Upcoming Tri-cities Breweries-UPDATED-Nov 7 – 1 Coquitlam, 2 Port Coquitlam

Name: Fraser Mills Fermentation

Projected opening: I’d estimate 1 year

Progress: looking for space

Notes: Looks to produce a full range of fermented drinks including meads and ciders.

Location:  Fraser Mills is in what is today south Coquitlam… United boulevard perhaps?

 

Name: Northpaw Brew Co.

Projected opening: months…

Progress: construction nearly complete.

Notes: Core beers available in limited quantities on draught such as the Jamaican Pale Ale and Cream Ale

Location: Port Coquitlam’s Fremont Village industrial space behind Wal-Mart

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Name: Brewery formerly known as District 43

Projected opening: 8 months- 1 year

Progress: lease signed?

Notes: 

 

Name: Prototype brewing

Projected opening: 2018?

Progress: dead in the water?

Notes: Hoped to open in a commercial space but Coquitlam zoning did not allow for them at the time, their website hints to 2018.

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Coalesce Beer Joins the Fold

Well after months of keeping it under my hat it’s finally time to let the cat out of the bag (two cliches, one sentence…) Coalesce Beer has its first release on Saturday. Coalesce has a very cool focus, and I wont try to speak for them so here is how the family run brewery describe themselves:

“family brewing company specializing in mixed fermentation and wood aged beer”

“Seasonality means a lot to us, and for us brewing seasonally is not about brewing a beer for the season, but rather using local produce and ingredients that inspire us and are at their best in that season. Today we brewed a beer with a variety of heirloom squash from @sapobravoorganics which we charred over wood coals. 
This beer will ferment and rest in barrels until maturity, whenever that may be, and may be very “unseasonal” upon release, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

These guys have a clear philosophy that will no doubt be reflected in the beer. I expect see most if not all beers from Coalesce spend some time in barrels and again most if not all be bottle fermented.

 

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Coalesce Beer Instagram

 

Where to find

Coalesce Beers share space with Twin Sails Brewing and will undoubtedly release on weekends that Twin Sails brewing does not. It seems they will have a keg on draught to try with this release but I doubt that will always be the case. The First release “Foreward” a “mixed fermentation ale inspired by the historical saison style. Foreword was brewed with oats, spelt malt and raw wheat and hopped judiciously with Hallertau Hersbrucker and Saaz. The beer was fermented dry with a mixed culture of Sacchromyces, Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus in freshly emptied BC Chardonnay barrels, where it rested for 3 months until mature. It was then refermented and conditioned naturally in the bottle for an additional 3 months.”

Vitals:

Release 12pm 500mL, 6.2% abv, and 21 IBU. 45 cases for sale, 10$ per bottle and a 6 bottle per person limit.

I expect line ups and a sell out.

Brewers Row, the best place to grab a Pint in Canada, just got even more Dynamic.

Mariner Brewing From the Source

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I’ve got the low down on Mariner brewing, but rather than tell you i’ll let Byron of Mariner Brewing explain:

“We are located at H-1100 Lansdowne Drive in a unit facing the highway! We’re working through the building permit with the City and have our space all prepared for construction already. We’re on schedule to open this summer!

      From a brand and design perspective, some of our concepts are posted on our Instagram (MarinerBeer) and we’ll continue to update that as we make progress.
      For beer, there are so many great breweries that we’ve learned from, it’s hard to narrow it down to a few. Locally we’ve taken the most inspiration from Four Winds, Yellow Dog, and Field House. In terms of modern beer we most admire Yellow Dog’s Play Dead IPA and Steamworks Flagship IPA.  We also really admire Four Winds whole Eurus Series, Bellwood’s Jelly King, Breakside Wanderlust, and numerous classic imports including Gulden Draak and Bitburger, each for their own reason.
    We have our brewer on board and we’re super excited about them. They’ve got a lot of experience, are a recognized name in the region, and they’re as excited as we are to bring craft beer to Coquitlam. We’ll be able to reveal their name in about a month.
Cheers,
Byron”
There you have it, straight from the source

CONFIRMED: Coquitlam’s First Brewery

Breward Inlet can confirm that Coquitlam’s first brewery is on its way (The yet to be renamed District 43 is apparently still developing but unconfirmed)! Having spoken with a representative of the company it is suggested the the City of Coquitlam has OK’d the brewery and they have plans to attends several events in the short term including Poco Blues Fest as well as the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival. Moreover, a tap takeover could be occurring too. Until then take look at some of their branding.

 

End of Summer Update

I took the summer off to finish of school but that doesn’t mean thing haven’t been happening in the Tri-Cities

-Yellow Dog continues their ever expanding expansion with an expansion of both tasting room and brewing. A new larger tasting room in already under construction.

-Twin Sails is looking to expand brewing compact in the fall, this should mean more and varied beers on the horizon. Space Armadillo is next on the list, an Imperial IPA with Galaxy and Amarillo hops.

-Twin Sails also looks to open a patio for next spring as bureaucracy got in the way of construction taking place for this summer.

-The Parkside looks to  can some product very soon.

-Another edition of the tri-cities cask fest takes place outdoors this long weekend.

New Breweries

-It seems only a matter of time before a new brewery opens in the the Tri-City area, i might even get together  a list of what I know, but in any case:

-District 43 brewing is in planning stages and hopes to get going by the end of June in Coquitlam or PoCo.