Series F-314-1 - What's Brewing (BC) Magazine files

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What's Brewing (BC) Magazine files

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  • 2015-2020 (Creation)
    What's Brewing Magazine (BC)

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6.25 cm of textual records
3 artefacts

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What's Brewing Magazine (BC) is a journal reporting on the British Columbia craft beer movement. It was originally established in 1990 as the newsletter of the Campaign for Real Ale Society of BC (CAMRA BC). CAMRA UK, CAMRA Canada and CAMRA BC all had newsletters by this same name. The BC version was launched by CAMRA BC's Victoria branch in June 1990 under the editorship of Phil Atkinson and typically published six times a year. In 2003 it was re-positioned as the magazine of CAMRA BC as a whole. At the end of 2013 long-time editor Atkinson stepped down. Only two issues were published in 2014 and it appeared that the journal might go under. In 2015 Dave Smith became editor to revive the magazine. What's Brewing remained closely associated with the philosophy and goals of CAMRA, but was now relaunched by Smith as an independent digital-first magazine reporting on the BC craft beer scene generally. In 2020 What's Brewing issued its final print edition, continuing as an online-only service.


  • Phil Atkinson, Editor (1990-1995)
  • Steve Fudge, Editor (1995-1996)
  • Phil Atkinson, Editor (1996-1998)
  • Dave Preston, Editor (1998-2003)
  • Phil Atkinson, Editor (2003-2013)
  • Ian Lloyd, Editor (2014)
  • Dave Smith, Editor (2015-)

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Series consists of records relating to Smith's work as publisher and editor of What's Brewing Magazine following his relaunch of the publication in 2015. Records include a run of print copies the magazine (2015-2020) (sub-series 1) and business planning documents and artefacts (sub-series 2).

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    All files are open with no access restrictions.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    As publisher of What's Brewing, Dave Smith retains the magazine's copyright but agreed under the terms of the Donation Agreement to make materials available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC BY-NC). Contributors to the magazine may also retain their own copyright in the materials they authored. For more information, see the note on Terms governing use in the fonds-level description.

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    For a fairly complete run of the earlier iteration of What's Brewing – when it was the newsletter of CAMRA BC – is located in the [John Rowlings fonds] (f-314) > [series F-318-1-5-3(f-318-1-5-3).

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    January 2024: series first arranged and described

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