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Central City's original brewpub in the eponymously-named Surrey mall, during better times in Jan 2016. Many a New Year's Eve party was held here!

Central City’s Surrey Taphouse For Sale

Back in November, Central City Brewers & Distillers announced the temporary closure of both the Red Racer Taphouse in Vancouver, and the Central City Taphouse in Surrey. COVID’s affect on the hospitality industry was cited as the primary reason. 

It seems the closure of the Surrey location has now become permanent, as the business has been listed on for $98,000 with a lease of approximately $35,500 a month.

It’s pretty sad, because Central City started out as a brewpub in this very location, back in 2003. The end of an Era.

Untappd reveals the Best of 2020

Untappd is the world’s most popular beer review app and each year they release stats on the top rated and most popular beers and breweries of the year.

This year’s most checked-in beer was Guinness Draught, with 164,936 check-ins, which is nearly 50,000 more than its closest competitor, Punk IPA from Brew Dog, which just beat out Corona. The list also includes such beers as Heineken, Miller Lite, and Stella Artois. What the hell? Who is going to a bar, buying a Miller Lite, and reaching for their phone to check it in? I’m so confused!

The list of top breweries is a little less depressing at least, with Brewdog taking the top spot, followed by Other Half and Treehouse. I mean, it’s basically a list of all the most commercial craft breweries and all the hazy boi breweries, so maybe I take that back.

Hoppy New Year

I’m not going to lie, I had a hard time finding anything to put in this week’s piece, because basically nothing happens in the weird void between Christmas and New Year. I imagine most of you are getting ready to start your year-end celebrations by now, so please be responsible. If you go out, please make it easy on the servers and plan your trip home without drink driving. If you are staying home, why not order in from a local restaurant and help them out during this slower-than-normal year. Oh yeah, remember that the liquor stores close at 8 pm, so you better go now!

  – Ed Kaye, Editor




By Navin Autar
What can I say about 2020 that we don't already know? British Columbia confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in late January. Since then, the pandemic has evolved into an unprecedented healthcare crisis across our province and the world. Hopefully, one day, we will not have the wariness lurking in our minds and we will be able to socialize again freely. View story →



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Portland Craft’s New Year’s Eve 3-Course Beer Pairing Dinner

There will be 2 dinner seatings, 5 pm and 7 pm featuring a 3-course meal that includes a choice of appetizer, a large plate, and dessert. Each course is paired with an 8oz craft beer, all for $50 per person. Call to make reservations now! Full Story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


On New Year’s Eve, Stanley Park is holding an NYE beer pairing dinner, featuring a five-course meal paired with beers brewed on premise.

Also on NYE, CRAFT Vancouver is holding a virtual brewmaster’s dinner.

In Squamish, Howe Sound Brewing is holding an NYE three course dinner, which is available for dine-in or take-out.

In Victoria, Canoe is holding a dine-in three course meal for NYE.


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BC Craft Beer Spotlight: Darby’s Public House

By Beer Me BC

In its current issue headlined 'Virtual Beerality,' What's Brewing magazine discusses the future of BC's craft beer in a world with reduced contact with a group of industry members. Here is the full interview with Brendan Bonfield of Darby's Public House.

The post BC Craft Beer Spotlight: Darby’s Public House appeared first on Beer Me British Columbia.

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From Beer Me BC

Dead Frog Brewery – Juice Box Sour Mixer

By Beer Seekers

Dead Frog Brewery, with roots in the ground since 1997, was once best known amongst beer geeks for a Nut Brown Ale. Since their move to Langley and the debut  Continue Reading…

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Herald Street Brew Works- Rye to the Bone Rye Saison

By Ted Child

Herald Street Brew Works, Victoria’s newest brewery, quietly opened in December of 2020. It is the work of The Drake Eatery owners, Mike and Lee Spence, and Steel and Oak’s  Continue Reading…

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From Beer Me BC

Senior Marketing Manager: Vancouver Island Brewing

At Vancouver Island Brewing, we operate our brewery with the same passion and innovation that goes into producing our premium craft beer. We are a proud, dedicated, and hardworking team  Continue Reading… View Job →

Full-Time Packaging Operator

Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. is on the hunt for someone who is interested in craft beer as a career. If you have a strong work ethic, positive attitude and  Continue Reading… View Job →

Head Brewer

Position / Title Head Brewer / Brewmaster Start Date Feb 15 – Mar 1, 2021 Location Slackwater Brewing, Penticton BC Salary Competitive / Based On Experience Commitment Full-Time Slackwater Brewing  Continue Reading… View Job →

Assistant Brewer – Trench Brewing – Prince George, BC

Trench Brewing is looking for a Brewer to join our growing team! As a young, small, and quality oriented company we are looking for individuals with a strong… $17.30 –  Continue Reading… View Job →


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