Another sad day for BC beer, as closures become an all too familiar story. This time the news comes out of Langford where the award winning Axe & Barrel is set to close this week.
First reported by Rob Manglesdorf at The Growler, it seems that even being an award winning brewery wasn’t enough to save Axe & Barrel. Although this doesn’t come as a complete surprise, the brewery has had some rocky times.
Previously known as the Loghouse Pub, an expensive renovation to the tune of $2.7M turned the beloved pub into Axe & Barrel in 2015. The reception was less than ideal, and the full lot was put up for sale in 2017; this resulted in a sale that split the property and pushed Axe & Barrel essentially to the back of house.
2017 also saw Andrew Tessier (formerly of Swans) take over as brewmaster. This led to a number of award wins for Axe & Barrel over the years, including gold medal wins at the Canadian Brewing awards this past year.
This latest closure news comes less than a week after Vancouver based Coal Harbour Brewing announced their own shut down, due to licensing issues and fines.
The Growler reports that despite the news, Axe & Barrel remains for sale, so there may be some future for the brewery yet.
Once again, our predictions regarding foreseen closures is proving itself correct. Hopefully this is the last announcement of its kind for a while.