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


A Frame Brewing (Construction Continues) – Squamish

In late April I stopped into A Frame Brewing to check out their construction progress. Now I stopped in mid June and things are coming along. The basic framing of all of the walls is now done and they are just waiting for the last of the permits to start pouring concrete and drywalling.

The first 5 photos are different views of the tasting room and the 6th photo is the brewing space.  Hopefully all of their permits land asap and they can start really moving forward with the build out of the brewery.

A Frame Brewing
38927 Queens Way

Coast Mountain Brewing (Under Construction) – Whistler

Coast Mountain Brewing up in Whistler has gone through a few name changes since its first conception and things had been progressing slowly but that has changed now.13055528_225312361180849_2860610365357083388_n

Logo found at Coast Mountain Brewing’s Facebook page.

A few days ago Owner and Head Brewer Kevin Winter gave me a tour of the under construction space.

When you walk through the doors you will find yourself in the tasting room.  The first photo shows the bar.  They plan to have 8 of their beers on tap as well as two wine taps.  The bar will have seating for a few people.  To the left of the bar will be an upright cooler for packaged products.  The second photo is the middle of the tasting room.  There will be a long table running right down the middle from the foreground to background.  The very back will house two bathrooms.  Just in front of those bathrooms will be a fireplace.  The last photo is of the window that opens into the brewery itself.  Along the bottom of the window will be a high top table with bar seating.  The tasting room will be finished with lots of wood to give it the feeling of a cabin something that will really fit in in Whistler.

To the right of the window in the tasting room you will find the door into the brewery itself.  Just inside the door and what will be seen from the window above will be the brewhouse to the right of photo one with two fermentors stacked on the far right side of the photo.  Photo two looks back at the tasting room.  Just in front of the window will be where the barrel program will sit.  The third photo is taken from the back of the brewery looking toward the front and shows where all of the remaining fermentors and the two bright tanks will be located.  To the side of the tank farm you will find the walk in cooler.  The last photo is of the area just behind the walk in cooler and depicts the grain storage area.

The Brew system is made by Simplified Stainless Systems a new company that split off of Specific Mechanical Systems on Vancouver Island.  This system is their first system and will act as a showcase of what they can do!  With the brewhouse landing in a week or two things should get moving very quickly.


Coast mountain Brewing
#2-1212 Alpha Lake Road,
Whistler, BC

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Kettle River Brewing Co (Under Construction) – Kelowna

Kelowna in the Okanagan has a new brewery in the works in and around the Downtown core.  The brewery is called Kettle River Brewing Co and it is looking to be the place to be.

The tasting room is being built with finishings coming from one of the Owners family barns that was torn down.  Other stuff has come from other old barns and whatever cool stuff they can find.  They look to have lots of seating as can be seen in one of the photos.  There will also be windows that look into the brew house.

One of the more unique sides of this brewery is that they brewhouse and fermentors are all built in house.  The brewhouse itself consists of 212L barrels that they have altered to work as a brewing system.  Their fermentors are made out of the same barrels that have been wrapped with copper lines and then packed with insulation.  The copper pipes will distribute the glycol system that will chill the fermentors.  All of the fermentors have been installed on a slight angle so that there is a spot for the solids to settle out of the beer.  The brewery has already got ahold of a bunch of wine barrels so that they can age their beer.  The last photo is of their sign that is still in the process of being built.

With the small batches that the brewery is going to be brewing there will be all kinds of different batches of beer being released.  This will be a great place to hang out and sample all kinds of interesting beer.  I really look forward to heading up to the Okanagan again in Summer to check out what their beer will taste like!

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Kettle River Brewing Co
731 Baillie Ave,Kelowna, BC

Old Yale Brewing New Location (Under Construction) – Chilliwack

If you have ever been to Old Yale Brewing out in Chilliwack you will know that they are very crammed into their space (As seen here).  Things are about to change in a big way though!  They will be leaving their location on Venture Place for a location on South Sumas Road.  Their current brewery is 2,500 square feet while the new location will be a 6,550 square foot brewery and 1,250 square foot tasting room.  The new brewery will more than triple their capacity!  The demand for their beer has risen sharply since their win for best beer in Canada in 2014 for Sasquatch Stout and this move became a must.

First lets take a look at the new tasting room a huge change from the crammed little growler station currently used.

The tasting room is going to be nice and spacious with multiple tables and a standing bar along one wall to put your drinks.  The first photo is more or less a full look at the space that will house the tasting room.  The second photo is of the area that will house the bar.  The bar will run parallel to the wall on the left hand side of the photo.  There will be 10 taps for pours and anouther 10 for growler fills.  The third photo shows the two windows that will look into the brewery.  The window on the left will have a good view of the hot and cold liquor tanks while the right window will have a view of the brew house.

To the right of the viewing windows is the door into the brew house.

The first photo is where the brewery will be located.  Along the left wall of the first photo will be where all of the fermentors will be located.  In the center of both the first and the second photos is where the brew house will be located right near the bottom of the photos.  The third photo is of the separate cold room.  Their cold room will be huge compared to their old location that can only currently chill the kegs.  This will help keep their products even more fresh before they head to a store near you!  The fourth photo is of the grain mill room located outside the brewery in a small masonry building more or less attached to the main warehouse.  The fifth photo shows the loading doors.  The loading door to the left will be blocked by at least one grain silo.  The last photo is from the back of the brewery looking back towards the windows into the tasting room.

The brew house will be a 20HL system and is being built right now.  The brewery is bringing over 5 unitanks from the old brewery while they have ordered 6 new larger unitanks fermentors.  They will also be bringing over two brite tanks from the old location while purchasing two brand new much lager brite tanks.

To say that Old Yale Brewing is excited about this move would be the understatement of the year.  They will now have the space to ramp up production while being able to play more with recipes and possibly do some more exciting projects in the future.  Once Old Yale is ready to announce the address I will make sure to make it public but until then know that they are about to explode onto the BC market!

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Old Yale Brewing