VIDEO: Vancouver craft distilling and brewing

Vancouver is home to many local breweries and distilleries, and are supported by the growing market for craft industries as more locally made beverages show up on the liquor store shelves.

Graham With, head brewer for Parallel 49 Brewing Company, said Vancouver in particular has a demand for locally brewed beer.

Graham With, Parallel 49 Brewing head brewer, serves a beer in the tasting room
Graham With, Parallel 49 Brewing head brewer, serves a beer in the tasting room

The growing market for local products has many people wondering where their food comes from, and Parallel 49 Brewing Company satisfies that market by sourcing nearby fresh ingredients.

“We make the beer, but we also have raw ingredients as well,” With said. He said they get most of their barely from the prairies and most of their hops from Washington state.

Small batch distilleries are an even newer niche market in the Vancouver craft community. Charles Tremewen, founder of Longtable Distillery, said he got into the distilling business because of his love for gin.

“There’s a culture starting to begin in Vancouver, which is great,” he said. Longtable Distillery only produces small batches, 150 litres of 180 proof alcohol makes around 300 to 400 bottles and only takes a few weeks.

Bottles of gin from Longtable distillery in Yaletown
Bottles of gin from Longtable distillery in Yaletown

With said there is a lot of satisfaction in making something people appreciate, but brewing can be incredibly complex and things are always changing.

“It’s a lot of hard work and long hours, but it’s worth it,” he said.

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