Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Getting an education in craft brewing

While East Vancouver may be getting all the attention lately with the rising popularity of craft brewing and the consumption of craft beer in Metro Vancouver, the South of Fraser can hold its own.

The South of Fraser is home to Big Ridge Brewing, Russel Brewing, Four Winds Brewing, Stanley Park Brewery, Dead Frog Brewery, and Central City Brewing + Distilling.

Speaking about Central City Brewing, they recently vacated their current brewing facilities at the Central City Mall, moving to their new $20 million facility near the Scott Road SkyTrain Station. This facility was built in partnership with the municipally owned Surrey City Development Corporation.

20901 Langley Bypass. Proposed site of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's brewery. Click image to enlarge.

As Central City Brewing no longer need their Central City Mall facility, SFU will be taking over the location as part of their new brewing program. As the SFU Surrey campus is in the same building, this makes sense.

Not to be left out, Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be expanding their new brewing program in the City of Langley. Kwantlen has applied to the City of Langley to build a 4,510 sq. ft. brewing instructional laboratory near the Glover Road entrance of their Langley Campus.

You can have your say on this proposal at a public hearing scheduled for 7pm on June 23.

Besides being home to some great craft breweries, the South of Fraser will become the training hub for brewing in Metro Vancouver.

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