Joe Wiebe

Joe Wiebe is the Thirsty Writer. He writes mainly about craft beer, as well as wine, spirits, sports and travel, for a wide range of print and online publications. Currently, Joe is researching and writing two books: Craft Beer Revolution: An Insider's Guide to BC Breweries (Douglas & McIntyre, Spring 2013) and Tales from Brewery Creek (Anvil Press, Fall 2013). Read more at and follow him on Twitter.

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Nov 20, 2015
Brewer Matt Phillips expands his business with new malting facility

For a good example of what it means to bootstrap, consider the case of Matt Phillips. In 2001, the then-27-year-old decided he wanted to open his own brewery and went to several banks in search of help. They refused to give him a loan, so he maxed out every credit...

Jun 4, 2012
Navigating B.C.'s Ale Trail

The unmistakable drone and wail of a bagpipe erupts, masking the perpetual industrial hum from the Catalyst paper mill that is background noise for residents of Powell River’s historic Townsite neighbourhood. The piper, a woman in Celtic garb, begins a...

Sep 6, 2011
B.C.'s Craft Beer Movement: The Breweries

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.

Sep 5, 2011
Boom Times for Craft Beer in B.C.

B.C. craft brewers can’t keep up with demand 
as the craze for all things local sparks a staking rush 
in the race to claim the hearts and minds – 
and wallets – of a whole new beer demographic.

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