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Dine Out Vancouver 2019 – Italian Brewery and Culinary Tour

Dine Out Vancouver - Italian Brewery and Culinary Tour - Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc.

Dine Out Vancouver 2019 – Vancouver Brewery Tours is Proud to Present an Italian Brewery and Culinary Tour

Now in our 6th year with Dine Out Vancouver, we are proud to connect you with the food, beers and history of the Italian community in Vancouver on our Italian Brewery and Culinary Tour.

We have handpicked a few of our favourite Italian owned and operated businesses in Vancouver for this delectable Dine Out tour, starting at the award winning Luppolo Brewing Co. where it’s all about craft beer. Your journey continues into the heart of Little Italy on Commercial Drive to visit the deli legends at La Grotta del Formaggio. Next up, we slow the pace down at the renowned Marcello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria for a masterfully handmade meal of fresh pasta, gnocchi or pizza along with a drink. Finally, a sweet surprise awaits to end a wonderful evening on the town spent with new friends and old. Salute!

What’s included? You’ll enjoy full transportation aboard the Vancouver Brewery Tours bus including pick up and drop off. Our knowledgeable and fun tour guide will take you behind the scenes at Luppolo Brewing Co. for some brewing 101 and a full flight of beer before moving on to the culinary stops to enjoy your tasty treats.

Dine Out Tour Details

Each Dine Out tour is approximately 3.5 hours long and departs from inside Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver at 601 West Cordova. Please meet at 3:45pm as tours leave promptly on time. Your tour guide will meet you there, blue clipboard in hand, near the entrance of Starbucks and Small Business BC located inside the station. Note Waterfront Centre is NOT the meeting location. A reminder email will be sent 24 hours before your tour with final details.

*Includes all taxes and fees, beer and food. A 10-15% recommended gratuity is not included in the ticket price but is greatly appreciated by your guide. Must be 19+ with government issued ID. Each meal may include meat, dairy and gluten products. Sorry, we cannot guarantee vegetarian options at each stop on this tour.


January 18th, 19th, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 29th

February 1st, 2nd

Tickets $99 each and sold exclusively through the Dine Out website.

Visit the Dine Out Website to Purchase Tickets


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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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Holiday Staff Party Brewery Tour

Book Your Holiday Staff Party Brewery Tour!

Holiday Staff Party Brewery Tour

Top Tips for Planning a Successful Holiday Staff Party Brewery Tour!

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!

The Vancouver Brewery Tours team


Request a Holiday Staff Party Brewery Tour HERE


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Holiday Gift Certificates – Now Available

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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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BC Beer Awards 2018 - Vancouver Brewery Tours

2018 BC Beer Awards Winners List

BC Beer Awards 2018 - Vancouver Brewery Tours

Photo: BC Beer Awards

And the Winner is…

This past Saturday October 20th the 9th BC Beer Awards returned to the Croation Cultural Centre in East Vancouver. This popular event not only crowns some of the best brews in BC, but also doubles as a beer festival giving beer lovers the opportunity to taste many of the top beers in the province.

This year over 100+ breweries submitted over 1000 beer entries for a chance to win from 30 different categories.

So who won? Thanks to CBC we have a full list of all the winners across all categories, enjoy!

2018 BC Beer Awards Winners

International Lager
1. Langford Lager, Axe & Barrel Brewing Co.
2. Rye Lager, Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
3. Bomber Pilsner, Bomber Brewing

Pale German Beer
1. Klutz, Brassneck Brewery
2. 311 Helles Lager, Coal Harbour Brewing Co.
3. The Highway: Lager, Silver Valley Brewing Co.

