts to bring awareness to the injustices people of color face daily and raise funds for police brutality reform and legal defense for those who have been wronged.

They will be donating 100% of the proceeds of Black is Beautiful to Hogan’s Alley Society, which advocates for Black Vancouverites and is committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. Find out more and contribute at⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Three Ranges Brewing Turns 7

Three Ranges Brewing in Valemount is celebrating their seventh anniversary this Friday. To mark the occasion, they will be releasing an anniversary ale called 49 in Dog Years. they haven’t revealed what it is yet, and you can only buy it at the brewery.

Canadian Craft Tours Acquires Vancouver Brewery Tours

Vancouver Brewery Tours has been acquired by Canadian Craft Tours, who also provide brewery and winery tours in Victoria, Kelowna, and Calgary, as well as a number of virtual events during COVID.

CCT is fully up and running. With the merger, you may see some dual-branded virtual campaigns going forward.

Senators Back Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

Down in the US, 57 senators have sent a letter to Senate leadership to ask them to pass the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA, S.362/H.R. 1175), bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by three-fourths of the United States Congress.

I know that sounds like gobbledygook, but unless Congress acts, the current federal excise tax rates will expire on Dec. 31, 2020, which would result in many small breweries seeing their excise tax rates increase by up to 100%.

The Brewers Association is advocating for passage of CBMTRA to ensure the rates are made permanent, as well as for additional pandemic relief for breweries and the hospitality industry.

  – Ed Kaye, Editor



BC Craft Beer Magazine Releases Winter Issue

By What's Brewing
Vol. 30 No. 4 Winter 2020 is the Virtual Beerality issue of What's Brewing magazine. In it, contributors and industry panelists explore the present and immediate future of BC craft beer as breweries deal with COVID-related societal change, virtual events, a shift away from the community hub, and surviving what might be the hardest winter the hospitality industry will see in generations. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


Tonight, Dead Frog Brewing is holding a cask night at their tasting room. No word on what the cask is yet.

Next Thursday, Stanley Park Brewing is holding a beer pairing dinner. They will be serving a  4-course meal created and executed their Head Chef, with each course is paired with a beer selected, crafted and brewed onsite by their brewers. 

On December 14, Dog Mountain Brewing is holding a virtual beer tasting. They plan to discuss four of their beers, with tasting notes, and go over the story behind them, their brewing secrets and whatever other random things come up.


View our Full Calendar ≫


Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Why Archaeologists Are Brewing Ancient Beers

** Vancouver Island’s Love Shack Libations is mentioned in this story by a Jerusalem-based journalist. ** Breweries are making beer inspired by ancient beverages, often in cooperation with archaeologists who want to learn more about how people used various ingredients centuries ago. Full Story →


Twin City Brewing Wins Best Brewery Experience Award

Twin City Brewing has just won the BC Ale Trail’s third annual Best Brewery Experience Award. Full Story →


Hope brewery now open

After years of anticipation, Hope’s newest business and the community’s first craft brewery is now open. Full Story →



From Beer Me BC

Just in time for Crate Day!

Celebrate Crate Day with us on December 5th! We are here to educate the northern hemisphere about a New Zealand "tradition".

Full Story → 

Four Winds Releases Tropicae IPA

Tropicae IPA (pronounced TRO-PI-KAI) is bursting with tropical fruit notes and aromas brought on by the use of our house wild yeast strain and hops from the Southern Hemisphere.

Full Story → 

HYPHA Project Beer Release #4: Papillon Noir

Papillon Noir is a dry, crisp + drinkable double-dry hopped Northeast style IPA featuring Enigma + Citra hops.

Full Story → 


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