Big Beer in Canada had it good when I was a kid, and I didn't know any better than to drink their stuff. But thanks to a recent conversation with a Vancouver brewery chief, I can now pinpoint the moment that a giant brewer set me on the path to craft beer evangelism...by selling me the first beer I really enjoyed.
Shirley Warne is a true BC brewing legend, with a career working at and consulting for breweries across Canada. It’s amazing how many brewers of today she trained and supported before she made a home at Angry Hen Brewing in Kaslo, BC.
As part of What’s Brewing magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to feature some of BC’s beer advocacy pioneers. Today, we present a retrospective by Gerry Hieter, the long-time former Chairperson of Great Canadian Beer Festival. Find out how BC's craft beer scene developed from Sir Gerry!
In 2005, Tony Dewald (now of Trading Post Brewing) was the brewer at DIX BBQ & Brewery, and Warren Boyer was President of the fledgling beer enthusiasts' group, CAMRA Vancouver. Tony decided to have a homebrew contest specifically for IPA. Warren entered two beers into the contest. Here's what made the memorable winning beer so representative of the Pacific Northwest.
Events make up an important pillar of the craft beer movement. As part of our Summer 2020 Special Issue, we present a few words from people like Leah Heneghan, Rick Green, Amanda Barry-Butchart and Lundy Dale who helped establish some of BC's most important event traditions between 2010-2011.
As part of What’s Brewing magazine’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re proud to pay tribute to some of BC’s beer advocacy pioneers. In case you haven't met today's special honouree: he is one of the most respected names amongst long-time members of the BC beer community. He helped found much of what constitutes craft beer culture in BC today, and he's a true gentleman. In words and pictures, let us introduce you to John Rowling.
30 years ago, the craft beer enthusiast movement found fertile ground on Vancouver Island when both CAMRA Victoria and What's Brewing were established. Thirteen years later, CAMRA would establish its first permanent beachhead on the BC mainland. WB contributor J. Random provides a look back at CAMRA Vancouver's early days at the legendary DIX BBQ & Brewery, and the eventual loss marked by Four Beers & A Funeral.
As part of our 30th Anniversary, What's Brewing spotlights some of BC's beer pioneers. In The Class Of '94 series, we introduce you to some key BC brewmasters who started up a celebrated brewery in the year 1994. Iain Hill shares a hilarious memory from working at East Van's very first craft brewery. Right after that, he helped open Vancouver's first brewpub and began pushing the boundaries of BC brewing.
PRESENTED BY JAK'S LIQUOR STORES: Pale Ale is a style that BC beer drinkers adopted in the 1990s, but today’s Northwest-style Pales have considerably more flavour. Find out who took home our blue ribbon this issue, and prepare to start craving the clean and crisp flavours of a West Coast Pale Ale.
It took most of the 30 years since What’s Brewing was first billed as “The Magazine of the Campaign For Real Ale British Columbia” for craft brewing to take off in Prince George and Northern BC as a whole.
** This past week, Donald Trump had his Mount Rushmore moment; now we're having ours. ** In this installment of our Class of '94 series, we introduce you to more legendary brewers from BC’s 1990s scene. As a quartet, the four pictured above make up a mini Rushmore that Trump would never appreciate.