The Riot Brewing Company in Chemainus is making a comeback thanks to the investment of an investor who wishes to remain anonymous. Pictured, from left, are owners Alyson Tomlin and Ralf Rosenke, and manager Megan Calwell. (Submitted photo)

The Riot Brewing Company in Chemainus is making a comeback thanks to the investment of an investor who wishes to remain anonymous. Pictured, from left, are owners Alyson Tomlin and Ralf Rosenke, and manager Megan Calwell. (Submitted photo)

Chemainus’s Riot Brewing makes a comeback

New investor allows brewery to return to full production

The award-winning Riot Brewing Company in Chemainus is making a comeback thanks to an anonymous investor.

The brewery, which opened in 2016, experienced meteoric success in its first couple years, earning it a myriad of prestigious accolades including bronze and gold medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup Awards in Nashville, TN.

RELATED STORY: GET READY FOR A RIOT AT NEW CHEMAINUS BREWERY

In recent months, however, Riot Brewing has been the subject of much speculation after stock began running out and operations all but screeched to a halt.

It would seem that instant success had not come without its drawbacks.

The owners claim a lack of preparation for managing rapid growth, coupled with significant product losses following last winter’s power outages, led to serious cash flow problems.

“We struggled personally, financially and emotionally; we had no plan for dealing with these hurdles,” said co-owner Alyson Tomlin.

“But we stayed positive, sought out expert help and started clawing our way back.”

To facilitate the initial launch of the brewery, Tomlin, along with business partner Ralf Rosenke, attracted start-up investors through good-old-fashioned conversation.

Following this same recipe, the duo has once again achieved success by converting a loyal customer into vital new investor; and just in the nick of time.

“I had never dreamed of investing in a brewery” said the investor, who has requested to remain anonymous.

“When stopping in for a quick beer one day, I started chatting with Aly (Tomlin) and I learned about the financial difficulties they were experiencing. I decided to call my investment partner and the rest is history.”

Riot Brewing Co. is now back in full-scale production.

As products once again start hitting the shelves in local beer and wine stores, the brewery’s tenacious and unconventional entrepreneurs say they couldn’t be more grateful for the unwavering and overwhelming community support.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Duncan Christian School will be closed from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1 due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. (Citizen file)
Duncan Christian School, DogHouse Restaurant close doors due to COVID

Voluntary temporary closures announced as precautions

The new Malahat Skywalk is expected to be completed by this summer. (Submitted graphic)
Malahat Skywalk expected to be complete by this summer

$15-million project will see 650-metre elevated wooden pathway constructed

Tim Schewe
Drivesmart column: It’s the highway’s fault!

One component of Vision Zero (our current road safety strategy) is highway design.

Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)
Lake Cowichan 2020 in review — conclusion

What were your top stories from 2020?

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Mount Arrowsmith. Three skiers were rescued from the south side of the mountain on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 with one woman taken to hospital in Comox. (Nancy Randall photo)
Injured skier among three rescued in the dark from Mount Arrowsmith

‘It was a very bad, very precarious spot to be able to locate them’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons was appointed to the NDP cabinet as minister of social development and poverty reduction after the October 2020 B.C. election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. job training fund increased for developmentally disabled

COVID-19 has affected 1,100 ‘precariously employed’ people

A Sooke woman is speaking up after she was almost tricked by a lottery scam, claiming she had won $950,000 with Set for Life Lottery. (File Photo)
‘I wanted it to be true so badly’: Sooke senior narrowly avoids lottery scam

88-year-old received letter stating she had won $950,000

B.C. driver’s licence and identity cards incorporate medical services, but the passport option for land crossings is being phased out. (B.C. government)
B.C. abandons border ID cards built into driver’s licence

$35 option costing ICBC millions as demand dwindles

Submitted photo of Town Park C Block apartment fire.
Apartment fire in Port Hardy forces residents to jump from building

‘Multiple people were transported to the hospital with injuries from falling’

sdf
2nd in-school violence incident in Mission, B.C, ends in arrest

RCMP notified of local Instagram page with videos (now deleted) showing student assaults, bullying

BC Emergency Health Services has deployed the Major Incident Response Team (MIRRT) as COVID-19 positive cases rise in the Williams Lake region. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
B.C.’s rapid response paramedics deployed to Williams Lake as COVID-19 cases climb

BC Emergency Health Services has sent a Major Incident Rapid Response Team to the lakecity

Most Read