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.
1830 Powell St., Vancouver • SlowHandBeer.com
The Three Amigos right here... What’s Norwegian for “Amigo?” I guess that kinda gives away the secret of the next beer release... Limited draught heading to select accounts soon (stay tuned!) and 4-pack tall cans available at the tasting room when it opens! (Also stay tuned!!)
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 • CopperBrewingCo.com
We’re open 12-8 today! In house snacks, plenty of beer and @thewagonkelowna joining us at 3. . . #bccraftbreweries #thegrowlerbc #craftbeer #craftnotcrap #supportlocal #bcbeer #bccraftbeer #newbrewery #biere #beer #bier #beertography #beerstagram #kelowna #aletrail #buildingabrewery #working247
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 • RusticReel.com
We are OPEN!!!! We can’t even believe it! It’s been years of hard work, lots of bruises, lots of tears, joyful moments, and frustrations. And yesterday we finally got to open our doors and welcome you to the space we are so proud of! Come visit us on this sunny Saturday and try our awesome beers! We are open 11 AM till 11 PM today! Cheers!
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 • NewTraditionBrewing.com
Today finally arrived! August 24th, 2019 our GRAND OPENING!!! Russ Arnott, our town Mayor came to cut the ribbon as we welcomed our first thirsty friends inside. Thanks for all your support, we are so excited to be a real brewery! . . . . #bccraftbeer #craftbrewery #bcbeer #beer #bc #newtraditionbrewing #comoxvalley #mayor #grandopening #thebigday #worththewait #ribboncutting #yay