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In photos: An inside look at B.C.'s craft breweries

The craft brew scene on Vancouver Island and environs is the most dynamic in Canada and may soon give Seattle and Portland a run for their money

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Becky Julseth, co-owner of Salt Spring Island Ales, sits in front of the brewery’s tasting room.

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Bottling The Big One, an intensely flavoured India Pale Ale, at Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo, B.C.

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Bryan O'Malley, an owner of the Tofino Brewing Company, dispenses one of the company’s tasty ales.

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Kevin Hearsum, one of the owners of Victoria’s Driftwood Brewing Company, examines a beer’s colour during its fermentation process.

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Hoyne Brewery pint glasses for sale in the Victoria, BC brewery's shop.

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Dave Woodward, brewmaster at Tofino Brewing Company, wheels out a steaming pile of mash during an early phase in the beer-making process.

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Hoyne employee Chris McCrodan loads kegs into one of the brewery’s delivery vans.

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Beer kegs at Victoria’s Driftwood Brewing Company feature a hand-painted yellow-and-orange stripe.

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Dallas Budd, a volunteer hop-picker for Salt Spring Island Ales, stays dry during a recent hop harvest.

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A refreshing pint of Salt Spring Island Ale is the ultimate reward after a rainy day of hop-picking.

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Brewing apprentice Tony Gratl pours a bag of malted barley into a grinder at Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo, B.C..

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Empty cans of Berried Alive, a raspberry ale made by Longwood, move through the canning machine.

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Pete Kis-Toth, head of quality control at Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo, examines an ale’s turbidity.

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Brewing apprentice Kieran Campbell samples a brew at Tofino Brewing Company’s warehouse in Tofino, B.C.

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Damon Bell, Phillips Brewery’s head brewer, stands on bourbon barrels used to flavour its Twisted Oat Scotch Ale.

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Brewmaster David Woodward taste-tests a pint of Tofino Brewing Company’s Hoppin’ Cretin IPA in Tofino.

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Driftwood Brewing’s ale-heavy offerings include Fat Tug IPA.

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Sean Hoyne, brewmaster and owner of Hoyne Brewery, also in Victoria, makes lagers, bocks and pilsners, among other varieties.

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A bushel of fresh hops is handled at Driftwood Brewing Company in Victoria.

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Salt Spring Island Ales co-owner Neil Cooke-Dallin transports hop vines on a nearby farm.

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The Tofino Brewing Company’s brewery is a short drive from Wickaninnish Beach.

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A Tofino Brewing Company host of taps dispenses the establishment’s offerings.

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