German Pils
1. Hüftgold, Four Winds Brewing Co.
2. German Pilsner, Sooke Brewing Co.
3. Post Ride Pilsner, LoveShack Libations

Amber German Beer
1. Steamworks Winter Lager, Steamworks Brewing Co.
2. Vienna Lager, Sooke Brewing Co.
3. Marzen, Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Dark & Strong European Beer
1. Bear Beach Baltic Porter, Sooke Oceanside Brewery
2. Dissimulator, Twin City Brewing Company
3. Black Lager, Spinnakers Brewpub

German Wheat Beer
1. Sundown Hefeweizen, Sundown Brewing Company Ltd
2. 50/50 Hefe, KPU Brewing | Kwantlen Polytechnic University
3. Wiffen Wizen, Sooke Oceanside Brewery

UK Pale Ale
1. 33 Acres of Nirvana, 33 Acres Brewing Co.
2. Adrift Blonde Ale, Britannia Brewing Co.
3. Baldwin and Cooper, Howe Sound Brewing

UK Brown Ale
1. Renfrew Red Ale, Sooke Oceanside Brewery
2. Humble Hive Brown Ale, East Vancouver Brewing Co.
3. Ashore Porter, Britannia Brewing Co.

UK Stout
1. Oatmeal Stout, Luppolo Brewing Company
2. 52 Foot Stout, Barkerville Brewing Co.
3. Diamond Head, Howe Sound Brewing

Strong Ale
1. Hellroaring Scottish, Fisher Peak Brewing Company
2. Woolly Bugger, Howe Sound Brewing
3. Barleywine, Sooke Brewing Co

Fruit Beer
1. Emerald Lake Lime Sour, A-FRAME Brewing Company
2. Steamworks Frambozen, Steamworks Brewing Co.
3. Quayside, Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Specialty Fruit Beer
1. Late Bloomer, Twin City Brewing Company
2. Raspberry Fields, Sundown Brewing Company Ltd
3. Blueberry Blast Kettle Sour, Dead Frog Brewery

Spice Beer
1. Spruce Tip IPA, R&B Brewing
2. 250 London Fog Ale, Faculty Brewing
3. Beet Buck, Mayne Island Brewing Company

Smoke & Wood Aged Beer
1. Clayburn Smoked Scotch Ale, Ravens Brewing
2. Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Con Leche, Twin Sails Brewing
3. Parting Kiss Bourbon Barrel Ale, Twa Dogs Brewery

European Sour
1. Little Red One, Strange Fellows Brewing
2. 323 Sourweisse, Faculty Brewing
3. Sunrise Gose, Coal Harbour Brewing Co.

Specialty Beer
1. Launch Pad Belgian-Inspired Rye Ale, Whitetooth Brewing Company Ltd.
2. Semi-Formal – Brut Pale Ale, Bridge Brewing Company
3. Skittlebrau, Main Street Brewing

North American Light Beer
1. Hooligan, Nelson Brewing Co.
2. Islander Lager, Vancouver Island Brewing
3. Jerkface 9000, Parallel 49 Brewing

North American Blonde Ale
1. East Van Smash For Bash, Bomber Brewing
2. Sundown Blonde, Sundown Brewing Company Ltd
3. Golden Ale, Ravens Brewing

North American Pale Ale
1. Suck It Trebek, Backcountry Brewing
2. Outdoorsy, Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
3. Chase My Tail Pale Ale, Yellow Dog Brewing

North American Amber & Brown Ale
1. Steamworks Heroica Red Ale, Steamworks Brewing Co.
2. Side Project Amber Lager, Category 12 Brewing
3. James Brown Ale, Monkey 9 Brewing Co.

North American Porter & Stout
1. Truth, Dare, Consequence Nordic Imperial Stout, Whitetooth Brewing Company Ltd.
2. Gladstone Brewing Porter, Gladstone Brewing Company
3. 2018 Commander Imperial Stout, Dead Frog Brewery

North American IPA
1. Tail Slap IPA, Three Ranges Brewing Company
2. Jagged Face, Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company
3. West Shore IPA, Axe & Barrel Brewing Co.

