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2020 IN REVIEW: LIVING WITHIN A SOCIAL BUBBLE

By Navin Autar
What can I say about 2020 that we don't already know? British Columbia confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in late January. Since then, the pandemic has evolved into an unprecedented healthcare crisis across our province and the world. Hopefully, one day, we will not have the wariness lurking in our minds and we will be able to socialize again freely.
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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.
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Looking into the Future of BC Craft Beer

By J. Random
Longtime What's Brewing columnist J. Random tackles the theme of our Winter 2020 "Virtual Beerality" issue by looking into the future of craft brewing. Features a graph of BC brewery birth and death rate statistics. Were we already reaching peak beer?
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Northern BC Community, Collaboration And Craft

By Adam Arthur
It has been quite the unusual year in Northern BC. Normally there would be craft beer festivals taking place. To counteract the COVID-19 blues, people are finding new ways to engage in the spirit of community, collaboration and craft.
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Delivering The Goods in Quarantine

By Jeff Nairn
It’s amazing to think through the last six months – yes, March was six months ago. The 24-hour news cycle changed as lockdown after lockdown was announced, then it was hourly, and scary.
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After Five Years, Superflux Gets Real

By Dave Smith
When it comes to the topic of opening breweries: there’s something to be said for living with your parents until you’ve saved up enough to buy your own place. Recently, an already-packed #YeastVan welcomed new member Superflux Beer. Co-Founder Adam Henderson discusses the transition from 'client brewery' to running a physical brewery.
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A Brief History of Northern BC Brewing

By Adam Arthur
It took most of the 30 years since What’s Brewing was first billed as “The Magazine of the Campaign For Real Ale British Columbia” for craft brewing to take off in Prince George and Northern BC as a whole.
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Legends of DIX Pt II: When Hops Popped Up In Vancouver

By Warren Boyer
In 2005, Tony Dewald (now of Trading Post Brewing) was the brewer at DIX BBQ & Brewery, and Warren Boyer was President of the fledgling beer enthusiasts' group, CAMRA Vancouver. Tony decided to have a homebrew contest specifically for IPA. Warren entered two beers into the contest. Here's what made the memorable winning beer so representative of the Pacific Northwest.
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Shirley Warne’s Legendary Life In Brewing

By Lundy Dale
Shirley Warne is a true BC brewing legend, with a career working at and consulting for breweries across Canada. It’s amazing how many brewers of today she trained and supported before she made a home at Angry Hen Brewing in Kaslo, BC.
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What Was Brewin’ in the ’80s

By Gerry Hieter
As part of What’s Brewing magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to feature some of BC’s beer advocacy pioneers. Today, we present a retrospective by Gerry Hieter, the long-time former Chairperson of Great Canadian Beer Festival. Find out how BC's craft beer scene developed from Sir Gerry!
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