Hey BCer’s I hope you’re thirsty cause THIRTEEN more breweries are opening up this year in BC.

Check out this article posted by the Province yesterday – original article here

Brace yourselves, craft beer lovers. (Or at least take out a line of credit and line your belly with ballast.) B.C. is about to become even more beer-soaked in 2014.

Last year saw the opening of nine microbreweries across the province, from Vancouver to Valemount (the latter being home to Three Ranges Brewing Company, which opened Dec. 6, and which I really should have included in my end-of-year poll. Apologies.)

This year, at least another THIRTEEN breweries are planning to produce more beautiful, all-natural craft beer to stave off the province’s seemingly insatiable thirst. (I say “at least” because more breweries appear to be flying under the radar in case they make promises the LCLB might break.) Six of those are due to open (or already opened) within the first few weeks of the year.

That’ll take the number of craft breweries in B.C. up to SEVENTY-SIX, by my reckoning — and raise the number of all breweries to more than 80.

What’s noticeable again is the geographical spread. This year should see new breweries opening as far north as Terrace, as far east as Penticton, as far south and west as Victoria, and as central as Quesnel. Vancouver, however, continues to see the most growth.

Joining in the brewery rush will be a big facility from Red Truck, adding to the Brewery Creek area’s wealth of wort when it opens just off Main Street soon, and Calgary’s Big Rock, which is due to establish a foothold in the Lower Mainland over the next 12 months.

There have been a couple of casualties, too. Sapperton Brewing Inc. appears to be stalled, while I received confirmation from Beaufort Winery’s Jeff and Susan Vandermolen that their plans for Comox Glacier Brewing have been shelved. I think it shows how difficult and risky setting up a new brewery can be when a successful winery decides not to proceed with such a project after what the Vandermolens said was seven months of evaluation.

So, all the more reason to say congratulations to the newbies below who have either already opened or are on the verge of opening; and good luck to the rest. Here’s your rundown, which includes info on two openings in late December:

Bad Tattoo Brewing Company logoBad Tattoo Brewing Company

Address: 169 Estabrook Ave., Penticton

Contacts: (under construction); FacebookTwitter

Nano or micro? Microbrewery with restaurant

Projected opening date: May

The people: Owners Robin Agur and Martin Lewis (manager of the popular Kettle Valley Station pub) have a combined hotel and restaurant experience of more than 50 years. A head brewer has been hired but not named.

The beer: Four year-round beers are planned: A West Coast IPA, a strong stout, a golden ale and “Cerveza Negra,” presumably a dark lager. Eight to 12 seasonals a year are also planned. Beers will be released in kegs, 650-ml bottles and 355-ml aluminum bottles.

Brewery extras: The tasting room will offer growler fills, while tours of the brewery will be available. The attached restaurant will specialize in wood-fired pizza and will have an outdoor patio.

In their words: “All of our label designs have been drawn by local tattoo artists and reflect the diverse culture that exists in tattoo styles both regional and international. The brewery is located in downtown Penticton less than one block from its most popular beach and will focus on capturing the tourist market in the summer season.”– Martin Lewis

Barkerville Brewing logoBarkerville Brewing Co.

Address: 185 Davie St., Quesnel


Nano or micro? Micro (approx. 18 hl brewhouse)

Projected opening date: Feb. 4

The people: Russell Ovans (owner) was founder of Victoria social game studio Backstage. Troy Rudolph (brewmaster) has been a homebrewer for 25 years and was most recently employed by Penticton winery Township 7.

The beer: Focus will be on sessionable ales featuring local ingredients. Five core beers: 18 Karat Ale (4.9%), a session pale ale dry-hopped with citra; Prospector’s Peril (5.4%), a pilsner “fraught with flavour”; Wandering Camel IPA (6.5%, 48 IBUs), so named because “23 ill-fated camels were used as pack animals during the Cariboo gold rush”; Hound of Barkerville (4.5%) brown ale; 52 Foot Birch Syrup Imperial Stout, finished with birch syrup sourced from Cariboo farms.

Brewery extras: Tasting room, bottle sales, growler fills, merchandise, and tours.

In their words: “Our philosophy: tell an honest and meaningful story.” – Russ Ovans

Black Kettle Brewing Company (OPEN)Kettle Brewing Company logo

Address: 720 Copping Street – Unit 106, North Vancouver

Contacts: FacebookTwitter

Nano or micro? Micro

Opened: Jan. 17

The people: Owner Bryan Lockart and head brewer Philip Vandenborre.

