Category Archives: British Columbia

“I Am A Canadian Craft Brewer” Video

VANCOUVER, BC – To help promote Vancouver Craft Beer Week, taking place May 10th to 16th, the event organizers have produced a video in the style of the “I Am A Craft Brewer” short film produced by American craft brewers last year.

Entitled “I Am A Canadian Craft Brewer”, it features primarily brewers from British Columbia, but is also meant to honour the hard work and passion of small-scale brewers all across the country. Check it out below:


New Limited Edition Beers From Red Truck Beer Company

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver food & culture website Scout Magazine reports that Red Truck Beer Company has just released one limited edition beer, with two more to follow next month.

Out now is Red Truck IPA, with availability limited to six Vancouver bars & restaurants – The Alibi Room, The Flying Tiger, The Village Taphouse, The Gramercy GrillSt.Augustine’s, and Caffe Barney on Main – for the next four weeks.

Following in May will be Red Truck Pilsner, which will be released at Hoppapalooza in the Alibi Room on May 10th to celebrate the launch of Vancouver Craft Beer Week.

The next day, Red Track will be partnering with Au Petit Chavignol restaurant on an exclusive five-course beer dinner, featuring courses paired with the beers mentioned above along with their standard Red Truck Lager and Red Truck Ale, and the new limited edition Red Truck Stout.

Phillips Hop Circle IPA

VICTORIA, BC – The ever-prolific Phillips Brewing is about to release another seasonal beer, the alien-themed Hop Circle IPA:

More robust than Finagle’s Folly and twice as mighty as Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters, Phillips new Hop Circle IPA is out of this world. We’re boldly going where no local IPA has gone before and we want you to come along. You don’t need a space helmet or intergalactic vaccinations, just a thirst for the most refreshing IPA this side of Rigel VII.

Hop Circle will be officially launched this Tuesday, April 20th at 4:20 PM with a release party at the brewery. Attendees are encouraged to “come dressed in your most interstellar space getup”, with prizes to be awards for the best costumes.

Lighthouse Highland Championship Scotch Ale

VICTORIA, BC – In honour of the 147th Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival and accompanying World Heavy Events Championship, taking place on May 22nd and 23rd in Victoria, Lighthouse Brewing has just released Highland Championship Scotch Ale.

The beer, described as “a favourite for consumers looking for a full taste without a high alcohol volume”, is available now in select liquor stores in BC, and will also be pouring at the Festival.

Big Ridge Brewing To Reopen Next Month

SURREY, BCBig Ridge Brewing, part of the Mark James Group of brewery restaurants, has been closed since late March, and is now getting set to reopen in mid-May in a new and larger space just across the street from its original location.

According to a tweet from @bccraftbeer, brewing has started for the new location, including Harvest Lager, Old Sullivan Porter, Clover Ale, Chimney Hill Wheat and Rodeo Red.

Canadian Breweries Take 7 Medals at 2010 World Beer Cup

CHICAGO, IL – The winners of the 2010 edition of the biannual World Beer Cup (WBC) were announced yesterday in Chicago as part of the closing event of the annual Craft Brewers Conference. Presented by the Brewers Association, the competition featured 3,330 beers from 642 breweries representing 44 countries and 6 continents, making it the largest commercial beer judging competition in history.

Amongst the 90 style categories, Canadian breweries were honoured with 7 medals:

Category 5: Fruit Beer or Field Beer
Bronze – Ephémère Apple, Unibroue, Chambly QC

Category 48: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
Bronze – Fin du Monde, Unibroue, Chambly QC

Category 49: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
Silver – La Grivoise de Noel, Micro-Brasserie le Trou du Diable, Shawinigan QC

Category 53: English-Style India Pale Ale
Bronze – Russell IP’eh!, Russell Brewing, Surrey BC

Category 57: Scottish-Style Ale
Bronze – Russell Wee Angry Scotch Ale, Russell Brewing, Surrey BC

Category 58: English-Style Mild Ale
Bronze – Whistler Black Tusk Ale, Whistler Brewing, Vancouver BC

Category 68: Barley Wine-Style Ale
Silver – Thor’s Hammer, Central City Brewing, Surrey BC

The full list of winners is available at the WBC website.

Vancouver Island Sea Dog Amber Ale Now Available

VICTORIA, BC – As first announced in early March, Vancouver Island Brewery has crafted a new beer in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy.

Sea Dog Amber Ale is described by Brewmaster Ralf Pittroffs as follows:

Sea Dog is an amber ale fashioned after the German Altbier style. Like a true Altbier, it is fermented with ale yeast, but at a colder lager temperature. This gives it a clean finish with no esters like a lager, but retaining the malty quality of an ale. Its deep copper colour comes from a heavy addition of dark crystal malt, and a touch of chocolate malt. Sea Dog is lightly bittered, so as to not mask it’s intense maltyness. Most of its hop character comes from a heavy dose of Willamette and Hallertauer hops at the very end of the boil.

Sea Dog Amber Ale is available now on draught in pubs and restaurants in the Victoria area, and in 6-packs at BC government and private liquor stores.

Phillips Dr. Funk Dunkel

VICTORIA, BC – West coast beer blogs Beer in BC and Love Good Beer report that Phillips Brewing has just released a new seasonal beer, Dr. Funk Dunkel, and is promoting it with a YouTube video:

Dr. Funk Dunkel is available in the latest edition of the Phillips Showcase Mixed Pack, and in growlers at the brewery.

Tree Captivator Doppelbock

KELOWNA, BCCaptivator Doppelbock, the newest beer from Tree Brewing, is set to arrive in BC liquor stores.

This limited edition spring seasonal is described by the brewery as follows:

Captivator Doppelbock offers a sweet aroma with hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut. Unpasteurized and free of preservatives, it has a characteristic dark reddish hue. As a limited edition seasonal brew, Captivator will be available starting this week in 650 ml bottles.

Lighthouse Fisgard 150

VICTORIA, BCLighthouse Brewing has just released Lighthouse Fisgard 150, a new beer commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Fisgard Lighthouse, located just outside of Victoria.

The beer is described by the brewery as a crisp and clean Bavarian-style lager, and is also the first Lighthouse brand to feature their new logo and packaging design.

Lighthouse Fisgard 150 is available now in Victoria, with distribution throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland of BC to follow.