Brewing Up Here Takes Guts
Beer has long held an esteemed place in British Columbia’s Cariboo region. The original Barkerville Brewery and Brewery Hotel were built in the 1860s, located in an empty lot between the town’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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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 the town was rebuilt immediately, with 90 buildings reconstructed in just 6 weeks time, it has taken over a century for a Barkerville Brewery to once again stake its claim.
Today, Barkerville Brewing Co. is headed by Russ Ovans, a Victoria, BC native and computer scientist by profession, and Troy Rudolph, a seasoned brewmaster whose past experience includes running the floor at Township 7 winery in Naramata, BC.
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. But Barkerville Brewing Company has made it home and this microbrewery is in it for the long haul.
Russ and Troy are eager to experiment with seasonal beers and plan to incorporate local ingredients unique to the Cariboo into their signature brews.
Barkerville Brewing Co. aims to pay homage to this historic region and tell its stories through our beer. We believe that beer is culture. It is art. 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 up a growler and stake your claim on some great Barkerville Brewing gear.
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