Joe Wiebe, the “Thirsty Writer,” is the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries, the definitive guidebook to British Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer industry, currently in its second edition.
The first edition of Craft Beer Revolution was a B.C. bestseller for 2013 and won the Gourmand Award for Best Beer Book in Canada. The completely revised and updated second edition released in March 2015 includes profiles of 90 breweries compared to 50 in the version that came out just two years earlier.
Joe has been a freelance writer for more than 15 years, writing hundreds of articles a wide range of subjects including arts and culture, sports, business and travel, but since 2008 he has mainly written about craft beer with regular columns for the Northwest Brewing News, Vancouver View, UrbanDiner.ca, and the BC Craft Beer News, as well as beer-soaked stories in British Columbia magazine, BCBusiness, WestWorld, Beer West, Taps, Publican, NUVO, Taste and Boulevard.
Joe is also a co-founder and co-producer of Victoria Beer Week and the BC Ale Trail project. He produced the Victoria Beer Map and is the beer columnist for CBC Radio’s All Points West and BC Almanac programs. He hosts panel discussions on craft beer, emcees the Business of Craft Beer conference in Vancouver, and presents his Craft Beer Revolution seminar in venues throughout British Columbia.