Beer to the Ground: the most anticipated new breweries in B.C., Fall 2020 edition

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This story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of The Growler, out now! You can find B.C.’s favourite craft beer and cider guide at your local brewery, cidery, select private liquor stores, and by subscription here.

The Growler has collected info on all the new breweries and cideries expected to open across B.C. in the coming months. Surprisingly, COVID-19 hasn’t delayed the progress of that many. I guess that proves that booze is indeed pandemic-proof!

Alberni Brewing

Port Alberni (early 2021) This will make three breweries in this small city at the heart of Vancouver Island.

Devil’s Bath Brewing

Port McNeill (early 2021) This brewery is named for one of Canada’s largest cenotes (359 metres in diameter and 44 metres deep), which is located about 50km from Port McNeill.

Fern + Cedar Brewing

Qualicum Beach (summer 2021) The folks behind Mount Arrowsmith Brewing in neighbouring Parksville are building this new brewery, so it’s bound to be good.

Galaxie Craft Brewhouse

White Rock (spring 2021) This sci-fi themed spot has a location right near the beach behind the Boathouse restaurant.

Herald Street Brew Works

Victoria (2021) All sorts of delays have slowed down this brewery’s development. Word is it’s close to opening, but no firm date could be pinned down at press time.

Hornby Island Brewing Co.

Hornby Island (spring 2021) While COVID-19 slowed down this nanobrewery’s plans to open in 2020, the founders have launched a mobile canning service for mid- and north Vancouver Island breweries while they develop their brewery.

Junction Orchard & Cidery

Victoria (2021) Previously Tod Creek Cider, the new owners plan to turn this into a destination cidery.

Locality Brewing

Langley (mid-2021) This farm-based brewery has been growing hops and malting its own barley for a few years already.

Merridale Brewery and Distillery

Victoria (2021) Merridale had just started the dig on this new building when COVID-19 hit, so they put construction plans on hold.

North Basin Brewing

Osoyoos (2021) It’ll be great to see craft beer return to this beautiful southern Okanagan city.

Radium Brewing

Radium Hot Springs (mid-2021) Construction recently started on this new brewery 15 minutes up the road from Arrowhead Brewing in Invermere.

Rusted Rake Brewing

Nanoose Bay (spring 2021) Plans for this farm-based brewery stalled for a while, but now they are back on track.

Shaketown Brewing

North Vancouver (spring 2021)  Joining the Lower Lonsdale Brewery District next spring, this brewery will be led by Dave Varga, well known from his days at 33 Acres.

Tiki Jon’s Tiki Lounge and Brewery

Pitt Meadows (2021) Expect craft beer with a Polynesian twist.

Unleashed Brewing Co.

Kelowna (2021) COVID-19 has slowed down this brewery’s progress. Hopefully, we’ll know more by our next issue.

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