In my adult life, I can't think of a big brewery opening a new facility. Plenty have closed; Edmonton, New Westminster, Victoria, Barrie, Vancouver. Wikipedia tells me that Molson opened a new brewery in Moncton back in 2007 though. With the new Chilliwack brewery, they now have six in Canada, including the former O'Keefe's brewery in Etobicoke, and Creemore Springs in Ontario.
Labatt's also maintains six breweries in Canada.
This is nice to see I suppose. Create some jobs, be more modern, more environmentally friendly - all good things. I doubt this will result in them making good beer. And buried at the bottom of that article, is that MolsonCoors sales are down 4.4% from last year at this time.
“unfavourable weather and weak industry demand” were the reasons.
Weak beer more like.
Here's what I've been drinking;
IPA, Hoyne Brewing, Victoria, BC.
If you were wanting to introduce someone to the world of IPAs, you would not want to start with this one. It's dark, beefy, bitter, and hoppy. I thought it was a Imperial actually, but it's only 6.3% and 58 IBU.
Not sure I've had another beer where the IBU number seemed so meaningless.
Did I mention though that it's fantastic? And I can walk to the pub store in five minutes to pick up another for $6.
Earl Pale Ale, BNA Brewing, Kelowna, BC.
BNA has a beautiful building in Kelowna with a tasting room, pub, and - are you ready for this? - a bowling alley!
And the beer is good. This Earl pale ale is very English, very dark. Excellent flavour and just the right amount of bitterness.