BC Craft beer

Twa Dogs Brewery in Saanich, just outside Victoria. Photo courtesy BC Ale Trail

Sip and savour: Artisanal beers abound on Vancouver Island

When it comes to voting for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery…

 

Last year, Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing earned the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award for the quality of its beer and food as well as the way it adapted to the pandemic.

Which BC brewery do you think offers the best overall experience?

Voting is underway for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award

 

Isaiah Archer (from left), Nina Colovic, Iwan Williams and Matt West-Patrick are partners of Whistle Buoy Brewing Co. Fifth partner Colin Curtis is not pictured. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Best of the City: Beers, buds, no boats – this is Whistle Buoy Brewing Co.

Following the local craft brewing trend, Whistle Buoy has made over 120 names for itself

 

Sidney council approved a proposal for a nanobrewery in a new building being constructed on Third Street. Beacon Brewing Ltd. hopes to open its brewery and lounge by this August. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney serves up signal of support for downtown nanobrewery

Brewery and lounge target August opening date in new building on Third Street

Sidney council approved a proposal for a nanobrewery in a new building being constructed on Third Street. Beacon Brewing Ltd. hopes to open its brewery and lounge by this August. (Black Press Media file photo)
Howl Brewing brewer and co-owner Daniel van Netten stands at the taps inside his very small brewery.  Don Denton photo

Brewing up a Barrel of History at Howl Brewing

Unique flavours tap the past

  • Mar 11, 2021
Howl Brewing brewer and co-owner Daniel van Netten stands at the taps inside his very small brewery.  Don Denton photo
Photo courtesy Trail Beer Refinery

On Tap

Finding your favourite craft beer in the West Kootenays

  • Feb 8, 2021
Photo courtesy Trail Beer Refinery
Twin City Brewing of Port Alberni has won the third annual BC Ale Trail Best Brewery Experience Award. (PHOTO COURTESY BC ALE TRAIL)

Twin City wins BC Ale Trail award

Port Alberni craft brewery is 2020’s best brewery experience

Twin City Brewing of Port Alberni has won the third annual BC Ale Trail Best Brewery Experience Award. (PHOTO COURTESY BC ALE TRAIL)
La Tarte, from Ile Sauvage Brewing Co, is a brown based sour beer. (Ile Sauvage Brewing Co/Facebook)

Victoria brewery releases sour pumpkin spice beer for Thanksgiving

La Tarte, from Ile Sauvage Brewing Co, is a brown based sour beer

La Tarte, from Ile Sauvage Brewing Co, is a brown based sour beer. (Ile Sauvage Brewing Co/Facebook)
Explore BC IPA, a new limited-edition craft beer, inspires British Columbians to discover their own province along BC’s ale trails. BC Ale Trail photo.

Discover British Columbia this fall … via the Explore BC IPA!

Destination BC brews up partnership with BC Ale Trail and 6 BC breweries for the Explore BC IPA

Explore BC IPA, a new limited-edition craft beer, inspires British Columbians to discover their own province along BC’s ale trails. BC Ale Trail photo.
Local breweries are battling it out to see who’s tops in hops. Black Press file photo

Beer taste-off to determine the best brew in the Comox Valley

Contest will also raise funds to support Dawn to Dawn organization

Local breweries are battling it out to see who’s tops in hops. Black Press file photo
So you think you’re not a beer drinker

So you think you’re not a beer drinker

New brews and flavours feature herbs, spices and fruit

  • Feb 28, 2020
So you think you’re not a beer drinker
A craft beer paired with food prepared by the onboard chef. (Philip Stone/Maple Leaf Adventures)

Views, brews and food on Gulf Islands craft beer cruise

Five day cruise from Sidney to Gulf Islands, includes chef and beer historian

A craft beer paired with food prepared by the onboard chef. (Philip Stone/Maple Leaf Adventures)
Life-long dream achieved as Chef Ian Blom opens The Ainslie

Life-long dream achieved as Chef Ian Blom opens The Ainslie

Duncan restaurant promotes Cowichan Valley food, produce, wineries, breweries and distilleries

  • Jun 10, 2019
Life-long dream achieved as Chef Ian Blom opens The Ainslie
Whistle Buoy Brewing is slated to open in Market Square in 2019. (Whistle Buoy Brewing)

New brewery and taproom coming to downtown Victoria

The Whistle Buoy Brewing Company will open in 2019

Whistle Buoy Brewing is slated to open in Market Square in 2019. (Whistle Buoy Brewing)
Mad Men meets Breaking Bad at Category 12 Brewing

Mad Men meets Breaking Bad at Category 12 Brewing

Brewer and scientist Michael Kuzyk drinks in craft beer success

  • Dec 11, 2018
Mad Men meets Breaking Bad at Category 12 Brewing
Sooke Brewing Company took home Rookie of the Year among other awards at the 2018 BC Beer Awards in Vancouver. (Contributed)

Island breweries win big at BC Beer Awards

Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing wins Best in Show, Sooke breweries put town on the map

Sooke Brewing Company took home Rookie of the Year among other awards at the 2018 BC Beer Awards in Vancouver. (Contributed)
The new Dockside Green location will include a brewhouse as Merridale Cider starts producing beer, as well as a full-service restaurant, taproom and retail space. Photo contributed

City stamps rezoning approval for Merridale Cidery expansion in Victoria

Owner expects doors open by fall 2019 in Dockside Green neighbourhood

The new Dockside Green location will include a brewhouse as Merridale Cider starts producing beer, as well as a full-service restaurant, taproom and retail space. Photo contributed
Travel down the Okanagan Ale Trail

Travel down the Okanagan Ale Trail

The best of of brewers, breweries and craft beer in the Valley

  • Sep 18, 2018
Travel down the Okanagan Ale Trail
Category 12 Brewing Pushes the Boundaries of Beer Making

Category 12 Brewing Pushes the Boundaries of Beer Making

British Columbia brewery provides a variety of craft beer styles

  • Sep 4, 2018
Category 12 Brewing Pushes the Boundaries of Beer Making
Spinnakers Brew Pub brings out more refreshing choices of beer for the spring and summer months. Photo contributed

CRAFT BEER REVIEW: Summer beers lightening up

Mathieu Poirier looks at some of the lighter, fruitier warm weather offerings

  • May 8, 2018
Spinnakers Brew Pub brings out more refreshing choices of beer for the spring and summer months. Photo contributed