This brewery in the middle of nowhere proves that good beer (and hard work) conquers all.
The picturesque, if somewhat isolated, town of Valemount is home to the Little Brewery That Could. Here, Michael Lewis of Three Ranges Brewing works tirelessly to keep the beer flowing, regularly brewing three or four times a day on his tiny 300-litre system. A retired US Army veteran, Lewis clearly comes by his work ethic honestly.
Despite only having a population of 1,000, Valemount has embraced Three Ranges in a big way. The cosy tasting room and sunny patio have become a gathering place for the entire community, and is a great excuse to pull off the highway and take a break.
Three Ranges gives back to the community too, with partial proceeds of sales going to local charities and veterans groups.
Listen to the Cascadian Beer Podcast episode featuring Three Ranges Brewing.
Valemount might be a tiny town today, but it could soon be the Whistler of the North once the proposed Valemount Glacier ski resort is constructed.
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