March 25, 2012

ZUNGA! Townsite Brewery Launches In Powell River

Whoo hoo! Congratulations to Sunshine Coast legendĀ “Bad” Karen Skadsheim for living out her dream of creating Townsite Brewing, Powell River BC’s first-ever microbrew!! The brewery is located in the old post office in the historic Townsite neighbourhood, near the mill, the Patricia Theatre and the Old Courthouse Inn.

Townsite Brewing officially tapped their first keg yesterday in a ceremonial parade that involved a bagpiper, two goats, a pedicab, a wedding procession, and a roller derby team. The first beer poured was the Zunga, a golden blonde ale, named after the specific Powell River/Desolation Sound nickname for a rope swing.

Also brewin’ is the Tin Hat, a West Coast IPA, and Pow Town, a porter, and a Blackberry Beer for the Blackberry Festival in the summer (I love a good craft beer label design, and all of these are beautiful). The Zunga is currently available on tap at McKinney’s Pub in the legendary Rodmay Hotel right next door to the brewery.

The beer will soon be available in 650 ml bottles and 2 litre growlers…. and I personally can’t wait to tip back a Zunga while swinging on one this summer in Desolation Sound.

(4) Comments

  1. Next time you’re out in these parts, we need to get you to Railway City (St. Thomas) to try the beer “CanadaJanes” / Andy’s Dad is involved with. It’s pretty great too.

  2. Lena Gerhart says:

    On behalf of all the Lions Club of Powell River, I want to thank you for a fantastic informative tour of our very own Powell River Brewery.
    We are proud of you for doing something like this for our City.
    Keep up the good suds. Cheers Lions Club of Powell River.

  3. Dave Gardiner says:

    Recently a granddaughter told me she went bungee jumping which reminded me of there POWELL RIVER ZUNGA’S. I wads born in PR in 1926 and lived on the old Third Street. I was one of a the kids that built the first Zungsa’s above the Crranberry Lake road win the alder trees near the water tanks. The idea for these cams from the then popular Tarzan comics and movies. They didn’t stay up very long because our parents and authorities didn’t think they were very safe. I would be interested to hear from of the other young tartans of that era.
    PS My granddaughter found Zunga on a liquor or str]ore shelf and brought me a bottle. Haven’t sampled it yet.

  4. Grant Lawrence says:

    Hi Dave – WOW! Thanks for the history of the Zunga! Amazing! I hope you’re doing well… -GL

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