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Perfect Holiday Gift Idea For Beer Lovers

Beer Lovers Holiday Gift Packs

Back by popular demand, our festive Beer Lovers Holiday Gift Packs are only available each December and make a perfect holiday gift idea.  Each pack includes a gift certificate for our popular Vancouver Brewery Tours, a free beer glass AND a 2 litre growler of beer!

Holiday Gift Packs have been featured on Global TV, Miss604, the Westender and much more!

To learn more and buy yours today, visit our shop page at www.vancouverbrewerytours.com/shop

1 Seat – Beer Lovers Holiday Gift Pack – $99.99+tax

  • 1    Gift Certificate for a Vancouver Brewery Tour ($83.99 value)
  • 1     2litre growler and a beer fill of your choice (received on tour)
  • 1     Vancouver Brewery Tours 16oz beer glass (received on tour)

2 Seats – Beer Lovers Holiday Gift Pack – $179.99+tax

  • 1    Gift Certificate for a Vancouver Brewery Tour ($167.98 value)
  • 1     2litre growler and a beer fill of your choice (received on tour)
  • 1     Vancouver Brewery Tours 16oz beer glasses (received on tour)

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Vancouver Brewery Tours at Deep Cove Brewing

Vancouver Brewery Tours Named One of North America’s Top Tours

We’re pretty excited and humbled to be listed as one of North America’s best tours for 2017 by our friends at the Flight Network! There’s no shortage of great things to do as you travel around our beautiful continent and thankfully the good folks at the Flight Network put together a comprehensive list of must do experiences that includes not only our brewery tours but also our local friends at Vancouver Foodie Tours, Forbidden Vancouver Tours and even our pals down south in Portland at Brewvana Brewery Tours!

Check out the entire list here https://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/42-north-american-tours-dont-want-miss-year/#Vancouver%20Brewery%20Tourswww.flightnetwork.com/blog/42-north-american-tours-dont-want-miss-year/

Here’s what the Flight Network had to say about our Vancouver Brewery Tours:

Dates: Year round
Prices: $79.99 CAD
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Website: www.vancouverbrewerytours.com
Ready to drink like a local? Then the experts at Vancouver Brewery Tours have your back. These city-wide tours not only showcase Vancouver’s most unique and popular local craft breweries, but highlight some of the best and most historic neighborhoods along the way. Although it’s dubbed the ‘Portland of the north’, you’ll leave this tour with the firm belief that this city can hold it’s own — especially when it comes to craft beers.

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Vancouver Brewery Tours Gift Certificate

Holiday Gift Certificates – Now Available

The Perfect Gift for the Beer Lover in Your Life – Holiday Brewery Tour Gift CertificatesVancouver Brewery Tours Gift Certificate

What to get the beer lover in your life who has all the “stuff”? You know they love beer but not sure what kind they like because they’ve got particular tastes? Oh the stress! Thankfully we’re here to help.

Our Vancouver Brewery Tour Gift Certificates are the perfect experience gift for that someone special in your life. Family or friends, co-workers, neighbours and more, send your friend on the ultimate craft beer experience with Vancouver Brewery Tours.

Vancouver Brewery Tours gift certificates are available at any denomination and are also conveniently priced at $79.99+tax for a seat on our Vancouver Brewery Tour. Purchase through our convenient online shop and receive an instant confirmation that includes a gift certificate coupon code and instructions on how to book a tour along with a printable and customizable paper gift certificate. You can even send the email directly to a recipient of your choice! It’s that easy.

Visit our online shop page now to get your brewery tours gift certificates, or check out other cool gift ideas.

