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BC’s Weekly Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
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The patio at Shoreline Brewing in Kelowna. Now open for business (Photo courtesy of Shoreline Brewing)

Table for One Please!

I still can’t quite believe it, but I went out for beers last weekend! First at The Drake on Saturday, then at Whistle Buoy Brewing on Sunday. It felt a little wrong at first, but after the alcohol settled in, I relaxed a bit more. Hmm, perhaps it wasn’t the most controlled social experiment! In all seriousness though, both places had extensive social distancing measures in place and stringent cleaning protocols, so I felt very safe. Hopefully other re-openings will go as smoothly.

Shore Line Brewing Opens

With impeccable timing, Shore Line Brewing in Kelowna opened this week. Located at 3477 Lakeshore Road, they opened with three offerings: Shore Line Golden Ale (4.7%), The Wakesetter IPA (6.3%), and Shore Line Stout (5.3%).

It’s a little crazy really, a couple of months ago we were expecting multiple brewery closures due to the lock-down, but I think we’ve gained three or four new breweries since the sky fell.

Farmhouse Fest and BC Beer Awards Cancelled

I guess this isn’t really news, but Farmhouse Fest and the BC Beer Awards officially cancelled their 2020 events this week. We were all expecting it to happen, but it still kind of sucks to have it confirmed. There was no mention of any sort of virtual event or anything like that. Oh well, there’s always next year.

Penticton Public Drinking Support

Last week we mentioned that a Vancouver city councilor was planning to present a motion to make it legal for people to drink in designated outdoor areas. Well, it looks like the concept is gaining traction, as this week letters of support for a public consumption of alcohol pilot programme in Penticon were sent to the city council by all 7 Penticon breweries, CAMRA South Okanagan, Travel Penticon, and the Penticon Chamber of Commerce.

I feel like this is a lot more likely to happen than the Vancouver proposal. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

What’s Brewing 30th Anniversary Special

On June 1 we will be dropping the summer issue of What’s Brewing magazine. For this special 30th anniversary issue, we decided to do something a little different with a comprehensive retrospective featuring the story of BC craft beer, told in chapters and featuring contributions from many of the key beer community people of the last 30 years. Contributors include Gerry Hieter, John Rowling, Joe Wiebe, and more.

Make sure to pick up a print issue at your favourite brewery or read the online version.

Jak’s Gives Back

For this week’s charity shout out, JAK’s Beer Wine & Spirits has announced that they will be donating 10% of sales from all 13 of its locations on May 30 to food banks across BC. This includes all orders made online at

Last year they raised over $20,000 and are hoping to beat that this year.



– Ed Kaye, Editor
[email protected]


with Edward Kaye

Despite the gradual reopening of brewery tasting rooms, I think events will continue to be virtual for a little while, due to the restriction on events of over 50 people.

This afternoon at 16:00, Central City / Red Racer head brewer Gary Lohin is live streaming a special Q&A from their taproom via Facebook.

At 18:00, the BC Ale Trail is holding another Virtual Hoppy Hour on their Instagram channel. This week’s host is Joe Wiebe, along with special guests Troy and Carly from Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub, plus friends from Kingfishers Waterfront Bar & Grill and Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House!

At 18:30, UnTapped Beer Supply is hosting their first ever virtual happy hour! This week features Ale Apothecary founder Paul Arney. He has some fantastic stories – from starting a brewery in the middle of nowhere, to exploring the roots of historical brew culture.

Then at 19:00, Another Beer Co in New Westminster is holding a live trivia night, streamed straight from the brewery on Instagram and Facebook live! There’s even prizes to be won!

At 19:30 CAMRA Victoria is hosting a virtual beer trivia quiz. You can play by yourself or with a team. There will be a prize for the winner/winning team, as well as the right to call yourselves champion of the first ever CAMRA Victoria Virtual Beer Quiz!

On Monday at 19:00 Tapworks Brewing will be livestreaming their Monday night trivia via Zoom. Check their Facebook page for the link.



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