Crannóg Ales opened in January, 2000. It was the product of many hard hours of research and the inventiveness and dedication of our two founders: Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen. It sits in the middle of Left Fields organic farm, in the sunny Shuswap region in the southern interior of BC. That's the heart of unceded Secwepemc territory - we are very grateful to be here in Secwepemculew.
Our guiding principles are quality beer, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and (wait, is quality beer a principle?) integrity. We brew only organic ales, focusing on local and seasonal specialty ingredients, most of which come from our own farm.
We grow our own hops, spearheading the hops revival in BC with our first planting in 2001 and the production of our hops growing Manual in 2004. All the brewery by-products (not waste!) are re-used on the farm or recycled when we have to. Our spent grain feeds our own livestock and our compost, our greywater is used for irrigation, and the pigs drink any random beer leftovers. The farm and brewery are intertwined, creating a whole sustainable system. In addition, we are committed to remaining small, so that we don't outgrow our footprint on the farm.
The name of the brewery, our artwork, and in fact, our ethos all come from the Irish tradition. It's a tradition of storytelling, complex visions and abundant artwork, close communities and self-reliance. It's a tradition of care for the land and protection from invaders, and a tradition of enjoying friends over a lovely pint.