Canadian Manufacturing

Calgary’s Big Rock announces plans to open $2M brewery in B.C.

Will be located somewhere in province's lower mainland, brew beer specifically for B.C. market



CALGARY—Craft beer maker Big Rock Brewery Inc. has announced plans to open a new brewery in British Columbia—the company’s second and its first outside Alberta.

In a statement released to announced the new facility, the company said it will be located somewhere in the province’s lower mainland and will brew beer specifically for the B.C. market.

“We are looking forward to brewing beer in British Columbia for British Columbians”, Big Rock president and CEO Robert Sartor said in the statement.

“We expect to not only brew some of our existing great beers but also to develop new beers that will be specific to, and exclusive in, British Columbia.

The cost of the new brewery has yet to be determined, according to the Calgary-based firm, but is expected to be in the range of $1.5- to $2-million.

Big Rock announced it is currently working with a commercial real estate advisor on the deal and expects the new brewery to open within a year.

“A brewery in the lower mainland will allow us to have fresh, local beer in market, significantly lower transportation costs and ensure full participation in the incredibly vibrant craft beer scene in B.C.,” Sartor said.

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