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David Thomas, co-founder of Lighthouse Brewing (Image courtesy of Lighthouse Brewing)

Lighthouse Brewing Co-Founder Passes Away

Last week, Lighthouse Brewing shared the sad news that their co-founder David Thomas had passed away at age 71.

Along with co-founding Lighthouse Brewing Company in 1998, David was a highly regarded environmental scientist who co-founded Seakem Oceanography Ltd., which later became the AXYS Group of companies, and today AXYS Technologies Inc.

I used to work at AXYS many years ago and was even lucky enough to get a little tour of Lighthouse with him back in about 2006 (I think).

My deepest condolences go to his family and friends. You can read his obituary here.

Restrictions Begin to Return

As summer draws to a close and COVID-19 infections begin to rise, the Government has decided to bring in tighter restrictions on licensed establishments. Starting immediately, all nightclubs and banquet halls have been ordered to close and liquor sales at all bars, restaurants, and brewery tasting rooms must cease by 10 p.m. Additionally, establishments playing music or airing shows on TV must keep the volume no louder than conversation level, to prevent patrons from shouting, and thus spitting.

This is definitely going to be tough for businesses, but as the weather cools more people are going to be heading inside, so the risk is going to be greater. Let’s just hope they don’t take more drastic measures if the infection rates don’t decline.

As a side note, can we keep that rule about music levels on a permanent basis? I go to a pub to talk to friends, not to listen to ’90s pop hits.

Ace Brew Turns One

This week marks the first anniversary of Ace Brewing in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. They will be marking the occasion with a little birthday bash this Sunday. Check out the events section for details.

Untappd Turns 10

Also celebrating an anniversary this week is the popular beer review / check-in app Untappd. For 10 years now, they have been providing awkward craft beer nerds with a great way to avoid interacting with other humans in a crowded tasting room. To celebrate the occasion, they will be collaborating with Dogfish Head on the recipe for a beer called I Remember My First Check-In.

The recipe will be made available to brewers in the same manner as the recent All Together and Black is Beautiful recipes, so they can brew their own versions of it. Participating breweries are expected to source at least one ingredient at market value directly from a grower or supplier within 100 miles of their brewery.

Direct beneficiaries of the 10th Anniversary celebration and initiative include the Restaurant Strong Fund and the Michael Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling.

  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Delivering The Goods in Quarantine

By Jeff Nairn
It’s amazing to think through the last six months – yes, March was six months ago. The 24-hour news cycle changed as lockdown after lockdown was announced, then it was hourly, and scary. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


At 17:00 tonight, Patina Brewing is tapping a special cask at their tasting room. They haven’t said what it is yet, just that it will be a sour.

At 19:30 tonight CAMRA Victoria is hosting their 19th watch party. This week’s playlist has a lot of Beer School-ish videos, mixed up with videos for good laughs.

From 14:00 on Friday and all day Saturday, Hypha Project will be holding a launch event for their second beer, The New Normal, at Slow Hand Beer Company in East Vancouver. Head on down to grab a pack of this highly anticipated release.

At 20:00 on Friday, Category 12 Brewing in Saanichton will be holding their first ever comedy night. Tickets are limited to 30 people, with no groups larger than six.

From 11:30 on Saturday, Trading Post will be tapping a cask of dunkelweizen with whiskey and oak chips.

From 12:00 on Sunday, Ace Brewing in Courtenay is celebrating their first anniversary. They will have $5 pints, $10 beer & dog, $15 beer & burger, prizes, and live music.


View our Full Calendar ≫


Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Canuck Empire Brewing plans to open across from Abbotsford Centre

Canuck Empire Brewing seeking a lounge endorsement to allow it to sell multiple beers to patrons. Full Story →


Sam Adams Beer Magnate Jim Koch Debuts On The Forbes 400 Thanks To Hard Seltzer And Spiked Ice Tea

Despite a collapse in sales of its flagship beer brands, shares in the Boston Beer Company have been boosted by strong demand for its Truly hard seltzer brand and alcoholic iced tea line Twisted Tea, earning the company’s cofounder and chairman a spot on The Forbes 400. Full Story →


Why this Scottish brewery just bought a forest

How Brewdog brewery is radically reducing its footprint. Full Story →


Beer Me BC: New Releases

HYPHA Project’s 2nd Beer Release on September 11th: The New Normal IPA

The HYPHA Project is gearing up for the release of their second beer: The New Normal, with the label designed by Peter Ricq. The beer name and artwork are a reflection of these unprecedented times.>

Full Story → 



From Beer Me BC

Small Block Brewing- Nail Head Canadian Pale Ale

By Ted Child

Located in Duncan BC, Small Block Brewing loves hot rod culture. This love can be seen not only in the brewery name but in all the branding, including the beer  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Copper Brewing – Black Currant Sour

By Beer Seekers

This summer, the Beer Seekers were fortunate to be able to stop in and receive a tour at Copper Brewing when we visited Kelowna. Their sharp-tasting room features a generous  Continue Reading…

Full review →



By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 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

 Backcountry Brewing Releases 2020 “Asking for a Friend” Raspberry Smoothie Sour

 Twin Sails Brewing Releases “Piña Piña” Pineapple Super Berliner

 Another Beer Co Releases “Livin’ By The River ” Hazy IPA

 Fernie Brewing Releases “Vortex” Dry-Hopped Sour

 Backcountry Brewing Releases “Doctor. Doctor. Doctor. Doctor. Doctor. Doctor” Lime, Coconut, Guava Sour

 Wildeye Brewing Releases “Into the Trees” West Coast IPA

 Strange Fellows Brewing Releases “Habitude” Wild Ale

Visit the full listing for more new BC beer launches →



From Beer Me BC

HSE Coordinator – Central City Brewers and Distillers Ltd. – Surrey, BC

Central City Brewers & DistillersCentral City Brewers & Distillers Ltd. The HSE Coordinator will be responsible to promote a safe and healthy work environment and provide health, safety, and… From Indeed – Wed, 02  Continue Reading… View Job →

Business Development Manager (Wholesale Sales) – Mariner Brewing – Coquitlam, BC

Look to top-tier breweries in BC and elsewhere for inspiration – strive for excellence. Mariner Brewing is a craft brewery in Coquitlam, BC featuring a 20bbl… $75,000 – $100,000 a  Continue Reading… View Job →


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