Plans for a nanobrewery in downtown Sidney will appear before Sidney council Monday. (Black Press Media File)

Plans for a nanobrewery in downtown Sidney will appear before Sidney council Monday. (Black Press Media File)

Plans for a nanobrewery on tap for Sidney council

Beacon Brewery plans to open in August 2021

What is described as nanobrewery could be coming to downtown Sidney.

Monday night, council will consider a report recommending the municipality gather views on plans by Beacon Brewing to open what the business describes as a nanobrewery – featuring a tasting room for 45 people – in August 2021.

According to the staff report, the business would be located at 9837 Third St., operating out of the first floor of the mixed-use commercial and residential building currently under construction.

The business has applied to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) for a new liquor license with a lounge area endorsement and the staff report finds that proposed use is permissible under the pub or brew pub categories, which allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed on site with food accompaniment.

“In terms of impact on the surrounding community, staff believe that the scale of the establishment, proposed hours of operations and potential noise impact are in line with would be expected within a downtown commercial neighbourhood,” it reads.

RELATED: Sidney barber shop hopes to serve alcohol to customers

While only LCRB can approve or deny applications, municipalities can shape them by signalling their support or opposition after gathering the views of the public with staff recommending Sidney gather the written views of residents. The municipality will also directly contact by mail owners and tenants occupying property within 100 metres (328 feet) of the proposed business.

The public would also have a chance to comment during a special public participation opportunity.

According to the submission, nanobreweries differ from microbreweries by typically produce no more than 500 liters per brewed batch. They also usually do not distribute product in any large scale outside of their tasting rooms.

“Beacon Brewing is a small, family run business that looks to cater to like-minded, hardworking middle- class folk,” it reads, adding that the business plans to offer three to five flagship beers and two to five seasonal and experimental brews along with other offerings.

“Having this variety and having cider on tap will help pull non-beer drinkers into the brewery, with the intent of getting them interested in trying our beer as well, ” the business said. “Bingo nights, car club days, live music, and hosting ticketed events are just some of the ideas we have in mind to bring people from all stages of life into the taproom as well.”

Do you have a story tip? Email:

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A Nexii roof panel is lifted during construction of a Starbucks in Abbotsford. Alexzi Building Solutions will be building a manufacturing plant in Langford or North Cowichan to produce the sustainable construction panels. (Photo courtesy of Alexzi Building Solutions)
Langford eyed for facility to make green building alternative to concrete

Langford, North Cowichan possible sites for plant to create sustainable construction panels

Local MP Elizabeth May says the public has a right to know the identity of the company that plans to operate the massive warehouse proposed for Sidney on airport lands but residents who want to stop the project would probably have to go through the courts. (Black Press Media File)
MP Elizabeth May says public has right to know identity of Sidney warehouse operator

Residents wanting to stop the project would probably have to go through the courts, said May

Bukwila by Art Thompson, set at the steps of Lansdowne campus’ Wilna Thomas Cultural Centre, has been welcoming students to campus since 1997. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
World-renowned artist’s legacy lives on at Camosun College

Art Thompson made untold contributions toward Indigenous education, art and advocacy

Did you know, according to the CRD, every person produces an average of 185–200 litres of wastewater per day? Here’s where most of it gets treated, at the new wastewater treatment facility at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt. (CRD image)
View Royal signs on to wastewater funding plan

Capital Regional District requesting to borrow up to $34.3 million to upgrade infrastructure

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Island Health has confirmed COVID-19 exposures at Ecole des Deux Mondes in Campbell River on May 4 and 5, and at Mill Bay Nature School in Mill Bay on April 28, 29, 30 and May 3. (Metro Creative photo)
Two new COVID-19 school exposures confirmed by Island Health

Health authority contacting anyone exposed at Ecole des Deux Mondes, Mill Bay Nature School

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

The dash cam footage, taken May 7 at 8:18 a.m. belonged to the driver of a southbound vehicle that recently travelled out of the tunnel. (Reddit/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Dash cam captures dramatic rollover crash on Highway 99

Only one person sustained injuries from the collision, says B.C. Ambulance Services

Chevy stranded on a ledge above a rocky canyon at Mimi Falls near Logan Lake, April 28, 2021. (Photo credit: Margot Wikjord)
Police officer and fire chief team up in risky rescue of stranded dog near Logan Lake

Chevy, a rescue dog, needed rescuing again after getting stuck on a ledge above rocky canyon

Police were on the scene of a fatal shooting in Abbotsford. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. government to give more than $8 million for programs to curb gang violence

221 not-for-profit projects led by local governments and school districts among others will receive a one-time grant

Most Read