Community Spotlight Series: Rusted Rake Brewing

Our Community Spotlight Series lets you learn more about our locals and what they love about living and doing business in Parksville Qualicum Beach. This month, we’re putting the spotlight on Rusted Rake Brewing, offering farm-to-tap beer & fare located in Nanoose Bay.

Jodie Gemmell of Rusted Rake Brewing in Nanoose Bay

Experience the essence of community and sustainability at Rusted Rake Brewing, where craft beer meets locally-sourced gourmet cuisine in a scenic farm setting. With barley fields as its backdrop, this brewery and eatery offer an authentic taste of our region's landscapes and culinary heritage.

We spoke with Jodie Gemmell, one of the four founders of Rusted Rake about life in Parksville Qualicum Beach and some of her favourite local spots.

What do you love about where you live?

"Nanoose Bay offers the best of so many things. From its beautiful beaches to hiking and mountain biking trails, gorgeous ocean and mountain views. It also has great restaurant choices and farm stands. There is truly something for everyone here. Oh, and don’t forget it has some of the nicest folks around."

Where do you take family and friends when they visit?

"Hiking along Englishman River or a day spent at Rathtrevor Park. If shopping is on the table, then it's off to the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market and a beer and burger at Fern + Cedar."

What other businesses should people see during their visit?

"Springford Farms is a must while in Nanoose Bay as well as morning coffees at Nanoose Bay Cafe. If you venture into Parksville then hit up Soak Lifestyle Boutique for all your boutique shopping needs and Qualicum Beach for a stop at De L’ile or French Press Coffee Roasters and more boutique shopping at one of the many fabulous shops. Oh, and also Mod Apparel and Covet come to my mind."

What experiences make up your perfect day in PQB?

"My perfect day is with my family hiking Notch Hill in the morning followed by lunch at one of the fabulous local restaurants Nanoose Bay has to offer. We would then pack up a dinner and head to Beachcomber Park to swim, watch the locals fish off the rocks and sit back and watch the sun set. Just the best!"

Rusted Rake Brewing

Now open! Rusted Rake Brewing is a new farm-to-tap craft brewery & gourmet eatery, where the vibes run high and the beer...