Riot Brewing Co. closure a product of the times

Posted January 15, 2024


Wednesday was the final ‘last call’ for Chemainus’ Riot Brewing Co.

The craft brewery in Chemainus Village Square has closed its doors for good, the victim of a variety of financial circumstances that are being felt by countless small businesses across the country. Riot’s $40,000 repayment of a $60,000 Canada Emergency Business Account loan it received following COVID was due Jan. 18 and compounded by its landlord only offering a minuscule amount of time from Saturday to Wednesday to pay its bills.

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