For a road trip within a beer trip, head about 300 km to Tofino, situated on Vancouver Island’s west coast, known as the Wet Coast. More popular in the summer for some of the best surfing in North America, the waves are still great during the winter, when diving is amazing because the water is at its clearest then. There you’ll find the brand new Tofino Brewing Co. (tofinobrewingco.com; 681 Industrial Way). Mitchell is impressed that with brewmaster Dave Woodward at the helm, “they’re developing a good reputation already.” Try their Tuff Session Ale, a 5 percent pale using Canadian two-row barley.
Brian Yaeger recently moved to Portland, OR, where he homebrews and is exploring the beers of the Pacific Northwest.