New Literary-Themed Brewery Opens in Sidney

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A new member of the growing island beer scene is now open at Sidney’s seaside and its owners read into the community’s love for literature.

Small Gods Brewery, a family-run brewery, has officially opened on the corner of Third Street and Sidney Avenue and is mixing books with drinks.

“Small Gods Brewing started as a way to make Sidney and North Saanich a community brewery. And we decided to reflect the community by making it a literary-themed brewery,” said co-owner Chris Bjerrisgaard.

With Sidney known as Canada’s “book city” for having the most bookstores per capita in the country, Bjerrisgaard says he and his partner Sierra Skye Gemma and head brewer Jonny Kostiuk wanted to provide customers with a unique experience.

He says the brewery is designed to provide an atmosphere where all are welcome to stop and enjoy a cold beer with friends, family or their favorite book.

“We have a children’s library in the room, we’re very family-friendly, and it’s something that we thought the fabric of the community in the city was looking for and really wanted,” Bjerrisgaard told CHEK News.

The name “Small Gods” was inspired by Fall Legends author Jim Harrison, who has also published several essays on food and drink.

“All of our beers are named after books,” Bjerrisgaard added.

Besides beer, the team serves a selection of local wines, ciders and soft drinks, as well as sandwiches and snacks with vegetarian and vegan options.

Guests can cozy up on the 60-seat terrace or inside the 80-seat lounge and enjoy monthly events, including author readings and literary evenings, or grab a four-pack and head to one of the nearby parks and beaches.

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