The Growler is back! 

You can expect to find the next issue of The Growler in local breweries, cideries, private liquor stores and craft beer taphouses across the province this November. File photo

Next issue of The Growler due out Nov. 1, 2020!

After a brief hiatus due to the world almost ending (and the birth of my second child, totally unrelated), I’m happy to announce that The Growler is back, with a new edition scheduled to hit shelves for November 1.

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the past six months have been pretty brutal for craft breweries, especially ones that rely on their tasting room to pay the bills. We’ve seen breweries and cideries forced to drastically alter their business models, and some have even gone out of business. Just this week, the province announced the re-closure of nightclubs, bars and banquet halls, as well as shortened hours for liquor service in pubs and restaurants due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

And The Growler is no different. Like many small businesses, we’ve had to become flexible in dealing with the realities of these very weird times. Unfortunately, we’ve had cancel an issue or two, and postpone the 2020 edition of The Growler’s B.C. Craft Beer Readers’ Poll Awards (aka The Growlies)—but we promise it will be back next year, barring another near-cataclysmic event (touch wood!).

And yet, the beer still flows. All over the province, breweries and cideries continue to produce delicious and innovative new brews.

Which is a good thing, because I don’t know about you, but I could sure use a drink.

Myself and the whole team here in Growler-land are excited to get back to work and share our love of craft beer and cider with you. We promise to keep you informed about all the delicious new creations being released, and to keep you entertained with informative, hilarious articles and interviews about B.C.’s craft beer and cider scene.

As we all venture forward, ever struggling to find the new normal, don’t forget to drink local, drink craft, and wash your hands!

It’s good to be back.



Rob Mangelsdorf, editor



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