Backcountry Brewing – Squamish


Backcountry Brewing is the newest brewery to open up in town of Squamish.  From the outside it just looks like anouther commercial building that has very little that stands out.

As you arrive at the door they currently just have a banner hanging in the window.

Now once you walk through the doors you are transported to a totally different place.

When you are inside it both feels like a ski resort bar on the one side and like your sitting outside of a backcountry building.  You almost feel like you are outside drinking with the decor.  This is one of the more intricate builds for a brewery in BC and I really like what they have done.  It is really welcoming!

Behind a big of a keg wall to the far back of the brewery you find the brewing equipment.  The brewhouse comes in at 25HL and they have 3 25HL fermenters and 3 50HL fermenters.  They also have a canning line for when they are ready to start packaging their beer for sale.  For now you can pick up growler fills at the brewery.

If you have not been up to check out the brewery its time to go.

Backcountry Brewing
https://www.backcountrybrewing.com/
#405-1201 Commercial Way
Squamish B.C. V8B 0V1
604 567-BREW (2739)

 

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Silver Valley Brewing Co (Under Construction) – Maple Ridge


Maple Ridge now has a third brewery in the works.  This new brewery will be known as Silver Valley Brewing Co.


Thanks to Silver Valley for this photo.

Located only a short drive from the other two breweries this is shaping up to make a brewing district in Maple Ridge.

The following are photos of their current state of construction.

Photo one is from the brewery looking back towards the tasting room.  To the right hand side of the photo you will find a bar along the far right wall as well as tables.  The bar will be on the left.  Photo two is from the lounge looking towards the bar.  The bar will wrap around the cold room that has been framed up in the foreground.  To the right side of the photo you will find the bar and the growler filling station.  Wrapped around the left hand side of the cold room will be the food prep station.  They will be panini sandwiches.  The third photo is from the tasting room looking back towards the brewery itself.  In the 4th photo along the right wall you will find the washrooms.  The 5th photo is of the cold room behind the bar.  Photo 6 is of the elevated slab where the brew house and fermentors will be located.  The last photo is of the same area with more detail.  Behind the brewery will be an office.  In the back right of the photo there will be a large door for deliveries.

This is an exciting new Nano Brewery coming to BC and if you want to try out their beer right now you can head over to Ridge Brewing and try their Collaboration The Lion ESB.  I had a quick sample and it was really easy drinking and refreshing.

Keep your eyes here for more updates.

Silver Valley Brewing
https://silvervalleybrewing.com
Silver Valley Facebook
104-11952 224th Street
Maple Ridge, BC

Beere Brewing Company (Under Construction) – North Vancouver


I spend a lot of time in breweries and especially in breweries that are under construction.  My interest comes from the fact that I work in the structural engineering field.  Even with the craft beer blog and working in engineering this is only the second time in 10 years that I have actually worked on a brewery project.

Beere Brewing Company is located on Esplanade in the Southern portion of North Vancouver.  Beere Brewing will be found beneath the affiliated Beere Timber Company.

Along the front wall the footings are being beefed up so that the front wall of the masonry building can be upgraded to have new large overhead doors as can be seen in the first photo.  The second photo is located on the left side of the building from the street and will be the location of the tasting room at the front.  At the back of that photo there will be a bank of fermentors.   Photo three is on the right side of the building and will house the brew house at the back and storage at the front.  Photo three is of the slab cut out for the new enterance for Beer Timber Company.  Photo 5 is on the right hand side of the building and shows a mix of original and new framing (renovations of buildings can be interesting).  Photo 6 is from the right side of the building standing right where the brew house will be located looking to the fermentor tank farm.  The framing on the left side will be the cooler.

I really look forward to watching this old space transform into a brewery!  It doesn’t get much better than when your full time job blurs into your craft beer blog.  If you need a Structural Engineer for your brewery project take a good look at Weiler Smith Bowers.

Beere Brewing Company
http://www.beerebrewing.com/
Beere Brewing Facebook
312 Esplanade E
North Vancouver
British Columbia, BC V7L 1A4
beerebrewing@gmail.com

Mariner Brewing (Construction Begins) – Coquitlam


Coquitlam is finally getting its own brewery!  The city might have dragged its heals compared to most of Metro Vancouver but they have finally lifted the red tape and made it possible to open a brewery.

Mariner Brewing is located just off of Barnet Highway close to Coquitlam Centre and not far from Port Moody’s Brewers Row!

From the middle of the brewery looking towards the front you can see where the tasting room will be located.  The slab portion cut out should be at the bar area.  At the location of both of those windows there will be a roll up door to the parking area.

