The newest microbrewery to open in Courtenay celebrates the history of the Canadian Air Force in the Comox Valley through its vintage aviation theme.
The rich historical legacy of the Royal Canadian Air Force, which has had a presence at CFB Comox since 1943, is behind Ace Brewing’s name and vintage aviation-themed branding. Its location in Courtenay is a unique octagonal building that was previously a car dealership. Not surprisingly, it has a big parking lot with lots of room for parking. The brewery also plans to add an outdoor patio in time for the summer of 2020.
Inside, visitors will find the aviation theme reflected in the tasting room decor. A replica Spitfire hangs from the ceiling, and the tap handles behind the bar resemble propellers. More fighter planes adorn a big hand-painted mural on the wall. There is lots of space to socialize in the 72-room tasting room, and 10 taps to choose from, as well as a Canteen kitchen that offers some tasty bites to go along with the beer, including deluxe hot dogs, paninis and macaroni and cheese.
Ace’s squadron of beers include a honey cream ale, pale ale, lager and IBA (India Blonde Ale), along with the Fruit Bomb sour series that features a different fruit in each batch, while special releases have included stouts, porters, and a Belgian Tripel.
Co-founder Kent Landolt has worked in the craft beer industry for over 25 years, manufacturing and installing brewery equipment for many of the new breweries that have opened in British Columbia during that time. No doubt it was particularly satisfying for him to install the brew system and fermentation tanks for a brewery he co-owns!
Fancy a flight? Here are some sampler suggestions for Ace Brewing