Within the last couple of years, we have seen a growth in local Craft Breweries in Langley and the Lower Mainland! It’s exciting to see different types of beer being brewed and the stories behind the beers and breweries themselves. If you enjoy craft beer like the rest of Vancouver and BC, then you are in luck! Langley has two craft breweries and a craft brewing course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Here’s their stories.
The first craft brewery to pop up in Langley was Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove, and they have now moved to Walnut Grove! This brewery started in 2006 with only a select number of beers available in draft form only (nut brown, lager, pale ale and honey brown). Fast forward to 2016, and Dead Frog is producing their regular beers but throwing in seasonal selections like Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock (my personal favourite) to Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout and of course the Winter Beeracle Winter Ale. Plus you can’t go wrong with the beer on tap handles, which are very cool frogs legs! Dead Frog also offers tours of the brewery, which give you previews of what new beers are coming in and of course tastings. Make sure you book ahead of time, as their tours fill up fast! Dead Frog also offer growler fills, so make sure to pack your own or purchase a Dead Frog Growler.
The newest brewery to Langley is Trading Post Brewing. With a passion for beer and community, Trading Post Brewing was born. They are only a couple months old, opening their doors as of February of this year. With great beers to taste such as 1827 Helles Lager, Owyhee Tropical Wheat Ale to Three Bears Breakfast Stout and Captain Cooper’s Cranberry Ale. Trading Post has tapped into the local community by including local products such as Republica Roasters Coffee in the Three Bears Breakfast Stout and using names from the local Langley Area like Derby Hop Session Larger and Captain Cooper who was an Hudson’s Bay employee at Fort Langley. Stop in to Trading Post on Thursdays after 2pm for their Cask Night, they tap a new favour for you to try! If you enjoy the atmosphere of Trading Post Brewing, they will be opening up a taphouse and eatery in Fort Langley.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University is home to 1 of 3 brewing programs in Canada and the first of it’s kind in BC, and we are proud to have it right here in Langley! If you have a passion for brewing your own craft beers someday, this is the place to start. Kwantlen Brewing offers students a wide knowledge of courses and subjects that combine brewing with chemistry or equipment and even business ethics and marketing. The students get to brew in the state of the art brewing facility and equipment. Not only are the students busy with courses and mixing flavours together, you can also taste the student’s beers. On Fridays, KPU Brewing opens its doors to the public to come and try what the students have been making. Each Friday the beers change, previous beers have included a Hefeweizen, Porter and Lager for your tasting pleasure. Bring a growler and fill it with your favourite student brew! Make sure to watch the Kwantlen Brewing Lab website for change in beers, open houses and events.