Celebrating Canada’s Original Craft Brewer™

Official John Mitchell Tribute Ale Celebrates 40 Years Of Craft Beer In Canada


Source: What’s Brewing

SURREY BC, June 17th 2022 – A special new commemorative beer is brewing! Forty years after craft beer was first officially served in Canada, BC’s Russell Brewing Co. is set to release John Mitchell Signature Cascadian Dark Ale.

The beer has been brewed in collaboration with staff, students and alumni from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)‘s Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma program, in order to raise funds for a cause that directly benefits the BC craft beer movement: a brewing school scholarship in Mitchell’s name.

The project was initiated by, and has the approval of, John Mitchell’s longtime associate John Ohler. Before Mitchell’s passing in 2019, Ohler was formally entrusted to act as Steward of Mitchell’s craft beer legacy. This first fundraising project is also a means of introducing newcomers to the Grandfather of Canadian craft beer.

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John Mitchell 40 Year T-Shirts

We are calling on craft beer enthusiasts to help support the next generation of brewers by purchasing a John Mitchell 40th Anniversary t-shirt. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts go to the John Mitchell Legacy Scholarship at the Kwantlen University brewing school in Langley. The cost is $25.00. Please contact Jimmy Darbyshire from Russell Brewery to purchase your shirt:

P: 604.366.4231
E: jimmy@russellbeer.com