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Craft Beer Revolution 2.0

Craft Beer Revolution 2.0

May 2015

Join the revolution with one of B.C.'s biggest champions of craft beer! Joe Wiebe, a.k.a. "The Thirsty Writer," is the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider's Guide to B.C. Breweries. This May, he will tour Vancouver Island, celebrating the release of the newly revised second edition of the book, which—due to the explosion of craft brewers on the scene—has almost doubled in thickness since the first edition was published in 2013. Wiebe will visit some of the breweries that recently opened their doors and will also make some stops at places where there is a longer history of craft beer. Catch him at the following locations:

  • Cascadia Liqour Store (444 Lerwick Rd., Courtenay): Master Class on Wednesday, May 20 at 5pm.
  • Gladstone Brewing Co. (244 4th St., Courtenay): Book launch celebration with a talk and signing by Joe Wiebe on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event from the Laughing Oyster Bookshop.
  • Cumberland Brewing Company (2732 Dunsmuir Ave., Cumberland): Book launch celebration on Thursday, May 21 at 6pm.
  • Longwood Brewery (101A - 2046 Boxwood Rd., Nanaimo): Book launch celebration on Friday, May 22 at 4pm.

The second edition of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries is a fascinating tour of British Columbia’s flourishing craft beer industry, with one of Canada’s best-known beer writers as a guide. This new edition contains an up-to-date and entertaining history of craft beer in the province as well as profiles of the people behind the kegs and casks. It is filled to the brim with recommendations for beer tasting tours, lists of the best brews that B.C. has to offer and entertaining trivia that will make beer geeks pop their tops.

British Columbians are embracing craft beer like never before, enticed by the diverse variety of beers and unique beer-tasting experiences available in B.C., as well as an urge to reject the status quo of the mass market in favour of local artisan products made thoughtfully with high-quality ingredients. According to Wiebe, “craft brewers are in the business to make good beer, not just sell a whack of it.”

Until fairly recently, most towns on Vancouver Island outside Victoria were "Lucky towns"—that is, the primary drink of choice was Lucky Lager. But the breweries that are opening in Island towns, such as Gladstone Brewing and Cumberland Brewing, hope that their product will persuade mass-market beer drinkers to join the movement to consume locally-made brews. It has already worked well in places such as Tofino and Powell River, with the emergence of Tofino Brewing and Townsite Brewing. Given the pace of B.C.'s craft beer revolution, Islanders are sure to have the good fortune to have an unprecedented variety of quality beer in the years to come.

Joe Wiebe, a.k.a. the “Thirsty Writer” is one of Canada’s leading beer writers and has been telling the stories of B.C.’s craft beer community since 2006. His writing has appeared in publications throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including enRoute, BCBusiness, The Globe and Mail, The Growler and Beer West and Taps magazines. Based in Victoria, B.C., he is the craft beer correspondent for CBC Radio’s All Points West broadcast. The first edition of Craft Beer Revolution was a B.C. bestseller and won the Gourmand Award for the Best Beer Book in Canada. For more information about these events, or to connect with the author and the craft beer community, visit or follow "BCCraftBeerRevolution" on Facebook and on Twitter.Read more about Craft Beer Revolution >>