The beer: A pale ale and an IPA are currently availabel, with a red ale due in mid-February. Three or four more beers are planned for the summer, starting with a wheat ale. Kegs are currently available for purchase, with 650-ml bottles set to be available by mid-February.

Brewery extras: Tasting room with growler fills and 12-oz. glasses available for purchase.

In their words: “Our philosophy is to make craft beer for everyone to enjoy with an emphasis on quality ingredients.  We love what we do and want people to take part in that by trying the different styles we plan on releasing.” – Philip Vandenborre

Bomber Brewing logoBomber Brewing

Address: 1488 Adanac St., Vancouver

Contacts: (under construction); FacebookTwitter

Nano or micro? Micro

Projected opening date: Early February

The people: Owners Don Farion and Dean Mallel, the owners and operators of BierCraft Restaurants and Incendio Pizzeria. Farion is an award-winning home brewer and a certified cicerone. Head brewer and partner Blair Calibaba is a home brewer and former owner/operator of West Vancouver U-Brew Ambleside Brewing.

The beer: Three flagship beers in six-packs of 355-ml cans: Pilsner, a continental pilsner cross between Czech and German styles; ESB, a session ale employing British malts and Pacific Northwest hops; and an IPA. Also planned is BierCraft Blonde (5.2%), which will be available on draft only at the brewery’s tasting room and the two BierCraft locations. Casks will be produced regularly for the brewery’s tasting room and at locations around town. One-off kegs will be produced weekly and made available in the tasting room only. Four to six seasonals are planned throughout the year in 650-ml bomber bottles, starting with Shut Out Stout oatmeal stout and followed by a Best Bitter and a CDA.

Brewery extras: Large tasting room for sampling packaged products, casks and one-off kegs; cans, bottles, hats, T-shirts, one- and two-litre growler fills.

In their words: “Our philosophy at Bomber Brewing is to brew what we love. From noble-hopped continental lagers to brett-infected sour beers and from perfectly balanced well-hopped West Coast ales to more esoteric beers like gose and gratzer. We want to brew what we want to drink.” – Don Farion

Doans Craft Brewing logoDoan’s Craft Brewing Company

Address: Still seeking location; likely Vancouver

Contacts: FacebookTwitter; website coming soon

Nano or micro? Micro: 11.73-hl system

Projected opening date: Not yet confirmed

The people: Owned by brothers and homebrewers Evan and Mike Doan, and Kevin Sharpe.

The beer: A balanced lineup between innovative ales and classic styles. Three year-round brews planned, including a 5% “sessionable summer brew” and an 8% rye ale. Four seasonal releases planned for first year.

Brewery extras: Tasting room, bottle sales, growler fills planned on site.

In their words: “Evan and Mike started homebrewing on a whim in the spring of 2009 after Evan had read about brewing his own beer in 2008. … The beer was brewed with malt extract and a steeping bag and tasted terrible, but brewing became an instant passion. Only a few months later we had ordered a SABCO Brew Magic to get the consistency we wanted from a homebrew/pilot system.

“We have been brewing on the SABCO in garages, back yards and now our current sub-leased warehouse space in South Vancouver since June 2009 and have a product we are proud of. We have read every book on the market, listened to hundred of hours of brewing podcasts, read nearly every thread on Pro Brewer and have the guidance of some of our local beer heroes.

“… Evan and I have definitely started out on the grass roots side of things. Homebrew clubs, smaller capital operation, support from our friends, family and community.

“We have big plans, but every step of the way we want to be able to give back to the brewing community as well as the small business community in Vancouver. Soon after we have leased a location, we are planning on starting a small crowd-funding project for the brewery.

“We plan on purchasing one 20BBL fermenter with proceeds from crowd funding. We will brew beer in that fermenter exclusively for the community. A percentage of sales from that fermenter will always go back to community organizations and brewers organizations, local home brewers will be able to brew those batches with us and even design beers to be brewed in that fermenter.” – Mike Doan

Dogwood Brewing logoDogwood Brewing

Address: Still seeking location; likely Vancouver

Contacts: dogwoodbrew.comTwitter

Nano or micro? Micro

Projected opening date: Aiming for summer

The people: Head brewer Claire Connolly was formerly brewmaster at Big River brewpub in Richmond.

The beer: Expect organic beer with focus on local ingredients and suppliers. Sales of cans, kegs, casks and growlers. The Dogwood website lists four beers: Fest Bier (30 IBUs, 5.5%), Imperial Stout (30 IBUs 11%), Hello, Bumblebee Honey Ale (25 IBU 5% ABV), India Pale Ale (100 IBUs 9.5%). Seasonal beer planned, too.

Brewery extras: Tasting room, growler fills

Four Mile Brewing Co. logoFour Mile Brewing Co.

