Time for a COVID refresher. Follow the BC Ale Trail’s guide to the new world of physically-distanced craft beer and the latest public health restrictions.

As of March 30th, drink and dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios. ⁠People dining on patios should do so only with their immediate household or core bubble (groups of six maximum). ⁠

Please don’t travel outside of your community to visit our breweries. Consider delivery options where available. Many BC breweries have new patio and outdoor spaces for locals to enjoy. You can also do beer take-out and, in many cases, order for delivery. We also recommend you check out this post for more ways to support your breweries beyond visiting them in person.

To help you support your local brewery, we’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind as a considerate craft beer consumer.

Let’s stay local and support local mindfully, safely, and responsibly on the #BCAleTrail.⁠ Your support makes a difference — we’re all in this together. ⁠⠀

Brewery 101 on the BC Ale Trail [Spring 2021 Edition]

craft beer and the latest public health restrictions - Tapworks Brewing on the BC Ale Trail
Tapworks Brewing‘s patio on the BC Ale Trail.

Patio etiquette: Breweries kindly request

Make it easy for servers and staff to get you to your patio table safely and swiftly.

  • Arrive together, sit together
  • Wear a mask at all times when not seated*
  • Groups of six or less
  • One member of your party must provide contact info
  • Don’t move the tables or chairs
  • Don’t mingle with friends at other tables

*Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. You may remove them only when seated at your outdoor patio table. 

craft beer and the latest public health restrictions - Twa Dogs on the BC Ale Trail
Twa Dogs Brewery‘s patio on the BC Ale Trail.

Be mindful

Stay aware of other people around you and respect the space and distance available.

  • Getting take-out? Upon entry, ensure you are wearing your mask and sanitize your hands
  • Remain aware of physical distancing 
  • Respect the protocols in place
  • Look for arrows and markers for physical distancing on the floors
craft beer and the latest public health restrictions - Field House Brewing on the BC Ale Trail
Field House Brewing Co‘s patio on the BC Ale Trail.


Be kind

Remember that people are doing their job when asking you to respect their establishment’s policies.

  • The staff are doing their best to keep you and them safe
  • Don’t ask staff the bend the rules for you
  • Be patient; things may take a bit longer 

*Many breweries are now offering delivery if you’re not comfortable dining on their patio or picking up takeout yourself.  

craft beer and the latest public health restrictions - Townsite Brewing's patio on the BC Ale Trail
Townsite Brewing‘s patio on the BC Ale Trail

Be respectful

Bring your patience and listening skills to every outing.

  • Different breweries have different rules, so please be respectful and adaptable as you acknowledge the work that’s being done to keep you and staff safe
  • Take a moment to understand the protocols in place and ask questions if you’re uncertain
craft beer and the latest public health restrictions - Off the Rail Brewing on the BC Ale Trail
Off the Rail Brewing‘s patio on the BC Ale Trail.

We’re all in this together!

Each one of us is experiencing this pandemic in our own way. We must all do our part and make sure the time we do spend at a craft brewery with people in our bubble is safe, responsible, and respectful — we want to continue to enjoy these spaces, after all!

When you’re going out for a pint or a flight, don’t forget to:

  • TIP your server!
  • Be thoughtful, compassionate, and considerate.
  • Don’t travel outside of your community. Look for delivery options instead.
  • Please drink responsibly!

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Know before you go

When exploring the BC Ale Trail, make sure to look up important information about the area you’re visiting and check on cancellation policies.

This spring, explore your local breweries. New Experiences are Brewing Nearby!

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