Specialty IPA
1. 33 Acres Of Echo, 33 Acres Brewing Co.
2. Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire, Dead Frog Brewery
3. Magical Musicians & Musical Magicians, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Hazy IPA
1. Orange Slices, Twin Sails Brewing
2. Juice Plus, Twin Sails Brewing
3. Single Whammy, Twin Sails Brewing

Imperial IPA
1. Red Racer Imperial IPA, Central City Brewers & Distillers
2. Spaghetti Western-Ish DIPA, Coal Harbour Brewing Co.
3. Just the Hits, Boombox Brewing

Belgian Ale
1. Jongleur, Strange Fellows Brewing
2. Take A Walk Witbier, Yellow Dog Brewing
3. 33 Acres of Sunshine, 33 Acres Brewing Co.

1. West Coast Farmhouse Saison, Granville Island Brewing
2. Mistress of My Soul Saison, Twa Dogs Brewery
3. Russell Belgian Saison, Russell Brewing

Strong Belgian Ale
1. Brune, Dageraad Brewing
2. Belgian Blond, Sooke Brewing Co.
3. Antwerpen, Dageraad Brewing

Wild Ale
1. Boomer Wild Ale, Iron Road Brewing
2. New World Sour, Luppolo Brewing Company
3. Multi Malt, Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

Specialty Wild Ale
1. Mistral, Strange Fellows Brewing
2. Vanishing Act, Twin City Brewing Company
3. Late Bloomer, Parallel 49 Brewing

Dan Small Homebrew Award
Jeff Tichbourne, Annie, I’m a Hawk

Rookie of the Year
Sooke Brewing

Best Tap Handle
Luppolo Brewing

Best Can Design
Holotape, Boombox Brewing

Best Packaging Boxes & Carriers
Craft Camper, Old Yale Brewing

Best Bottle Label
A Good Life, Field House Brewing

Best Website
Field House Brewing

Best Social Media
Electric Bicycle Brewing

Best Tasting Room
Sooke Brewing Company

Best Merchandise
Riot Brewing

Best Flight Paddle
The Parkside Brewery

Brewers Challenge
Yellow Dog Brewing, Alpha Dog

Best in Show
Late Bloomer, Twin City Brewing Company

CBC People’s Choice
BREWHALL, Mighty Morphin’ Sour Rangers

Innovator of the Year
Field House Brewing

Legend Award
Lundy Dale

Brewery of the Year
33 Acres Brewing Company

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7 Great Craft Beer Tours Across Canada

Vancouver Brewery Tours Named One of the Great Craft Beer Tours in Canada

Craft beer has been gaining in popularity ever since some of Canada’s first microbreweries like Granville Island Brewing or Big Rock Brewery opened their doors over 30 years ago. While our country’s craft breweries continue to grow and mature, a new business model has popped up across the country to aid in their continued growth and success – craft beer tour companies.

There are currently only a handful of craft beer focused tour companies across the country, so when Lucas Akroyd from G Adventures got in touch and wanted to profile Vancouver Brewery Tours as part of a Canada wide article about Great Craft Beer Tours Across Canada – we were happy to host Lucas and honoured to be alongside such great company.

Here’s what Lucas had to say about his experience with Vancouver Brewery Tours, and our craft beer community:

“You know you’ll get a complimentary 16-oz pint glass from Vancouver Brewery Tours, but you don’t know who you’ll meet while exploring this budding West Coast beer mecca by van. On my latest three-hour odyssey, I encountered a bachelorette party from Philadelphia and two brothers from Minnesota attending a prosthetics convention. This tour company, founded in 2013, hits up such East Vancouver staples as Main Street Brewing, which boasts tasty seasonals like the Barking Mad Plum Porter, and Strange Fellows, whose flourishing tasting room features the Belgian-style Jongleur Wit and also displays quirky local artwork.”

Read the full article here to see all the great craft beer tours across Canada www.gadventures.com/blog/7-great-craft-beer-tours-across-canada

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The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Brewery Creek

Local Podcast Captures the 100+ Year Story of Brewery Creek

Did you know that Vancouver Brewery Tours partners with 22 different local craft breweries? Did you also know that all of these breweries are located within 3 main brewing districts – North Vancouver, East Vancouver and Brewery Creek located in the Mount Pleasant/Main Street neighborhood.

