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BC Celebrities Give Us Their Beer Crushes | BC Ale Trail

BC celebrities are just like us… They love BC craft beer. Unfortunately, Seth Rogan and Ryan Reynolds have not yet responded to our Twitter enquiries, but we still got the details from some other BC celebs! We caught up with a few media personalities and musicians from around the province to see what their favourite beers of the moment (or all-time) are.

If you’re subscribed to our newsletter, you’ll know each month we feature BC celebrities, influencers, or beer industry pros to ask them about their favourite beer of the moment. It’s always so fun to see what others are crushing on so we can get inspired to try certain brews we might not have otherwise!

In this blog post, we’re highlighting a few favourites from some big local names in music and media. So cosy up (perhaps put on some tunes by the featured musicians) and see what these BC celebs are sipping on! Then keep an eye out for their favourites in your local liquor stores and breweries.

Hotel Mira on Light Organ Records, Musicians

Hotel Mira, born from mastermind Charlie Kerr, have taken the sound out of the garage and into a considerably lusher landscape. Having worked with Grammy-award winning producer Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Arkells), Hotel Mira are producing songs that boast anthemic, soaring choruses while sacrificing none of their sheer rock ‘n’ roll energy.

WHAT ARE YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BC CRAFT BEERS?

Mike: I gotta say with hometown pride that one of my all-time favourites is the Blueberry Sour by Mariner Brewing, founded by a fellow Charles Best Secondary alumni. Other than that, I’m a big fan of East Van Brewing’s Jive Farmhouse Ale and Superflux Candyland, which I haven’t seen on shelves for a little while, and I think about it every time I go to a liquor store.

Cole: The always trusty Steamworks Flagship IPA.

Clark: Moody Ales Lavender Sour, Strathcona Love Buzz, anything sour and/or fruity from Andina (I think Peach Apricot was my favourite), Old Yale Mango Wheat, Bomber Brewing Sunday Brunch (and if that ain’t local enough because of the Stone Brewing San Diego collab, then Bomber’s Parklife Passionfruit Ale).

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BEERS OF THE MOMENT AND WHY?

Mike: I’m a big sours guy, so the Spectrum Brewing sours pack is always a go-to for me. Other than that I love experimental breweries, so a lot of Bakery’s beers have been a go-to for me as of late, specifically the Peach Cobbler Sour. So good.

Cole: Any cold pale ale has been doing the trick lately. At the end (or middle) of a rough day I just want something crisp and refreshing, but with more flavour than a stock lager.

Clark: I keep coming back to the Lavender Sour! It’s super refreshing and unique.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BC’S CRAFT BEER SCENE?

Mike: I love that it’s all so accessible, experimental and inviting. The locations of all of them are very walkable, you can sit in East Van’s great taproom and then walk over to Storm and see what unique creation they’ve created. I also want to give a shout-out to the Port Moody Brewers Row, because, as a Tri-City boy myself, it’s nice seeing that area become a destination for people who live in the cities.

Cole: I just love how many small breweries there are, and that most are willing to take risks, and see through a vision, even if it’s wild and niche.

Clark: I love that there are enough local craft breweries that at least ONE of them is brewing a good sour, wheat ale, or fruit ale at any given time. SUMMER BEERS DON’T STOP TASTING GOOD JUST CAUSE IT AIN’T SUMMER, PEOPLE!

WHAT’S YOUR BEST BC CRAFT BEER MEMORY?

Clark: I had a really nice time exploring the plethora of breweries local to the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood with my fiancée and our dog last summer. Shoutout to Bomber Brewing, the park life with a Parklife, and a Sunday Brunch after Sunday brunch.

Cole: My favourite BC craft beer memory is a bit hazy (IBU around 35-40), but I do remember playing a cover gig at a brewpub tap takeover in Squamish where the drink tickets were little golden coins, redeemable for one of something like 30 one-off BC craft beers. Very fun. This was a far cry from many backstage areas where a request of “do you have any craft beer?” usually meant a choice between Rickard’s Red or Sleeman Honey Brown.

Mike: My favourite BC craft beer memory is early on when my partner and I were dating, I took her on an East Van Brewery tour, and it was a few hours of drinking in the sun later that we decided to be an actual, official couple.