Four new breweries open this week across B.C.

Vancouver, Kelowna, Comox ringing in the new beer

Four new craft breweries opened their doors this week across the province, much to the delight of thirsty British Columbians everywhere: Slow Hand Beer (Vancouver), Copper Brewing (Kelowna), Rustic Reel Brewing (Kelowna) and New Tradition Brewing (Comox). Here’s everything you need to know about B.C.’s newest beer-makers.

Slow Hand Beer

Slow Hand has taken over the former Doan’s Craft Brewing and Powell Brewery space on Powell Street, where founders Kurtis Sheldan and Chris Charron have a unique mission: to create a brewery devoted to making nothing but great lager beers. Much like the brewery’s previous tenants, Slow Hand has a full lounge licence offering full pints and tasting paddles, as well as packaged product. No growler fills, unfortunately.

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1830 Powell St., Vancouver •


Copper Brewing

This brewery on Kirshner Road in Kelowna’s Landmark neighbourhood features an immaculately-designed 110-seat lounge in a modern industrial space. The focus here is “approachable” beer styles with a full menu provided by next-door neighbor, montREALfood.

#102–1851 Kirschner Rd., Kelowna •


Rustic Reel Brewing Co.

The brainchild of beer-loving German-born owner Susi Foerg, this massive, 8,000-sq.-ft. space in Kelowna’s North End features a full kitchen, a private event space, a local artisan marketplace called the Tackle Box and classic, approachable North American craft beer styles. If you couldn’t tell, there’s a strong fishing and outdoors theme to this brewery’s branding.

760 Vaughan Ave., Kelowna •


New Tradition Brewing

Owner Pat Savard’s great-grandpa paved the way for a unique family legacy: bootlegging beer during the prohibition. Today, the family is carrying on that legacy with a “New” Tradition, by brewing and serving beer the legal way. New Tradition’s unique and comfortable tasting room was constructed with recycled materials and ecologically friendly techniques.

#11—215 Port Augusta St., Comox •


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