The oldest of these neighborhoods has affectionately become known as Brewery Creek. The area has a rich and storied history dating back to the late 1800’s when a fresh water creek ran down from Main Street and emptied into what is now False Creek.

Recently Vancouver Brewery Tours Owner Ryan Mackey was featured on the Echoes Podcast of BCIT Radio Station Evolution 107.9 to talk about what the area is today – one of the most popular neighborhoods for craft breweries and beer fans alike. Also featured is local historian John Atkin who speaks to the storied history of the area.

To learn more about the area, check out the following link, happy listening!



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The 2018 Fresh Hop Season is Here!

The 2018 Fresh Hops Season is Here!

It’s that time of the year again… the season we have all been waiting for… when we are able to welcome back fresh hop beers back into our favourite breweries!

What are Fresh Hops?

You might be asking yourself, “what is the difference between fresh hops and regular hops?” and today, we are here to tell you that there really is quite a substantial difference! For example, regular hops are available year-round because they have been dried and frozen in order to preserve them for use whenever the brewers need them. Fresh hops, or ‘wet’ hops, are harvested as whole flower cones and not dried or frozen at all. This preserves the precious hop oils necessary for making an amazingly fresh tasting and delightfully smelling beer that only comes around once a year.

Hops in the wild

What are the origins of Fresh Hop beers in B.C.?

The first craft brewery to make a fresh hop beer in B.C. was Victoria’s very own Driftwood Brewing back in 2009 with their Sartori Harvest IPA. In fact, the story goes that when Driftwood started making this beer they used to harvest the hops first thing in the morning, then race back to the ferry in order to make it back to the brewery where the brew kettle was waiting to brew a freshly hopped beer on the same day of picking said hops. How fresh is that?!

A hop farm

Old Yale Brewing, always the innovators out in Chilliwack, have a fresh hopped beer that has the newly harvested hops thrust into the brew kettle after just 45 minutes! Since 2014 we have seen this delectable beer style explode in popularity with more new breweries jumping on board every year. The next year was also the initial installment of our own fresh hop festival, the B.C. Hop Fest, and it was so successful it has become an annual event. This year, slated to occur again at the end of September. Now in 2018 it seems like just about every brewery has a fresh hop beer in this seasonal style. The number of hop farmers has been increasing rapidly in B.C. to service the growing B.C. Craft Beer scenes thirst for fresh, and regularly provided, hops.

When are Fresh Hops coming to the breweries?

The time is now! Late summer and early autumn is when hop farmers everywhere start to harvest their hops for use in brewing. The fresh hops are meant to be utilized as soon as possible, usually within 24-48 hours, to preserve those fragile oils which produce all the coveted flavours and aromas we obsess about so much. Brewers love to get these amazing fresh hops into their beers, making them super vibrant and fresh tasting while adding pleasant grassy/chlorophyll sensations with a softer hop bite.

You can see a variety of styles like IPA’s, Pale Ales, Amber Ales and Lagers used to showcase the fresh hops. Many of our brewery partners produce fresh hop beers and when hopping (pun intended) onto one of our tours during this limited time, you are certainly in for a treat! Here’s just a few of the breweries where you can expect to see fresh hop beers on tap:

  • Main Street Brewing Co.
  • Red Truck Beer Co.
  • Deep Cove Brewers
  • Bridge Brewing Co
  • Storm Brewing
  • Off the Rail Brewing
  • Steamworks Brewery
  • Big Rock Urban

Hoppy hunting!

Cheers, Cam

Vancouver Brewery Tour Guide


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Hip Hops – BRUT IPAs Have Arrived in Vancouver

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Article by Cam Gerard: Vancouver Brewery Tours Guide & graduate of the SFU Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials program

So Brut IPAs have come to Vancouver recently showing up at three local breweries in the last couple of weeks – Parallel 49, Steamworks and Faculty (with more to come we’re sure). This new style comes in on a wave behind styles such as the Hazy (fruit juice) and Milkshake (soft and smooth) IPAs of the last few years. Of course we still have bitter hopped North West IPAs as well to hold up the old school flavours IPA lovers enjoy.

