Three and a half years ago
Townsite Brewing opened in the old Post Office in the historic townsite of Powell River. Striving to make fun, creative, and thoughtful beer Townsite’s Beer has become a much loved point of pride for powell river. Whether they are celebrating local culture in the naming of their beers, sourcing local hops and barrels, or honouring their commitment to environmentally and economically responsible business practices Townsite brewing is the perfect example of a great company filled with passion and love. We took the grand tour with brewmaster and co-founder CÉDRIC DAUCHOT and found out about townsite brewing’s beginnings and where they’re headed.
I’m from Brussel. been here for 10 years now
started in Montreal for 5 or 6 years then met my wife who is from Saskatchewan
so we tried to open a brewery there. it didn’t work that well! It’s a good thing I think.
These are Jack Daniels barrels, there is a really woody and crazy vanilla flavor to them. They are for a really strong 10% Belgium beer. If you smell it its almost like a malt liquor, with the vanilla flavor. After they have built the barrel they set fire to the inside to really give it the taste.
There are just 4 ingredients in beer, but there are so many variants and so many ways to do it that every brewery really has its own character.
I studied bio chemistry engineering in university and the last two years I really focused on fermentation and the brewing industry and the wine industry, cheese, everything with yeast.
These are blackberry wine barrels, the come from Vancouver Island from the Coastal Black Winery, they make fruit wines. We have done a special Belgium sour beer, which we add to these barrels and let it ferment for maybe 6 months to a year. We will see how it evolves.
We are pretty open and really gone with the flow. We don’t have a schedule and marketing strategy…
…its mostly like ‘oh we need a new beer now
In Europe I was by myself quite a lot so I didn’t have much time to experiment but now we have 3 brewers so we get a bit more time to have some fun.
Its really very different from the East Coast and from Europe, here everybody is very open with what they are doing and open to sharing their operation.
All of our graphics and labels we have done alongside local artist Meghan Hildebrand, her studio is just in town.
We discuss our ideas and she puts it all together. We try to keep all of labels consistent in the style, we like it simple.
The whole building was the post office…you can almost see it still. It was built in the 1920s. We are still looking for the post office sign it must still be in Powell River somewhere. Some people still drop their mail through our door!
We label all the bottles first. Put one on at a time.
It’s like bread, you can always use a bit for the next batch. We even make bread from the spent grain and yeast.
If not we have a local farmer that takes the used grain to feed his pigs.
They give us a pig, and we give it to charity, we have a big feast in October and donate the money.
We don’t have a plan we just want to grow slowly.
We want to be in Powell River, on the Sunshine Coast and have a few accounts in Vancouver, we just want to keep making fun beer.
Coastal Black Estate Winery