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Phillips Brewing's new more environmentally friendly packaging.

Dan Colyer Leaves Fuggles & Warlock

Dan “Fuggles” Colyer with Fuggles & Warlock’s Best In Show trophy at BC Beer Awards 2019. Photo: Brian K. Smith

In a surprising Facebook post, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks announced yesterday that Dan “Fuggles” Colyer has decided to leave the brewery and take the next step in his career. They didn’t say where he was heading, just that he was going to “move on to share his passion for brand and beer.”

It’s kind of strange to think of Fuggles & Warlock without Dan. Not only was he one of the founders of the brewery, but their name was inspired by his nickname. Along with being one of the three main brewers, and pouring their beers at many festivals, he and his wife designed many of the brewery’s eye-catching labels.

I’m sure we will see him pop up at another brewery very soon, or maybe a new project is in the works?

Wine Stores Can Now Sell Beer and More!

This week, the B.C. government revealed that it is amending regulations for independent wine stores to allow them to convert to full-service liquor stores without having to move locations. Historically, wine stores used to receive a wholesale discount to make up for the fact they couldn’t sell other liquor products, but this discount was eliminated in 2015. They were permitted to convert to full-service liquor stores at that time, but only if they weren’t located within 1 km of another liquor store. Due to this restiction, only one store actually made the change.

This new amendment to the regulations removes the distance caveat, allowing them to convert even if there is another store in the same area.

It’s good to finally see some of the silly bureaucratic red tape removed from liquor sales in this province.

Phillips Brewing Gets Rid of Can Rings

This week, Phillips Brewing in Victoria, BC announced that they are moving away from using plastic can rings and are transitioning to packaging in cardboard boxes.

They are making the change as part of their ongoing effort to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as to reduce the risk to marine life. Not only is the packaging made of recycled materials, but it is easily recyclable once it has served its purpose.

Expect to see the new packaging begin appearing on shelves over the coming weeks.

Old Yale Raises Funds for Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Early this spring, Old Yale Brewing launched a campaign called “Beer for our Health Heroes and First Responders.” The campaign urged customers to buy a $5 beer that would be given to a Fraser Valley Health Hero or first responder once their tasting room reopened.

In addition, for every beer purchased, they committed to donate $10 to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) COVID-19 Fund, supporting health care staff working so hard to take care of the community.

When the campaign wrapped up on May 31, the brewery had received 167 pledges, so are now donating $1,670 to FVHCF, plus there’s lots of free beers for health care workers now available at their tasting room!

  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Class of ’94: From Shaftebury To Yaletown

By Iain Hill
As part of our 30th Anniversary, What's Brewing spotlights some of BC's beer pioneers. In The Class Of '94 series, we introduce you to some key BC brewmasters who started up a celebrated brewery in the year 1994. Iain Hill shares a hilarious memory from working at East Van's very first craft brewery. Right after that, he helped open Vancouver's first brewpub and began pushing the boundaries of BC brewing. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


It’s a little quiet on the events front this week. I guess everyone needs some time to recover from Canada Day!

From 14:00 this afternoon, Trading Post Brewery will be tapping a special cask at their tasting room in Langley. Head on down to try something a little unique.

At 19:30 tonight CAMRA Victoria is hosting their 12th watch party. This week they will be changing things up and are asking watchers to buy beers from Phillips Brewery and discuss why they chose that beer.

On Monday at 19:00 Tapworks Brewing will be live streaming their Monday night trivia via Zoom. Check their Facebook page for the link.

At 19:30 on Monday, A-Frame Brewing holding an in-person trivia night. Due to restrictions, they will be limiting to 9 teams only.


View our Full Calendar ≫


From Beer Me BC

Whistle Buoy Brewing Co- Coastality West Coast Pale Ale

By Ted Child

Just over a year ago, the Whistle Buoy team started pouring beer in one of the best spots in Victoria BC, the Market Square. With their uniquely placed patio back  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Beach Fire Brewing Co – Wheel Bender Irish Stout

By Ted Child

Stout lovers can sometimes bemoan the long summer months as many breweries only offer stouts as a seasonal if they brew them at all. With limited tank space and great  Continue Reading…

Full review →



Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


Tuesday vote could OK brewery patios in Vancouver for 1st time

Vancouver city councillors will vote on a bylaw change Tuesday that would allow patios for the city’s breweries and distilleries for the first time. The change, part of the city’s temporary expedited patio program in … Full Story →


Squamish and Whistler have become major players in the British Columbia craft-beer boom

Vancouver has one of the most vibrant microbrew communities in the country. But don’t forget that the B.C. Ale Trail also snakes up the Sea to Sky. Full Story →


B.C. relaxes restrictions on independent wine stores

The B.C. government is amending regulations for independent wine stores in the province, allowing them to convert to full-service liquor stores without having to move locations. Full Story →



From Beer Me BC

Stanley Park Brewing Launches At Home Beer Festival Kit

The 2020 beer festival season may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean the festivities should stop. Stanley Park Brewing is launching an At Home Beer Festival Kit! Showcasing nine different brew styles from four Vancouver breweries: Stanley Park Brewing, Russell Brewing, East Van Brewing and Red Truck Beer Co.

Full Story → 

Could Craft Cider be Big Business for BC Liquor Stores?

BC’s Liquor Distribution Branch is opening up to BC craft cider. This is a promising step in the right direction, say local craft beverage producers and economic development experts.

Full Story → 

Andina Brewing Releases Orgullo 🌈 Blood Orange Pale Ale

Orgullo means Pride in Spanish - Your family here at Andina could not be more proud to present to you our newest beer release.

Full Story → 



By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 Vice & Virtue Brewing Releases “The First Crush” Cherry Sour

 Twin Sails Brewing Releases “Juice Lite” Citra Pale Ale

 Northpaw Brew Co. Releases “Above the Clouds” Double IPA

 Northpaw Brew Co. Releases “Back to Business” IPA

 Backcountry Brewing Releases “So You’re Telling Me There’s A Chance” Mango Sour

 Strange Fellows Brewing Collaborates with Crooked Stave on “Thick as Thieves” Wild Provision Saison

 Parallel 49 Brewing Releases “Tropicool” Smoothie Sour for 8th Anniversary

 Backcountry Brewing Releases “Habitual Line Stepper” Strata IPA

 Another Beer Co Releases “The Hardest Part” West Coast Pale Ale

 Superflux Collaborates with Strathcona on “Dry-Hopped Sour”

Visit the full listing for more new BC beer launches →



From Beer Me BC

Territory Manager Vancouver/Richmond/Delta

Fernie Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery situated in the well-known and popular ski and mountain town of Fernie, BC, located near the BC/Alberta border. We brew exceptional year-round  Continue Reading… View Job →

Packaging Line Operator + Brewery Mainentance Tech’ – Strange Fellows Brewing – Vancouver, BC

Strange Fellows Brewing is one of East Vancouver’s quickly growing and established Craft Breweries. We are looking for someone to join our production team as… $20 an hour From Indeed  Continue Reading… View Job →


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