VANCOUVER, BC – Callister Brewing has announced that it is winding down operations in its current location, and will be closing at the end of the year.
The news was revealed via the following statement posted on social media:
Due to a variety of factors, including rising costs on every front, as well as the rapid growth of Callister Soda, we have decided not to renew our lease here at 1338 Franklin St. This has been our home for the last 10 years, but we have realized that we need to shift our focus if we are going to not just survive, but thrive.
What does that look like? What will become of our little brewery? Well, we aren’t completely sure ourselves, but we are working on some pretty exciting things for 2024. What we do know is that our last day of serving our beloved customers will be Dec. 31, 2023. We are also working towards having an up and coming brewery take over in the new year to continue serving up delicious, local, independent craft beer.
Callister was opened in 2015 by Chris Lay and Diana McKenzie, and for its first five years it operated under a unique business model described as a “hybrid of co-op and contract brewing,” where part of the brewery capacity was leased to other brewers who created beers and released beers under their own brands. This program ended in 2020, when the brewery shifted to a more traditional model of producing Callister beers and sodas exclusively.
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