CRAFT BEER

Celebrate beer for the art form it has always been. Brew beer with BC Brewers from Strange Fellows and Steamworks.  Enjoy gourmet food and beer pairings, tap-side beer chats, and formal educational beer seminars.

Delve into Brewing Craft Beer

Two certified Cicerones® will be pouring beers throughout the retreat and sharing their extensive beer knowledge with our guests.

If you’ve never brewed before, this is your opportunity to learn; or just sit back and watch. If you’ve dabbled and want to up your game, this is your access to beer professionals.  Even if you’ve welded your own inline oxygenation system and spund, this is your opportunity to talk shop with some of the best brewers in the world.

The Craft Beer Revolution is in full effect.  Gone are the days when mass-produced standard international lagers were the only choice.  Today’s craft brewers are reaching new heights in creativity and artistic expression. The Craft Beer and Wilderness Retreat allows for in-depth discussions of the flavours of beer, the thinking that goes in to making beer, and a wider and deeper appreciation for beer. Education is a key component of this retreat.

Formal beer seminars on topics such as: properly serving beer, pairing beer with food, cellaring beer, and general beer appreciation, will be held throughout the retreat. As well as an extensive selection of bottled beers, several kegs of beer will be on tap throughout the retreat. The beers of BC are world-class, and the finest beers available will be personally selected for this retreat. The selection and quality of beer will surely please the casual beer drinker to the most experienced beer connoisseur.

Our 2020 brewers !

Ben Love

Ben Love

Just in case you have not heard of Ben Love and his impressive Gigantic Brewing Company, there’s a reason they have been invited to the 2020 CBW retreat from Oregon.

Iain Hill

Iain Hill

Iain began his brewing career in Quality Control with Shaftebury Brewing Co., one of the earliest breweries in North Americas current craft renaissance, and has made several notable contributions to beer culture in Canada.

Julia Hanlon

Julia Hanlon

Her technical training combined with love of her job and dedication to quality, creativity and collaboration has allowed her to flourish in the role of Brewmaster for Steamworks.

Meet the Certified Cicerones®

Brian Chapman

Cicerone®

Brian has been enjoying and studying craft beer since he moved to Vancouver Island in 1997.  He was the 48th Certified Cicerone® in Canada and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University.  He is a professional distiller at Wayward Distillation House in Courtenay and owns a nomadic whisky company set to fill the first barrels in December 2018.  Brian spent three years selling beer for some of the top breweries in North America as well as waxing poetic about craft beer at The Drake and Vintage Spirits in Victoria.  Pick his brain about anything beer while he pours you a pint, an act he considers to be an art form and practices as much as he can.

Rob Mangelsdorf

Cicerone®

In addition to being a longtime homebrewer, Certified Cicerone® and BJCP-certified beer judge Rob Manglesdorf is an award-winning journalist and editor of B.C.’s ultimate craft beer guide, The Growler.

He brings his pithy perspectives and prognostications on the ever-evolving craft beer revolution, every week, to the Vancouver Courier and VancouverIsAwesome.com

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