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Mid-Island Brewery Touring: A Cross-Section Of Paradise

By Brian K. Smith
  • April 18, 2019
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.
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End of an Era for Great Canadian Craft Beer Legends

By Dave Smith
  • November 5, 2018
This past Monday, the Great Canadian Beer Festival Society announced the passing of the torch from the current Directors (including co-founders) of GCBF to the Victoria Beer Week Society. It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that this day has finally come. But it had to come, given that GCBF began a quarter century ago.
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On The Island Beat

By Scottie McLellan
  • July 25, 2018

Photo: John & Rosanne Lyle of Bad Dog What’s Brewing has always covered the Island, where each community shows pride in its craft scene, beer, cider and now distilling. Here…

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Ullage & Spillage: Riot Is Their Life

By J. Random
  • December 12, 2017
Aly Tomlin and Ralf Rosenke decided early on they would retain control of their dream brewery, no matter what it took, and it took a lot out of them. The enormous grins on their faces today when you turn up at Riot Brewing are a joy to see for those of us occasionally exposed over the last 7 years to their brief flashes of welcoming smile, rapidly sliding off their lips followed by the refrain “still plugging away”.
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Tod Creek Craft Cider

  • December 8, 2017

The Story Named after the creek that runs through the orchard grounds, Tod Creek Craft Cider is a new beginning for this property. Formerly a working dairy farm for the…

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Have Camera, Will Travel

By Brian K. Smith
  • June 5, 2017

Gulf Island Beer Hopping on a Hybrid E-Bike In the current age of technology and an abundance of great craft beer, there is an opportunity to combine both to create…

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Merridale Cidery & Distillery

  • May 14, 2017

Tucked away in the Cowichan Valley, one of British Columbia's most beautiful regions–and anyone familiar with British Columbia knows that's saying something–is Merridale Cidery & Distillery, BC's original craft cidery.…

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