Beard’s Brewing Company was named one of Northern B.C.’s best new businesses at the ThriveNorth Business Challenge in Fort St. John on Oct. 4.
Stephen Beard and his family launched the craft brewery in Fort St. John last November, buying used equipment from an expanding brewery in Southern B.C. to produce and serve the first batch of locally-made craft beer in Northeast B.C.
“We are passionate about our community, we are passionate about beer,” Beard says.
Beard won in the 29 to 39 years old category, which came with a $10,000 prize.
At the event, Dawson Creek’s Holly-Anne Ritchie and Shay Bergunder were recognized for best new business by people aged 18 to 29 for their venture BowTie Party Boxes and Events.
Chetwynd’s Jessie Taylor was recognized for best growth opportunity for Mama G’s Country Kitchen, which now operates the concession stand at the Chetwynd Rec Centre.
Those businesses also won $10,000.
Axel Whalen of Tiny Life Supply from Smithers won the People’s Choice Award and a $5,000 prize.\
ThriveNorth is a program of Futurpreneur Canada that ThriveNorth provides young entrepreneurs in Northern B.C. with business resources, financing, and mentorship to start or grow their own businesses.