 

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Vancouver Brewery Tours - Dine Out Vancouver Luppolo Brewing Pouring Growlers

East Van Craft Brewery and Food Tour – Dine Out 2018

Dine Out Vancouver 2018 – East Van Craft Brewery and Food Tour

Vancouver Brewery Tours - Dine Out Vancouver Luppolo Brewing Pouring Growlers

Each year we have the opportunity to participate in Dine Out Vancouver, an annual event that showcases the best of Vancouver’s culinary scene with an impressive selection of special events, restaurants and much more. Dine Out attracts thousands of locals and visitors from all over the world and encourages people to explore our local food scene at a traditionally slower time of year.

For 2018, we decided to go back to our roots and pay homage to the very first tour we offered 5 years ago in 2013, but with a new twist. Our first tour, the “East Van Craft Brews and Culinary Tour” was in partnership with local food tour company Off the Eaten Track who introduced our guests to a few local foodie gems because back then, you could barely find any food at our local breweries beyond a few bread products and pepperoni sticks! Fast forward 5 years, and the culinary scene inside our breweries has changed dramatically and we’d like to show you just how far it’s come.

Now in our 5th year with Dine Out Vancouver,  we’re proud to present the East Van Craft Brewery and Food Tour where we’ll be highlighting not only some of the best beers of our craft beer community, but also some of the best culinary dishes available inside our east van breweries for Dine Out 2018. The tour takes place in the iconic East Van neighbourhood, or as it’s affectionately known in the beer community “Yeast Van”.

We’ll be visiting three of our most popular East Van breweries starting off at the award winning Strange Fellows Brewing. Guests will go behind the scenes to learn brewing 101 before sampling a few beers. Next up is Luppolo Brewing Co, fresh off of celebrating their one year anniversary in November 2017, guests will not only enjoy a flight of Luppolo beers but also a dish that celebrates the Italian culture and heritage that inspired the brewery. And finally, we head further into East Van to the vibrant yellow building on Powell that Andina Brewing Co. calls home. After a flight of Andina beers we’ll also enjoy a dish that showcases the spirt of the Columbian roots of the owners of Andina.

Each tour is 3.5 hours long and includes all beer flights, and food dishes at our final two stops. Transportation including pick up and drop off will be included as well as behind the scenes brewery tours at each stop.

Join us on our East Van Craft Brewery and Food Tour during January 18th to February 3rd, 2018.

For more information, and to reserve your seats, please visit the Dine Out Vancouver Website at https://www.dineoutvancouver.com/event/east-vancouver-craft-beer-and-food-tour/17054/

Cheers!

The Vancouver Brewery Tours Team

Vancouver Distillery and Brewery Tour - Barrels and Behind the Scenes

Barrels and Behind the Scenes – A Vancouver Distillery and Brewery Tour

NEW TOUR! Announcing Barrels and Behind the Scenes

We’re excited to announce that we have a new weekly tour available to the public. For over 4 years we’ve toured Vancouver’s best craft breweries several times a week, however there’s another vibrant and rapidly growing industry in Vancouver – craft distilling – and we’d love to introduce you! Once only available by request for our Private Group Tours, we’ve made Barrels and Behind the Scenes available to the public. The tour combines the best of both worlds on this exciting Vancouver Distillery and Brewery Tour.

We’ve partnered with the multi-award winning Vancouver distillery Odd Society Spirits on this tour. Located Vancouver Distillery Tour - Barrels and Behind the Scenes - Odd Society Spirits Barrelon Powell Street in East Vancouver’s port district, Odd Society is a craft distillery dedicated to combining Old World traditions with New World ingredients and ingenuity to create a family of spirits that includes Vodka, Gin, Cassis, Sweet Vermouth, Amaro, Oak Aged Vodka, Mongrel and now Whisky! They’ve also been collaborating with local breweries to create barrel-aged beers using their barrels. It’s a match made in heaven!

Each tour will start at Odd Society Spirits to learn about craft spirits, the distillation process and of course enjoy a few samples. Next up is Powell Brewery for all things beer and finally ending at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. At each stop we’ll introduce you to the barrel ageing process and its importance to both industries.

