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Fernie Brewing relaunches their "Cheers to Charity!" donation programme with a new format.

Fernie Brings Back Cheers to Charity

Since December 2013 Fernie Brewing has been running their “Cheers to Charity!” donation programme as a way to give back to their local community. Since launch, they have raised a total of $150,000 for local charities, groups, and clubs.

They used to accept donations though beer flight orders in the tasting room, but when COVID-19 hit earlier this year, they stopped doing flights and had to pause the programme.

This week they decided to relaunch it in a slightly altered form. Their tasting room now features a rotating Cheers to Charity tap, to ensure that patrons will be able to support a local cause while enjoying their beer.

The first recipient of donations will be the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH), who are raising funds for the installation of a new Ultrasound Service at the Elk Valley Hospital. They have a $300,000 goal, with Teck matching donations up to $50,000 until the end of the month.

Phillips Launches Cellar Club

Phillips Brewing in Victoria has launched a subscription beer delivery service called the Cellar Club. Four times a year, or once per season, they plan to assemble a special box containing an exclusive 4-pack of tall cans, along with a selection of mystery goodies, which you can have delivered to your door anywhere in BC. It’s basically Loot Crate, but for beer.

Subscribers can chose to sign up for one box, two boxes, or all four. The more you subscribe to, the cheaper the price.

Beavertown Opens London’s Biggest Brewery

Last time I went back to visit my family in the UK we did a little brewery tour of London, because you know, alcoholics gotta alcoholic. We made a stop in at Beavertown and were quite impressed with the beer. They had a small facility with a cool tasting room and beer garden.

Then along came Heineken, who invested $70 million in the brewery and now they’ve built a 129,000 square-foot production site, which will allow them to ramp up production ten fold to 90 million pints (not sure how many barrels that is).

Expect to see their beer all over the world pretty soon! Hopefully the quality doesn’t drop as they scale up, but it usually does.


According to Washington Beer Blog, a clothing company in the US has applied to trademark the word “Beer.” The trademark application is for “bottoms as clothing; Footwear; Headwear; Jackets; Short-sleeved or long-sleeved t-shirts; Shorts; Socks; Sweaters; Sweatpants; Tops as clothing.”

The application was filed on June 21 and published on August 25. The filing allows 30 days from the publication for anyone with a legitimate stake to oppose the application. I can imagine a lot of breweries will have something to say about this one!

  – Ed Kaye, Editor




By What's Brewing
Vol. 30 No. 3 Fall 2020 is our Coping With COVID issue, and it's all about pulling people together in a time of distancing. We assemble a virtual group chat featuring industry insiders, and another with craft beer superfans. We learn to drink smart in isolation by cutting back on booze, not beer. And we explore the BC Interior to make sure it's safe for your beer staycation. 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 Stefan and Pearl Marten from Marten Brewing Bar & Grill and The Naked Pig, Michael Lewis from Three Ranges Brewing Company and Cole Smith from Dead Frog Brewery.

From 11:30 on Saturday, Trading Post will be tapping a cask of Amber Ale with Hazelnut Coffee Beans.

At 18:00 on Monday, Luppolo Brewing is holding a Pride-based trivia night celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Tables must be reserved in advance and space is limited.


View our Full Calendar ≫


From Beer Me BC

Strathcona Brewing x JAK’s – Key Lime Kolsch

By Lundy Dale

Collaboration beers are popular. Everyone loves to get into the act when there is an opportunity, even liquor stores! And why not? Private liquor stores especially have become a place  Continue Reading…

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Land and Sea Brewing Co.- Comox Common

By Ted Child

Tessa Gabiniewicz, veteran head brewer at Land and Sea Brewing, knows what she is doing. For example, let’s have a look at the Comox Common. California Common, also called Steam  Continue Reading…

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From Beer Me BC

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 → 



By Bring Your Porter To The Slaughter

The latest BC Beer Releases include:

 Bridge Brewing Releases “Colin Learns to Drive” Hefeweizen

 Camp Beer Co. Releases Peach & Apricot “Forager” Sour

 33 Brewing Experiment Releases “33B-EXP.039 MKIII: Loral Dryhopped Saison”

 Coast Mountain Brewing Releases “Wild Cherry Sour”

 Backcountry Brewing Releases “Steve The Pirate ⁠” Hazy Session Ale

 Andina Brewing Releases “Penacho” Pineapple Sour

 Field House Brewing Releases “Mosaic Enigma Raspberry Hazy” Double IPA

 Another Beer Co Releases “It Lives By The River” Hazy IIIPA

 Backcountry Brewing Releases 2020 “Grandpa Joe’s Insurance Fraud” Pale Ale

 Superflux Releases “Double Infinity (Mosaic)” DIPA

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 →

Assistant Brewer – Smugglers Trail – Langley, BC

The Assistant Brewer position involves but is not limited to: We are looking for an assistant brewer excited to get in on the ground floor of a new venture. $34,000  Continue Reading… View Job →


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