Address: 199 Island Hwy, Victoria


Nano or micro? Microbrewery and brewpub

Projected opening date: Early February

The people: The Haymes family are owners; head brewers will be Alan Pugsley of Portland, Maine, previously with Shipyard Brewery in Portland and Ringwood Brewery in England; and Doug White, who studied brewing science at UC Davis and also worked at Ringwood.

The beer: Mostly English and West Cost ales. Pale AleIPAGolden AleBrown Ale,Best Bitter and a Winter Ale are underway, as is a barrel-aged version of the winter ale.

Brewery extras: Tasting room, bottle sales, growler fills, food.

In their words: ”Small batch, unfiltered, open fermented, craft ale. … We will have a brick clad brew kettle as part of a Peter Austin Brewing system that is unique to the West Coast of North America. All of the beers will be open fermented and unfiltered.”– Graham Haymes

Green Leaf Brewing Co. logoGreen Leaf Brewing Co. (OPEN)

Address: Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver

Contacts: greenleafbrew.comFacebookTwitter

Nano or micro? Micro

Opened: Dec. 20, 2013

The people: Owner/founder Martin Ebadi, an Iranian ex-pat with a long-term interest in craft beer who noticed a niche in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver. Brewers are Bill Herdman and Marc Martin.

The beer: Primarily American-style ales. The brewery launched with a dry-hopped pale ale and a stout, and Bitter Leaf IPA has just been released. Liquid Sunshine, a 100-per-cent organic weizen, will be available early February.

Brewery extras: The brewery will have a tasting room and sell one- and two-litre growlers. The plan is to approach off-site draft sales slowly and to focus on the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood to start.

In their words: ”Green Leaf Brewing is committed to excellence. Starting with top quality ingredients, we brew unfiltered, unpasteurized beer that is free of preservatives. With our beer, as with the service we provide, we are dedicated to providing complete customer satisfaction.” – Martin Ebadi

Read more about Green Leaf here

Main Street Brewing Company logoMain Street Brewing Company

Address: 253/261 East  7th Ave., Vancouver


Nano or micro? Micro

Projected opening date: Early March

The people: A collaboration between Cameron Forsyth of Portland Craft, Nigel Pike of The Cascade Room and Robert Edmonds and David Nicolay of Evoke DesignJack Bensley, formerly of Russell Brewing, will be brewmaster.

The beer: At least three year-round brands are planned as well as seasonals and casks. Led by Main Street Pilsner, which has been brewed at Russell for the past couple of years or so. Draft only to start, with 650-ml bottles and cans to follow.

Brewery extras: Tasting room and retail area to sell growlers and packaged product.

In their words: “The philosophy of the brewery is unpretentious, approachable, fantastic-tasting beers. The Main thing is the beer!” – Cameron Forsyth

Historic building footnote: Brewery will be housed in the Doering and Marstrand Brewery Garage. “‘The Vancouver Brewery Garage’ was constructed sometime between 1913 and 1926 on the former Doering and Marstrand Brewery site adjacent to Brewery Creek. The area [was] once dominated by tanneries and breweries associated with Brewery Creek, now mostly covered over.

“It is a rare example of Mission Revival style architecture and is one of the few surviving industrial heritage buildings in the City, where there has been a rapid loss of industrial structures and uses in recent years. It is also associated with several immediately adjacent buildings of historic value. The Brewery Creek area is increasingly being recognized for its historical importance and in recent years has been commemorated with interpretive cairns and other efforts to mark the creek and former uses around it.

“Character defining elements of the building include its corner location, simple massing and two storey clerestory, expressed structural bays, regular rhythm of double hung wooden sash windows, heavy timber structure, clay wall tiles, and its continued industrial use. – City of Vancouver

Skeena logoSkeena Brewing Company Ltd.

Address: 4629 Greig Ave., Terrace

Contacts: skeenabrewing.comFacebook

Nano or micro? Micro

Projected opening date: Autumn

The people: A group of local investors who have enlisted Gary Lohin of Central City as consulting brewmaster.

The beer: “Session beers for the wild and rugged.” Planned beers include Lakelse Lager, Mutiny IPA and a seasonal.

Brewery extras: Tasting room, bottle sales, growler fills, food, swag. Superior Lodging has optioned the land adjoining the brewery site with the aim of building a hotel.

In their words: “Conceived in May 2011 to brew world-class craft beer from Skeena River waters. With the planet’s barley basket along the rail line to the East; of the West’s longest, purest, and wildest undammed rivers flowing west; and a vibrant crowd of outdoors people thirsting for a local brand to enjoy at an iconic place, Terrace is the natural place to start.” – William Spat, corporate secretary

Steel & Oak Brewing Co. logoSteel & Oak Brewing Co.

