Fernie Brewing Company’s Head Brewer, Jeff Demaniuk likes to think that Fernie Brewing Co. has a beer for practically every taste and with around 25 beers available throughout the year, they really are a true taste of Fernie.
Fernie Brewing Co. was established in 2003 as a small family concern on the edge of Fernie, continuing a long-time tradition of brewing in the Elk Valley; Fort Steele Brewery having relocated to Fernie in 1901 and remaining until the middle of the century. While that company was eventually absorbed into a beer conglomeration, the newer Fernie Brewing Company remains proudly independent and community-minded.
FBC Production began in the family barn with just a few lines, distribution was limited to the local area. As popularity quickly grew so did everything else, and new premises at the current location on the edge of town became a necessity in 2007. At their stylish award-winning craft brewery, they take no shortcuts, using premium 2-row barley malt and European Hops.
The award-winning Project 9 Pilsner is perfect post bike ride on the patio, or savour a mouthwatering What the Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale on a cool fall evening. First Trax Brown Ale lingers on the palate for a satisfying pint that is perfectly Fernie. Hop-heads love the ever expanding and rotating IPA Series, which includes a new IPA every second month. Undecided and experimental craft consumers will welcome a new arrival this fall, The Professor Marzen – named after Fernie Brewing Co.’s past Brewmaster, Gord Demaniuk, and brewed with much love and respect by current Head Brewer and son, Jeff Demaniuk, and FBC’s team of brewers.
Visitors are welcome at the Brewery’s newly renovated and expanded Tasting Room to sample a range of fresh brews, support local initiatives and purchase a full range of products including the ever-popular growlers. Up to 12-beers are available on tap including “Cheers to Charity” Flights of 4; all proceeds from purchased flights are donated to a local charity or organization, making it undoubtedly the most worthwhile beer you’ll drink all day!