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Chelsea​ McDowell

Chelsea​ McDowell, experienced beer
event judge and homebrewer, is the communications manager for CAMRA South Okanagan. Among other publications, she writes for BC Ale Trail and What's Brewing. More of her writing can be found at Brewtiful BC


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Raising a Generation of Brewers at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

By Chelsea​ McDowell
  • January 10, 2018
The Brewing and Brewery Operations diploma program launched at the KPU Langley campus in 2014. As the BC craft beer industry rapidly expanded, so did the need for qualified, well educated staff. In 2013 KPU responded to this need by putting together an industry advisory council with the intent of not only providing a option for education in BC but also to develop a curriculum that met the specific needs of the local industry. Building a state-of-the-art brewery on campus was essential for the program to provide a place for the students to develop hands-on skills in addition to academic theory during the two year program.
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Brewtiful BC: Cider Saved Our Farm

By Chelsea​ McDowell
  • September 22, 2017
Like many people of my generation, my first introduction to cider was the kind that came in two-litre bottles of syrupy, fizzy, boozy stuff. Flash forward 10 years and you’d have to be living under a rock not to have noticed the apple infiltration at craft beverage events.
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Teaching the Old World New Tricks

By Chelsea​ McDowell
  • January 1, 2017
In October I travelled through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France, on the lookout for craft beer as well as the famous traditional beers that have influenced the modern brewing movement. Craft was easy to find in the Netherlands and France, but scarce in Germany.
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A Growing Hopportunity

By Chelsea​ McDowell
  • September 7, 2016
BC has a long history of hop cultivation, and at one time was the largest producer of hops in the British Commonwealth, primarily in the fertile land of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
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Craft Beer Road Trip

By Chelsea​ McDowell
  • April 24, 2016

Craft beer and camping are two of my favourite things about living in British Columbia. Last year for my 30th birthday I wanted to combine the two in an epic…

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