Turning around from the spot I was standing in the future location of the cooler you can see the area that will house the brewery itself.  On the right side against the demising wall you will find the brew house.  On the Left side you will find the Tank farm.

This photo is taken from the very back of the brewery.  I am standing between where the brew house and tanks will be located.  Where the little trailer is located will be the cooler.  Then beyond the trenching is the tasting room.

I am really looking forward to this brewery opening up!  I will do my best to write about every step of their construction.

Mariner Brewing
https://www.marinerbrewing.ca/
@marinerbeer

 

Sunshine Coast South (BC Ale Trail)


With the cost of ferries these days it is not always in the cards to do a long trip over two or more ferries.  I decided to change it up a little bit when I headed over to the Southern portion of the Sunshine Coast leg of the BC Ale Trail.  This time I decided to be a walk on passenger to the ferry.

In 2016 a group of people got together with the British Columbia government and tourism agencies to create the BC Ale Trail a selection of self guided craft beer and tourist trails.  I have been doing similar self guided road trips for years now checking out what the province has to offer be it beer or sights and even had a much less grand idea like the ale trails.

Here is the official video from the BC Ale Trail.

If you are only doing the Southern Portion of the Sunshine Coast trail you have a ton of options on just how to do it.  You could drive which is the quickest and most expensive way and you will need to find a designated driver unless you get a hotel room.  You can also be a walk on passenger at a much cheaper fair or slightly more and take the ferry with your bicycle.

The first thing you need to figure out though is what ferries you will be taking.  Click here for the schedule.

If you do not want to drive and park in Horseshoe Bay you can also take Trainslink.  Find directions here.

Once you have found your way to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal its time to get to the fun part.

Make sure to spend some time on the upper deck to get the views of Beautiful British Columbia.

I took a little video as we left the terminal in West Vancouver.

Once on the Langdale side you do not have to follow my recommendations but this is what I consider the best route.  While this route will be accessible to all in that it is on paved roads there are many big hills along the roads.  Here is the full path I would take.

This route takes you through some really nice albeit hilly country side to Persephone Brewing then continues downhill to Gibsons Tapworks.  To start walk up the highway when you get off the ferry and turn left at the first set of street lights.  You will follow this to the first Right that goes uphill.  Stay on N Road while it winds its way up the country side.  Turn left when you get to Stewart Road at the same point N Road meets the Highway again.

You have now Arrived at Persephone Brewing.  This brewery is also a Hop Farm although changes to the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) may force the brewery off this land.  If you have a chance and live in BC please sign the petition to allow them to keep their brewery on this land.  This brewery makes a beer for everyone with all kinds of styles on offer.  They even have pizzas on weekends if you get lucky.  There is also quite a bit of live music that is offered at the tasting room.  As the weather warms up they have a nice big picnic area that you can enjoy your beer.  To check out my detailed (although outdated) post on Persephone Brewing and see some video of my ride there a few years ago click here.

Once you have had your fill of their beer and it may take a while it is time to move on to the next local.

Head South on Sunshine Cost Hwy until you get to School Road and turn left.  Turn left again at Marine Drive and a quick left on Cruice Lane.  You will now be at the front doors of the Gibsons Tapworks!  At the time of writing this post Gibsons Tapworks is a brand new brewery.  The brewery currently has 4 of their own beer on tap as well as a guest tap and a cider tap.  The lounge is really well laid out and really welcoming.  The brewery is also open until 10pm or 11pm depending on the day.  This should become the it place to be when you go to Gibsons or live there.  For more info on Gibsons Tapworks click here.

Once you are done here you will probably be hungry.  I hopped over to Bay View Szechuan & Chinese for some pretty good and amazing value Chinese food before my walk back to the ferry.  It is right on Marine Drive a block away.

Once finished food I started my walk back to the Ferry.

This is a nice scenic route North along Marine Drive.  You have lots of views of the ocean and beach access at many locations if you want to check out the beach.  You also make your way though a small cute unincorporated that looks like a fishing town.  Keep your eyes on the sky for hawks and eagles and on the ocean for wales or porpoises.  While I walked I saw one of the last two blow water out of their blowhole while swimming along a ways off the beach.

Once you arrive back at the ferry its time to go home.  While I love being on the Sunshine Coast its always good to get home after a long day of walking and enjoying brews.  Total walking time according to Google maps is 2 hours and 30 minutes.  If you don’t walk at a good pace and don’t go up hills well add some time.

In the future I plan on doing a full Sunshine Coast Ale trail post but I thought it worth posting on the lower Sunshine Coast as it is so easy for both locals and tourists to make it there!  I hope this inspires you to make your way over.