History

The Columbia Brewery is part of a rich brewing tradition in British Columbia's Kootenay region, which traces its heritage and passion for quality to the Fort Steele Brewery, established in 1898.

Fort Steele Brewery, 1898
Fort Steele Brewery, 1898

By the early 1950's only four small breweries remained in the Kootenay area. They were located in Cranbrook, Fernie, Nelson, and Trail. These breweries amalgamated in 1957 to form the Interior Brewing Company. After amalgamating, the decision was made to have one brewery built in a central location, with easy access to the same cool, clear, fresh tasting water. It was here in Creston, in 1959 that this brewery was built. In 1972 our name was changed from Interior Brewing Company to the Columbia Brewery.