It is the biggest weekend on the Craft Beer calendar, Great American Beer Festival! I was lucky to attend GABF for the second year in a row. It was great catching up with friends of the podcast, as well as meeting new breweries and people.
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.
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.
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.