NANOOSE BAY, BC – A new farm-based brewery has opened its doors in Nanoose Bay, a small community northwest of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Rusted Rake Brewing has been founded by Jodie Lucas and William Gemmel, a couple who closed their original Rusted Rake Farm restaurant in 2019 after two years of battling with Agricultural Land Commission over non-farm use of their land, but subsequently received approval for their 2020 application to expand and reopen it as a restaurant and brewery.
Rusted Rake opened last week with a tap line-up from brewer Dave Woodward that includes Major Bell’s Pale Ale (5.2% abv), The Rusty Angler IPA (6.8% abv), Rosa The Rebel Mexican Lager (4.8% abv), The Two Louies Coffee Stout (4.2% abv), and Ziggy Digs It Hazy Pale Ale (5% abv), all using barley grown on the farm.
The food menu also focuses on heavily on local ingredients, with a variety of starters, soups, and salads, and main dishes such as burgers, brisket, mac & cheese, and other comfort food favourites. A brunch menu is featured on Sundays, and non-beer beverages including wine and cider are available.
Rusted Rake Brewing is located at 3106 Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay, and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more details, see the brewery’s website and Instagram page.
Source & Photo: Rusted Rake Brewing