Winner of a 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Canada
A timely exploration of the vibrant and growing craft beer scene on Vancouver Island.
Hopheads, rejoice! Take the ultimate beer-lover’s road trip from Victoria, BC’s craft beer capital, to Campbell River, visiting almost forty craft breweries and brewpubs in between. Your guide? Jon Stott, born and bred in Victoria—and beer enthusiast extraordinaire.
In 1961, Vancouver Island had just one brewery. In 2018, Stott visited thirty-three breweries on the island—and six more breweries were slated to open within the year. For each brewery or brewpub, Stott shares well-researched backstories, examines the relationships between breweries and the communities in which they operate, profiles owners and brewers, and shares tasting notes for many of the beers each place offers.
Beginning at Spinnakers, Canada’s oldest and longest operating brewpub, the book culminates at Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House in Campbell River, and includes a directory of Vancouver Island’s Breweries and brewpubs, a glossary of brewing terms, and a guide to different styles of beer.
About the author
Jon C. Stott is an English professor emeritus from the University of Alberta. His interests include writing about sports, children’s literature and beer. In 1973, he wrote the Western Hockey League’s official 25th-anniversary commemorative magazine, and he has since authored three books on minor-league sports, including Hockey Night in Dixie and Ice Warriors. He has four publications on the study of children’s literature, and in 2010, he retold stories from many lands in the children’s book A Book of Tricksters. Jon’s beer guidebook, Beer Quest West, profiles all the microbreweries in BC and Alberta. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Please visit www.beerquestwest.com.
Other titles by Jon C. Stott
Quests for Fire
Tales from Many Lands
Beer Quest West
The Craft Brewers of Alberta and British Columbia
A Book of Tricksters
Tales from Many Lands
The Pacific Coast/Western Hockey League 1948-1974
Hockey Night in Dixie
Minor Pro Hockey in the American South
A World of Stories
Traditional Tales for Children
Canadian Children's Books
A Critical Guide to Authors and Illustrators