Located in downtown Vernon BC, Marten Brewery and Pub open their doors in 2015. Voted as one of British Columbia’s Best tasting rooms, the space is large and open with the brewery visible from almost every vantage point in the pub. Recently, the team has started creating things other than beer with their Kombucha brand UnderGround Beverages. I sat down with owner Stefan Marten and brewmaster Joe Strickland.
I've made a stop in the interior of British Columbia in a community called Kamloops. This region has seen a major boom in craft beer in recent years with a number of breweries and pub opening. One of, being Iron Road Brewing, who just celebrated their second year of operation. I sat down with one of the co-owners, Richard Phillips.
I’m in Seattle, Washington at a brewery the first of it’s kind in the state. A brewery that is completely backed by a group of members. Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery opened their doors in August of 2015, but the idea behind the brewery has long been in the works. I sat down with Board President Austin Rood and Brewmaster Kevin Forhan.
A region that has seen some major development in recent years is Kelowna, British Columbia. Located in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna has seen growth in not only the craft beer community in recent years, but also vineyards, tourism and technology. A new comer onto the sense, and who just celebrated their first year opening, are Vice and Virtue Brewing. I sat down with Matt Jewell & James Windsor.
A few months ago in the Spring, I was in Penticton attending and part of the judges panel for Okanagan Fest of Ales. While there I stopped in to say “Hi” to some friends of the podcast who were in the process of opening their own brewery. Like many stories I’ve encountered while making this podcast series, things don’t always go according to plan. The brewery had to change their name for various reasons a few days before my visit. But now fully open and operational I chatted Liam Peyton & Chris Vandenberg with Slackwater Brewing.
Back in 2017 I went to Denver to attend my first Great American Beer Festival. On my first night there I went to the Pink Boots Society Rare Beer event. That’s where I met Brewer Cat Wiest. At the time she was working in Santa Cruz, but then flicked me a note saying she landed a job in Oregon. During my visit to the Oregon Coast last November I thought I would stop by and catch up with Cat at her new position at the Pelican Brewpub in Pacific City, OR.
I was very fortunate to visit a beautiful part of British Columbia. I traveled highway 16 in the Northern part of the Provence recently and I made a stop in the community of Terrace. Sherwood Mountain is a brewery focusing mostly on lagers and has been quite successful in the local area. On a very busy Thursday afternoon, I sat down with the brewer and co-owner Darryl Tucker.