Brews News: Fernie donates $100K; Mariner turns 1; Lighthouse opens tasting room

Fernie Brewing Co. celebrated reaching more than $100K in donations to local charities this week. Contributed photo

Fernie Brewing donates $100K to local charities

When it comes to giving back to its community, Fernie Brewing Co. walks the walk. This week the East Kootenay brewery announced that it had topped the $100,000-mark in donations to local charities since launching its Cheers to Charity program close to five years ago.

As part of the program, all profits from each sample flight sold in FBC’s tasting room go directly to a deserving non-profit group within the Fernie community. So far, more than 30 groups have received funds from the program, including the Elk River Alliance, which received a cheque for $5,265 from FBC this week.

“When we started the program, we were hoping to make a positive impact in the community by providing larger donations to local organizations,” says Lenka Hawrys, FBC’s marketing communications manager. “We are often one of the first contributors to a project, which can really help get new projects up and running. It really has been fun seeing these projects come to fruition, like the Fernie Nordic Society Hut. Craft beer and community go hand in hand, it’s a way for our customers to make their beer count!”

Past recipients have included the Fernie Trails Alliance, Elk Valley Hospice, Fernie Friends of Refugees, Fernie Seniors Society, Fernie Adaptive Ski, Wildsafe B.C., The Fernie Nordic Society, Fernie Friends for Friends and many more.


Mariner turns one

Coquitlam’s Mariner Brewing celebrates major milestone today as well—it’s its first birthday! The brewery has an entire weekend of events planned, with new beer releases, live music, a birthday barbecue and cake—lots and lots of cake. The festivities kick off today with three new test batches being released and beer specials all day. For more details, visit


Lighthouse Brewing opens new tasting room

Esquimalt’s Lighthouse Brewing now has its own tasting room after long last. The bright, spiffy-looking space is nautical-themed, as you might imagine, and features nine taps pouring Lighthouse’s beers. The new tasting room is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 6pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm.

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