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

2005

First

Canadian Gold Medal

Winner Industry International Awards in Munich

2003

First

ISO 9001 Certified

Brewery in North America

1997

First

Certified Organic

Lager Beer in Canada

1996

First

ISO 9002 Certified

North American Brewery

1996

First

Lager and Lime

Beer

1995

First

Malted Herb

Beer

1993

First

Ice Beer

in Canada

1983

First

Brewery Operated

Beer Store in BC

1988

First

Dry Beer

in Canada

1982

First

Dark Mild Beer

in Canada

1969

First

Malt Liquor

in Canada

1965

First

Canned Beer

in BC

PWB Quality Guarantee

PWB Quality

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.

Henryk Orlik

Henryk was first introduced to the art of brewing beer more than forty years ago, when he began his brewing apprenticeship at the Scherdel Brau in his hometown of Hof an der Saale, Germany. Nearly ten years later he finished the Master Craftsman program at the reputable Doemens School of Brewers and Malsters in Munich, Germany.

During his time in many different brewhouses of Germany and North America he has worked and mastered every role available and has a gold medal from the World Beer Championships in Chicago to show for it. During that time he also picked up a master’s degree in Business Administration with a Business Economics major, much needed in the complex environment of brewery operations.

Henryk Orlik is excited to work in a brewery not only of Pacific Western’s size but also with all the right tools and the perfectly balanced pure spring water to hand craft some exciting new beers for the BC market.

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 mailbox:mail@pwbrewing.com

*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.