Change is in the Air

Also available in Monday Magazine, originally posted on January 28th, 2021.

We’re barely into January, and changes are already coming fast. A local pioneer has changed hands, and an industry trying to adapt to a new normal has adjusted one of its signature events to welcome attendees from the comfort of their own home. At this rate, 2021 looks like it’s going to keep people on their toes.

Canoe Brewpub, which opened in 1996 in the old City Lights Building down on the water, will be changing hands after 25 years. CRAFT Beer Market, based out of Calgary with multiple locations throughout Alberta, Ontario, and BC, including Vancouver and Kelowna, will be taking over operations in the classic harbourfront brick building with the award-winning patio.

Changes won’t be too noticeable for the foreseeable future, but if you’re familiar with their other locations, one of the first things that come to mind is their wide selection of good craft beers, and their community brews alongside local breweries that raise money for local causes.

The brewhouse will still be pumping out its great selection of beers, and the kitchen will continue to offer a great variety of local fare, just under a new patio umbrella.

While you’re at home, staying safe, you can get some education and exposure to the BC Craft Beer industry during the virtually held BC Craft Brewers Conference. This event, put on by the BC Craft Brewers Guild, has normally been an October event in Vancouver alongside the BC Beer Awards, but it has been moved to February, as well as online for this year, meaning fans of craft beer can take part from all over.

Held from February 3-5th, the event will be a combination of seminars on brewing, tourism and hospitality, responding to the pandemic, and diversity and inclusion, including a keynote address from Ren Navarro of Beer. Diversity., one of the industry’s leaders in changing the way people look at how they can change things for the better. To break things up, the always fantastic local Quizmaster Benji Duke will be bookending the event with online beer-themed quizzes on the nights of the 2nd and 5th.

If you’re interested in getting into the industry, wanting to rub elbows (virtually) with some of the amazing people who make your beer, or just want to get a taste of what being a part of this industry really is, tickets are available online at for $50, with 50% of the ticket price going to the Canadian Craft Brewers Association’s efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive beer community, which is definitely welcome.

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