Craft beer revolution : the insider's guide to B.C. by Joe Wiebe

By Joe Wiebe

A thirst-quenching consultant to B.C.’s craft brewers and their beers from the province’s favorite beer writer.

Canada's microbrewing stream begun in British Columbia with the founding of Horseshoe Bay Brewing in 1982. 3 many years later, B.C. is domestic to greater than fifty breweries, together with a dozen brewpubs. Beer travelers are coming in droves, and personal liquor shops are promoting unique bottles of beer at costs formerly reserved just for high-quality wine.

With profiles of every of B.C.'s craft breweries, in addition to maps, tasting excursions and an insider's examine the folks in the back of the kegs and casks, Craft Beer Revolution is the definitive consultant to British Columbia's booming craft beer scene, from the movement's early founders nonetheless thriving today-Spinnakers, Granville Island and Vancouver Island-to the present leaders-Central urban, Howe Sound and Driftwood-as good because the so much remote-Tofino Brewing, Townsite in Powell River, and Plan B in Smithers.

Each brewery has a story to inform, and Joe Wiebe, the Thirsty author, has heard all of them. B.C.'s best beer author, he has spent the decade vacationing through the province, sampling craft beer anywhere he can locate it. His irreverent advisor might be an imperative significant other for beer nerd and amateur alike.

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They showed up at 7:00 pm, but that day’s five kegs were gone already so the team was out of luck. Mitchell says the brewery paid back its $35,000 cost in just twelve weeks and was making the pub $500 per day in clear profit. He brewed all the beer for a while, but after a series of disagreements with his partners, he left at the end of 1982 to join Paul Hadfield and another business partner in setting up a new brewpub on the waterfront in Victoria. That was Spinnakers, which opened in 1984 and is still thriving today while Horseshoe Bay Brewing only lasted for a few years.

S beer lovers. C. C. 5% ABV A full-bodied saison with a spicy Belgian yeast character and a peppery zing you’ll feel in your sinuses. Unique and delicious. C. A big hop profile featuring citrus and pine from a “shwack o’ hops,” as the label reads. Sartori Harvest IPA (seasonal) 7% ABV | 75 IBU Brewed with “wet hops” immediately after the harvest, this IPA features fresh, grassy, citrusy hop flavours. Exceptional and very popular. 8% ABV This bourbon barrel–aged Russian imperial stout features complex flavours including plums, berries, chocolate, caramel and port.

After the turn of the century, the most prominent breweries in the city were the Victoria-Phoenix (after the 1893 merging of Steinberger’s original enterprise, which had changed hands several times already, with Phoenix Brewery) and Silver Spring Brewery, which was founded in 1902 in Vic West. Those two companies dominated the market until 1928 when they were amalgamated under the Coast Breweries banner and began brewing Lucky Lager to compete with Molson and Labatt. Labatt bought Lucky Lager Breweries in 1958.

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