When: Our new tour will be running Thursday evenings from 5pm – 8pm.

Itinerary: Stops on tour will include Odd Society Spirits, Powell Brewery and Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. Pick up and drop off is from Waterfront Station.

Cost: The cost per person is $89.99 plus GST. Includes transportation, grain to glass explanation of the distilling and brewing processes, FREE beer glass and all of your samples and more!

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours at Powell St. Brewery

Join Our Team! Now Hiring Brewery Tour Guides

The Opportunity: Brewery Tour Guides

How would you like to get paid to talk about craft beer? Do you enjoy showing people a good time? Or maybe you’d like to meet the staff, brewers and owners of almost every brewery in Vancouver? If you answered yes to any of these then we think you’d make a great brewery tour guide and you should apply now!

We’re a small team with a big passion for our local craft beer community and take pride in connecting locals and tourists with the craft breweries of Vancouver. We’re seeking passionate and knowledgeable brewery tour guides to join our growing team.  The position is part time and on call, with weekday and weekend shifts available. Shifts are 5-8 hours long. We offer industry leading hourly rates with access to competitive gratuities, and provide a comprehensive training program to support your success.

Think you’re right for the job?  Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Passion for locally made craft beer is a MUST
  • Sound knowledge of craft beer, or be willing to learn: including beer styles, the brewing process, and familiarity with the Vancouver brewery scene in general
  • Ability to command and captivate a crowd, and lead a tour for groups of all size
  • Be 100% responsible for a positive and memorable experience for each and every guest
  • Captivating storytelling and sales abilities
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Skilled conversationalist
  • Clean and professional appearance
  • Respectful sense of humour and a laugh that lights up a room!
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Acute time management skills
  • Ability to project your voice in loud spaces
  • Professional and goal oriented approach to your work

Primary Requirements

We are searching for 3 types of candidates:

  • STRONG experience in the local craft beer scene (brewers, home brewers, liquor store, bartenders, etc) and WILLING to obtain a Class 4 driver’s license.
  • SOME craft beer experience and WILLING to obtain a Class 4 driver’s license.
  • Holds a Class 4 License AND strong craft beer experience? Skip the interview you’re hired!

Other Requirements

  • Experience as a tour guide an asset but not required
  • Have a smartphone with access to social media
  • PC or Mac with access to the Microsoft suite of products
  • Aged 19 or over
  • Please note a criminal record check and ICBC driver’s abstract will be requested from the successful candidate

How to apply

  1. Email a PDF or Word document of your resume along with a cover letter. In your cover letter show us a little personality! Please tell us the following:
  • Why you’ll make the perfect brewery tour guide
  • What is your beer experience – do you homebrew? Have you worked in a brewery? How well do you know the Vancouver craft beer scene and/or beer styles? And more.
  • Do you hold a Class 4 License? Yes or No. If not are you willing to obtain one.
  • About your favourite Vancouver brewery and why you think others should support them
  1. Submit your application to info@vancouverbrewerytours.com

Due to the amount of applications received, we will only be contacting potential candidates. Thank you for your interest and good luck!

Wildeye Brewing - Vancouver Brewery Tours

Getting Wild on the North Shore with Wildeye Brewing

North Vancouver’s (Soon to be) Newest Brewery – Getting to Know Wildeye Brewing

Wildeye Brewing - Vancouver Brewery ToursWho is Wildeye Brewing?

An enthusiastic group of friends and family that love the beer (and food) industry are genuine about creating a space that’s comfortable with a lively vibe, different but for the right reasons, welcoming to everyone and most of all, somewhere you’re going to get awesome beer and food each and every time.

When is your expected open date?

We are working hard to finalize all of our permits. We have plans to start construction in December and open in the late spring or early summer 2018.

What is the story behind the name Wildeye Brewing?

