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Tales of The Vancouver Island Craft Beer Creep: Part 1

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You may be asking yourself, what could I possibly mean by ‘craft beer creep’? Could I be talking about the guy at the bar leering from behind his chalice of porter? Perhaps this is the guy who scoffs at your choice as you stand in the liquor store line with a 12-pack of Bud? Or is this that irritatingly outspoken person on the internet, going off about how this year’s ‘hot beer’ isn’t nearly as good as it was last year? Or could it be something else, something completely different?

Pardon if I go a bit geeky on this next bit, but anyone who has played the Zerg in the globally popular game, Starcraft, will have seen the term ‘Creep Colony’. For the uninitiated, a creep colony spreads out ‘creep’ on the play surface, making it able to place new buildings on it, and spreading out the species’ (the Zerg’s) influence on the game. (For more on ‘creep’ see the Starcraft Wiki.) I’m using this analogy for craft beer because of a trend I am starting to see develop on Vancouver Island.

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SYWTOABP 7: How much does commercial brewing equipment cost?

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Another unsexy post listing equipment and costs associated with opening a brew pub. Unless, of course, you have some sort of fetish for stainless steel, in which case, have I got some pictures and links for you!

Dix BBQ & Brewery: BrewhouseUnlike when I priced out the equipment necessary for a commercial kitchen and a bar at the front of the house, I didn’t have to go through numerous online catalogs and price everything out individually.  Nor did I just bike down to the dominant vendor for musical equipment in the province. Nope, I was lucky in that when I reached out to suppliers of brew pub equipment, they actually got back to me with useful information.

BC already has a number of successful brew pubs. Vancouver and the surrounding area support many, but Victoria has far more per capita. As I always tell people, Victoria is the most British part of Canada. Outside of Victoria and Greater Vancouver, there are number of other brew pubs such as Longwood in Nanaimo. In fact, there are many brew pubs and craft breweries spread throughout the Pacific Northwest, AKA Cascadia. If you suspected there would be some specialty manufactures of brewing equipment also in this area, you’d be correct.

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The View from Bellingham

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Mark Biehl, a beer blogger and podcast personality in Bellingham, noticed a tweet of mine about contributing to the B.C. Beer Blog. He kindly offered this perspective on B.C. craft beer. I think we can appreciate the frustration he must feel being so near, yet so far away from enjoying what is everyday for us. Hark! The call of Cascadia beckons.

Ahhh, beer. I’m a beer blogger, so you know I drink a lot of beer. I drink beer from all over the world, but usually I like to stick close to home. There’s a lot of great beer here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the best beer place in my book. Oh yeah, we also grow all the hops. That being said, there are some local beers that don’t come my way.

Howe Sound Brewing Bottling Line

Howe Sound is one of the few BC breweries exporting to the US.

Living in Bellingham, a town closer to Vancouver, BC, than Seattle, you would think we would see a lot of BC craft beer. We don’t. To be honest, the only Canadian craft beer that comes to my mind is Unibroue. But let’s talk about closer to home. As our neighbours to the north begin producing more and more craft beer, why isn’t it showing up in the grocery stores down here.

Many of us are very unfamiliar with BC craft beer. Howe Sound has made it’s way down here, and with a bang in my opinion. They have those awesome one litre bottles with the swing tops. I’ve been buying the beer just for the bottles, but the beer’s not bad at all!

So why is BC beer practically nowhere to be found only a few miles from the border? There are a couple of possible explanations. First, as Rick explained to me, many BC brewers are most concerned with their home market, as they should be. But is there more to it?

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