At PWB we’re proud to say: “This is us.”
Let’s raise a glass to PWB, BC’s fiercely loyal, doggedly independent home-grown brewery.
You’d be proud too if you’d managed, over several decades, to withstand the constant marketing assaults of the Big Three globally-controlled mega brewers and you’d managed to keep getting better and build a loyal following.
What’s the secret? There isn’t one … just constant dedication to brewing a quality product and selling it at a fair price. Over the past quarter century, that dedication has been instilled in our team by our owner Kazuko Komatsu. Who else in BC can brew a beer good enough to be exported into the Japanese market … one of the most demanding consumer markets in the world?
We are that good and we do it in the backyard of one of the finest Interior communities in this province. Prince George embodies BC’s entrepreneurial spirit. Like other BC communities, big and small, it has forged its identity and purpose from raw material and human grit. It has been the home of commercial brewing for 60 years and Kazuko’s singular focus for more than 25 years.
Yes, let’s raise a glass to PWB…
good beer, brewed right here
by hard working, dedicated British Columbians.
PWB has achieved many milestones including, being the first Canadian brewer to export to mainland China in 1991 and then to Russia in 1996. Here are just a few more PWB accomplishments: 2005 – Gold medal, Winner Industry International Awards in Munich; 1997 – First certified organic beer in Canada; 1995... Read more.
Cariboo Springs Lager reflects PWB owner Kazuko Komatsu’s goal of producing and marketing quality product that is the brewing industry equivalent of BC’s VQA wines. It also reflects her desire to support hard working BC farmers and families by using fine ingredients grown right here at home... Read more
We lost Kazuko Komatsu July 27, 2018. But, we are left with her proud legacy. Before she died, she said: "In 2016, I was proud to celebrate my 25th anniversary as owner of PWB and last year the whole community celebrated PWB’s 60th year of commercial brewing on the banks of the Nechako …"read more
Over the years Pacific Western Brewing has invested in improving the brewing process with a constant eye on making quality beer. This focus has been recognized by the achievement of ISO quality certification standard ISO-9001, the highest level of standardization available... Read more
Regrow the Forest
Celebrating 60 Years of Brewing in BC
At Pacific Western Brewing, the quest for quality is ongoing and recent technological upgrades at our Prince George brewery have enhanced our ability to deliver products that taste better and stay fresh longer. PWB Sales & Marketing Manager Scott Rattee says: “This year the brewery invested $4 million in technological upgrades earlier this year. At PWB, […]
Pacific Western Brewing – BC’s doggedly independent, home-grown brewery – has lost its inspirational leader. Owner Kazuko Komatsu passed away July 27 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Celebrations of her life and her many contributions to BC were held in Vancouver and Prince George, Aug. 16 and 17. Tom Leboe, Kazuko’s Prince […]
Thanks to Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) and its customers, a team of more than 90 tree planters planted 100,000 seedlings this spring on Crown land scorched by last summer’s devastating Elephant Hill fire. Funded by PWB’s ongoing reforestation program, this project helped BC recover from last summer’s wildfires. More than 1,000 fires swept through a […]
PRINCE GEORGE (April 9, 2018) – Pacific Western Brewing is proud to announce the release of the first batch of Pacific Free, “a gluten removed” lager for a discerning, health conscious generation of beer lovers. PWB Sales Manager Scott Rattee says: “Pacific Free is brewed just like other great craft beers. However, once the beer […]