Barkerville, c. 1870 1870

Beer has long held an esteemed place in British Columbia’s Cariboo region. The original Barkerville Brewery was built in the 1860s, located in an empty lot between Barkerville's drugstore and Masonic Hall.

Barkerville Brewery’s Triple X Ale amassed a number of prizes in the local fairs and, story goes, the beer gained its unique flavour and superior quality from natural spring water drawn from a nearby hill.

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Brewmaster Troy Rudolph
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  • 185 Davie Street, Quesnel, BC
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But, on September 16, 1868, the town of Barkerville was reduced to a mass of smouldering ruins, with charred timber and heaps of rubbish replacing what was once the metropolis of the Cariboo. The first lick of flames appeared on the roof of the saloon near the centre of Barkerville a little after 2:30pm and, just one hour and twenty minutes later, the entire town was nearly burnt to the ground.

Although immediately rebuilt, with 90 buildings reconstructed in just six weeks time, it has taken over a century for a Barkerville Brewery to once again stake its claim. Find out how the brewery came to be.

The Brewery

While building a brewery directly in the historic town of Barkerville was not feasible, the picturesque town of Quesnel, BC, just 80 km west and a popular stop on the Rocky Mountaineer rail route, provides the perfect spot to brew real Cariboo beer.

The brewery building has seen many incarnations over the years: a former storage facility, pool hall, night club (aptly named “Hooligan’s”) and gas station, it most recently housed 40 tree planters during the summer planting season. Today, Barkerville Brewing Co. has made it home, and this craft brewery is in it for the long haul.

At Barkerville Brewing Co. we aim to pay homage to this historic region and tell its stories through our beer. We believe that beer is art; it is part of our culture. When done right, beer is a great way to share a taste of the past and make future memories that last.

Come on by the brewery today to fill a growler, drink a pint or two, and stake your claim to some great Barkerville Brewing merchandise.

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@vanpours @VCBW we weren't planning on making it this year, but our arms could be twisted. ;-)
@JohnFitterer @C12beer @thedrakeeatery at home watching the last Canucks game of the year. Glad to see our empties put to good use!
@BCBeerGrl wow, blast from the past. Prospector's was discontinued a while back. Hope it's still fresh. Cheers!
Drop by the brewery before 5pm Friday for a chance to win 2 tix to the Cariboo Craft Beer Festival. #quesnel #mustbelegaldrinkingage
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