Barley Mowat 

BC Breweries by Production 2013

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The LDB just released their 2013 payment numbers, which includes payouts to anyone they owed money to. Since all breweries in the province must by law technically sell their product to the LDB instead of to customers (even if the LDB never physically touches the money or the beer), these numbers act as a rough approximation of brewery production size.

I sat down and did all the math on this last year based on some inside info from a couple of breweries. Looking back, though, I feel those numbers weren’t quite right. I’ve adjusted my dollars to hectolitre conversion slightly, reflecting the improvement in my knowledge of how beer is sold in BC over the past 12 months. Below, I’ve put the 2013 numbers alongside the revised 2012 numbers, along with a percentage change.

As always, the hectolitre numbers are not directly derived from simple math. For instance, if Joe’s Brewery does $2,125,894 in sales, I divide that by 400 (on average, beer sells for 3.75-4.25 per litre) to get 5,314.735 hL. That’s an absurdly precise number for such a generalization. I take that number, and add into it my knowledge that Joe sells his beer mostly on draft (draft beer is more like $3.25 per litre; packaged varies but can be $6.00 or more). So I round Joe’s number up a bit because he had to sell more beer to make his numbers. Let’s say 5,500.

Seriously, that’s how I did this. It goes without saying that these are not precise numbers. If any brewery reading this wants to give me more accurate numbers for their production from March 2012 to March 2013 I’ll be happy to update.

Some fun tidbits:

  • Driftwood has slowed their unbelievable growth, and have only increased 50% since last year instead of doubling as they did every year previously.
  • I have no idea why the numbers for Red Truck dropped off a cliff. Maybe they’re focusing on building a brewery instead of brewing beer?
  • Yes, those numbers for Prohibition / Big Surf are correct. I checked twice.
  • Rock on, Sean Hoyne! Hoyne’s numbers were based off an estimate last year, so that might impact the growth number, but even so making that much beer in a 10hL family run brewery shows major demand for product. Congrats!
  • R&B is down more than I’d like. Everyone go have an East Side Bitter.

Disclaimers (repeated from 2012):

  • The value that seems to best translate dollars to hectolitres for my control breweries is $400. Obviously this is a very rough guess. Draught-only producers will have their production adjusted higher, while bottle-focused producers will be lower.
  • Yes, the final production numbers smell like ass because that’s precisely where I got them from.
  • Because of the craziness of shadow brands and contract brewing, it’s hard to split out some of these numbers. OK Spring, in particular, also produces Sleeman locally, and those sales are blended in.
  • Some breweries are missing, including: Coal Harbour, Steamworks amoung others. I have no idea why. They are likely running under either a numbered company or a name I don’t recognize.
  • I have excluded Labatt’s (Kokanee) simply because it would be impossible to separate out beer produced in-province from imports.
  • Likewise, I have skipped Mark Anthony Group (Turning Point/Stanley Park) because most of their money comes from wine (Mission Hill)
  • Breweries with no distribution to speak of (mostly brewpubs) have been dropped from the list.

Click headers to sort

Brewery 2012 Income 2012 Production (hl) 2013 Income 2013 Production (hl) Growth
Arrowhead* 167716 400
Red Truck 985213 2500 353808 850 -64%
Bridge* 78141 200
Cannery 1238733 3000 1391236 3500 12%
Central City 2508961 6000 2717936 6500 8%
Crannog 332799 850 367742 950 10%
Dead Frog 1680211 4200 1893880 4700 13%
Driftwood 2653713 6700 4049056 10500 53%
Fernie 1134768 2750 1468056 3600 29%
Tree 5415175 13250 5391621 13250 -0%
Granville Island 24732615 62500 23597424 60000 -5%
Gulf Islands 308883 700 494823 1200 60%
Howe Sound 1924350 4800 2371393 6000 23%
Hoyne 391032 950 1204082 3000 208%
Lighthouse 4684083 12000 5156097 13000 10%
Longwood 250872 625
Molson 57240081 150000 55402987 140000 -3%
Moon Under Water 67124 175 97534 250 45%
Mt Begbie 1484419 3700 1701101 4300 15%
Nelson 2383267 6000 2444327 6100 3%
Northram 10469291 26000 12412210 31000 19%
OK Spring 93446929 233000 100826104 250000 8%
Old Yale 178992 450
Pacific Western 32725605 80000 37038122 92000 13%
Parallel 49 1452960 3600
Phillips 12142566 30000 14527143 35000 20%
Plan B 107520 250 111483 275 4%
Prohibition / Big Surf 276261 650 2212115 5500 701%
R&B Brewing 1428113 3600 1218933 3000 -15%
Russell Brewing 3682097 9200 4162692 10500 13%
Spinnakers 179447 450 386987 950 116%
Storm Brewing 375628 950 353287 900 -6%
Tin Whistle 472565 1150 449938 1100 -5%
Tofino 360314 950 532850 1350 48%
Townsite 561253 1400
Vancouver Island 7689047 19000 8663020 21500 13%
Wolf Brewing 217347 550 200198 500 -8%

* Arrowhead and Bridge numbers are adjusted to approximate annual production, as they were not open for the entirety of the reporting period.

Written by chuck

October 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Posted in Beer and You

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  1. Holla! enjoy your posts dude! It would be interesting to also compare the totals from last year and this year. I.e. Is there more money being put into beer in BC overall?

    A numbers dude

    3 Oct 13 at 12:52

  2. Hey Chuck, very interesting. Question, I’m assuming those payouts are the mounts paid to the brewery after removing gst/pst and LDB markup from their retail price, plus any commission they would receive if they sold it directly. Can you confirm that? If that is the case, did you adjust for this in your per litre cost?


    3 Oct 13 at 13:00

  3. @A numbers dude — Overall the beer market is slightly up, but for smaller breweries it’s up dramatically. You can see these trends quarter to quarter at the LDB site, where they release their Quarterly Market Review.

    @Adam — I would also assume the same. My $4/litre number assumes these are post-tax/mark-up. $4 is a blended value for packaged and draught product. It works out to ~$2.60 for a bomber and $200 for a keg (Low for the bottle but high for the keg), but is probably a good balance since breweries try to sell as little draught as possible compared to the much higher margin packaged product.


    3 Oct 13 at 13:08

  4. Interesting, is beer exported to the US/other provinces included in the totals?


    3 Oct 13 at 14:56

  5. Very interesting post. Weird to see some of those drops. Maybe Red Truck is ramping down the north Vancouver location so that once the new location is built they can start moving some of their brewing equipment.


    3 Oct 13 at 14:57

  6. I think Red Truck is down because of Taylor Crossing’s shut down last year.

    Nucking Futs

    3 Oct 13 at 16:29

  7. And Steamworks is Dead Frog…

    Nucking Futs

    3 Oct 13 at 16:31

  8. @Nucking Futs — Red Truck has been widely available on draft for quite a while, so the dropoff shouldn’t be as severe.

    Yup, DF brews Steamworks under contract, so that’s going to be a chunk of the DF totals, but they also brew in-house and they appear/disappear from the records over the past few years (as Quarterdeck Brewing), which is confusing.


    3 Oct 13 at 16:46

  9. Red Truck is widely available, yes, but they sold a metric shit ton through Taylor’s. Don’t underestimate the affect of a TRUE tied house (which is why the gubment suppressed them for so long)

    Nucking Futs

    3 Oct 13 at 16:56

  10. * effect

    Nucking Futs

    3 Oct 13 at 16:57

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