QUESNEL – Barkerville Brewing Co. is interested in selling its craft beer at the local BC Liquor Store as part of BC Liquor Stores’ new policy to accept applications for non-listed products from each store’s six closest community craft breweries.

Earlier today, BC Liquor Stores announced a plan to put local small-scale brewery products – brews not listed for sale with the major liquor retailer – on their shelves, in an effort to help meet the demand of customers interested in supporting their local manufacturers.

To help promote the initiative, MLA for Cariboo North Coralee Oakes toured Barkerville Brewing Co. – Quesnel’s first small-scale craft brewery – to celebrate the success of a northern B.C. start-up that’s staking its claim in the craft brewing industry.

“Buying local products and celebrating our local small businesses is such an important piece of the economic puzzle in this day and age,” Oakes, who is also Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch, said. “The craft beer industry is thriving – growing at an unprecedented rate – and I want to help ensure its growth continues. I will work to help this industry be successful, and, I am confident craft brewers across B.C. will continue to grow, create new jobs, and enjoy continued success in the industry.”

“We are happy anytime attention is brought to the craft brewing industry. Microbreweries represent their communities by engaging and educating people about the process and quality of craft beer,” Barkerville Brewing Co. general manager Justine Wittingham said. “This has truly become a sub culture that shows no signs of slowing down and we are happy to see the BCLDB recognize that.”

The original Barkerville Brewery, built in the 1860s, was located in the town of Barkerville, more than 80 kilometres away from its current location. Unfortunately, the brewery burned down, along with the rest of the town, in the great fire of 1868.

From their award winning 18 Karat Amber Ale to their Wandering Camel IPA – made with ingredients sourced mostly from B.C. – Barkerville Brewing has taken the stories of lore and transformed them into the tastes of today. Offering their products by the bottle, can, growler or key, Barkerville Brewing is supporting a niche market in northern B.C., supplying unique, craft beer products.

Learn more about Barkerville Brewing Co. at barkervillebeer.com/.

Learn more about BC Liquor Store’s program at news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015SBRT0023-001933.