Beer to the Ground: the most anticipated new breweries in B.C., spring 2021 edition

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Despite the global pandemic breweries and cideries just keep on opening in B.C., which makes us all very happy indeed! Here is a list of all the new operations expected to open across British Columbia in the coming months.

Brookswood Brewing

Langley (winter 2021) Yet another new brewery in the works in Langley—this time in the Brookswood neighbourhood.

Checkerhead Brewing

Shirley (winter 2021) Where the heck is Shirley, you ask? About 20km west of Sooke as you head out to Port Renfrew, just past French Beach. This brewery is founded by a professional juggler who has spent decades travelling the world as an entertainer.

Deadfall Brewing

Prince George (late 2021) A third brewery for Prince George, Deadfall plans to focus on small batches with a clear emphasis on quality over quantity.

Fern + Cedar Brewing

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

Field House Brewing BRRL ROOM

Abbotsford (2021?) Field House already has a manufacturing licence for this facility, located on its farm, which houses its barrel-aging program, but it is waiting for the pandemic to end before opening it up to the public.

Home Town Beer Makers

Grand Forks (2021?) The folks behind this project have a great space in Grand Forks. They are planning the renovations and build and are looking for partners.

Hornby Island Brewing Co.

Hornby Island (summer 2021) This brewery’s licensing application was in process when this issue went to press so it’s tough to say exactly when it will open. When it does, this is bound to become a destination brewery simply because of its location.

NIC Craft Brewing & Malting Program at the MVP Brewpub

Campbell River (spring 2021) North Island College’s one-year training program will result in beer being sold at the Merecroft Village Brewpub.

The Office Brewery

Kelowna (Summer 2021) Another new brewery coming to Kelowna! Not much is known about it other than its address: 301-890 Clement Ave.

Radium Brewing

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

Rusted Rake Brewing

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

Unleashed Brewing Co.

Kelowna (spring 2021) This dog-themed brewery aims to open this spring in Kelowna’s Brewery District.

Wild North Brewery

Creston (spring 2021) This isn’t Creston’s first brewery (see Columbia Brewery, owned by AB-InBev), but it is this southeastern BC town’s first craft brewery. Watch out Kokanee, there’s a new beer in town!

Long-term watch list: Merridale Brewery & Distillery, Tiki Jon’s Tiki Lounge & Brewery, Grand Forks Beer Co.

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This story originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2021 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.

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