Address: 1319 Third Ave., New Westminster

Contacts: steelandoak.caTwitterFacebook;Instagram

Nano or micro? Micro

Projected opening date: Spring

The people: Owned by New West residents Jorden Foss and James Garbutt. Head brewer Peter Schulz worked for Russell from 2007-2008, then apprenticed at Weyermann Specialty Malts in Bamberg, Germany until 2010, before completing the brewmasters program at the Technical University of Berlin, which included an internship at Guinness in Dublin. He then became head brewer at Schalander Gasthausbrauerei in Friedrichshain, Berlin, before returning home to B.C.

The beer: Not giving much away yet, but drawing on Schulz’s experience, a mixture of German, English, and North American brewing styles, techniques and ingredients will be employed for a mix of classic and newer beer styles.

Brewery extras: Tasting room, growler fills, bottle sales, and tours.  100-litre pilot system will produce creative beers available only in the tasting room. A barrel-aging program is planned as well.

In their words: “In 1862 the first brewery in mainland British Columbia opened its doors in New Westminster. For 143 years beer flowed within the Royal City until the last of a long line of breweries shut its doors in 2005. In 2014 those doors will open again as Steel & Oak Brewing Company will bring the noble tradition of brewing back to New Westminster. Steel & Oak Brewing Company symbolizes the modernness of today while paying homage to the craftsmanship of years long past. Materials of strength and durability, steel and oak house, protect and nurture what we stand for most — exceptional tasting craft beer.” — Jorden Foss

Steel Toad Brewing Company Ltd.

Address: 97 East 2nd Ave., Vancouver

Contacts: has been registered

Secretive 240-seat brewpub planned for the redeveloped Opsal Steel Building, where brewing tanks are already in place. This licensing report has some more technical details.

Surlie Brewing logoSurlie Brewing

Address: 2337 Townline Road #23, Abbotsford

Contacts: surliebrewing.caFacebookTwitter

Projected opening date: Imminent

The people: Owner/brewer Timmy Brown has 15 years of professional brewing experience, including Dead Frog and Mission Springs.

The beer: An unfiltered Belgian Abbey-style ale (6.5%), with seasonals also planned.

In their words: ”Great beer for great people.”

Wheelhouse Brewing logoWheelhouse Brewing Company (OPEN)

Address: 227 1st Ave. E., Prince Rupert

Contacts: (under construction); FacebookTwitter

Nano or micro? Nano

Opened: Dec. 21, 2013

The people: Co-owned by Craig Outhet (head brewer), James Witzke (marketing/brewer), Kent Orton (finance/brewer), all of whom have been homebrewers for four years.

The beer: West Coast-inspired ales. Hoppy and flavourful, using local ingredients when possible. Seasonal and session batches are planned using natural flavourings such as cedar, spruce, juniper and elderberry. The brewery opened with Gillnetter Golden AleFlagship Pale Ale and Blacksmith Brown Ale available on draft and in in 340ml bottles — and sold out within four days.

Brewery extras: Tasting room, keg sales, bottle sales and possibly growler fills.

In their words: “The establishment of Wheelhouse Brewing Company is in part designed to satisfy the demand for great quality, great tasting beer on B.C.’s north coast. But more than that, the partners of WBC simply love making and sampling varieties of beer and want to share that love with the people we live with. WBC is about bringing something meaningful to the community and the north and is a way for the partners to give back to the northern community that has given them so much.”– James Witzke

[Brewery name TBA]

Address: #114, 3191 Thunderbird Cres., Burnaby

Nano or micro? Micro; 12-hl brewhouse

Projected opening date: May

The people: Owner/head brewer Ben Coli has been homebrewing for five years and went to brewing school in England in 2012, as well as taking a couple of sabbaticals to Belgium “to visit breweries and figure out how they work their magic.”

The beer: Exclusively Belgian styles. Starting lineup of two regular beers, with four or five seasonals a year.

Brewery extras: Small retail store for bottle sales, but the emphasis will be on providing draft for the Tangent Cafe on Commercial Drive, which is owned by Coli’s brother.

In their words: ”Our goal is to make balanced, authentic-tasting, Belgian-style beers locally, available fresh to Vancouver drinkers. Instead of brewing one beer of each style, we are going to focus our efforts on brewing a couple of really great beers and do our part to add the diversity of amazing beers already being brewed in B.C.” – Ben Coli

Which brewery are you most excited about? Feel free to comment below.