Last Saturday, Farmhouse Brewing in Chilliwack held a grand opening event to celebrate being BC’s newest brewery.
Located in Greendale, on the outskirts of Chilliwack, this new brewery is a family-run business on an 11.5 acre working farm, where they grow their own barley. They assembled the brewery in a custom-built facility on their land, with an attached tasting room, patio, and picnic area.
Brewer Josh Rempel studied at the Siebel Institute in Chicago, and has experience working at Field House Brewing in Abbotsford and Streetcar Brewing in North Vancouver.
Their opening line-up consists of Daybreak hazy IPA, Nightfall dark lager, Greendale golden ale, Make Hay lager, and Stonehouse sour, as well as local cider, kombucha, and soda options. Hopefully they will add some Belgian farmhouse ales in the future!
Field House Opens Chilliwack Location
Speaking of Chilliwack and house-themed breweries, Field House Brewing opened a new location this week in downtown Chilliwack, or as they call it DWTN CHWK. They have brewing equipment onsite, a large tasting room, a kitchen, and off sales. It looks pretty similar to their set up in Abbotsford from the pictures. More info
Boardwalk Brewing recovers Missing Tanks
As a follow up to last week’s story on Boadwalk Brewing‘s missing fermenters, the Coquitlam RCMP found the missing tanks at two different local scrap yards. Sadly, one of the tanks suffered major damage, while the other suffered minor damage.
The tanks are now heading to a fabrication facility in Penticton for damage assessment and repair, but it is thought that at least one may be beyond repair.
Turning Point Unionizes
Workers at Turning Point Brewery in Delta have voted 93% in favour of unionization, in a response to low wages and lack of transparency from management. The workers are joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2.
SEIU Local 2 represents workers across British Columbia and Canada in the liquor production, distribution and retail industry, including Mission Hill Winery, JAK’s Beer Wine Spirits, Molson, Granville Island, and Okanagan Springs.
Some of you are probably thinking, who are Turning Point Brewery? They are the division of Labatt that make the Stanley Park Brand.
Mill Street Brewery Closes Calgary Location
You may remember a few weeks back Mill Street had to temporarily close their Calgary brewpub due to multiple health violations. They have now announced that effective Nov 3, they will be closing permanently.
They are citing the unforeseen impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. This is a bit of an odd one. There are lots of smaller brew pubs and restaurants that are weathering the storm, yet this one that has Labatt money behind it has to close? I guess it’s a good example of how big beer doesn’t really care about the product being made, or the people involved, just the amount of profit it generates. This line could also be added to the Turning Point story above.
Mod Beverage Acquires TBA Assets
This may be another “who, what, where” headline for many of you, but TBA beverages was the entity formerly known Craft Collective Beerworks, itself formerly known as Factory Brewing. They used to brew such brands as Phantom, Spectrum, and Haus Lager, as well as a number of US contract brews from breweries like Odin.
A few months back TBA filed for bankruptcy and their assets were bought by Mod Beverages. MOD is a new business, locally owned and operated, with a new ownership and management structure. Founders Alex Milne and Paul Mroczek will serve as CEO and President, respectively, and ownership will be retained wholly by them.
Their portfolio also includes Mighty Hard Coconut Water, Parade Hard Seltzer, Getaway Hard Cider and Boujee Canned Wine.