What makes BC craft beer so special?
Well, it’s really good.
British Columbia’s brewers are innovators. They have been since John Mitchell and Frank Appleton built the Horseshoe Bay Brewery—Canada’s first microbrewery—back in 1982. They are creative entrepreneurs, innovative business owners, who have nurtured their industry with desire and determination to be the best at what they do. And they’ve succeeded. More than 100 breweries dot the super, natural landscape of BC with new operations opening at an unprecedented rate.
Adding to that, BC Brewers win about one-third of all annual Canadian Brewing Awards despite the province having less than 20% of the country’s breweries and less than 15% of the national population.
At the heart of BC craft beer’s success is a fierce loyalty that exists between beer enthusiasts and breweries.
Many brewers have enough trouble keeping up with local demand to even think about trying to distribute outside of the province. That means you have to travel here to taste the freshest beer, which is a good thing considering everything else British Columbia has to offer.
Explore the BC Ale Trail. An array of world-class breweries are waiting to be discovered amid British Columbia’s spectacular wilderness and scenery, along with a wide range of outdoor activities and urban experiences. Arrive thirsty, leave inspired.
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