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This is not your average beer show. You won't find consistent beer reviews or the latest opinion gossip about the industry. The Cascadian Beer Podcast is about the people behind the local breweries in the Pacific Northwest. Each episode is dedicated to a single brewery; we profile their history, how they started and their place in the local community. Cascadia is a bio-region in the Pacific Northwest which is made up of the US States of Washington & Oregon, as well as the Canadian province o ...
 
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There has been a lot of breweries opening in British Columbia over the last couple of years, and North Vancouver has been one of those hot spots. North Point Brewing is a cozy cabin themed brewery on a quiet street in North Van. I sat down with co-owner Liam Jeffries and brewer Paul Kovamees. This episode was made possible by the BC Ale Trail Podca…
 
Normally when I’m traveling to the Okanagan, I typically stop at a halfway point for a break to stretch my legs, maybe gas up the car and grab a quick snack and continue on my journey. But now knowing there is a brewery, I may have to reconsider my stopover. I’m in the town of Merritt, British Columbia. Typically a three hour drive from Vancouver, …
 
I've travelled to a top vacation destination in British Columbia. Whistler is known for its skiing, but it is also home to a lot of fantastic Summer activities, and of course, not to mention, great craft beer. In this episode speak with Brewer Derrick Franche at High Mountain Brewing and Owner/Brewer Kevin Winter at Coast Mountain Brewing. Podcast …
 
I've travelled to Kelowna to visit a brewery in a 100-year-old building. BNA Brewing opened their doors in 2015 and have been gradually expanding ever since. Not just a brewery, this building also houses a great eatery of theirs as well as an upstairs bowling alley. I sat down with one of the owners Kyle Nixon. Podcast created and hosted by: Aaron …
 
I'm back in the Okanagan Valley visiting Penticton. In recent years, this region has seen a major boom in new craft breweries opening, but there are a couple who have been around for a few decades. I visit Tin Whistle Brewing and The Barley Mill Brewpub. Podcast created and hosted by: Aaron Johnson Recorded on location in Penticton, BC Editing & mi…
 
This time of year there is so much going on in the beer world. Notably, fresh hop season! I connected with friends of the podcast, CLS Farms and Yakima Valley Hops to talk about their hop programs and importantly their One in Eight Fresh Hop Campaign, which is raising money and awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month. I spoke with Shelley De…
 
I've traveled to the municipality of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, visiting a brewery that has been around since 2013. With two locals, one being their production brewery and the other their brewpub, Longwood focus heavily on local ingredients and supporting the local community. I sat down with Owner/Brewmaster Harley Smith. Longwood Brewery http://…
 
In my first revisit episode, I catch up with friends of the podcast Bridge Brewing. I first spoke with them on episode 23 of the podcast, and a lot has changed since then. Located in North Vancouver along Lonsdale Avenue is their new second location, The Bridgedeck. I sat down with Co-Owner and Director of Consumption, Leigh Stratton. Bridge Brewin…
 
During the COVID-19 lockdown, I started a series of live stream interviews reaching out to brewers and others in the beer industry. I thought I would share these interview as bonus content for this podcast. In this first episode my guests are beer and real life brothers... Clete Hanson of Another Beer Co. in New Westminster, BC and Matthew Hanson o…
 
I'm in the Cowichan Valley visiting a brewery who has been around since 2018. Small Block Brewing is located in the township of Duncan on Vancouver Island. I sat down with co-owner Aaron Scally. Small Block Brewery https://smallblockbrewery.com/ Podcast created and hosted by: Aaron Johnson Recorded on location in Small Block Brewing - Duncan, BC Ed…
 
I've traveled to Kamloops, British Columbia. I had the opportunity to visit a new brewery just before launch while attending Brewloops 2019. Bright Eye Brewing is a brewery dreamt up by two friends who became inspired after visiting a Vancouver based brewery. I sat down with Bryan Craig. Bright Eye Brewing https://www.brighteyebrewing.com/ Podcast …
 
