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Penticton's Neighbourhood Brewing tasting room is quietly opening this week with a soft launch. Photo: Kim Lawton

Neighbourhood Brewing Opens in Penticton

This week, Penticton’s Neighbourhood Brewing finally opened their doors to the public. While their beers have been available in liquor stores for several months now, they’ve not actually had a tasting room that the public can visit—that is until now.

Neighbourhood Brewing was founded by Mike Coghill, the founder of Yellow Dog Brewing, along with business partners. Their head brewer is Darren Binnema, who has been working for the last few years as lead brewer, under Yellow Dog head brewer Liam Murphy.

They opened with 11 of their own beers on tap and four yellow dog guest taps. We should stress that this is just a casual opening, and if you choose to visit, please be aware of COVID protocol and above all, be respectful to the staff.

Mountainview Brewing Opens in Hope

Speaking of new breweries, the town of Hope saw their first one open this week. Founded by Adam and Danielle Keil, Mountainview Brewing is located 390 Old Hope Princeton Way and is open six days a week.

They opened with four beers on tap: Cairn California common (5% abv), Sweethearts IPA (6.7% abv), WIllowisp Pils (5% abv), and First Blood Orange imperial wheat ale (7.5% abv).

Strathcona Beer Turns Four

East Vancouver’s Strathcona Beer Company is celebrating their fourth anniversary. For obvious reasons, this year there will be no party, but to mark the occasion, they have released a fourth anniversary beer. It’s an oatmeal stout made with chocolate malt, flaked oats, midnight wheat, roasted barley and a touch of coconut.

Miracle on Main Street charitable drive

Main Street Brewing in Vancouver is holding a holiday charity drive from Dec 1–12 to give back to kids across the city. If you drop off an unwrapped toy or gift card (of minimum $10 value), they will give you a flight of their ‘core four’ beers and enter you into a draw where you have the chance to win a six-pack of Main Street Beer and a $50 gift card. Every entry will also have the chance to win a grand prize of one flat of beer a month for a year.

Deep Sea Drinking

Lake of the Woods Brewing in Kenora, ON has been making headlines, because they have decided to lager 1000 bottles of their Deep 6 imperial stout by submerging them to the bottom of a body of water called Lake of the Woods. The ale will bottle age six metres under the ice at 3 to 4 C for six months. Prior to this, it was cellared in the brewery for six weeks at 11 C and aged with maple wood.


  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Craft Beer Superfan Spotlight: ‘Sour Girl’ Alana Marin Bourne

By Beer Me BC

We’re celebrating some of BC’s most passionate craft beer advocates. Let us introduce you to one of the most enthusiastic beer boosters to join the BC craft community in the past five years: Alana Marin Bourne, AKA the Sour Girl.

The post Craft Beer Superfan Spotlight: ‘Sour Girl’ Alana Marin Bourne appeared first on Beer Me British Columbia.

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Northern BC Community, Collaboration And Craft

By Adam Arthur
It has been quite the unusual year in Northern BC. Normally there would be craft beer festivals taking place. To counteract the COVID-19 blues, people are finding new ways to engage in the spirit of community, collaboration and craft. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


On Friday, Cascadian Beer Podcast is holding their Stay at Home Pub Quiz. You’ll be able to watch the live stream on YouTube & Facebook. You can even tune into the video feed on your Smart TV with the Facebook Watch app or YouTube.

On Saturday, Smiths pub in Victoria is holding a tap takeover to welcome Penticton’s Neighbourhood Brewing to the Island. They will have hazy IPAs, hoppy pilsners, delicious core beers, and perhaps some special surprises on tap.

Next Thursday, CAMRA Victoria is hosting their regular “watch party” of the year.

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


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From Beer Me BC

Sooke Oceanside Brewery- Graveyard of the Pacific

By Ted Child

My how time flies. Its hard to believe that it has already been four years since to opening of Sooke Oceanside Brewery. To celebrate, the brewery has released Graveyard of  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Fernie Brewing – Off Axis Double IPA

By Lundy Dale

Well over a year ago, if not longer Fernie Brewing really got into the IPA’s. Over the years, I have remembered Fernie for the malt-forward beers, red ales, brown ales,  Continue Reading…

Full review →



Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Main Street Brewing Unveils ‘Miracle on Main Street’ Charitable Holiday Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT: MAIN STREET BREWING UNVEILS ‘MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET’ CHARITABLE HOLIDAY DRIVE Local Brewery Encourages Community to Support Those in Need During Holidays with Toy-and-Food Drive, Prize Draws and Festive … Full Story →


2020 Gifts for the Beer Lover

Buying for the craft beer lover can be hard; whether they’re just getting into craft beer or have spent years dedicated to the craft, beer lovers tend to be picky. That being said, there are some universal truths that apply to all beer lovers: they like trying new things, they like their beer cold (mostly) and of course they love their local scene. Full Story →


8 holiday gifts dropping at BC Liquor Stores this season

Christmas might end up looking different for many of us this year, but there are two familiar favourites we’ll definitely still be looking out for: the perfect gift and the perfect adult beverage. Full Story →



From Beer Me BC

Foamers’ Folly Brewing Releases Two Winter Beers!

Traditionally ‘winter beers’ are some of the heartiest, richest, most flavourful of all beer styles, and we’ve just released two of them!

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Four Winds Releases Forgotten Fruit 2020

Forgotten Fruit is a wood-fermented Farmhouse Ale with locally foraged quince that boasts notes of applesauce, citrus, and pear. It's light, effervescent, tart, and refreshing.

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From Beer Me BC

General Manager – Craft Beer Market – Kelowna, BC

CRAFT Beer Market continues to grow. CRAFT Beer Market has raised the bar when it comes to restaurants and bars. What We Are Hiring For: We aren’t just a bar.  Continue Reading… View Job →

Social Media & Communication Specialist – Parallel 49 Brewing Company – Vancouver, BC

Creative problem solver with a love for craft beer. Parallel 49 Brewing Company is a key player in the rapidly growing craft beer industry in Vancouver. From Indeed – Mon,  Continue Reading… View Job →


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