Cataloguing craft beer in B.C.: As demand for craft beer skyrockets, B.C.'s local brewers scramble to meet the demand. (Have we forgotten your favourite B.C. craft beer? Get in touch.)
Central City Brewing Co.
Central City Brewing Co. in Surrey has seen revenues grow from $650,000 in 2008 to a projected $3 million in 2011. It is about to break ground on a new brewing facility that will more than quadruple its capacity to 35,000 hectolitres a year from its current 8,000 hl.
Russell Breweries Inc.
Russell Breweries Inc. in Surrey has seen sales grow from just $174,000 in 2004 to $7 million in 2010, although those numbers include sales from Fort Garry Brewing in Winnipeg, which Russell bought in 2007.
Howe Sound Brewing Co.
Howe Sound Brewing Co. in Squamish has more than doubled its annual revenue from $2 million to $5 million in just three years, expanding its staff by 20 employees over that time.
R&B Brewing Inc.
R&B Brewing Inc. in Vancouver reports a steady growth of 10 per cent annually over the past five years.
Driftwood Brewing Co.
Driftwood Brewing Co., which opened in Victoria in 2008, has doubled its capacity each year since then.
Phillips Brewing Co.
Phillips Brewing Co. of Victoria now employs 35 people, compared to just five in 2006.
Tree Brewing Co.
Tree Brewing Co. in Kelowna reports doubling its business over the past four years.
Nelson Brewing Co.
Nelson Brewing Co. in Nelson claims a relatively modest seven per cent annual growth over the past three years.
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. in Revelstoke has nearly doubled its production since 2007 and increased its brewery staff from three to nine.
Back to the September 2011 feature, "Boom Time for Craft Beer in B.C.," by Joe Wiebe