The name is really a year long process in which we were searching for a name that fits who we are and what we are looking to portray. We tossed around literally hundreds of names, took votes, sent them to marketing teams, friends, family and general public and eventually rested on Wildeye Brewing. There was also a vision for a logo to go along with the name. Together, we wanted something that was different, something nobody had ever seen before, unique almost unrecognizable. This way, once you’ve seen it for the first time, there’s no doubt left as to where you now know it from. Both the name and our logo needed to have a bit of ‘edge’ a bit of risk and just plain cool factor. At the end of the day, we are very happy with our branding, and look forward to having some fun with the name and the one-eyed creature.

Why did you choose North Vancouver as a home for Wildeye Brewing, and where is the brewery located?

The process by all means was not easy. It took us over year to find the perfect location. We were looking for a space that would check as many boxes on our list as possible. The space needed to be sized right first and foremost. One that would allow us to have all aspects of a brewery in one place. A tasting lounge, large inviting bar area, some functional private and entertainment space, ample space to house our equipment and all the supplies. We also wanted somewhere we could grow into as volume increases and features of the brewery begin to take shape like our plans for a full service kitchen and games area. Lastly, we wanted high traffic and high visibility. By getting the 1389 Main St location in North Vancouver, we accomplished everything we were looking for.

Does Wildeye Brewing have a head brewer?Wildeye Brewing Brewery - Vancouver Brewery Tours - North Vancouver

We do. We’ve hired a rock star who really knows his stuff. He took us on a small journey of his portfolio and wow were we impressed. We’re not quite ready to let the cat out of the bag yet on just who this guy is, but we’re more than excited to get him in his lab whipping up some amazing pints.

What beer styles will you be focusing on initially and what would you like to do in the future?

We are starting with the core beers- IPA, Pilsner, Ales, and Stout. We will start with 5-6 core beers but will also have a variety of ‘tasting room only’ and ‘seasonal’ beers. Our final tap will be named ‘tap 51’ which will always be rotating. This will be a very fun and adventurous tap to really let the head brewer play around with recipes, have some fun and show everyone his skills. It may be a secret tap where by we let the consumer try and guess whats in it.

How will we be able to get Wildeye Beer?

When we first open we will only be packaging the core beers. You will be able to find us on tap and in private liquor stores, and of course in our tasting room.

Wildeye Brewing Open House - Vancouver Brewery ToursDo you have plans for a tasting room, packaged product, growler fills, etc?

We have plans for a large tasting room that has a rustic industrial feel to it. Our plans include comfortable seating and couches and hopefully a games room. We are also including a growler system that purges oxygen from the growler and replaces it with CO2. This results in a growler that can last up to a month unopened. You will also be able to purchase off sales from our tasting room. Our longer term plans are to include a kitchen along with a unique menu that ties into the west coast food styles.

How can people follow your progress?

Follow us on Instagram @wildeyebrewing or check us out on our website wildeyebrewing.ca to follow along with updates. Twitter and Facebook handles to follow soon.

What else would you like people to know about Wildeye Brewing?

For us, its all about the experience, the service, the details of what makes something different, exciting, energetic but comfortable and inviting all at the same time. Our team is hungry, we’re business people, but most of all were passionate beer folks who want to have a great time growing a brewery and tasting room for everyone to come to, feel like they’ve just had an experience for the first time, shared it with their best friends or family and if all goes according to plan, its somewhere you can say you’ve never been before, every time you come

 

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Book Your Holiday Staff Party Brewery Tour!

Vancouver Brewery Tours Top Tips for Planning a Successful Holiday Staff Party Brewery TourHoliday Staff Party Ideas - Vancouver Brewery Tours - Christmas Party

We know how it works. Each year a lucky staff member gets the task of finding options of holiday staff party ideas for the annual holiday staff party, and while the search can be fun it can also be a bit challenging with so many things to do in Vancouver! Where to start? First of all, we suggest choosing Vancouver Brewery Tours for your staff party this year and take advantage of our years of expertise in delivering the ultimate craft beer experience in Vancouver. Craft Beer + good times = the perfect networking event for your staff and company.

