In a town that’s home to more than 30 breweries, it’s no wonder people like Ryan Coughlin have started to take to drinking outside.
“I was just really impressed with the atmosphere and how it turned out,” said Coughlins mother, Tracey.
“There’s a lot of people that come here and want to go to the brewery, and then there’s also the people that want to stay and watch.
There’s a real vibe to it.”
For Coughins parents, the idea of a small gathering of friends and family on the patio in the backyard was a way to bring their young son and daughters into the beer scene.
Coughlin has spent years honing his craft in the outdoor industry.
In 2014, he started working with the Nanaimobes brewery to brew their own beer, which is now available in cans and bottles.
The brewery also hosts beer dinners in their tasting room, which can be attended by up to 30 people.
While Coughinns family is excited about the beer, it won’t be the first time they’ll take part.
Ryan, a fourth-generation Nanaimotanian, has attended countless beer festivals over the years, from the Breweries of BC in Vancouver, to the B.C. Beer Awards in Victoria, to Oktoberfest in Germany.
It’s a chance to reconnect with friends and the local beer scene, Coughillos parents said.
“It’s great to have that kind of experience,” he said.
But the beer-loving family will be missing out on the event.
Beverages are banned in the Nanamio park, but the family is open to serving the Nanavians’ brews.
The Nanavian beer program was created to promote local, organic and seasonal offerings.
We’re hoping to bring some of that into the community, Cufflin said.