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Brewing Up A Business

February 4, 2011

It’s an exciting time for the BC microbrewing industry with provincial sales reaching a record high. British Columbians seem to be veering away from the big beers and gravitating towards “craft breweries”, also known as “microbreweries”.  Some use the terms synonymously, others say there’s a difference between the quantity produced and methodologies used. But one thing is certain: In Canada’s $8 billion beer industry, the numbers are up for traditional ales and down for industrial commodity beer.  According to Rick Green, Executive Director of the Craft Brewers Association of British Columbia, “BC is basically the leading province in the craft beer movement.”  That’s all great news for Jennifer Lewis and Travis Findlater, the new owners of Fat Cat Brewery in Nanaimo, who plan a relaunch of the newly branded business as “Wolf Brewing Co.” in February. According to Jennifer Lewis “the recipes will remain the same with 1 or 2 new ales coming to the market.” Michael Naprawa, of BC Business Brokers is pleased that this longstanding, local brewery has been sold to a team of owners with new vision and new energy to take the business to the next level.”  Lewis and Findlater were relieved that the overwhelming details of the business transaction were handled by a business brokerage firm in Nanaimo, BC Business Brokers, the company that marketed the business and negotiated the sale.  “We were very pleased with the services provided by Michael Naprawa—his business advice and professional contacts were invaluable to making the transfer of ownership go smoothly” said Lewis.

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If you are considering small business ownership or the sale of your business, feel free to contact BC Business Brokers.  We can help.  Visit our local website at or or phone 1-877-289-0969.

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