Destination BC and the BC Craft Brewers Guild present: The BC Ale Trail
This autumn, explore British Columbia’s raw wilderness and bounty of craft beer with the BC Ale Trail — the definitive online guide to BC’s dynamic craft beer community. Explore stouts and snow-capped peaks, brown ales and beaches, or bikes and hikes that lead to a tasting room using curated Ale Trails connecting towns, breweries and nearby attractions, yielding unforgettable experiences for craft beer enthusiasts touring the province.
With support from seven of BC’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), the self-guided
tours will highlight local brewery destinations and suggested sightseeing in each of the seven
participating communities — Comox Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Nanaimo, Port Moody, Sunshine
Coast, Victoria and Whistler.
Launching in October to coincide with BC Craft Beer Month, the BC Ale Trail will come to life
with help from Joe Wiebe, author of the BC bestselling book Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s
Guide to BC Breweries and co-founder of Victoria Beer Week, as well as several other BC craft
beer champions who have contributed their expertise of the industry to produce an authentic
and robust BC Ale Trail experience.
The BC Ale Trail invites beer enthusiasts to Arrive Thirsty, Leave Inspired. Join the wild at heart
and explore all that British Columbia’s craft beer wilderness has to offer.
For more information, please visit BCAleTrail.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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While summer vacations are wrapping up for many people, On The Coast's beer columnist says there are still some summer beer activities to check out around the province.
Here are the events Whyman highlighted to On The Coast guest host Gloria Macarenko:
- Beer Farm Fest in Gibsons: The third annual event held by Persephone Brewing takes place Aug. 20. "There will be live music, as well as live streaming of the Tragically Hip concert on the big screen, a pig roast, farm games and activities and a pop-up farm gate market," Whyman said, adding 12 beers will be on tap.
- Vancouver Mural Festival: Also on Aug. 20, Red Truck will be hosting a patio party at their brewery as part of the festival. "The all ages event will feature music, and a beer garden for those from 2-10 p.m.," Whyman said. "And you can watch as murals are being painted on the brewery's grain silos."
- Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria: Whyman says there are still tickets available for the Sept. 9-10. "I am quite fond of this festival; not only is it a great opportunity to try beer from all over the province without having to travel any further than Victoria, it is also a handy excuse to head to Victoria for the weekend and visit all the breweries and taprooms there," she said.
And because the hot summer weather is still with us, Whyman's picks are fruity, refreshing beers:
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Steamworks' YVR India Session Ale
"Light on the alcohol at 4.4 percent, and on the bitterness at 40ibus, but heavy on the citrus aroma! Not quite as fruity tasting as it smells, you'll still get notes of pineapple and citrus from those lovely New Zealand Galaxy, Orbit and Nelson Sauvin hops, through a lighter body and dry finish. Available in six packs of 330 ml bottles."
Ravens Brewing Raspberry Hefeweizen
"Made with local Abbotsford berries, available in 650ml bombers. Five percent alcohol."
Postmark Brewing's Raspberry Session Ale
"A bold, fruity session ale made with tart raspberry puree available in six packs of 355 ml cans and 650 ml bombers. 4.7 percent alcohol."
Hearthstone Brewery's Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse
"Tart and so full of flavour that you'll never notice that it's a mere 3.2 percent. Available in six packs of 355ml cans. It also comes in peach and lychee flavours!"
With files from CBC Radio One's On The Coast