In June 1982, the Horseshoe Bay Brewery in West Vancouver opened, creating one of Canada's first microbreweries.
Canada's largest brewing companies were traditionally Labatt's and Molson.
Many commercial brewers thrived until Prohibition in Canada.
The provincial and federal governments' attempt to eliminate "intoxicating" beverages led to the closing of nearly three quarters of breweries between 18.
Growth in revenue for beer makers averaged 1.3 per cent per year during 2011-2016; the estimated annual growth over the subsequent five years is only 0.4 percent per annum.
Nonetheless, the number of licensed breweries in Canada increased from 310 in 2010 to 640 in 2015.
The very first patent to be issued by the Canadian government on July 6, 1842, was to one G.