Victoria, British Columbia is a key center for craft beer in BC. Sean Hoyne started his career in at the iconic Swan’s Pub when it opened in 1989. From there he has been part of Victoria’s Craft Beer Scene ever since. In recent years, he finally had the opportunity to open his own brewery.
Today’s I’ve traveled to Victoria, British Columbia to attend Victoria Beer Week. Now in its 5th year, this festival helps highlight not the history of craft beer in Victoria, but to Vancouver Island as well. The week featured a wide variety of events from themed beer nights, food pairings, homebrewing classes and much more.
Today I’m in Surrey, British Columbia. Just south of the Fraser River is the production facility for the popular Central City Brewers and Distillers. They started out small, as a brewpub in 2003 but have rapidly expanded to the size they are today. I sat down with their brewmaster and part-owner Gary Lohin.
Hearthstone Brewery is located in North Vancouver, BC where they have been brewing up some innovative craft beers since opening in 2014. Pairing perfectly with this brewery is their “Tap & Forno” restaurant next door which not only serves their brews fresh on tap but also features some great pizzas made in a custom pizza oven. I first sit down with Darren Hollett for the story behind Hearthstone Brewery, then with brewmaster George Woods about their beers.
What if all your favorite breweries were on the same street? Well, that's exactly what has happened in Port Moody, BC. The zoning of the municipality has created a unique situation where all the breweries are located on Murray Street. There are four breweries situated on this street, which has earned it the nickname of "Brewers Row."
In this episode I'm featuring Yellow Dog Brewing & Moody Ales.