In this episode of the podcast, I'm focusing on a single community on Vancouver Island. Mid-Island you'll find the communities of Qualicum Beach and Parkville. Located here are two very different types of breweries. I spoke with Dave Paul of LoveShack Libations and Dave Woodward of Mount Arrowsmith Brewing. Big thank to the BC Ale Trail for making …
 
In this episode of the podcast, I'm focusing on a single community on Vancouver Island. The city of Port Alberni is located pretty much in the center of Vancouver Island, with the drive being just over an hour from Nanaimo. I'll be speaking with both of the breweries who've open here, Twin City Brewing & Dog Mountain Brewing. Big thank to the BC Al…
 
In the Okanagan Valley is the small British Columbia town of Penticton. In recent years, this town has seen a boom in local breweries opening their doors. So much so that Lonely Planet named Penticton Canada’s “craft beer capital" for the year 2020. In this episode, I'll be featuring two brewers from two breweries, Ross Thompson of Cannery Brewing …
 
Last Summer I was enjoying... and slightly melting, in the heat of the Okanagan while visiting Kelowna, BC. Kettle River Brewing Company is a small batch neighborhood brewery that has seen great support from the community as well as the local industry. Opening their doors in 2016 they've since expanded and added to their location. I sat down with C…
 
In the provincial capital of Victoria, not too far away from friends of the podcast Swan's Brewpub and Spinnakers is another historic brewery. Open in 1996, Canoe Brewpub is located in a historic 100-year-old building close to the Victoria Waterfront by the Johnson Street Bridge. In recent years they've had some major renovations done to the space …
 
I was very fortunate to travel to a region of the province I've always wanted to visit. I hit the road and headed north to Valemount, British Columbia. In this small town in the interior, they have an award-winning Brewery and a pretty awesome beer festival as well. I sat down with the general manager of Three Ranges Brewing, Michael Lewis to talk …
 
East Van, or in the beer community known as "Yeast Van", is a major craft beer center in Vancouver, British Columbia. One of them being Andina Brewing Company. Who are about to celebrate their third birthday! Andina mixes the founder's heritage with creative experimental flavors for their beers. I sat down with Co-Owner, Andrés Amaya and Brewmaster…
 
On a weekend trip to the Yakima Valley to witness the start of this year's hop harvest (Thanks Sam Quinlan, HOOH Hops). I was fortunate to meet a lot of people in the beer community there. One of them being Varietal Brewing from Sunnyside, WA. Founded in 2016, they have been a great addition to their local community. I sat down with Co-Owner & Brew…
 
Located in downtown Vernon BC, Marten Brewery and Pub open their doors in 2015. Voted as one of British Columbia’s Best tasting rooms, the space is large and open with the brewery visible from almost every vantage point in the pub. Recently, the team has started creating things other than beer with their Kombucha brand UnderGround Beverages. I sat …
 
I connected with the Brewers Association's Chief Economist Bart Watson on how the beer industry is doing in 2019. This has become a bit of an annual chat so I was excited to talk numbers and see how the industry has changed from last year. Brewers Association https://www.brewersassociation.org/ Cascadian Beer Podcast Website: http://cascadian.beer …
 
I've made a stop in the interior of British Columbia in a community called Kamloops. This region has seen a major boom in craft beer in recent years with a number of breweries and pub opening. One of, being Iron Road Brewing, who just celebrated their second year of operation. I sat down with one of the co-owners, Richard Phillips. Iron Road Brewin…
 
I’m in Seattle, Washington at a brewery the first of it’s kind in the state. A brewery that is completely backed by a group of members. Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery opened their doors in August of 2015, but the idea behind the brewery has long been in the works. I sat down with Board President Austin Rood and Brewmaster Kevin Forhan. Flying Bike…
 
A region that has seen some major development in recent years is Kelowna, British Columbia. Located in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna has seen growth in not only the craft beer community in recent years, but also vineyards, tourism and technology. A new comer onto the sense, and who just celebrated their first year opening, are Vice and Virtue Brewin…
 
A few months ago in the Spring, I was in Penticton attending and part of the judges panel for Okanagan Fest of Ales. While there I stopped in to say “Hi” to some friends of the podcast who were in the process of opening their own brewery. Like many stories I’ve encountered while making this podcast series, things don’t always go according to plan. …
 
