The Sunshine Coast’s burgeoning craft beer culture is an experience unto its own. Extending now to craft cideries and distilleries, sipping the Coast is a must.
Follow the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail from Townsite Brewing’s re-purposed Federal building within a recognized Canadian Heritage District, to Persephone Brewing’s “beer farm” surrounded by towering hop vines and coastal Douglas fir forest. And to top it off, these microbreweries know how to throw a great party. The Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Festival and the Powell River Craft Beer Festival mark the calendar in early spring and late fall, and the “Tough Kegger” adventure race is a summer classic you won’t want to miss. The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery is Gibsons’ first craft distillery featuring house Gin and Vodka cocktails, and the newly opened Batch 44 Brewery & Kitchen has now jumped on the scened becoming Sechelt’s first-ever craft brewery! With both offering a restaurant and lounge, these local hubs offer great craft beers, spirits and food. And do you know what makes an excellent pairing? Beer and trivia! Tapworks Brewing Company embraces the Coastal lifestyle and serves up quality craft beer, paired with fun trivia nights every Monday – be sure to show up early to guarantee a table!
It wouldn’t be called the “Brewers’ Coast” without the addition of a farm based cidery in West Sechelt, the Bricker Cider Company. Known for their legendary original dry cider, you can also find hopped, frambo (raspberry), and seasonal variations like Peaches n’ Cream, Root Beer, and Blackcurrant. Stop in at the 5 acre farm for a tasting or to fill up your growler to go.
Perhaps your palate is inspired by the fine art of distilling and you’re on the hunt for the aromatic components to your favourite cocktail. The Sunshine Coast is now home to two Distilleries – The 101 Brewhouse & Distillery in Gibsons and Bruinwood Estate Distillery in Roberts Creek. Unique ingredients bring a fresh feel to classic products whilst your favourite spirits are carefully hand crafted in small batches with herbs, spices sourced locally and from around the world.