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

 

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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.

Gibsons Tapworks – Gibsons


Once again a small town in BC has a new brewery.  This time it was the town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.  To be precise it is the historic area of Gibsons Landing on the seaside.  The name of the brewery is Gibsons Tapworks and you should really make your way there and try out their beer.

When you walk through the doors you will find a beautiful lounge with white paint and wood furniture.  Up a few stars you will find the bar and from there a view of the brewery itself.  Currently they have 4 of their own beer on tap including a brown ale, oatmeal stout, Vienna Ale and an IPA.  The beer upon opening is better than I would have expected from a new brewery and is really quite tasty.  Neil, Geoff and Warren really know what their are doing with this brand new brewery.  I was lucky to meet both Geoff and Warren when I stopped in and they are both very knowledgeable and excited to talk about what they are doing.

The brewery is small with a 7 barrel brew system.  The brewery hosts 4 fermenters and 5 brite tanks.  It is nice to have an extra brite tank to age a beer a little longer than the average when needed.  They have some room to grow in the future so fret not beer lovers.

Its time to take your next trip over to Gibsons now and try some new beer.

Gibsons Tapworks
https://www.gibsonstapworks.com/
537 Cruice lane, Gibsons
778-462-2337
info@gibsonstapworks.com

lastly check out their video they created for their kickstarter campaign.

The Craft Beer Revolution finally comes to Prince George, BC- courtesy of CrossRoads Craft Brewing


On March 15, 2017, the Craft Beer Revolution finally came to Prince George, BC. Well, sort of. Way back in the day, there was the Buffalo Brewing Company Restaurant. I don’t know anything about it, how long it lasted for or what beers they served. But it’s now long gone.

For many decades Pacific Western Brewing, its Cariboo brand and the beers of the multi-national Macro giants ruled the roost.

As things took off in the BC Craft Beer Revolution in the past few years, Craft beer from all across the Province started to appear on store shelves and in establishments as the surge of amazing Craft Breweries opened up all across BC. People were finally discovering that Craft beer was here to stay and that is was better than Macro industrial light lager beer brands that boasted things like being Notoriously Good, I Am Canadian or Glacier Fresh.

The new PG Craft Beer revolution has arrived in the form of CrossRoads Craft Brewing. The folks who love Macro beer are now at the crossroads of either staying loyal to the Macro beers that influenced many generations or either crossing over to try something new, real, local and delicious. Real beer. Craft beer.

I was very impressed on my first visit to this fine establishment. Not only is CrossRoads brewing very amazing beer right off the hop, they’re supporting local Northern BC Craft Breweries (Barkerville, Three Ranges, Wheelhouse, Sherwood Mountain) and BC Craft Beer royalty (Central City – Red Racer) via. guest taps. They also offer beverages from a small BC Winery and a BC Craft Cidery.

Right now, CrossRoads offers a Pale Ale, West Coast IPA, a couple of Brown Ales, a real Lager and an Oatmeal Stout. I tried all of them in a flight, except for the Pale Ale and Alternate Facts Brown Ale. I was very impressed and intend to try the other two.

In addition, they serve very tasty pizzas hand crafted on site and also offer a selection of other cuisine too.

What the friendly owners and staff have created is a very amazing thing. So many thanks to them 🙂

Things are looking up overall in Prince George. Soon there will be Trench Brewing and a rumored third. And many establishments and stores are offering more and more BC Craft Beer selections every day. So, a big cheers to them too 🙂

I highly recommend that people check them out and support CrossRoads. Perhaps even replace the PWB / Cariboo and Macro beers if people are fans of them. For Craft fans, this is the real deal. For Macro fans, support something local and real.

Cheers ! And welcome to the Craft Beer Revolution, CrossRoads.

For more on CrossRoads Craft Brewing, here’s the following:

https://www.facebook.com/crossroadscraft/?pnref=story

http://www.crossroadscraft.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andina Brewing Company – Vancouver


Andina Brewing Company has now opened in the East Vancouver neighborhood as of March 1st.  There is no way that you can miss the brewery either if you are driving down Powell Street!

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The brewery was opened by Colombian ex-pats in Nicolas and Andres Amaya and their wives.  The brewery is a blend of Canadian and Columbia aesthetics.  Like so many breweries in BC their bar and the tables at all wood topped.  The wood and the white walls has a nice contrast.  The bar wraps all the way around 3 sides on the one side of the tasting room so you can be served beer on one side and have growlers filled on the other side.  They launched with 6 tasty beer and with their South American inspired food menu that features ceviche.  I was not able to try out the food when I stopped in but it looked good.  The beer was all solid at opening but my favourite was the Maraca Passionfruit Black IPA.  From the tasting room you can see into the kitchen and into the brewery though windows.

The brewery side of the building is cavernous.  There is so much room for expansion this place is geared for success.  Andina Brewing has a 23HL system.  They currently have 4 – 60HL fermenters and also have one 46HL brite tank.  They also have a cute little test batch system so that they can experiment with new beer  recipes.  Their beer are North American style beers that infuse South American ingredients to add some flair to the beer.  Andrew Powers was hired as the Head Brewer from his previous job at Red Truck.

I recommend stopping in to the brewery right away to try some beer that is a little different than the norm and some tasty South American food.

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Andina Brewing
https://andinabrewing.ca
1507 Powell Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
@andinabrewing
Call (604) 253-2400
info@andinabrewing.ca