Trail Beer Refinery in Trail BC located in the Kootenays region of BC is one of the newest breweries in the province opening on March 25, 2017.
Trail is a town that is not like many in the province where 50% of the residence actually work at a refinery on the hill. They understand refining something into a material that is more marketable. This business just happens to refine water into a liquid that is far more interesting. Beer!
This brewery is more a brewpub than a tasting room and production brewery. They serve some tasty foods but at the same time they keep it simple. They have things like pizza and burgers. If the brewery was not as busy as it is they would have a bocci court but most often they actually just have more tables to house the crowd they are getting. I find it amazing just how busy they were as it feels much like a Vancouver brewery.
Trail Beer Refinery did not play around when they set up their brewery. They purchased a 25HL brew house with 2 – 100HL fermetnors and one – 25HL fermentor. When they did their research in Vancouver they decided to go big with the possibility of expansion instead of starting to small. The brewery started as an industrial brand much like the town really is. They do not want to be the most experimental brewery at this point but hope to convert the local macro drinkers to locally made craft beer. With the opening of the brewery they share the same head brewery as Highway 97 Brewing in Penticton Andrew Anker. The wife of one of the owners has done the brewing program at Siebel Institute in hopes of taking over brewing.
The brewery has the tag line Work Hard Play Harder and I think this really explains the town as a whole. If you find yourself in Trail it is worth checking out the brewery.
To learn more about the brewery listen to our Pacific Beer Chat episode on the brewery.
Chelsea of Brewtiful British Columbia and I headed over to Nelson for the grand opening of Torchlight Brewing’s new production brewery on June 24th, 2017 . It was also their third anniversary party as they opened their original nano brewery location in June 2014.
I had been to the original location soon after they opened and this new location is something amazingly different. The old location was way more hands on with plastic mobile fermenters with little to no refrigeration. Check out my original post on the brewery. The tasting room was also very small and not as well laid out. By the end of 2016 their brewery just could not keep up with demand and they decided to move into a much bigger production facility.
The new lounge is amazing! The space is very large with lots of seating (60 seat capacity) and 20 taps available with 6 growler filler guns. Currently not all of the taps are full but they do have some local guest taps pouring as well as their own beer and their brand new sodas. On top of the beer and sodas they also do cocktails and have a full kitchen that serves tasty food. I enjoyed all of their beer as I always do but their Sodas are really amazing also and a good choice between beers or for your friend or child that do not drink alcohol.
The brewery has grown from their original nano system to a 20HL brewhouse. The current brewing capacity is 100HL wich is an amazing upgrade from the old brewery with a 16Hl capacity. Not only does the brewery fill growlers but they produce bottles on their 8 head bottler. They also now distribute outside of Nelson to much of British Columbia. Make sure to look for their bottles in your favourite bottle shop and if they don’t have them ask the store to bring them in.
Not only is this a great brewery located in the Kootenays but the staff and the owners are great people and will make you feel very welcome. Their 13 staff members will make sure you have a great time while you visit them.
For more information check out our Pacific Beer Chat episode where we sat down and interviewed the brewery.
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.
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.
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.