So what exactly is a holiday staff party brewery tour and how does it work? We know organizing can be a lot of work so we’ve put together a handy list of things to consider when planning a staff or corporate brewery tour to get you started.

1) Choose Craft Beer

There’s no shortage of options for holiday staff party ideas, so check with your staff and ensure everyone’s into craft beer and a brewery tour, or if not, take note of how many wine or spirit lovers there are and keep this in mind for later. Check out our Private Tour options on our website to get an idea of your options with Vancouver Brewery Tours.

2) Food or Not to Food

Eating a meal before, during or after a brewery tour is a must, so also think about how you’re going to incorporate food into your holiday staff party. With a full meal included, our popular Craft Beer and Food Tour is worth keeping in mind when you contact us for your holiday staff party.

3) Set a Budget

what is your per person budget? Do you have a maximum you’re able to spend on a holiday staff party?

4) Pick a Date

Are you flexible on dates, or is there only one day when everyone is available? Either way, make a list of all available dates and times when your staff are available for a holiday staff party

5) Request a Holiday Staff Party Tour and Availability with Vancouver Brewery Tours

Let’s get started! The first step is to complete our convenient online brewery tour request form for your holiday staff party as early as possible. You don’t have to know all the details of your request, or even the exact date, but getting your request in early gives you an idea of cost, the options available and most importantly if your dates are available for your holiday staff party. Phone calls are also welcome if you prefer some human contact!

 

6) Review the Options

Vancouver Brewery Tours will respond to your staff party request within 24 hours providing you with everything you’ll need to make an informed decision on whether a brewery tour is right for your staff party.

7) Pull the Trigger

You’ve talked it over with your boss, you’ve got some excitement going with your work friends so keep the momentum going! Remember, while we may originally say yes to your request, holiday and corporate holiday brewery tours can fill up fast meaning availability can change. Do your best to get back to us as soon as you can and say beer me! We’ll then send you an invoice for the tour deposit that once paid, locks down your date and time.

8) Relax!

Your work is now done, so relax, enjoy a beer and let us take over and guide you through to a successful holiday staff party brewery tour!

Have questions, we’d love to hear from you! Reach out anytime and we’ll gladly support your planning and give your more info on our holiday staff party brewery tours!

Cheers,
The Vancouver Brewery Tours team

 

Request a Holiday Staff Party Brewery Tour HERE

 

Electric Bicycle Brewing Opening Soon- Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc.

Opening Soon(ish)! Electric Bicycle Brewing

Electric Bicycle Brewing - Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc.The area known as Brewery Creek in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is steeped in beer tradition dating back to the 1800’s. The area was home to dozens of breweries who set up shop on the banks of a creek that famously supplied fresh water to thirsty breweries. Fast forward over 100 years and the area is experiencing a renaissance of new breweries and with it, a unique culture of new beer explorers. So when we first heard about a new brewery calling themselves Electric Bicycle Brewing with plans to set up shop on the banks of the creek (just kidding it’s been long paved over for condos and coffee shops!) we had to find out more. While details are still coming in, Leigh from EBB was kind enough to share some of their plans with us.

What is Electric Bicycle Brewing?

Electric Bicycle Brewing will be a brewery experience like no other! We’re delivering an ideal combination of outrageously good beers with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, a great atmosphere and grooving music. Elon Musk wants to go to Mars, but we want to take you the outer reaches of the beer universe. Electric Bicycle is a spot where your co-workers lose their inhibitions, your in-laws learn to love you, and boss finally gives you that raise. The tasting room has high tops, comfortable booths and long table seating for larger groups, even a few spots at the bar for you and your future ex-so-and-so.

Electric Bicycle Brewing Owners- Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc.Who is the Electric Bicycle Brewing Team?

