Written By Joseph Blake Books / Review May 21, 2019 Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island by Jon C. Stott SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestFrom the opening description of his first legal glass of beer in 1960 at a beer parlour in Victoria’s Ingraham Hotel through several chapters describing his 2018 “journey of a thousand sips” from Victoria to Campbell River, Jon C. Stott’s Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island is a thoughtful, passionate joy to read. A retired professor and author of over 20 books—including Beer 101 North and Beer Quest West— Stott is a knowledgeable guide to our burgeoning craft brew scene. More importantly, he knows how to tell a good story.Stott uses his first chapter to describe south Vancouver Island beer’s historical pioneers like Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Swans Brewery, and Canoe Brewpub. Another chapter visits the emerging scene in Sooke, including recently opened Bad Dog Brewing Company. One section describes the evolution of Vancouver Island Brewing Company, Lighthouse Brewing Company, and Phillips Brewing and Malting. Stott’s concise narratives capture the connections, often familial, between many of Victoria’s brewers, breweries, and beer business owners. The explosion of Victoria brewing operations: Driftwood Brewery, Moon Under Water Brewing and Pub, Hoyne Brewing Company, and Îl Sauvage Brewing Company, all opening between late 2008 and the end of 2011 in the Rock Bay neighbourhood is the focus of another section.The Beer in the Burbs chapter visits breweries in Saanich, Saanichton, View Royal, and Langford and is grounded by Stott’s historical research, perceptive accounts of the personalities behind the beer making, and the author’s poetic, rapturous descriptions of his favourite brews.Stott’s Mid-North Island section takes him from Duncan to Chemainus via Salt Spring Island and visits to craft breweries in Nanaimo and the Highway 4 ale trail from Mount Arrowhead Brewing Company to Tofino Brewing Company, finishing up with visits to craft brewers from Cumberland to Campbell River. Stott’s extensive appendices include a directory of Vancouver Island Breweries and Brewpubs, a glossary of brewery terms, a guide to beer styles, an appendix of beer ingredients, brewing equipment and packaging, and a very personal guide to enjoying beer. The final appendix offers a two-four of beer books. For beer enthusiasts on Vancouver Island, you might only need this one book.Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island Jon C. Stott (Touchwood Editions) 276 pages $25BeerbookhistoryVancouver Island SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Joseph Blake ... Read More You may also like Books / Cocktails / Press Release September 22, 2019 An Expedition to the Land of Great Northern Cocktails Shawn Soole’s latest book swings open the doors to the world of Canadian cocktails CHIPPENHAM, UK, 20 September 2019—Hidden in the vast northern ... Read More Books / Review July 6, 2019 Chop Suey Nation and Number One Chinese Restaurant Two recently published books, a novel and a travel/memoir, provide deep insight into the Chinese immigrant experience in North American restaurant ... Read More Books / Review May 21, 2019 Everyone’s Welcome: The Art of Living and Eating Allergen-Free by Amanda Orlando If you or someone you love has severe food allergies and dietary restrictions, Amanda Orlando’s new cookbook is for you. Most of the recipes ... Read More Books / Out of Towners November 30, 2015 From blog to book to brand, Three Times a Day makes it look easy Three Times a Day, the new cookbook from Marilou and Alexandre Champagne, makes one very astute assumption about its readers. No matter your dietary ... Read More Books / How to Cook July 21, 2015 Barbeque with a Capital Q Barbeque is one of those unique words, both a noun and a verb. It’s a physical thing we use to cook with and the action of grilling. It’s also an ... Read More Books March 28, 2013 Feeding the Family Book Review “You couldn’t imagine the range of food available in Victoria in the 1860s,” says Robert Griffin. “It was all imported, but you ... Read More Comments are closed.