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A taste of summer: Seven Tri-City breweries create drink to symbolize teamwork, unity

Have you tried the summer sour? Here's where you can find the local collaborative concoction on tap.

Who doesn't love a refreshing drink to either cool off from the summer heat, or to celebrate the new season?

Local craft beer lovers will get the chance to try a new concoction of that feeling at seven breweries in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody that also represents support for small businesses in the region.

It's called Tri-Cities Summer Sour, headed by the Tri-Local Collective thanks to funding invested and distributed through the BC Chamber of Commerce, and Canada's ministry of innovation, science and economic development.

The drink is described as a smoothie-style kettle sour with the feels of "floating down the Coquitlam River with friends."

With a five per cent alcohol by volume (ABV), it consists of papayas, peaches, pineapples, pink guava and passionfruit.

Tri-Local claims the collaboration to be the largest community craft beer team-up in the region to date.

"Each of the breweries will soon be selling Tri-Cities Summer Sour in their taprooms and be able to keep 100 per cent of the revenue," reads a Tri-Local social media post about the seasonal initiative.

The Tri-Cities Summer Sour is on tap at the following breweries (in alphabetical order):

  • Fraser Mills Fermentation
  • Mariner Brewing
  • Moody Ales
  • Northpaw Brew Co.
  • Patina Brewing
    • The Tri-Cities Summer Sour was brewed here
  • Tinhouse Brewing
  • Yellow Dog Brewing

In 2021, the federal government sought to release funds to help local businesses recover from COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.

"With over $70,000 in federal funds, distributed through the BC Chamber of Commerce from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Tri-Local Collective was able to invest in our community and shift the focus of our campaign from helping businesses survive, to helping them thrive," reads a statement on the organization's website.

The Tri-City News is a member of the Tri-Local Collective.