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BC’s Weekly Craft Beer News & Events Roundup
Presented by What’s Brewing BC

12 Kings delivering 1 litre growlette/howlers/grunts of draught beer with takeout orders (photo by Alberto Almeida Rodrigues on Facebook)

Phillips 3D Prints Masks for Front Line Workers

While breweries across the country are making headlines by making hand sanitizer, Phillips Brewing in Victoria has taken a slightly different route to combat medical supply shortages. The company is utilizing 3D printing technology to manufacture face shields for front line workers.

The machine prints all of the parts needed for face shields, except the clear shield part, which is created on a laser cutter. The process is able to produce four shields a day.

They purchased the printer to make prototypes for face shields to use while brewing, but have decided to dedicate it to this more urgent cause for the time being.

Liquor Sales Spike

I can’t say this one surprises me that much, but it’s being reported that liquor sales are up 40 percent in BC since we all started sheltering in place. According to BC Liquor Distribution Branch, 24 packs of beer are up 120 percent, box wine sales are up 144 percent, and 1.75-litre bottles of vodka, rum and whiskey are up 153 percent.

These numbers make me worry that people are focusing on quantity over quality. Not a lot of craft beers come in these bulk formats.

Beer Bottle Shortages

The Financial Times posted an article this week, claiming that we are heading towards a shortage of beer bottles. They cite the recent surge in liquor sales as a contributing factor, along with the fact that many provincial recycling programmes have been put on hold due to viral transmission concerns.

A follow-up article states that Ontario’s Beer Store has now decided to start accepting empties again, but at only 71 of its 450 stores across the province; however, BC Liquor stores and most private liquor stores in BC have not announced any plans to resume their programmes.

Interestingly, this week Howe Sound Brewing decided to retire their iconic 1 litre bottles and replace them with 473 ml tall cans. I think we will start to see a lot more breweries start to can soon. Hopefully that doesn’t cause a can shortage…

Draught Beer Delivery with Takeout

Last week we mentioned that the Government is allowing restaraunts to deliver beer along with your take-out orders. Well, it seems they aren’t limited to prepacked products, as the temporary allowance permits them to fill sealable glass containers with draught, including growlers, bombers, or even mason jars. 12 Kings in Vancouver has already started doing this.

Hopefully this will allow restaurants to shift some of the kegs going to waste out there!


– Ed Kaye, Editor
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BC’s fledgling craft brewing industry is coping with challenges ranking alongside those seen historically only during labour disputes and wartime. Full story →

In this new interview with the Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, we gain Ken Beattie’s inside take on the massive change that unfolded in #BCCraftBeer over the past two weeks. We learn:

  • What the Guild is currently doing for BC’s member breweries
  • New initiatives debuting soon, including something called “Time to Buy BC”
  • Whether he’s spoken to any breweries who are thinking of closing
  • What to expect when the “new normal” begins, and what he’ll take away from all this: →


with Edward Kaye

Well the craft beer industry is certainly an incredibly resilient and adaptive bunch! We can’t have in-person events, but it didn’t take long for them all to go online. One things though… maybe don’t schedule all of the events at the same time. I guess I have two computers now that I work from home, but running concurrent live streams could get a little confusing!

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.

Tonight, from 18:00 to 19:00 the BC Ale Trail is holding their first Virtual Happy Hour on their Instagram channel. This week’s event will be hosted by Angry Hen Brewing, a craft brewery in Kaslo, BC. Led by Cass Gerritsen, co-owner and front of house manager, Angry Hen will also be taking over the BC Ale Trail Instagram account as part of the platform’s weekly #guestgrammer program.

From 18:00 to 18:30, Michael from 3 Ranges Brewing will be running a live stream, where he will be tasting and chatting about their Thin Line golden ale. Learn more about the Thin Line and why they appreciate our first responders, especially in times like these.

Then from 19:00 to 20:00, 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 holding a watch party, where they’ll be showing the program, ‘How Beer Saved the World.’ If you’re interested in joining your fellow members tonight, click here to join in on the fun. The watch party page has a chat feature that allows everyone to talk to each other, plus you can use your webcam, (or front facing camera on a smartphone/tablet,) to see your fellow members and give ‘digital’ cheers.

Tomorrow night from 18:30 to 20:30, Aaron from the the Cascadian Beer Podcast is hosting a Stay Home Pub Quiz, featuring a few rounds of questions, along with some exciting guest hosts for the rounds. This event is repeated on Tuesday.


Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
Physical Distancing and Self Isolation don’t have to be boring! Join in on the fun of a Virtual Pub Quiz. Gather some beverages, grab your device and tune into…
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm Facebook LIVE
Our very own head brewer Gary Lohin invites you to virtually join him in the taproom for Beers with the Brewmaster. Make sure to grab a cold one and join…
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm BC Ale Trail
Since we can’t get together in person let’s meet up for a Virtual Happy Hour on the BC Ale Trail’s Instagram channel: Each week will be hosted by a…
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm Facebook and Instagram live
TRIVIA LIVE //•> we recently started trivia every Thursday and cancelled it for obvious reasons. To bring some normalcy to things Clete will be hosting a live trivia night Thursdays…
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm
Physical Distancing and Self Isolation don’t have to be boring! Join in on the fun of a Virtual Pub Quiz. Gather some beverages, grab your device and tune into…
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm
Physical Distancing and Self Isolation don’t have to be boring! Join in on the fun of a Virtual Pub Quiz. Gather some beverages, grab your device and tune into…


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