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Herald St. Brew Works in Victoria, BC (Photo courtesy of Herald St.)

Herald St. Brew Works Now Open in Victoria

Victoria’s Herald St. Brew Works finally opened their doors this week. After a few setbacks, they quietly held a soft launch on Monday and are now fully open for business.

Herald St. Brew Works is a joint venture between Mike and Lee Spence of Victoria’s The Drake Eatery, and Jorden Foss and Jamie Garbutt of New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing. Their head brewer is Jean-Benoît, who came to them from Ottawa’s Beyond the Pale Brewing.

The brewery is situated at 506 Herald Street and is open seven days a week. They opened with 10 different beers on tap—you can view their rotating tap list here.

Powell Brewery Turns 8

Powell Brewery in Vancouver is celebrating their 8th anniversary this week. To mark the occasion, they have brewed up a small batch, limited-release version of their original core brand Hopdemonium.

Hopdemonium is a Pacific Northwest IPA, which they say has a prominent floral, piney, and citrusy hop profile, counterbalanced with a significant malt base consisting of Pilsner and Crystal malts. It will be available at the brewery on Friday, December 18 from noon. 

Strange Fellows Turns 6

Speaking of anniversaries, East Vancouver’s Strange Fellows Brewing is celebrating six years of business this Friday. To celebrate, at 7pm Brewmaster Iain Hill will host an online tasting, featuring four of their favourite brews: Guardian IPA, Popinjay West Coast Sour, Jongleur Wit & Blackmail Stout.⁠⠀

To help you taste along, they have the beers available as mixed 4-packs at both the brewery and via home delivery. ⁠⠀

Angry Hen Turns 3

Last, but not least, Angry Hen Brewing in Kelowna is celebrating their 3rd anniversary this week. They will be celebrating over four days with virtual fun and prize giveaways. See the events section for more details.

Winter Edition of WB Magazine Released

As you are no doubt aware, we recently released the Winter edition of our quarterly magazine. It’s been online for a while now, but if you are like me and prefer a physical copy, then we have you covered. Copies are hitting the stands at our supporters’ locations across BC right about now. Check here to find out where you can pick up a copy in your area.


  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Boombox Brewing debuted a special keg of Hypersonic Double IPA at Vancouver's Alibi Room yesterday. Manager on duty Kris is shown with the first pour. Limited cans are available at select BC retail outlets. Photo: Brian K. Smith



#BCBeerCon Goes Virtual: Q&A With Ken Beattie

By What's Brewing
The BC Craft Brewers Guild is set to present their fourth annual BC Craft Brewers Conference in early February 2021 in virtual format. Tickets are on sale now. To find out more about how the conference will work, we had a word with the Guild's Executive Director, Ken Beattie. View story →



Just Desserts: Six Rich, Dark Beers for Winter

By What's Brewing
Every three months, What’s Brewing gets together with JAK’S Beer Wine Spirits to create a new installment of our Tasting Panel series. This episode, for the first time ever, we reviewed six winter-ready rich, dark dessert beers! Also check out our live Virtual Tasting Panel as they Zoom in on our six-pack of beers in a new @PacificBeerChat podcast episode. View story →



Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


Tonight, Angry Hen Brewing in Kelowna kicks off their third anniversary celebrations. They will be holding a contest on Facebook and doing prize draws in their tasting room. Then on Friday, the staff have nominated some special patrons to receive prizes and we will be doing another draw!

As mentioned above, on Friday, Strange Fellows Brewing is celebrating their sixth anniversary with an online tasting hosted by Iain Hill, featuring four of their favourite brews.

On Saturday, Angry Hen continues the celebrations with virtual cheers on Instagram with some of their friends at 3pm. Followed by more prize giveaways on Sunday.

Be sure to tune into the Just Here for the Beer radio show on TSN 1040 AM this Saturday at 10 pm or Sunday at 11 pm. This week: a special appearance by What’s Brewing. Listen live at TSN 1040 AM/103.5 FM HD2 (or use this link).


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From Beer Me BC

Bad Tattoo Brewing – Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter

By Lundy Dale

PRESENTED BY JAK’S BEER, WINE, SPIRITS  From the Winter  2020 edition of the What’s Brewing Tasting Panel   Bad Tattoo Brewing‘s name means one thing to most people – it’s not  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Old Yale – Himalayan Salted Caramel Porter

By Beer Seekers

PRESENTED BY JAK’S BEER, WINE, SPIRITS  From the Winter  2020 edition of the What’s Brewing Tasting Panel Sometimes a brewery chooses a great new beer to brew seasonally for its customers. Other  Continue Reading…

Full review →



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It’s Time for Santa Photos at Cannery Brewing

If you’re looking for a place to take your kids and family for Santa photos, head over to Penticton's Cannery Brewing where they have a Santa and Mrs. Claus photo station set up in their brewhouse. Full Story →



From Beer Me BC

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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