Local Craft Beer

Craft beer lovers looking for a spot to base their Vancouver Island tasting adventures need look no further.

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LoveShack LibationsNot only is Parksville Qualicum Beach home to two craft breweries, but it's also only minutes from thirteen more in the neighbouring communities of Courtenay, Cumberland, Nanaimo, and Port Alberni.

Parksville's home for craft brewing is the Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company. Mount Arrowsmith Brewing features a tasting room and patio pouring beers created by brewer and partner Dave Woodward. Woodward is famous in the craft beer world for brewing award-winning beers while brewing for Tofino Brewing and Axe & Barrel. Mount Arrowsmith Brewing won "Brewery of the Year" at the 2017 BC Beer Awards, a Gold at the World Beer Awards for their Blonde Ale, and numerous BC Beer Awards since opening in 2017.

Mount Arrowsmith Brewing is also becoming famous for its Arrowsmith Pizzeria. Sit down, grab a beer, and enjoy some delicious pizzas and hearty salads either in the tasting room, patio, covered tent, or picnic tables.

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Mount Arrowsmith Brewing won a Gold at the 2018 World Beer Awards for their Blonde Ale

LoveShack Libations is a nano-brewery in Qualicum Beach. Founded by Dave Paul who moved from Whistler to Qualicum Beach in 2005, LoveShack Libations was inspired when Dave lived in a tent for six weeks while he built a 12' x 16' shack - The Love Shack. It was there that he experienced the abundance of love that can flourish in such small spaces and developed the art of brewing beer. LoveShack Libations has opened a tasting room where he sells and serves small-batch, hand-bottled, bottle-conditioned beer, crafted with love. His four staple beers will be available alongside other seasonal batches. LoveShack Libations won a Bronze at the 2018 BC Beer Awards for its Post Ride Pilsner.

The newest addition to the PQB craft beer scene is Fern + Cedar Brewing Company. Fern + Cedar is a West-Coast Gastropub food menu compliments an ever rotating selection of quality craft beer.

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LoveShack is a nano brewery with an equally nano tasting room. A unique experience for any beer lover

Plan the rest of your Vancouver Island breweries tour with the help of Vancouver Island Expeditions and the BC Ale Trail.

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