Continuing on my loop of the Kootenays I made my way into Revelstoke to visit Mt. Begbie Brewing Company. These small town breweries have a great feel to them although every one is very different to be sure!
When you walk through the doors you will find a room full of brewery branded swag including shirts and hats to name a few things. They also have a bar setup but it is only used on scheduled tours. As I was stopping by the brewery at a random time as all road trips go I was not on a scheduled tour and did not try any samples while at the brewery. As this brewery has been going in Revelstoke since before the Growler became popular in BC they do not fill them. They are worried about hurting the many restaurants and bars in the small town that they have been partners with for a long time. I can not say I blame them for this policy as they are located in a small town far from most big city centers. They do sell off sales of their bombers and 6 packs on site so do not worry as you will not have to leave empty handed if you stop by the brewery.
Entering the brewery I was amazed at just how small it was. I have been seeing their beer around in Vancouver for a long time so I just assumed they had one of the larger breweries outside of Metro Vancouver but that is not the case. They are pretty darn small to be sure. The system may be small but they are brewing some great beer. They do have a fairly state of the art canning line now and are starting to move some of their most popular beer into cans.
In the future they do hope to move out of this former car dealership or auto mechanic (I can’t remember) and move into a larger location where they can increase their brew house size and thus the output. I look forward to this day so that I can enjoy even more seasonal releases from this great little mountain brewery!
Full sized photos can be found here
Mt. Begbie Brewing Company
PO Box 2995
521 1st Street West
Tel. 250 837-2756
Fax 250 837-2750
I can understand that they want to expand but I think it’s kinda cool to have this micro brewery in an old mechanic shop. Shows that they are real lovers of the noble art of brewing. Hobby beer beats the big brands any day!
Even when they expand they will never be one of those “big brands”. It’s always going to have that small family feel as it is family owned and operated. Bit I do agree it is neat in the old shop. Just way way to cramped.
Yeah it just looks real romantic you know. People following a dream, simply awesome. But if the taste stays the same and they can increase the production, how can I be against that? More good beers in this world, yeeehaaaaaaaaaa!!!! 😀
I agree it is romantic in a beer nerd sort of way for sure. But remember they could always go the way of Central City and somehow increase quality when they upscale.
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