By Joe Wiebe
Canada's microbrewing stream all started 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 particular 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 at 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 prime beer author, he has spent the decade traveling during the province, sampling craft beer at any place he can locate it. His irreverent consultant may be an integral significant other for beer nerd and beginner alike.
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Extra resources for Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider's Guide to B.C. Breweries
The first twenty-five years of the microbrewing movement saw relatively steady growth. After Horseshoe Bay Brewing broke the ice in 1982, there was an initial burst in 1984 with the arrival of three more breweries that are still flourishing today: Spinnakers, Granville Island Brewing and Vancouver Island Brewery (originally named Island Pacific Brewing). New breweries arrived in waves over the next two decades—and there were many closures, too, as prospective brewers learned of the challenges associated with this brand-new industry.
Spinnakers uses hops grown on its own farm in Sooke in a variety of fresh-hopped beers each fall. C. ca twitter @hoynebeer SEAN HOYNE has been a professional brewer in Victoria longer than anyone else—surprising since he never planned on brewing beer for a living. He was studying graduate-level literature at the University of Victoria and brewing beer at home on the side back in 1989 when he saw an ad seeking a brewer at the brand-new Swans Brewpub. He applied on a whim and brought a six-pack of his homebrew to the interview with Frank Appleton, who designed and built the brewery.
Sure, I liked beer before that trip, but the quality and variety of the beer I encountered all over Europe changed me into a beer lover on a different scale. The mass-market Canadian beer I returned to did not taste nearly as good. From then on, I sought out good beer wherever I went. C. for half my life, which I think qualifies me as a British Columbian. ’s nascent microbrewing scene in earnest. I loved discovering a new brewery or brewpub, and I have always been on the lookout for something new at the liquor store.