You know how this intro goes by now: beer writer is staggered by the number of new breweries still opening up, when he was worried about the possibility of a bubble way back in 2013.
So let’s fast-forward to the interesting bits:
In 2016, another TWENTY-EIGHT breweries look likely to open in B.C. Some of these have been on the radar for more than a year, while some of them only announced themselves a matter of weeks ago. As always, there are rumours of several more. But if all the projects listed here open their doors before year’s end, we’ll be looking at almost 140 breweries across the province.
What’s interesting about this latest crop of craft creators? Perhaps most encouraging is a first and second craft brewery for Prince George, but there’s also an overdue surge in Kelowna and along the Sea-to-Sky corridor, while brewhouses continue to pop up in the Fraser Valley like so many stainless steel mushrooms.
And it’s all go in B.C.’s smaller communities. Craft beer is increasing its reach across the province, with breweries on the way for 100 Mile House, Campbell River, Chemainus, Port Alberni and two (2!) in Sooke. Which all make for yet more excuses to plan a staycation/beercation this year.