As the craft beer revolution has exploded over the last 5 years, it has had a mixed effect on U-Brews. The surrounding creativity has inspired them to raise their game and learn new styles, but they have lost overall market share. But some key members of the BC brewing community got their start in U-Brews and fondly recall their time there.
I found myself contemplating this issue’s theme one snowy February day in Moody Ales’ taproom. I got to thinking: I’ve been a home brewer for twenty years. Many people try it and give up far sooner. How have I done it this long, and how I can sustain my momentum for the next twenty years?
Regardless of where a cidery in BC sits on the production spectrum, their product is lumped in with the Refreshment (RTD) category. All cider products—foreign or domestic, mass-produced cider-flavoured cocktails or locally produced, truly 100% BC products— are classified this way. They’re all lumped in with alcoholic sodas, Caesar cocktails, and wine spritzers.
With an expected crowd of 4000, the third annual Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival will be the biggest one yet...and it's where a number of anticipated Langley breweries will become debutantes at their first public beer fest.
There is no doubt the craft beer movement is sweeping the world. Industry statistics worldwide show the number of craft breweries increasing year over year. It’s exciting to watch, but is this growth sustainable?
With International Women's Day just around the corner, what better book to read than Movers and Shakers by Hope Ewing, which tells the stories of some of the most influential women working in wine, beer, and spirits.
The two daughters of Spinnakers' Paul Hadfield have followed the family tradition by working in BC beer. We’ve already had a word with Kala Hadfield; now let’s meet her sister Carly.
As the grip of Winter has officially taken hold of Prince George and Northern BC, there is much to celebrate in the Northern Craft Beer hub.
The two daughters of Spinnakers owner Paul Hadfield have followed the family tradition by working in BC beer. In Part I of our Women In Beer profile, we introduce you to Brewery Operations Manager Kala Hadfield.
Rock star is a term that has occasionally been used to describe certain iconic BC brewers. Trading Post’s brewmaster Tony Dewald most definitely suits that label, but unlike others, he is doubly qualified: as a star musician in his youth, and as a star brewer today.
When we think of paradise, we think of faraway destinations with exotic food, drink and landscapes. For a beer lover, this could be in the bars of Prague, the monastery breweries of Belgium, or the urban breweries along the banks of the Willamette River in Portland. Or, closer to home, the scenic spas and unique breweries of Vancouver Island.
How One Family’s Pioneering Spirit Created Community From Craft Trading Post Brewing Co. might be flying under the radar for some BC beer fans, but it’s become a hub for the burgeoning Fraser Valley beer scene. Their third anniversary party…
In this episode of the What's Brewing Magazine Tasting Panel presented by Legacy Liquor Store, the judges cross-examine a selection of BC-crafted Pilsners. Czech out the results and find out who took top honours.
I love the early spring. It’s a great time of year to throw open the patio doors, soak up the sunshine, and get out and play on the trails. There is a sense of excitement and renewal in the air as we prepare for the spring and summer tourism season.
Questions pinball through my brain, syncopated with the beat of my overstressed heart. It’s day three of BC Beer Wars training and I am struggling. I had thought the training would be hard but manageable. Hah.