About the blog
Staking claims? In the Cariboo – British Columbia’s historic gold-rush region? About craft beer? Have I no decency when it comes to stupid puns and good beer? Probably not. But this ego-centric blog is about me, or more specifically, about my time in BC’s Cariboo region and the beer I bring with me when I come. It’s about the context of the drinking experience. It’s also about boldly purporting to be the first person to drink and enjoy a specific craft beer in the entire region. And it’s not too likely I’m wrong since many of these beers are small releases and it’s mighty hard to buy locally. If…somehow…I’m proven wrong, I’ll man up and add a 7pt font footnote to the post. Until that time, me me me me…I’m the first.
I got interested in drinking non-macro beer back when I started at UBC in 1993 and discovered this “other” tap of Shaftebury cream ale. It was a miracle in a glass compared to the macro tap. I do mean tap…2 was reasonable back then.
Then in 2014 I won a Telus Storyhive grant to make Brew Love, a short documentary about the British Columbia Craft Beer scene. That project let me meet lots of people in our local craft beer community, including established breweries, the grandfather of BC craft beer John Mitchell, and soon-to-be favourites Strangefellows Brewing who weren’t even built out yet. The documentary made rounds to film festivals world-wide, from South Africa to Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Bulgaria.
While the film traveled internationally, I traveled to beer events locally and became even more enamoured with our local industry. Now when I’m out to buy beer for home or ranch consumption, it’s not common that I buy beer brewed from anywhere but BC.