Last summer I was lucky to explore the Northern Part of our province along Highway 16. I started my journey in Prince George, BC. Trench Brewing and Distilling open their doors in Spring 2018. I spoke with both co-owner Craig Schwenning & brewer Paul Goncalves. Trench Brewing & Distilling https://www.trenchbrew.ca/ Cascadian Beer Podcast Website: h…
 
Last summer I was lucky to explore the Northern Part of our province along Highway 16. I spent some time in Smithers, BC. A place that has seen rapid change in recent years. Smithers is not home to just one, but two breweries! One of them being Bulkley Valley Brewery. Bulkley Valley Brewery https://www.bulkleyvalleybrewery.ca/ Cascadian Beer Podcas…
 
Back in 2017 I went to Denver to attend my first Great American Beer Festival. On my first night there I went to the Pink Boots Society Rare Beer event. That’s where I met Brewer Cat Wiest. At the time she was working in Santa Cruz, but then flicked me a note saying she landed a job in Oregon. During my visit to the Oregon Coast last November I tho…
 
I was very fortunate to visit a beautiful part of British Columbia. I traveled Highway 16 in the Northern part of the Provence recently and I made a stop in the community of Terrace. Sherwood Mountain is a brewery focusing mostly on lagers and has been quite successful in the local area. On a very busy Thursday afternoon, I sat down with the brewer…
 
I recently took a trip out of Cascadia to explore a new part of the world. I found myself in Iceland where craft beer is starting to take off in the country. Beer above 2% ABV was actually illegal in Iceland until 1989 and on top of that, not much agriculture in the country to speak of. So I was curious to find out how much the craft beer scene has…
 
I’m in the neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC known as Yeast Van. Just celebrating their fourth birthday, Off the Rail is a brewery that has been sticking to traditional recipes, yet not afraid to experiment from time to time to create new classics. I sat down with Steve Forsyth & Mike Evans. Cascadian Beer Podcast Website: http://cascadian.beer Facebo…
 
I’m at either the end of the road or the beginning of it, depending on how you look at it. Prince Rupert, British Columbia is on the Pacific Coast of Highway 16 in the northern part of the Provence. Here a small local brewery has been winning awards for the past few years and yet are still kind of a secret to the larger world. I sat down with Craig…
 
Located in the majestic Deschutes National Forest is the town of Sisters, OR. I traveled here to visit a brewery that opened its doors during a not so ideal time period when the national economy was in a recession. But they have managed to grow despite the challenges they faced when they opened. I sat down with Wade Underwood, Jeff Cornett and Ashl…
 
I’m in Cariboo Regional District of British Columbia in Quesnel. Located in the center of the city along Highway 97 is a brewery with a brand connection back to the regions gold rush days, Barkerville Brewing. I sat down with their Brewmaster Erin Dale. Cascadian Beer Podcast Website: http://cascadian.beer Facebook: http://facebook.com/cascadianbee…
 
I’m in British Columbia’s capital, Victoria. During my visit to Victoria Craft Beer Week I had a chance to visit many of the local breweries. One of them being Moon Under Water Brewery - Pub and Distillery. I sat down with their Brewmaster, Clay Potter, to talk about their creativity and their adventure into distilling. Cascadian Beer Podcast Websi…
 
I’ve traveled to Kamloops, BC. A town that isn’t new craft beer, but still is trying to find its place in the market. In this episode, I visit Red Collar Brewing. A family run brewery in the heart of downtown Kamloops. I spoke with Lara & David Beardsell. Cascadian Beer Podcast Website: http://cascadian.beer Facebook: http://facebook.com/cascadianb…
 
It is the biggest weekend on the Craft Beer calendar, Great American Beer Festival! I was lucky to attend GABF for the second year in a row. It was great catching up with friends of the podcast, as well as meeting new breweries and people. In this episode you’ll hear from: Bart Watson (Chief Economist for the Brewers Association) Gary Glass (Direct…
 
