On September 5th, 1957, a Prince George Citizen headline blared: “Public Acclaims Prince George’s Newest Product.” The next day the brewery held its inaugural open house.
Enjoy every sip
We could say that we’re “quality-driven” or that “our beverages are the best in BC,” but we’d prefer to talk about our passion for making drinks that we love to have ourselves. Really, we just want you to be as excited about taking our BC brews with you to your next get-together as we are about making them as satisfying as possible.
Whether you’re just starting to explore what’s available or know what you like already, we care about making your drinking experience both affordable and one that you’re always looking forward to.
sustainability across BC
Climate change is happening, but we’re not going to sit around and wait for the end. We’re taking on initiatives and supporting organizations that help protect and clean up the environment and the places we live in BC.
We knew we wanted to make great drinks from the start, but we had to learn and try a lot before we became recognized as the company we are today.
Caribou Brewing Company Ltd. opened and plugged Cariboo Lager
Ben Ginter’s Tartan Brewing bought the plant and equipment
By 1964 Tartan was being characterized as “one of the more important primary industries in the Central Interior.
First canned beer in BC
Ginter is determined not to be outdone by the “big three” breweries and to take a piece of the monopoly released his beer in cans.
First malt liquor in Canada
After a series of beer releases, great success was achieved through the launch of the “Uncle Bens Malt Liquor.”
Prince George Breweries Ltd. took over the brewery
New company headed by PG businessman Bob Naismith and his partner Nelson, started its operation. However, the brewery was taken over by Old Fort Brewing in 1981 and there were several ownership changes throughout the 80s.
First dark mild beer in Canada
Canterbury Dark Mild was launched to pay tribute to Britain and the Canterbury Cathedral.
Filmed on location
Strange Brew was filmed at Pacific Western Brewing’s headquarters. This film was a 1983 Canadian comedy starring the popular SCTV characters Bob and Doug McKenzie (portrayed by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis who also served as co-directors) as they get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.
First dry beer in Canada
Kazuko Komatsu became seventh and longest-standing owner of the brewery
The brewery really started to claim its place as a stable, job-sustaining, quality-focused, community-oriented cornerstone in the Prince George business community.
First ice beer in Canada
First malted herb beer in Canada
First lager/lime beer in Canada
After experimenting with flavored beers, the Dude Lime beer was launched.
Became the inaugural brewery in North America to adopt the certified ISO 9002 quality assurance standard.
First certified organic lager beer in Canada
First Canadian Gold Medal Winner at the Industry International Awards in Munich Germany
Silver award for the American-style dark lager
PWB installed a 10 hectolitre (HL) small batch pilot brewing system in 2013 that allows the brewery to develop new leading-edge recipes and offer one-off beers and seasonal releases. The equipment complements PWB’s existing production system that is responsible for the brewery’s entire product lineup with annual production in excess of 150,000 HL.
Sponsoring the Canada Winter Games
PWB sponsored the 2015 Canada Winter Games in the city and supported a number of charities including the Prince George Foundation, the three Prince George Rotary Clubs and others.
60th anniversary of brewing on the banks of the Nechako in Prince George
The words of the first brewery’s president, Donald Lauder of Vancouver, echo back through the decades: “We are more firmly convinced than ever that the company’s choice of Prince George as its home was its soundest step.”
Helping the forests
A team of more than 90 tree planters plants 100,000 seedlings on Crown land that had been scorched by the devastating Elephant Hill forest fire.
Improving the brewery
The brewery invests $4 million in technological upgrades.
New beer release
Release of the first batch of Pacific Free: “a gluten removed” lager for a discerning, health-conscious generation of beer lovers.
Cariboo Genuine Draft wins bronze trophy
Pacific Western Brewing’s Cariboo Genuine Draft was awarded a bronze trophy in the “light lager” category at the Canadian International Beer Awards in Edmonton, Alberta.