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'We aren’t completely sure': Award-winning East Van brewery closing taproom, but not the whole business

"What will become of our little brewery? Well, we aren’t completely sure ourselves"
Callister Brewing in East Vancouver will be closing its taproom and going through some major changes in the coming months.

One of Vancouver's many award-winning breweries is going through some significant changes.

Callister Brewing Company, tucked away at 1338 Franklin St., will be closing its taproom on Dec. 31, 2023 and moving on; the closure comes as the business's lease ends. With increasing costs, owners say they are looking for a new location.

"This has been our home for the last 10 years, but we have realized that we need to shift our focus if we are going to not just survive, but thrive," states the brewery on social media.

Part of that survival will include the spin-off Callister Soda brand, which has seen "rapid growth." That said, the future is a little blurry for Callister Brewing itself.

"What does that look like? What will become of our little brewery?" they write. "Well, we aren’t completely sure ourselves, but we are working on some pretty exciting things for 2024."

At the same time, they're hoping a new brewery might move into their old home.

Callister's Wee Laird Heavy Scottish Ale won the 'Best in Show' award at the first-ever Canada Beer Cup in 2022.

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