Pacific Western Brewing History

Canada’s longest running, British Columbian-owned brewery was established in 1957 on a fresh water spring in Prince George, BC. Originally named Caribou Brewing, Pacific Western Brewing Company (PWB) has had seven owners over it’s storied past and achieved many milestones. Including, being the first Canadian brewer to export to mainland China in 1991 and then to Russia in 1996. Along the way these achievements have shaped the BC beer backbone for over fifty years.

A Half Century Of Firsts

PWB Accomplishments



Canadian Gold Medal

Winner Industry International Awards in Munich



ISO 9001 Certified

Brewery in North America



Certified Organic

Lager Beer in Canada



ISO 9002 Certified

North American Brewery



Lager and Lime




Malted Herb




Ice Beer

in Canada



Brewery Operated

Beer Store in BC



Dry Beer

in Canada



Dark Mild Beer

in Canada



Malt Liquor

in Canada



Canned Beer

in BC

PWB Quality Guarantee

Over the past few years the brewery has invested in improving the brewing process with a constant eye on making quality beer. This focus has been recognized by the achievement of ISO quality certification standard ISO-9001, the highest level of standardization available. In 1994, Pacific Western Brewing became the first North American brewery to achieve ISO certification. Today, every step of our brewing and packaging is certified to the standards of ISO 9001 protocol.

In everything we do, we strive first to find quality people to develop our products and promotions, then we start making quality beer with quality checks for packaging and then off to the final quality check at every place our products our sold – by you, our customer.

Kazuko Komatsu

Kazuko Komatsu believes in the purity of spirit and the sacred commitment to community that is her ancestral Samurai heritage.

Twenty years ago she saw in Pacific Western, then B.C.’s oldest, locally owned brewery an opportunity to apply these values and use those qualities to create a strong brand and an international reputation.

She purchased the company and her management and direction have produced unqualified success: The first dry beer brewed in Canada, the first certified organic beer, two international Organization for Standards (ISO) designations, a Brewing Industry International Gold Medal Award …

Since Kazuko’s arrival in 1991, the achievements and the accolades have been regular and unparalleled. The first Asian Canadian to take a leadership role in the brewing industry, she has established her reputation and staked the brewery’s name on her unwavering quality standards.

We use the purest mountain water you will find anywhere — every ingredient is the best you can find, she insists. I want to produce the best beers and functional drinks in the world. We are doing exactly that!

As she has built the province’s most respected brewery, Kazuko has been an active and vibrant participant in the community – be it locally in Prince George, provincially in Vancouver and Victoria, or internationally in Ottawa, Tokyo and Washington. She contributes to numerous boards and organizations — supporting countless initiatives from a significant reforestation program in central B.C. to contributing to an important fund for African communities financing new wells to provide clean water.

For her efforts and enthusiasms, Kazuko has received many personal awards such as the Order of BC and the Commemorative Medal for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. But she insists it’s not about her.

She celebrates 20 years of ownership in 2011 — her dream a reality: a firm that reflects the centuries-old traditions of her family and her personal commitment to excellence.

Henrik Braun

German-born Henrik Braun, who has practised his craft from Germany to China, is now the head brewmaster at PWB. Brewery owner Kazuko Komatsu announced the appointment of Braun saying:

“For the past 20 years Henrik has distinguished himself across the globe and we are pleased to welcome him to our dedicated brewing family in Prince George. Henrik shares our commitment to excellence and we are assured that his experience in Europe and Asia will help us to continue to offer new leading edge products.”

Braun says:

“I am very happy to have this opportunity to work with Pacific Western Brewery here in Prince George, and I would like to thank Ms. Komatsu for bringing me on board! We have a very experienced team here and a fine brewery to operate. I am sure we will have a great future making excellent beers together.”

Braun is a fifth generation brewmaster and received his Master’s Degree as an Engineer for Beer Brewing Technology at TU Berlin (Berlin’s Technical University) in 1996. Since that he has worked as a commissioning brewmaster and project engineer in Khon Kaen in Thailand, Shanghai and Jiangyin in China, Munich in Germany and Bludenz in Austria. He is married with an 11-year-old daughter.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Tell How Fresh Pacific Western Brewing Products Are?

Every beer that leaves the Pacific Western Brewhouse is produced under ISO-9001 manufacturing standards and has a production stamp that can be traced back by and Pacific Western Sales Agent or contact our Product Development team via email.

Do Pacific Western Brewing beers contain preservatives?

Pacific Western Brewing Braumeister, Henryk Orlik, uses pure spring water, quality raw ingredients and the end result contains no preservatives.

Are Pacific Western Brewing Products Available In The US?

Currently the Pacific Western Brewing beer portfolio is available throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

How Do I Apply for a Job with Pacific Western Brewing?

Resumes can be forwarded to our general

*All resumes and communication will be reviewed by the appropriate Pacific Western Brewing Company department head and kept on file with the utmost privacy until the position and response is available.


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