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BC Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
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The team in the brewhouse at Smugglers' Trail, which officially opens its Langley brewery & restaurant today

BC Craft Beer Month Begins

It’s hard to believe that it’s October already, I’ve pretty much lost all concept of time at this point! Not only is it time to binge watch horror movies, but it’s also BC Craft Beer Month. On top of that, it’s Whistler Beer Month, and later in the month it’s Penticton Beer Week. Busy times for beer fans.

To celebrate, there will be events running all month long (see events section) and for those not wanting to venture out, they have also released a special beer to mark the occasion. Called the Explore BC IPA, this beer is a province-wide collaboration between Vancouver Island Brewing, Red Collar Brewing, Wheelhouse Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Fieldhouse Brewing, and Bomber Brewing. It is a West Coast IPA made with haskap berries, blackberries, BC hops and locally malted grains. You will be able to find it on store shelves very soon.

Alberni Brewing Planned for Early 2021

It looks like a third brewery is heading to Port Alberni. The owners of Alberni Brewing are currently renovating the former Color Your World building on Adelaide Street and are planning to open in early 2021, though final approval from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch will be the deciding factor in the opening date.

Alberni resident Jason Welsh will be the head brewer, with his wife Heather running front of house, and co-owner Yvan St. Onge running the kitchen. They plan to focus on hazy IPAs and pilsners.

Smugglers Trail Opens in Langley

Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks officially opened its own brewery and restaurant in Langley today. Originally contracting with Vancouver’s Factory Brewing/Craft Collective Beerworks, Smugglers moved production to Settlement Brewing when CCB sold its operations earlier this year. Our magazine editor Dave attended their soft opening night and was happy with what he saw! Now you can check it out too, because they opened to the public at 11 am today.

Victoria Gets New Contract Brewery

On that subject, it seems Victoria has a new contract brewery. Bones Brewing is operating out of Victoria Caledonian Distillery / Twa Dogs and currently has one beer on the market called Bones IPA. They have already managed to get distribution at pretty much every liquor store in Victoria and have product heading to Vancouver next week. They plan to follow this release with a raspberry sour and Mosaic IPA.

Beer Canada Requests Tax Freeze

Advocacy group Beer Canada is calling on the federal and provincial governments to freeze beer taxes. They claim that more than 149,000 Canadians work in jobs directly or indirectly supported by the production and sale of beer, and 47% of the price of beer is government tax.

Beer Store Donated $2.3 million

Ontario’s The Beer Store has announced that their ongoing COVID-19 Community Donation Drive, has raised more than $2.38 million to date, which will be donated to local hospitals and food banks across the province. That’s pretty impressive!


  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Tasting Panel In Session: Five Quarantine-Approved BC Session Beers

By What's Brewing
Low- and no-alcohol drinks may have found their ideal moment in 2020 with the advent of isolation and its related tendency to overconsume at home. In that spirit, our Tasting Panel is set to assuage the guilt of pandemic drinking with these five “sessionable” moderate ABV beers, perfect for self-imposed cocooning. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


At 18:00 tonight, The BC Ale Trail is holding their Virtual Hoppy Hour on Instagram, where Joe Wiebe will be talking to Kyle from Empty Keg Brewhouse in Merritt, and Dave and Danny from Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria, who will be talking about an exciting new beer release and doing a live tasting of the beer.

At the same time, Stanley Park Brewing is holding a four-course beer pairing dinner in honour of Oktoberfest.

Whistler Craft Beer Month kicks off today. They have dozens of events planned, so head to their website to see the full schedule.

Running though October 3, Trading Post will be celebrating Octoberfest with German beer, German food, German music and games.

Running through October 4, Portland Craft will be celebrating Oktoberfest with a tap list full of German-style beers from Chuckanut and Smog City. Nice!

Running though October 12, BREWHALL will be celebrating Octoberfest with daily food and drink specials, including  Paulaner Hefe-Weisse and Paulaner Oktoberfest imported from Germany, plus they will be serving their take on a traditional German ale with their award-winning Köl Story Bro Kölsch.

Starting at midday on Saturday, Smiths pub in Victoria is hosting a Superflux Beer tap takeover. Their chef will be cooking up some special hotdogs to go with the beer.

At 15:00 on Saturday, Kelowna Beer Institute will be holding an Oktoberfest event with Bavarian food and Oktoberfest beer served in Oktoberfest steins.




View our Full Calendar ≫


Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Portland Craft Presents Oktoberfest & Halloween Events!

Join us in celebration of Oktoberfest 2020 from September 29th to October 4th featuring a lineup of new beers and food features. Also, drop by on October 31st wearing your best Halloween mask for your chance to win prizes! Full Story →


Third brewery on the way for Port Alberni

Alberni Brewing Company hopes to open in early 2021. Full Story →


Kveik brew leads to touching Norwegian connection for Foamers’ Folly

Norwegian Descendant of Captain Hans Kråbøl Connects With Brewery Over Beer Bearing His Ancestor’s Name. Full Story →



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New KPU Brewing Award Encourages Diversity and Inclusion

A grassroots initiative dedicated to supporting diversity in the B.C. craft brewing industry has resulted in a new scholarship award for Kwantlen Polytechnic University brewing students. Full Story →


GLBC Stands Out at Packaging Impressions Excellence Awards

... Full Story →


Beer Me BC: New Releases

Strange Fellows Brewing Releases Horace Wild Sour with Plums

Brewed with Bradshaw Plums from Oyama in the Okanagan, Horace spent over a year in a 6000L oak foudre.>

Full Story → 



From Beer Me BC

Whitetooth Brewing – Icefields Belgian “Inspired” Pale Ale

By Lundy Dale

Whitetooth Brewing, in the picturesque town of Golden BC, nestled in the Rocky Mountains is almost 4 years old, but aside from the locals and surrounding area they are not  Continue Reading…

Full review →

New Tradition Brewing Company- Liquid Tuxedo Schwarzbier

By Ted Child

The Comox Valley’s craft beer explosion continues at full tilt with the opening of New Tradition Brewing. After opening in August of 2019, New Tradition has just celebrated its first  Continue Reading…

Full review →



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 →

Distribution Supervisor – Direct Tap – Vancouver, BC

We store and deliver craft beer, wine, cider and spirits to bars, restaurants and liquor stores on behalf of our production partners. From Indeed – Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:23:14  Continue Reading… View Job →

Lead Production Hand / Assistant Brewer – The Functional Beverage Group – Squamish, BC

This isn’t your typical brewing position at a craft beer brewery. 2 years minimum experience brewing beer, wine, or in food processing and production. $18 an hour From Indeed –  Continue Reading… View Job →


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