What’s in a Name?

So what exactly is a Brut IPA? The name “brut” is taken from the terminology used to rank sweetness in Brut IPA - Faculty BrewingChampagne and other sparkling wines — brut is the driest category in that ranking (although it is sometimes subdivided into brut and extra brut). Doing my best craft beer math we get Brut + IPA (which is the most dominant beer style on the West Coast of North America if not the continent) = “Champagne” like beer.

You can expect the beer to be super dry and highly carbonated with a light body. The appearance is a brilliant gold as well as startling clarity. The aroma is complex throwing out fresh citrus fruits, dankness, and petrol like aromatics. The ABV (alcohol by volume) is also on the higher end.

Origins of the BRUT IPA Style

Brut IPA - Parallel 49 Brewing 6 Year AnniversarySo where did this beer come from? Brut IPAs invention is widely credited to Social Kitchen and Brewery’s Brew Master, Kim Sturdavant, in San Francisco over a year ago. To achieve all aforementioned features, Kim used an amlyase enzyme (the amyloglucosidase enzyme derived from a selected strain of Aspergillus niger) normally used to lighten stouts and porters without reducing the ABV. This amylase enzyme is also there to transform all the starches and complex sugars into glucose aka short chain sugars so that the yeast can consume all of the sugars, making the beer very dry. The hopping profile is very light on IBUs with mostly late additions as well as being very heavy on the dry hopping to marry the aroma with a lighter than usual bodied beer.

I have yet to try this particular beer style but it is high on my ISO (in search of) list. I hope it can maintain a place amongst all the other IPAs out there and give us thirsty IPA fans a different alternative. Here’s my list of known Brut IPAs in town, let us know if we’ve missed any!

– Parallel 49 Brewing just recently released a Brut IPA in a cork and cage reminiscent of a champagne bottle – June 15th, 2018.
– Steamwork “Brute IPA” just bottled last Friday – June 15th, 2018 **from an inside source ;)!
– Bridge Brewing Brut IPA  – June 8th, 2018 (check out the Beer Brawlers YouTube video!)
– Faculty have also recently come out with a Brut IPA called “729 Brut IPA” – June 7th ,2018.
– Postmark Brut IPA – May 23rd, 2018
– Yellow Dog “Pop It Like It’s Hop Brut IPA” – May 11th, 2018


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Everybody Needs a Good Buddy – Getting to Know Good Buddy Brewing Co.

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Change is inevitable, and Vancouver’s only co-operative brewery Callister Brewing is well accustomed to change. Each July Callister says goodbye to their current in house breweries and welcomes a new round of aspiring brewers into the craft beer community.  The co-op model is a welcomed opportunity for those looking to test the waters of the business of brewing and has produced some of Vancouver’s most popular beers – perhaps most notably Boom Box Brewing Co. and Superflux Beer Co.

This July, Good Buddy Brewing Co. will be the newest brewery to set up shop in Callister. Founded by Tim Rennie, we had the opportunity to sit down with Tim and learn more about his plans for Vancouver’s newest brewery.

Tell us about Good Buddy Brewing?Good Buddy Brewing Co. Growler - Vancouver Brewery Tours

Good Buddy Brewing is my take at the brewing industry.  We’re sort of the little brother or the goofy friend in the craft beer world.  We want to focus on making beers that are a little weird and playful.  For me drinking beer has always been about hanging out with your friends and family and just having a great time and that’s what I want everyone to feel when they drink GB.  I’m hoping to do a lot of collab beers in the future and feature guest brewers and recipes.  We also plan on posting all of our recipes on our website and if you ever have any questions or just want to talk beer I love that kind of stuff.  This year we are one of the associate brewers at Callister so you can find me slinging beers there once a week.

What inspired you to start Good Buddy Brewing?

