There’s something brewing in Delta, and it’s just in time for patio season. Two local Ladner breweries, Four Winds Brewing, and new kid on the block Barnside Brewing Co. have joined forces with Tourism Delta's 'We Love Delta' wing, to create a taste and story unique to our home, with the release of ‘We Love Delta IPA'. Launching April 23rd, this new collaboration is now pouring in both Four Winds and Barnside tasting rooms, and select local restaurants and liquor stores.
In the craft beer arena, Barnside and Four Winds are competitors, but the industry is often one of collaboration, offering a business community that is somewhat unlike any other. Breweries, even those within the same market, will often work together, trade secrets, and share entrepreneurial tips. Perhaps this will change when the market hits saturation, but for now, it's beneficial for both breweries and consumers to enjoy this shared spirit and dedication to the craft. Lucky for us, it's this collaborative spirit that produced the 'We Love Delta' IPA project.
The project came about organically, and out of a desire to foster the amazing Delta community spirit that we have seen in the past year. Barnside has collaborated with local resources to produce seasonal creations like their Westham Island Strawberry Sour (Emma Lee Farms) and Heavy Horse Blueberry Milkshake IPA (Tecarte Farms), but had yet to collaborate with a local, or any, brewery for that matter yet. While Four Winds has collaborated with many Lower Mainland breweries before, the proximity of these two local breweries, and the rarity of using home-grown hops and barley, made this project special. Farm to table, as an experience and story of contribution, resonates with people these days, and the notion of locally produced food, and now beer, at the source, is a fantastic salute to our community.
The We Love Delta collaboration showcases the quality of agriculture
product that comes out of Delta - good food, and now good beer,
is grown right here.
- Ken Malenstyn, GM Barnside Brewing
'We Love Delta IPA' a beer essentially grown and produced, from farm to tap, in Delta. It aims to highlight the strengths of our community, bring Delta's farming heritage to the forefront, and raise awareness of our 'new' agriculture. To produce ‘We Love Delta IPA', Barnside Brewery contributed its homegrown ingredients, most specifically hops and grain, while Four Winds Brewing shared their renowned knack for producing award-winning beer recipes, house yeast, and ultimately, the capacity for brewing. It's a match made on Ladner soil and a beer that's uniquely 99% Delta grown.
Barnside Brewing is a collaboration in itself of four long-standing Ladner farm families - Ken Malenstyn, Sean Buhr, Brent & Shelley Harris, and David Terpsma - a collective triple-digit year history. Ken Malenstyn’s family was in the dairy business, a Delta farming staple that over the years has been dissipating due to market demands. While contemplating new crop opportunities a few years back, the homebrewing and hop plants of neighbours (and now partners, Sean and Dave) spiked an idea. Hops. Growing hops and creating an on-site brewery on Delta farmlands became the roots of Barnside.
What makes Barnside Brewery so distinctive amongst microbreweries is that their vision of growing beer ingredients right here in Ladner came to fruition. The hops grown on Barnside farms are used to exclusively produce Barnside beer. By using 100% homegrown hops, Brewmaster Dave built recipes around the unique aspects of their specific hops variety, making their beer recipes proprietary to Barnside. And with the fruitfulness of Ladner soil, they are working to source their kitchen menu from local sources as well. It's an incredibly unique and authentic story for a new brand and one that resonates with today's consumers, both from within our community and beyond our Delta borders.
One key takeaway that Ken Malenstyn, General Manager of Barnside is hoping for, is pride in our farming community and for us to see the potential in what we have here, "Our history of farming these amazing soils, our unique climate, it all makes for fantastic food. This beer is a reminder of our exceptional soil and growing conditions right here in Delta".
'We Love Delta IPA' is now on tap at Four Winds and Barnside tasting rooms, available online at FourWinds.ca shop, as takeaway at Four Winds, and as of this week, it will launch in select local restaurants and liquor stores. Grab a six-pack today and cheers Delta!