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


Strathcona Beer Co.'s Nick and Fezz Nazarec enjoy the recent release of their Love Buzz Cherry Sour Berliner Weisse. Stay tuned for their St.Patricks Day concoction.

Hopline #164: Ken Beattie, Persephone, White Rock Beach, KPU, Darby’s

This week, we profile a fella who might be the most important person in BC craft beer. Ken Beattie is the Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, the industry group that includes most of BC’s independent breweries and works for the good of BC craft beer in general.

Ken’s road to Directorship is maybe not what one would expect. Find out where he got the chops to deal with the competitive beer industry in Part I, as we look at his youth and first 25 years in the beer industry. Full Story →

Persephone In Profile

Persephone Brewing Co. has been growing hops and serving up farm-fresh beer in Gibsons since 2013. We collected a few words from the team. Here’s what they had to say about what’s new and coming down the pipe. Full Story →

White Rock Beach Beer Co. wins city’s Small Business of the Year Award

The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Business Excellence Awards were held last night, Wednesday Feb 20th 2019. Awards were presented in various categories, including Small, Medium and Large Business of the year.

The winner of the Business of The Year – Small (1-10 Employees) category is White Rock Beach Beer Company. The five-year-old brewery reported that they are “extremely honoured and more so humbled at receiving the award.” Full Story →

New Breweries planned for PoCo, William’s Lake

Former PoCo mayor Greg Moore and his wife, Erin, have teamed up with Brian Orrange, owner of Orrange Kitchen + Bar, and his wife, Kim, plus another investment partner to launch Patina Brewery Brewhouse and Barbecue. Full story →

Fox Mountain Brewing of Williams Lake is proposing to retrofit a restaurant at the former Greyhound depot there. Full story →

Darby’s Kits to undergo major renos. Drinkers needed.

Darby’s original pub is undergoing a major renovation from February 25th to March 15th. Because they are closing for 3 weeks, they want to rid themselves of their inventory of fresh beer. All draught will be $5.50 for 20oz pints and $4.50 for 16oz sleeves this weekend, Friday to Sunday. Need more instructions? View Event →

KPU Brewing School to host dozens of breweries at Career Fair, followed by Open House the next day

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is hosting its fourth annual Brewing Career Fair this Monday, Feb. 25. This is an opportunity for employers to meet the current graduating class from KPU’s two-year Brewing Diploma program as well as first-year students. If you’re looking to hire skilled, educated brewery staff, this event is a must! Breweries/Employers: register for Career Fair →

Ever wondered about a career in the craft beer industry? If you have a passion for craft beer and are thinking of becoming a brewer, then be sure to attend the KPU Brewing Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 26 to learn about KPU’s Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma — the only program of its kind in BC and the only institute in Canada recognized by the Master Brewers Association for a standard of excellence in brewing education. View Event →


with Edward Kaye

Wow! This looks like a busy week! Also, don’t forget Victoria Beer Week runs from March 1–9, so grab your tickets for that soon!

In Kelowna tonight, Train Station Pub is hosting a Vancouver tap takeover, featuring beers from Superflux, Boombox, Beere, and Luppolo.

In Parksville tonight, Tigh-Na-Mara resort will host Parksville Untapped, showcasing regional breweries and feature beers paired with delicious regional cuisine.

In Victoria tonight, Joe Wiebe is hosting a belated-Valentine’s pairing of 8 beers & chocolates at Vessel Liquor.

On Friday night, 12 Kings Pub in Vancouver is hosting a tap takeover by 2 Crows Brewing from Halifax, NS. They will be pouring 12 taps and the head brewer will be in attendance.

This Saturday, the buzz is all about Hopwired Festival in Vancouver—Canada’s first and only specialty coffee and craft beer festival. As coffee beer lover I’m very excited about this one! There’s only a handful of tickets left, so don’t sleep on it! You probably won’t be able to sleep after either. 😉

Also on Saturday, Gibsons Tapworks is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a new cask release and live music all day long.

Next Tuesday, Persephone Brewing is hosting a fireside chat with Jenn Vervier, about her near 20 year career at New Belgium Brewing. Sure to be fascinating!

Next Wednesday, Smiths pub in Victoria is hosting a tap takeover by Vancouver’s Electric Bicycle Brewing. There’s no tap list yet, but it’s sure to be weird and wonderful.

Feb 22 all-day 12 Kings Pub
12 Kings Pub will be hosting a 12 tap takeover by Halifax Nova Scotia’s 2 Crows Brewing. Co-founder / head brewer Jeremy Taylor and brewery coordinator Mitch Gilbert will be…
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 12:00 am Darby's Pub & Liquor Store
Darby’s Pub is undergoing a major renovation February 25th – March 15th. Because we are closing for 3 weeks we want to celebrate our upcoming renovation by drinking all of…
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Croatian Centre
Hopwired Festival returns for it’s second annual year on February 23, 2019 from 1:00pm until 5:30pm! This tasting event will feature 25+ collaborations between coffee roasters and craft breweries who…
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tapworks Brewing Company
WE’RE TURNING TWO!!! Come on out and celebrate with a new cask release and live music all day long! Grant Olsen 2PM – 4PM Jess Hart 430PM – 630PM The…
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Persephone Brewing Company
We plan on asking her questions like, ‘what’s it like to grow a progressive, employee-owned company from $10/year to $100 million in only 9 years?’ And, ‘how do you hold…
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm KPU Brew Lab
    Ever wondered about a career in the craft beer industry? Interested in becoming a brewer? If you have a passion for craft beer and are thinking of becoming…
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 12:59 am Smiths Pub
With a focus on pushing stylistic limits and making flavour forward thirst quenching beers, Electric Bicycle has been satiating the needs of Vancouver beer lovers since their inception just a…
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Trading Post Brewing
We’re excited to bring our Brewmasters Dinner to Abbotsford on February 27th! The theme of our first dinner there will be ‘Southern Comfort’. MENUGOAT’S CHEESECAKE – AMUSESeeded Puff Pastry Base,…

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