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HOPPY HOLIDAYS!! TBT Thursday, from better times, on Sunday, Dec 2, 2018: annual Spirit of DIXmas gathering at Vancouver's Brassneck Brewery. The tradition will return. Photo: Brian K. Smith

La Cerveceria Astilleros Opens in North Vancouver

OK, this is getting silly now. I keep joking that there’s a new brewery opening every other week, but I think it might actually be more frequent than that!

The latest brewery to open is La Cerveceria Astilleros, which is a Mexican-themed brewery located in the North Vancouver Shipyards district. Their head brewer is Carlo Baroccio, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, while their tasting room staff hails from Mexico, Columbia, and Spain. 

Their opening line-up consists of El Valle Salado Salted Lime Lager (4.6% ABV), Agua de Jamaica Papaya Hibiscus Gose (3.9% ABV), Acan Chufa Horchata Porter (5.5% ABV), and Neuvo Mexicanus Session Ale (4.5% ABV). Food options are obviously Mexican-inspired, like tacos, chips & guac, churros, etc.

Right now their licensing limit is one flight per customer. They are currently waiting on their full lounge license, which will allow them to do full pours.

Howe Sound sells to Viaggio

This one came as a bit of a shock, but Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish has been purchased by the Viaggio Hospitality Group. Established in 1996, Howe Sound is Squamish’s oldest existing brewpub. BC beer legend John Mitchell was first Head Brewer and helped design the brewery.

Apparently the deal only includes the Howe Sound brewpub and hotel, not R&B Brewing Ale & Pizza House or Devil’s Elbow Ale and Smoke House in Vancouver.

Tyee Highlights the most Local BC Beers

Back in July, The Tyee put out a call for BC breweries to create a beer made completely with ingredients grown from within a 100-mile radius. Now that the year is finally coming to a close, they have published a piece on all of the breweries that took up the challenge. It’s a pretty long list which includes Longwood, Strange Fellows, The Beer Farmers, Barnside, Parallel 49, and Locality Brewing (coming next Spring).

Well done to all of those breweries. Longwood had a total of five beers on the list, which is impressive!

Island Resident Wins Pink Boots Cicerone® Scholarship

Congratulations to Nanaimo beer educator Amber Morin, who has been awarded a Cicerone® Beer Savvy Scholarship by the Pink Boots Society. Find out more about Amber at her blog,

Congress Passes Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

Good news: down in the US, Congress has passed the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which aims to prevent their federal excise tax rates from expiring on Dec. 31, 2020—resulting in many small breweries seeing their excise tax rates increase by up to 100%. There’s more to it, but there’s not enough room here, so check out the Brewer’s Association article. 

All that remains is for the President to sign off on it… should be fine… seems like a craft beer guy…


  – Ed Kaye, Editor



Did 2020 Impact BC Brewery Growth?

By Jeremiah Thunderfoot
Did COVID kill craft beer’s momentum? Is this wave of the craft beer revolution over? The returns are in: 2020 could have been a lot worse. With the opening of La Cerveceria Astilleros, BC avoids recording the first year since 2013 with fewer than 20 brewery openings. Find out how that fits into the big picture of the #BCCraftBeer revolution in this special look at 2020. View story →



End Of Year Spotlight: Dageraad Brewing

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 Ben Coli of Dageraad Brewing.

The post End Of Year Spotlight: Dageraad Brewing appeared first on Beer Me British Columbia.

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Ed Kaye's Event Calendar Picks


Happy Holidays! No big surprise, but there are very few events on the horizon.

From December 28 – 30, Old Yale Brewing is hosting a virtual New Years Jam in support of Music Heals Foundation. If you participate and contribute (from anywhere in BC), you’ll be entered to win prizes and that support the BC music industry.

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.

Hopefully things pick up again in the New Year when infection rates start to go down again!



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From Beer Me BC

Farm Country Brewing – Johnny SMASH: The Can In Black (Vol. 3)

By Beer Seekers

From Langley, one of the hottest BC brewing districts of 2019, comes Farm Country Brewing, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary. Head Brewer Jack Bensley brought a solid brewing  Continue Reading…

Full review →

Gibsons Tapworks Inc- Crispy Buoy

By Ted Child

Beer awards are fun to engage with. At their best, beer awards will have you hunting down a beer you would have otherwise not known about or passed by, or  Continue Reading…

Full review →



From Beer Me BC

Four Winds Brewing Releases Apricity Foeder-Aged Sour Ale

The newest member of the Eurus Series is here just in time for the holiday push, and it's in everyone's favourite format: tall cans!

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Bricklayer Brewing’s Seasonal Beer Release!

We just started pouring our Make it Jingle Chocolate Cranberry Porter and wanted you all to know about it! This holiday beer has tons of Chilliwack cranberries and roasted cacao nibs.

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Ramp up the warmth with Cannery Brewing’s Kindling Imperial Stout

The holiday season is here, and this year, it will find many of us relaxing simply at home with our families. Time spent by the Christmas tree or the fireplace will be made even cozier with a glass of Kindling Imperial Stout from Penticton’s Cannery Brewing. The rich and delicious Kindling is the perfect complement to Canada’s winter wonderland.

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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 →



Newsroom Editor: Navin Autar


NASA study shows that even half a beer causes “significant” impairment

There might be more truth to the maxim "Just don't drink and drive" than most people think. Full Story →


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