Persephone Brewing Co. (PBC) operates an 11-acre farm and craft micro-brewery in the community of Gibsons on BC’s Sunshine Coast. PBC is operated by a small team of extremely passionate people committed to the vision of supporting amazing beer built through local agriculture, community connectedness, and partnerships. Producing the finest quality craft beer (15+ awards including a Land Award from the Real Estate Foundation), our “farmhouse” approach integrates onsite farming of hops – one of the principal ingredients in beer – and other food crops in support of local food security (i.e. “farm to table AND farm to barrel”). We are also proud to support other BC farmers by sourcing barley grown and malted right here in BC!
PBC’s farm is not currently certified organic, we pride ourselves on employing only organic growing practices. PBC’s Integrated Farm Plan identifies five key areas within its operations that demonstrate our commitment to developing a multi-functional farm that will contribute to rural development and the local economy.
Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living, whom have provided our wood-fired oven, are the keepers of our chickens and do a number of important things on the farm.
Farm to Feast, a chef-owned and operated airstream trailer turn food truck sits at our farm to nourish the heck out of people. Using primarily locally grown food these gals serve pizza, tacos, breads, sandwiches and much more.
Gibsons Public Market, we’ve been involved from the first gestation of the idea, now coming to life. A public market, Marine Education Centre, bistro, and share office space on the third floor of a 12,000 SF, brand new building. PBC is a proud affinity partner, offering discounts to GPM members.
Contract farming & marketing options to maximize agricultural potential: 1 acre and 2 greenhouses used to be leased to Backyard Bounty for production of organic field vegetables. They were great partners and growers who continue to feed our community. Since, that time, SCACL and PBC have internalized the market gardening and use of the greenhouses. Our veggies go directly into our food served onsite! As well, we share a small field turn apiary with Kathleen from Roberts Creek Honey. She’s an amazing bee keeper, growing superb honey much of which we use in a couple of our beers. She and others regularly hold workshops at Persephone to teach the world to be growers of their own.
Production of hops: currently 1 acre in production with another 5 acres in development and plans to partner with other hops growers through shared access to equipment, resources and markets.
Sustainably managing waste outputs: we currently compost all spent grain, hops and yeast from the brewery and are developing systems to reclaim brewery runoff for crop irrigation and energy consumed in the brewing process.
Culinary and agricultural tourism opportunities: We partner with Farm to Feast and other community partners to host long-table dinner events featuring locally grown and foraged foods paired with our amazing beers. We host farming workshops, pumpkin carving and many other community festivals to bring us together.
Look forward to seeing you at the farm!