The brewery and taproom is housed in a 7200-square-foot heritage building that originally opened in July 1922 as the local CN Rail Station, a purpose it served for 70 years. Following the closure of the station, the building sat abandoned until 2021 when the city developed a heritage and renovation plan using $5 million in grant funding, and welcomed Wheelhouse as the new tenant.
The new space is described in a feature article on the BC Ale Trail website:
There’s a new sunroom on the second story, with 270 degrees of glass facing southwest toward the ocean. They’ve installed a fireplace for the Rupert rainy days where there is seating for 40-50 people and a service bar. Also, on the upper level, they have a large event room for tours and special occasions. The main floor hosts a larger bar and room for a full production area.
There’s another big change. They are going to be serving food, and not just pickled eggs or salmon jerky. They ordered a pizza oven from Italy and will soon be serving up pies with pints, along with breathtaking views of the water. For residents who have limited waterfront access, this is a boon for the community.
The new and improved Wheelhouse Brewing is located at 380 Bill Murray Drive in Prince Rupert, and is open from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Monday to Saturday, and 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Sunday. For more details, see the brewery’s website and pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Source: BC Ale Trail
Photos: Wheelhouse Brewing