Brett Wildeman recently wound up his Cold Hands Warm Hearts tour at our brewery. Here’s what he has to say about touring on a bike and what craft beer is doing for small town BC:

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Like anything
Like anything worth doing
The plot is difficult
The voice is low, you are an idiot
Explored the written word
But now that you’ve seen nakedness
Will you see the good in everyone
– Aidan Knight- You Will See The Good In Everyone

I have spent countless kilometers exploring the back roads and rural highways of the Pacific North West. Touring by bike has its challenges, as I share my music from town to town, stringing musical notes between these destinations. Some people shake their head in disbelief as they watch me trudging along on my bicycle. A wavering pile of music gear in tow, strapped to a trailer with colourful bungee cords. Cars zip by as my legs slowly churn away. Every hill is difficult, as every kilometer of the road is observed, experienced and digested. Completing music tours by bike may not be easy, but I am always up for the challenge.

Life unfolds at a much slower rate when touring by bicycle. The biggest and most obvious difference is one’s exposure to the elements (rain, sun, sleet, wind & snow) and the speed at which one travels compared to automobiles, the bicycle’s fossil fuel consuming counter parts.
Fueling on a bicycle tour rarely occurs at gas stations (although they do sell a variety of preservative and sugar laden consumable items), but instead small restaurants, cafes and grocery stores that dot rural highways. Like the founding ingredients of beer (barley, hops, yeast, and water), cycle touring consists of a few essential constituents: cycling, sleeping, eating, and exploring.

Craft beer culture has rapidly evolved over the past decade, changing the face of many communities throughout Western Canada. During my travels to towns I have had the opportunity to meet many movers and shakers behind the craft beer movement, including those at Townsite Brewing.

Towns are no longer being recognized purely by historical, cultural, or natural landmarks. In 2015 many towns are being recognized by the malt and hop flavours instilled in their locally crafted beers; flavours which distinguish one community from another.

Craft beer has shown that small town business can flourish and grow beyond their geographic location. Clearly illustrating that thinking outside of the (beer) box can pay off!

About the author:
Brett Wildeman ( is a guitar strumming, nature loving musician and cyclist who shares his passion for music and the environment through his unique projects and creative initiatives. His recently released an EP titled Peoples, available at:

The Cold Hands Warm Hearts tour recently graced our doorstep, we asked Brett for his expert advice on drinkin’ beers and listenin’ to tunes

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Let me introduce myself (as the majority of your likely don’t know who I am), my name is Brett Wildeman, I am a folk musician based in Roberts Creek (located a hundred or so kilometers south of Powell River). In addition to writing and playing original music, I am committed to minimizing my carbon footprint by choosing non-traditional, environmentally sensitive means of powering tours, and whenever possible I hit the road on bike (and in some cases sailboat).

Townsite has brought me on as a guest blogger to provide some music-beer pairings that may assist in further enhancing your beer tasting experience.

Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a one-man band based in Austin, Texas (he is rolling through Vancouver in June if you want to check him out live). His voice is sharp and distinct, while syncopating foot percussion with his guitar playing. The up beat hoppy nature of his playing meshes seamlessly with Townsite’s Tinhat IPA.

I have been a fan of Laura Marling for many moons. Her soothing voice, tasteful guitar playing and melodies draw you in. Her song ‘Blackberry Stone’ is mellow, dark, and melodic tune that is a perfect match for the rich caramel tones of Townsite’s Powtown.


Perfect Storm
I thoroughly enjoy watching storms brewing through living room bay windows. Sitting on a comfy couch with the crackle of the fireplace, acting as the sound track while the storm crosses the Georgia Strait. Starting with clouds that mimic whisked egg whites, slowly morphing until the clouds are do dark they could be mistaken for molasses. The Perfect Storm’s deep chocolate notes, with a hint of French roast coffee is simple, yet complex, and most importantly it is very satisfying.

Tegan & Sara: Living Room,


In the middle of winter it is hard not to miss the warmth of the summer sun. Often I find that music assists in lifting the heavy skies from my shoulders.

Like the Townsite Zunga, Citizen Copes’ tune ‘Back Together’ screams barbeques and beers in the sunshine. An upbeat song to jam to while enj oying an ice cold beverage.