I’ve traveled all over Cascadia so far in this series, but this is the furthest north I’ve been so far. I’m in Smithers, BC, a community with a population around 6,000. I wanted to know the challenges of opening a brewery so far North and what the communities response has been. So I stopped into Smithers Brewing Company and spoke with brewmaster Ca…
 
Located in East Vancouver… Or in the brewing world commonly referred to as “Yeast Van” is a brewery unlike any other in Canada. Callister Brewing is home to multiple breweries sharing the space to test and grow their brands. Thanks to The BC Ale Trail for making this episode possible. In this episode you'll hear from: Chris Lay of Callister Brewing…
 
I’ve traveled out to the Fraser Valley in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia to visit a brewery with an extremely local focus. Opening its doors in 2016, Field House Brewing tries to incorporate local ingredients not only in its beers, but also in the food served in its tasting room as well. I sat down with the brewery’s founder, Josh Vanderhei…
 
I’m back on Vancouver Island visiting a brewery that truly stands out in the BC beer scene. Category 12 is located just north of downtown Victoria and focus on being a little more experimental in the beers they produce. I sat down with Michael & Karen Kuzyk. Thanks to The BC Ale Trail for making this episode possible. Category 12 Brewing Website: h…
 
Along the Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia is the community of Squamish. Known as the recreational capital of Canada, this small town is home to a brewery that embraces that spirit to heart. I sat down with two of the co-founders Ben Reeder & John Folinsbee of Backcountry Brewing. Thanks to The BC Ale Trail for making this episode possible. B…
 
Victoria, British Columbia is a key center for craft beer in BC. Sean Hoyne started his career in at the iconic Swan’s Pub when it opened in 1989. From there he has been part of Victoria’s Craft Beer Scene ever since. In recent years, he finally had the opportunity to open his own brewery. Thanks to The BC Ale Trail for making this episode possible…
 
I’ve traveled to Victoria, British Columbia to attend Victoria Beer Week. Now in its 5th year, this festival helps highlight not the history of craft beer in Victoria, but to Vancouver Island as well. The week featured a wide variety of events from themed beer nights, food pairings, homebrewing classes and much more. In this episode I speak with...…
 
Community focus has been at the core of Ex Novo Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon since they opened their doors in July of 2014. While attending The Great American Beer Festival I had an opportunity to sit down with the Founder Joel Gregoryof this unique brewery. Ex Novo Brewing Company Website: http://www.exnovobrew.com/ Cascadian Beer Podcast W…
 
Along Clark Drive in Vancouver, BC is a brewery inspired by old world traditions while still staying true to the Pacific Northwest. Part of Vancouver “Yeast Van” neighborhood, Strange Fellows Brewing opened their doors in 2014. I spoke with Owner & Brewmaster Ian Hill. Strange Fellows Brewing Website: https://strangefellowsbrewing.com/ Cascadian Be…
 
Today I’m speaking with Bandon Brewing Company, a brewery that recently opened its doors in, you guessed it, Bandon, OR. Although they had been working on perfecting their beer before opening some 250 miles away in Portland, OR with the help of some close friends. I sat down with them while at the Great American Beer Festival 2017. Bandon Brewing C…
 
What if all your favorite breweries were on the same street? Well, that's exactly what has happened in Port Moody, BC. The zoning of the municipality has created a unique situation where all the breweries are located on Murray Street. There are four breweries situated on this street, which has earned it the nickname of "Brewers Row." Today is Part …
 
Alongside the Mount Baker highway is a brewery you’ve probably passed many times without realizing it. The North Fork Beer Shrine opened their doors in 1997 and started with a focus on traditional British ales. In recent years they’ve become known for their sour beers as well. I sat down with their brewmaster Eric Jorgensen to learn about the style…
 
I’m in Metro Vancouver in British Columbia at a local craft beer cult favorite, Brassneck Brewery. They opened their doors on October 2nd 2013 and is the creative project of some of Vancouver’s craft beer icons. I sat down and spoke with Brassneck Brewery’s brewmaster. Brassneck Brewery Website: http://brassneck.ca/ Podcast created and hosted by: A…
 
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