A Brew Horizon: 21 new B.C. craft breweries to be on the lookout for in 2020


There’s no shortage of new breweries in the works all over the British Columbia. Here’s a look at some of the ones we’re keeping an eye on for in 2020.


Bricklayer Brewing

Chilliwack (spring 2020) Agassiz couple Megan McDonald and Kris Schmidt are bringing their take on modern craft styles with a heavy focus on sours to the newly redeveloped Five Corners neighbourhood of downtown Chilliwack. BricklayerBrewing.com


Devil’s Bath Brewing

Port McNeill (2020) Craft beer is coming to the North Island as three local homebrewing brothers plan to convert the former Shell gas station into the region’s first brewery using the brewhouse from the now defunct Forbidden Brewing in Courtenay.


Erie Creek Brewing Co.

Salmo (early 2020) This 126-seat craft brewery is being built in a former bank/church, with seating right in the former vault. Live music and six taps of traditional craft and Belgian-style abbey ales. ErieCreekBrewingCo.com


Field House CHWK

Chilliwack (early 2020) Downtown Chilliwack is suddenly the place to be for awesome craft beer, with Field House’s second location set to join Flashback and Bricklayer. Housed in a historic brick building, it will feature a 125-seat tasting room, an outdoor patio, full kitchen and its own dedicated brewhouse. FieldHouseBrewing.com


Grand Forks Beer Co.

Grand Forks (summer 2020) You know the craft beer revolution has been fought and won when eve Grand Forks is getting into the act. This new craft brewery and tasting room is set to open downtown on Market Avenue any month now. GrandForksBeerCo.com


Herald St. Brew Works

Victoria (spring 2020) Work is progressing at Victoria’s most hotly anticipated craft brewery, a collaboration between the people behind Steel & Oak and The Drake Eatery. HeraldStreet.com


Hornby Island Brewing Co.

Hornby Island (2020) This aspiring nanobrewery is already contract brewing out of Small Block Brewing in Duncan and hopes to open a modest brick-and-mortar on its namesake island in 2020. HornbyIslandBrewing.ca


Hudson Taphouse and Brewpub

Victoria (early 2020) The owners of the Yates Taphouse are behind this 300-seat neighbourhood brewpub in the new Hudson District development that’s currently being held up by permitting delays.


Jackknife Brewing

Kelowna (early 2020) Kettle River Brewing’s former brewer Brad Tomlinson is opening his own metal-themed brewery right next door and it’s gonna friggin’ rip.


Lakesider Brewing Co.

West Kelowna (early 2020) Test batches are already being brewed at this new West Kelowna brewery that plans to highlight the bounty of Okanagan fruit in its beers. LakesiderBrewing.com


Locality Brewing

Langley (spring 2020) This farm-to-glass brewery is growing all its own ingredients on-site, and will even be malting its own barley. Facebook.com/localitybrewing


Merridale Brewery and Distillery

Victoria (2020/2021) Yet another victim of the City of Victoria’s red tape nightmare. This massive 12,000-sq.-ft. facility planned for Vic West’s Dockside Green development will include a brewery, distillery, pizzeria, rooftop bistro and even an art gallery. It’ll be amazing, if the city ever gets around to approving it. Merridale.ca


Mountainview Brewing

Hope (early 2020) The thirsty denizens of Hope are no doubt anxiously awaiting the arrival of the town’s first craft brewery, which will give travellers another reason to visit—other than filling up their gas tank. MountainviewBrewing.ca


Neighbourhood Brewing

Penticton (summer 2020) Construction has begun at Penticton’s soon-to-be newest brewery, brought to you by the good folks behind Yellow Dog Brewing. Neighbourhood will be one of the few purpose-built breweries and tasting rooms in the province. Beers are already being contracted brewed around the corner at Bad Tattoo Brewing. NeighbourhoodBrewing.com


Pantina Brewing

Port Coquitlam (early 2020) The former mayor of Port Coquitlam is partnering with the owners of Orrange Kitchen + Bar to bring a brewery and barbecue joint to downtown PoCo. PatinaBrewing.ca


Rusted Rake Brewing

Nanoose (spring 2020) This farm-based brewery and restaurant has been navigating all manner of bureaucratic red tape hell for the past year, but it looks like its brewery application has been approved, so expect a new for this beloved local RustedRakeFarm.com


Shoreline Brewing

Kelowna (summer 2020) Unfortunately construction delays have pushed back the opening of Shorline, located across from Gyro Beach on the groundfloor of the massive new Shore development. Expect seating for close to 100 people in its tasting room, with another 100 on its expansive patio.


Sundown Brewing

North Vancouver (2020?) The award-winning contract brand got its start at Callister and is currently based out of Container Brewing. Word on the street is that a brick-and-mortar brewery is on the way, with North Vancouver as the likely destination. Sundown.beer


Shaketown Brewing

North Vancouver (2020?) Named after Lynn Valley’s original moniker, Shaketown is coming to Lower Lonsdale and features the great David Varga (formerly of 33 Acres Brewing) at the helm. More great news for the North Shore.


Tidal Brewing Co.

Qualicum Beach (2020?) This craft brewery will be the centerpiece of the new East Village development in “downtown” Qualicum Beach.



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Ursa Minor Brewing

Burns Lake (spring 2020) Not to be confused with Minnesota’s Ursa Minor Brewing, this tiny farmhouse brewery is located 60 km south of Burns Lake on Ootsa Lake, roughly in the middle of nowhere, and will be growing many of the ingredients it uses in its beers. Instagram.com/ursaminorbrewing/



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