I started brewing with my dad at the home brew shop back in Ontario when I was a kid.  Over the years I kept building home brew set ups at the different towns I’ve lived in all over Canada.  I came to Vancouver about 6 years ago and that’s sorta when it clicked that I could do this as a living.  I quit a well paying job I had and took the first beer job I could get which was at Parallel 49 working the bottling line and kegging machine.  The goal for me was always to start something on my own that was a little less industrial than a lot of the other things I saw at the time.  Since then a lot of places have popped up and I’ve worked with a ton of them and made loads of friends.  It’s been about 4 years since I jumped into this game and I keep finding more reasons to love this business.

Why did you choose to partner with Callister Brewing to start your brewery?

Good Buddy Brewing Co. Tim Rennie - Vancouver Brewery ToursI knew Chris and Diana from Vanbrewers and they also gave a presentation at SFU while I was there for the beer program, so I was pretty familiar with their business model.  I’ve seen a few pretty cool breweries come through there so it seemed like a bit of a no brainier.  I’ve been looking at other ways to start a brewery, and there are a lot of them now, and this seemed like the best way to really test out a bunch of recipes and get some feedback on a relatively small budget.  I sent Chris and Diana a ton of emails over Christmas (their probably pretty sick of seeing my name pop up in their inbox) and I was kind of surprised when they gave me the green light because they’re kind of heroes to me.

You have years of experience working for a number of BC’s craft breweries. How will this experience help you now that you’re brewing for yourself?

Once I get something in my head that I want to do I pretty much charge like a bull into figuring that out.  That’s been really helpful for me in this industry.  I went from pretty much pushing a broom at Parallel 49 to doing deliveries at Coal Harbour which eventually led to brewing and some managing and then to my head brewer role at Salt Spring Island Ales, all in a fairly short period of time.  At this point I’ve seen quite a bit of most of the sides of the beer world, but there is always more to learn.  The brewery on Salt Spring is over 20 years old so I had no shortage of things to repair on nearly a daily basis.  I can’t really think of a better way to learn what I’ve learned in a faster time than my time on Salt Spring.  Besides brewing their core beers (which are mostly English ale recipes) I also had the opportunity to make a few of my own recipes which I’m really proud of (most notably the Hazy IPA).  The next challenge is the business side.

How did the name Good Buddy Brewing come to be?

Good Buddy Brewing Co. Cake - Vancouver Brewery ToursA few years ago I was living in Dawson City, Yukon and working in the casino as a black jack dealer.  I put a note in the break room that said if you ever needed the night off just ask your good buddy Tim.  Pretty soon everyone knew me as good buddy Tim.  The cartoon character was also on that note and it kinda became synonymous with the good buddy moniker.  Over the years its kind of evolved into the guy you’ll see on cans today.  I think it also shows a lightheartedness and that I don’t take myself too seriously.

What types of beers will you be focusing on?Good Buddy Brewing Co. Sad Dad IPA - Vancouver Brewery Tours

I have a pretty huge variety of beers that I enjoy so I don’t want to pigeon hole myself too much.  A lot of guys out there stick with a style and I really respect that.  Dagaraad for example does amazing Belgian beers.  I’ve got more of an ADD type personality.  I love things that are wacky so I’d like to focus on that.  I don’t really see much point in making another pale ale or lager since there are so many breweries already doing a great job of that.  I’ve asked my friends in the past to come up with wacky ideas for beers and that’s what I like to do.  I’ve done a wasabi bitter, blonde stout and honey lavender beer in the past (with mixed success) and I’d like to continue to challenge myself with making stuff that’s crazy like that, but also drinkable.  I also love a good hazy IPA, so I’m going to continue to make that.  Basically I know what I like and more importantly what I don’t like so I’m going to keep making that stuff better and better as well as put some challenging beer out there that may or may not be amazing.

What else would you like our readers to know about Good Buddy Brewing?

I’m really at the very beginning of what I hope is a great adventure.  I’m really hoping that I can make beer fun and exciting for everyone, like it is for me.  If you’ve ever had any questions about making or drinking beer I want to be out there to help everyone out with that.  There’s a lot of really smart people in the beer world right now and it can be a bit intimidating.  I’m hoping to be the guy that’s easy to talk to and hang out with.  There’s no stupid questions, only stupid t-shirts.

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