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Small brewers are big business in B.C.

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DH Vancouver Staff Apr 09, 2015 8:23 am

When it comes to our economy, where does B.C. stand? Is this the promised land, or no man’s land? How are today’s economic conditions going to affect our jobs, our savings or our decisions for our future? Resources, technology and all these different sectors are evolving around us and affecting our economy and our lifestyle choices.

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In partnership with CKNW, Vancity Buzz is on board to put our economy under the microscope during the second instalment of Putting B.C. To Work.


B.C. Craft Beer sales have more than doubled in the past four to six years and growing with estimates are that craft breweries are responsible for 20 per cent of the market share when it comes to beer drinkers.

Craft Beer by the numbers:

  • 1.2 per cent of Canada’s GDP
  • 190,000 direct and indirect jobs
  • $4.3 billion in tax revenue

Nate Rayment of Vancouver’s Postmark Brewing joined CKNW’s Mike Eckford to talk about the industry and his brewery. Rayment was a sport fishing guide… and then the recession hit.

Rayment noticed that craft beer was doing well, and his interest in it led him to a position with a craft brewery that was up and coming.

Image courtesy of Postmark Brewing

Image courtesy of Postmark Brewing

Postmark has anchored itself in the community since it opened its doors at 55 Dunlevey Avenue in Railtown. Quality beer is their number one focus, but Postmark has also branched out into other areas that reflect the lifestyle of the west coast. They work with local artists, including musicians, photographers and fashion designers, always with the goal to highlight their community and the Vancouver lifestyle.

Image courtesy of Postmark Brewing

Image courtesy of Postmark Brewing

Listen to the complete interview with Nate Rayment:


CKNW’s special series, Putting B.C. To Work runs until April 26. Follow along on Vancity Buzz as we continue to post interviews throughout the series and tune into CKNW AM 980 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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