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Chelsea​ McDowell

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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Latest Posts

Brewtiful BC: Cider Saved Our Farm

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Lauren Wilson & Ted Vollo, Summerland Heritage Cider Company. Photo: C. McDowell CIDER SAVED OUR FARM: the Growth of Orchard Cideries in BC Like many people of my generation, my first introduction to cider was the… Continue Reading

Costa Rica: Craft Beer in Paradise

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There are few places left in the world that haven’t been hit with an explosion of interest in craft beer. For the beer-minded traveller such as myself, it’s nice have options beyond the pale national… Continue Reading

BC Ale Trail spotlights Kelowna scene

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From BC Ale Trail Kelowna’s Craft Beer Scene Comes of Age Blending an agricultural past with a new reputation as a tech centre, Kelowna is rich in history, innovation and fermentation. BC’s fourth largest city is… Continue Reading

Fest of Ale 2017: Behind the Scenes

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I love beer festivals. They are an integral part of the craft beer culture that has captivated our province. And what better way to learn about beer than in an environment where you can rub… Continue Reading

Teaching the Old World New Tricks

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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… Continue Reading

A Growing Hopportunity

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Hop Farming in the Thompson Okanagan From 2009 to 2014, the overall production of beer in Canada decreased, but craft beer production increased by 170%. Even the furthest corners are experiencing craft beer fever -… Continue Reading

Craft Beer Road Trip

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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 brewery road trip. Living in… Continue Reading

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