We’re a team of young, passionate beer enjoyers that want to shake up the Vancouver brewing scene. We love discovering new music, local and innovative art and great beer! We’re currently hiring too, so you could be part of this great team. Drop us a line if you’re looking for the best job ever!

What was the inspiration behind starting Electric Bicycle brewing?

It started with the name; they used to build electric bicycles here.

We love all our friends and their awesome taprooms and great beers, but we also love our local record shops and art spaces and we are passionate about bring these great things together. We’ve developed a space with an electric atmosphere, loud decor, rotating art & local music with a beer list that will make your jaw drop & your mouth water.

What made you choose the historic Brewery Creek as your home?

While we were looking at few different locations, we knew this was the spot when we saw it. We love all of the new (and old) local businesses in the neighbourhood and decided it was the exact spot we wanted to be. Close proximity to the other breweries makes it easy to tour from spot to spot, you could say we did it for the people. It is also great that it’s located right off the bicycle route at 20 East 4th.

What beer styles are you initially going to start with?

We’re currently in the middle of super secret recipe development, but we can tell you that our focus is on pushing stylistic limits and delivering flavor forward thirst quenching beers. We’re also going to be launching a rotating line called “Think Tank” based on customer suggestions so send us your wildest desires and hopefully we’ll make your dreams come true!

How can we stay in touch and follow your progress?

If you want to hear about out what we are up to, make sure to follow us on Instagram @electricbicyclebrewing, on Facebook  at /Electricbicyclebrewing and on twitter at @ebbeervancouver.

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Dine Out Vancouver - Temporal Artisan Ales - Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc

Welcoming Temporal Artisan Ales

While on tour our guides get asked a lot of questions from our curious guests, and one that weTemporal Artisan Ales Logo - Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc hear often is “how can there be room for so many new breweries in Vancouver?” It is true, our scene has undergone exponential growth in the last 5 years and sometimes it seems like there isn’t any room left for new entrants. But healthy competition between the breweries has been good for the consumer, and it also forces those that are thinking of entering into this competitive market to be truly innovative and stand out to appeal to an increasingly more sophisticated craft beer consumer. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to Temporal Artisan Ales, someone who we feel is shaking things up a bit in our local scene.

With an innovative business model and plans to produce some truly unique beers, we caught up with Temporal Artisan Ales Owner Tristan Stewart to learn more about his plans.

So who is Temporal Artisan Ales?
Temporal Artisan Ales is a new brewing and blending project dedicated to 100% oak fermentation. It’s a sole proprietorship, which means I am the one and only owner/brewer/blender. I’ve been working in the craft beer industry in BC for 6 years, which has given me experience working in a variety of roles. I’ve done purchasing for a small craft beer bottle shop, managed a tasting room, been a bartender, and brewed commercially.

What inspired you to start Temporal Artisan Ales?
To put it very simply, my inspiration is the beers that I love to drink. Beers that have a wonderful aged character, developed over time in a barrel or foeder. During my time working in the craft beer industry, I have spent many hours researching market trends both locally and globally. I believe that I can bring something new to our local market by focusing solely on barrel-aged beers.

You introduced the community to Temporal Artisan Ales through an Indiegogo campaign, how was your idea received?
I was blown away by the support of the local community to the crowdfunding campaign. I spent a lot of time organizing perks that I thought people would get excited about, and we raised almost $9,000! I still have people messaging me asking if they can still contribute to the project even though the campaign is over, but it wouldn’t be fair to my backers to extend those perks past the campaign limit.

With that being said, I do still have slots available for membership to the 2018 Cellar Society. The Cellar Society is a yearly membership granting members access to 2 bottles of 6 different exclusive, member-only, larger format beers. There are additional perks to being a member including special glassware, the ability to reserve bottles from regular releases, and first right of refusal on subsequent years membership. If you’re interested in becoming a member you can read more about it on my website and get in touch with me via email.

