Despite 2020’s best efforts, craft beer is alive and well. BC’s industry continues to prove resilient in the face of adversity and while the pandemic certainly caused some slow down and disruption, there is still plenty of growth happening here in the province.
2021 is set to see more creative and exciting breweries open their doors throughout BC, and there are a few that have us in deep anticipation for their launch date.
Located in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island the team behind this brewery also happen to have a brewery nearby that you may have heard of (it’s Mount Arrowsmith). With their award winning pedigree from Mount Arrowsmith behind them, there’s a strong foundation for success with Fern & Cedar.
Looks like White Rock is getting a new brewery right along the waterfront. Galaxie has an obvious space theme going for it and the team claims to be focused on brewing classic North American styles with many select seasonal offerings throughout the year. They are repurposing an old BC Tel building from the 50s that has a rich history boasting tenants like White Rock Iron Works and Turtle Recording.
Delays plagued this Victoria based brewery but they managed to finally open their doors at the end of December. We thought it only fair to add them in here as it’s been a hotly anticipated brewery from the combined powerhouses of Steel & Oak and The Drake. Excited to see what they bring through 2021.
This Langley based farm has been growing their own hops and barley for the past few years but are just now getting into the brewing game. They’ll be starting with a few beers that use all our their own ingredients like a Belgian single, Kviek IPA and a Farmhouse Saison.
North Vancouver gets another local brewery to boast about with the soon to be open Shaketown. Shaketown is the former name of Lynn Valley, It refers to the fact that the area was known for logging and specifically mills for making shingles. They’ve got Dave Varga, formerly from 33 Acres on board so this should be interesting.
This Pitt Meadows brewery is promising something we’ve never seen before. Part brewery, part tiki lounge expect to see beers with a Polynesian twist and a lounge that is suited better to an island in the south Pacific than in Pitt Meadows. We’re at least a little interested to see if it can deliver.