New year, new BC Ale Trails

Posted January 28, 2021


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The BC Ale Trail has been busy!

Happy 2021 fellow craft beer lovers! How’s it been treating you so far?

We’ve got a bunch of exciting news this month, from the new-and-improved Vancouver Ale Trails and the first-ever virtual BC Beer Con, to two fantastic virtual tastings and some truly awesome stories on the blog (as usual). So let’s get right into it.

Kiwani AleFest

Celebrate Kiwanis AleFest At Home with 8 Exclusive Beers

Kiwanis AleFest typically takes place in Prince George and has grown to be one of BC’s most highly anticipated annual craft beer events.

However, this year, they’re bringing the festival to your living room! On January 29, there will be a live virtual tasting of an exclusive, all-new 8-pack featuring beers from breweries across Northern BC. Proceeds from the 8-pack’s sales will go towards the Ronald McDonald House and other local charities. The pack will be for sale at breweries and liquor stores throughout Northern and Interior BC starting January 29.

The virtual tasting will be co-hosted by Aaron Johnson from Cascadian Beer Podcast and our very own Joe Wiebe @ 7pm.

Make sure you RSVP and tune into the Facebook Live event!

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Introducing…The new and improved Vancouver Ale Trails!

Have you heard?! There are now TWO Ale Trails for Vancouverites to enjoy: Yeast Vancouver & Brewery Creek Vancouver. 

If you’re a local, check them out and discover where to grab a pint or flight in the area. If you’re not a local, be sure to take note for future explorations.

Yeast Vancouver

Yeast Vancouver Ale Trail

“Yeast Van” is the tongue-in-cheek nickname for East Vancouver’s thriving craft beer scene. It’s home to veteran and start-up breweries making superb classic and boundary-pushing beer styles. With multicultural and industrial roots, this is an eclectic area that is easy to get around by foot — and even better, by bicycle.

Explore Yeast Vancouver
Brewery Creek

Brewery Creek Vancouver Ale Trail

This is Vancouver’s historic urban brewery district. From the Downtown brewpubs to Mount Pleasant’s diverse range of breweries, restaurants and taphouses, there’s a beer and brewery for every taste on the Brewery Creek Vancouver Ale Trail.

Explore Brewery Creek Vancouver

The Monthly Beer Crush 💖

Curious what local celebs, industry pros, and influencers are sipping on? Leah Heneghan of  Vancouver Craft Beer Week gave us her beer crushes of the moment.

Herald Street Brew Works: Jacked Lemon Blonde
“I have to admit, this is a beer I would have shied away from in the past, purely due to the lemon and lactose. But I was beyond pleasantly surprised by how balanced and crushable this beer is… super impressive.”

Two of Leah’s other favourites right now are Superflux Beer Co‘s Happyness IPA and île Sauvage Brewing‘s Feu Vert, a barrel-aged sour with kiwis and lime.

Kamloops: Stay local, support local

Locals know Kamloops is a city for every season and fabulous skies. Winter activities offer ample opportunities to support local businesses! If you live elsewhere, save these tips for the future, for when the time is right to travel again.

Outdoor activities to enjoy include:

⛷️ Skiing/snowboarding at Harper Mountain Ski & SB or Sun Peaks Resort
🎿 Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Overlander Ski Club
🎣 Guided ice fishing with Elevated Fishing Adventures
🥾 Winter hiking or snowshoeing

If it’s a little bit too cold, these indoor activities will keep you warm!

🤓 Steep yourself in the history of the area Kamloops Museum & Archives
🎨 Check out local artists Kamloops Art Gallery
🍔 Indulge in local flavours at restaurants around the city
🍺 Visit Iron Road BrewingRed Collar Brewing,
Bright Eye Brewing, and The Noble Pig Brewhouse
for a pint or a flight — or stop by Lansdowne Central Liquor Store to pick up what you need.

Let the BC Ale trail be your guide to supporting local with our full brewery index.

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BC Beer Con

BC Beer Con Returns Virtually for 2021!

B.C.’s Premiere Craft Brewers Conference will run February 3, 4, & 5, 2021.

The BC Craft Brewers Guild has developed a conference focused on enriched virtual experiences. The conference will feature an opening Keynote each day, educational seminars focusing on brewing, marketing and sales, finance and operations, and a new online community platform — creating a space for attendees to form new contacts directly with industry peers, connect with industry suppliers and gain insight into key industry issues, year-round.

In addition, BC Beer Con offers an interactive two-part workshop presented by Jalapeno Employee Engagement: What does it take to make High-Quality Beer? Creating a lasting impact on the brewing industry by taking the right steps towards leveraging diversity and inclusion for higher performance and engagement in your business.

To further support the industry, 50% of every ticket sold will go towards the Canadian Craft Brewers Association to create a more inclusive and diverse beer community.

BC Craft Brewers Guild member breweries and Associate Members, Canadian Craft Brewers Association Members, and Brewing School Students can attend for $20 plus applicable taxes. Public or non-member tickets are available for $50 plus applicable taxes.

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Virtual Hoppy Hour Jan 28, 2021

Virtual Hoppy Hour

Join Joe with guests: Chloe Smith from Townsite Brewing, Eric Ball from Kiwanis AleFestWheelhouse Brewing Company‘s Craig Outhet, and one of the Vic Food Guys, Dallas Harwood.

Grab a BC craft beer on January 28 and tune in to the BC Ale Trail’s Instagram channel!

Also on the Blog

While now isn’t the time to travel, we have plenty of stories to share with you from around the province. Call it inspiration for future ale-ventures!

KPU Student Wins Nancy More Brewing Award

Emily Comeau, a student in the Brewing and Brewery Operations program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), has won the first annual Nancy More Award. The award helps support female or underrepresented students in brewing at KPU.

Diversity in Brewing Journey: A personal examination of diversity and inclusion in BC Craft Beer

Meghan Fulton, a co-founder of the Diversity in Brewing initiative, dives into the state of diversity in BC’s craft brewing scene.

Dine Around and Stay in Town 2021

If you live in Victoria, Dine Around and Stay in Town 2021 is an excellent excuse to get out and support some of the city’s best restaurants.

Exploring the Kootenays’ Most Thought-Provoking Beer Names

Behind every great beer name is a great story. In this post, our writer, Soranne Floarea, explores some of the most creatively named Kootenay beers.

BC Ale Trail

Welcome to the BC Ale Trail

Let’s all give a warm welcome to these local businesses that have recently joined the BC Ale Trail and are now in our itineraries and on our app.

Explore our full Craft Beer Finder.

BC Ale Trail App

If you haven’t downloaded the BC Ale Trail app yet, what are you waiting for?

Check into your local craft breweries and other participating locations to collect points that can be redeemed for fun rewards!

You can collect points every time you visit a participating location.


COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: Like you, we’re passionate about exploring BC on the #BCAleTrail. But now is the time to stay local and support local businesses with just your immediate household or core bubble.⁠

BC’s breweries are strictly adhering to recommended COVID-19 safety protocols to keep both guests and staff safe. They are ready to welcome you for on-site tasting or pick up your favourites to go.

For now, please remember to stick close to home and be a Considerate Craft Beer Consumer. Let us each do our part now, so we can explore BC again, soon. We’re all in this together.

Hope to see you at some of this month’s virtual craft beer events! 🍻

Beers are better with friends! 🍻

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