You are currently brewing and renting space from Luppolo Brewing on Venables, what made you choose Luppolo as your home?
I have been working at Luppolo for about 8 months. I started as a bartender in the tasting room but have transitioned out of that into working in the brewery primarily. The owners are good people and we share the values of quality and commitment to the craft of brewing. It was a natural choice, and since moving into the brewer position I have become very familiar with their brewing process and brewhouse. They also happened to have a nice little slice of warehouse space, nestled alongside their own barrel program, which they were willing to rent to me to help me get started.

We have seen a rise in the number of aspiring brewers partnering with and renting space from established brick and mortar breweries. What is it about this model that you were attracted to?
The main attraction of this type of model is cost. It takes a huge amount of money to renovate a building, purchase a whole brewing setup, fermenters, construct a tasting room, obtain the necessary permits/licenses, etc. By utilizing space in another brewery I was able to cut that start-up cost down to a small fraction of what I would have needed.

In addition to this, my focus is on fermentation and “cold-side” experimentation. I won’t be using the space at Luppolo forever, I would like to eventually take over a warehouse to use as my own production space. I’ll likely never purchase my own brewhouse, I would prefer to buy wort from other breweries that is brewed to my own recipes and specifications, and then take it back to my warehouse for barrel fermentation and aging.

What types of beers will you be producing?
There are two main avenues that barrel-aged beers tend to fall into – mixed fermentation sour and/or funky beers, and strong “clean” beers. Typically the former is fermented in neutral wine barrels, while the latter are usually laid down in used bourbon, rum, or scotch casks. The mentality of using a barrel as an ingredient, rather than just a fermentation vessel, is something that really fascinates me and something that will be prominent in my beers.

Another major focus in my process and finished beers is blending. Each barrel I fill will be getting its own unique set of yeast and bacteria, which means I will have one batch of beer producing 6 different finished beers. This allows me to blend portions of different barrels to “build” a final beer. Blending is somewhat of a lost art when it comes to brewing, with roots in traditional brewing going back centuries.

My cellar of barrels at Luppolo consists of French and American oak barrels, previously containing bourbon, tequila, and different varietals of red and white wine from vineyards in the Okanagan, California, and Italy. The beers I will be producing at Luppolo will be exclusively sour and mixed fermentation beers. One day when I have my own warehouse facility I will expand to brew big clean beers like bourbon barrel-aged stouts, barleywines, etc but the risk of contamination of these clean beers with unwanted sour or funky microbes is higher in such a small area and without additional equipment.

How, where and when will we be able to buy your beer?
I will be releasing the first bottles in early 2018, with a production goal of 3 released beers each month. For the first beers, I have designed the recipes and selected microbes to intentionally have some beers that mature in a shorter amount of time. Due to the nature of these types of fermentations only time will tell when they are ready for packaging and release.

My bottles will be available for sale in the Luppolo Tasting Room, where I will also have one beer on tap at a time. In addition to this I will be sending a very limited amount of cases to a small handful of stores and – if you’re lucky – you might catch a keg on tap in a few very select craft-focussed bars in town.

Any advice for home brewers like yourself who are thinking of approaching local breweries to rent space and do something similar to you?
Nail down your business plan to the best of your ability and have it professionally reviewed. Sit down and talk with a business advisor and figure out how to make it all work. Being a good homebrewer isn’t enough, you will need to learn and understand how businesses are run and be willing to dump endless hours of time into making it all come together. This type of model is not for everyone, and it may be difficult to find a brewery with extra space they are also willing to rent to you.

If this is your dream, stay determined and focussed, work hard, and make it a reality!

How can we follow your progress and get in touch?
You can follow my progress and reach out to me with any questions on social media:

Instagram: @Temporalbeer
Twitter: @TemporalAles
Facebook: facebook.com/TemporalAles

A catalog of finished beers and information about the project can be found on my website, http://www.temporalales.com/