Business a Riot at new Chemainus brewery

It’s been almost seven years in the making, but the new Riot Brewing in Chemainus will be open this summer.

It’s been almost seven years in the making, but the new Riot Brewing in Chemainus will be open this summer.

Partners Aly Tomlin, Ralf Rosenke and Morgan Moreira will open the microbrewery in Village Square with five types of craft beer to offer.

Moreira said three of the beers will be the brewery’s flagship brands and will be available year round, while the other two will be seasonal with plans to change them with other brands on a regular basis.

The flagship brands will be the lager Lip Slide, the pale ale Life Partners and IPA Jack Punch.

“We want to show people what we can do here,” he said.

“Opening the brewery is a bit scary for us, but we’ve received great support from the community and we’re looking forward to finally opening the doors of Riot Brewing to the public.”

Moreira said the exact day of the opening has yet to be determined, and will be announced at a later date.

Red Arrow takes home hardware from national awards

In other local brewery news, Duncan’s Red Arrow Brewery took home two awards at the prestigious 14th annual Canadian Brewing Awards ceremony that was recently held in Vancouver.

The brewery’s Pigmy Pale Ale won a bronze award in the English-Style Pale Ale category, and a second bronze for its Midnite Umber Ale in the North American-Style Amber Lager category.

The medals are the first for the brewery.

The Canadian Brewing Awards invites breweries and cideries of all sizes from across the country to compete in the only truly national sanctioned competition of its kind in Canada. This year’s awards ceremony saw B.C. breweries take home 52 of the 163 medals awarded at the event.

Adam Ball, Red Arrow’s market manager, said the brewery is “exceptionally proud and stoked” to have received bronze medals for two of its core beer brands.

“The Canadian Brewing Awards receives thousands of beers from breweries across the country to test and judge and to be able to craft a beer that sits at the top of the pile is pretty impressive,” Ball said.

“While we set out to brew beers that we want to drink and see out in the world, it’s also nice to know that they are well received.”

robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com