What's Brewing Magazine (BC)

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What's Brewing Magazine (BC)

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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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February 2024: description revised with input from Dave Smith, editor.
May 2023: description created.




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