British Columbia

Brewer: Cat Wiest (Pelican Brewpub & Pink Boots Society)

Brewer: Cat Wiest (Pelican Brewpub & Pink Boots Society)

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.

Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse - Terrace, BC

Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse - Terrace, BC

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.

Wheelhouse Brewing Co. - Prince Rupert, BC

Wheelhouse Brewing Co. - Prince Rupert, BC

I’m at either the end of the road or the beginning of it, depending on how you look at it. Prince Rupert, British Columbia is on the Pacific Coast of Highway 16 in the northern part of the Provence. Here a small local brewery has been winning awards for the past few years and yet are still kind of a secret to the larger world. I sat down with Craig Outhet of Wheelhouse Brewing.

Smithers Brewing Company - Smithers, BC

Smithers Brewing Company - Smithers, BC

I’ve traveled all over Cascadia so far in this series, but this is the furthest north I’ve been so far. I’m in Smithers, BC, a community with a population around 6,000. I wanted to know the challenges of opening a brewery so far North and what the communities response has been. So I stopped in and talked with Smithers Brewing Company and spoke with brewmaster Cameron McKeigan.

Field House Brewing Co. - Abbotsford, BC

Field House Brewing Co. - Abbotsford, BC

I've traveled out to the Fraser Valley in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia to visit a brewery with an extremely local focus. Opening their doors in 2016, Field House Brewing Co. focus on using and incorporating local ingredients to not only their beers but to the food served in their tasting room as well. I sat down with the breweries Founder, Josh Vanderheide.