Breweries & Beer

The micro brewing / craft beer market has exploded over the past few years as consumers’ beer palates across North America have become more sophisticated. These small batch, hand crafted beers now represent the fastest growing segment within the beer market. A recent article in Business in Vancouver stated that BC’s micro brewing had experienced 43% sales growth over one year period which was more robust than any other beer and alcohol category. Although still relatively small compared to big commercial brands, the BC industry has grown from 35 breweries and brew pubs in 2007 to over 170 currently open in 2018. In Northern BC there are ten craft breweries currently open – one in each of Valemount, Quesnel, Terrace, and Prince Rupert. Within the past two years, there have been 6 new craft breweries opening – two in each of Smithers, Fort St. John, and Prince George. While the debate rages on about which brewers are deserving of the craft beer label, there is no debating local breweries are producing amazing variety of quality beer with different tastes, aroma and appearance to suit any palate.

Central City Brewers & Distillers

Location: Surrey

Head Brewers: Gary Lohin

Barkerville Brewing

Location: Quesnel

Head Brewer: Erin Dale

Cannery Brewing

Location: Penticton

Head Brewer: Ross Thompson

CrossRoads Brewing

Location: Prince George

Head Brewer: Patrick Moore

Driftwood Brewery

Location: Victoria

Head Brewer: Jason Meyer

Smithers Brewing

Location: Smithers - opening 2018

Featuring beer brewed by Wheelhouse Brewing

Hoyne Brewing

Location: Victoria

Head Brewer: Sean Hoyne

Mt. Begbie Brewing

Location: Revelstoke

Head Brewer: Bart Larson

Red Collar Brewing

Location: Kamlops

Head Brewer: David Beardsell

Red Truck Beer Company

Location: Vancouver

Head Brewer: Justin Vickaryous

Sherwood Mountain Brewing

Location: Terrace

Head Brewer: Darryl Tucker

Steamworks Brewing Co.

Location: Burnaby

Head Brewer: Julia Hanlon

Three Ranges Brewing

Location: Valemount

Head Brewer: Michael Lewis

Trench Brewing

Location: Prince George -

opening 2018

Featuring beer brewed by CrossRoads Brewing

Wheelhouse Brewing

Location: Prince Rupert

Head Brewer: Craig Outhet

Iron Road Brewing

Location: Kamloops

Head Brewer: Aaron MacInnis