Kitsilano is about to have it very own beer.

Longtime Kits residents and friends James Boileau, Andrew Lavigne, and Dana Barnaby have launched Kits Beach Beer.

It was Lavigne, the beer enthusiastic in the group, who first proposed launching a beer company that captures the spirit of Kits, five years ago. When the pandemic hit and their careers were thrown curve balls, Boileau, Lavigne and Barnaby decided now was the perfect time to launch Kits Beach Beer.

Boileau has experience launching a Kits Beach brand. In Spring 2020, Boileau opened Kits Beach Coffee as a way to get into the market and start building awareness for the Kits Beach brand. 

The partners spent the last year perfecting their recipe. “Our flagship beer, Kits Beach Beer, is a crisp, clean, lightly hopped Summer Ale with hints of citrus,” says Barnaby.

“Vancouver has over 25 beer companies but we’re the only one on the west side,” says Lavigne.

The new brand launches on May 21st, just in time for the long weekend. Kits Beach Beer merchandise including hats, t-shirts, tote bags, beach blankets and biodegradable sunglasses, will be available for sale on the website as well as at Kits Beach Coffee.

“We want to build a brand that represents Kits and all the reasons we love living here,” says Boileau. The brand plans to introduce a new commemorative design every year. “This year we collaborated with local Kits’ artist Mo Sherwood, on a beach inspired Summer 2021 poster that will be featured on our t-shirts.”

For now, Kits Beach Beer, which is self-funded by the three partners, is a side hustle, but Boileau, Lavigne and Barnaby are already looking at expanding the brand with a Kits Grapefruit Ale, two seasonal releases – Kits Summer Radler and Kits Winter, a dark Mexican lager, and Kits Ginger, a non alcoholic, Caribbean influenced ginger beer. 

Kits Beach Beer can be purchased online at www.kitsbeachbeer.com, a pack of four, 473 ml cans is $14.95. Delivery within Kits is free of course.

Kits Beach Beer can also be purchased or enjoyed at Kitsilano Liquor Store, Burrard Liquor store, the Regal Beagle Gastropub, Rocky Mountain Flatbread, TurF, The Ellis and Chewies Oyster Bar. 

Last modified: May 18, 2021

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