If you live and work in the South Okanagan business community, you might know the Agur family. Involved in highly successful hospitality and real estate enterprises and well respected for their business acumen, they were able to bring significant experience to the task of creating a craft brewery five years ago.
The name ‘BeerSeekers’ was born six years ago when, after our umpteenth brew tour in Oregon, the two of us thought “this trip was really interesting, and we just have to tell people about it.”
In the Winter 2018 issue of What’s Brewing, I mused about organizing a photography-and-beer event to inspire all levels of photographers to document and shoot craft breweries.
March 16th, 2019 marked the first annual Verrücktes Donnerbräu Festival brew day for a group of Lower Mainland homebrewers. The fest, whose German title loosely translates as “crazy thunder brew”, was a two-part experiment that began as a wacky 3 a.m. idea in the twisted brain of Tim Vandegrift.
Meet The Tin Whistle Brewing Co., the first modern brewery in the South Okanagan. It opened back in 1995, its name a reference to the first locomotive on the local Kettle Valley Railway.
As I compulsively do, I looked at the magazine pile, and was pleasantly surprised by a notice in one them about an upcoming new book on Vancouver Island craft brewing entitled Island Craft.
As the days get warmer and longer, we reach that magical time of year: beer festival season. It’s when beer nerds flock to open fields and town plazas to queue up and sample tiny glasses of the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.
For craft brewers, the quality of the ingredients they use to make beer is critical. Each of the natural products they source from their many suppliers can vary from year to year or even batch to batch.
If craft beer in BC is reaching unheard-of success, the same is becoming true of craft distilling.
Our Summer 2019 Tasting Panel features six BC variations on one of the hottest styles in craft beer: the formerly-obscure German style known as Gose.
Three years ago, I traveled up the Sunshine Coast to Powell River across to Courtenay in the Comox Valley, and then south to Victoria, stopping at every brewery along my route. Since then, several new breweries have opened in the mid- and North Island, so it was time for a re-visit.
This past February, beer journalist Stephen Beaumont launched #FlagshipFebruary, a social media campaign encouraging beer drinkers to consider drinking brewery core brands over ‘seasonal’ offerings.
Cannery Brewing co-owner and sales manager Ian Dyck was born into his job. Ten years old when his parents founded a brewery, Ian was already a hospitality industry veteran thanks to his family’s original business.
What’s Brewing has covered the following events for many years and watched the local communities grow their beer scenes.
Thanks to the world of the Pink Boots Society, I have finally had the chance to meet Brenda and some of her family — and maybe one of these days we will brew together! Please meet Brenda Miller of Pemberton Valley BeerWorks, also known as The Beer Farmers.
Penticton Ale Trail breweries partnered together to showcase their craft beer scene, and all there is to do in Penticton at the Calgary International Beer Fest.
What’s Brewing first met Highway 97 Brewing Co. owner John Kapusty in summer 2016 when he was renovating the old Tin Whistle Brewing location to create his dream business.