QUALICUM BEACH, BC – A new nanobrewery serving residents and visitors on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island is now open for business.
LoveShack Libations was launched in mid-February (“aptly just in time for Valentine’s Day!”) by long-time homebrewer Dave Paul (pictured) and his wife Rachel, with Dave providing the following background story for the brewery’s name:
Shortly after our daughter Morgan was born in 2004, we moved to Qualicum Beach, BC. For the first six weeks after our move, we lived in a tent while I built a 12×16 foot tiny home, lovingly anointed as The Love Shack. Eventually, I raised the roof on a slightly larger home for my growing family of 3 humans, 2 cats, 12 chickens. The Love Shack retired to the leisure role of guest cabin and hobby brewery. It was in The Love Shack where I started brewing my own beer, and haven’t stopped since.
For the newly launched business version of LoveShack, Paul has set up shop at #1-4134 Island Hwy W. in Qualicum Beach, and is currently offering a line-up of four beers in bottles and on tap including D.P.A. (6.2% abv/50 IBU – “a darker IPA, plenty of body with a healthy blend of Northwest hops”), Crafty Cream Ale (5.5% abv/18 IBU – “smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel”), Precious Porter (5% abv/30 IBU – “full of rich dark chocolate and coffee flavours”), and Killer Kolsch (4.8% abv/25 IBU – “light, crisp lager/pilsner type beer that uses organic leaf hops from Maple Bay Hop Farms”).
LoveShack Libations is open on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM. For more details, see the brewery website.