Dockside Names New Brewmaster Craig Ludtke To Oversee All Brewing Operations

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Vancouver, BC | Dockside Restaurant is very pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Ludtke as brewmaster, where he will oversee all facets of Dockside’s in-house brewing program. Craig has been part of the Dockside team for since 2010 and has spent several years honing his craft as an apprentice and assistant brewer while also pursuing his Cicerone certification.

Craig’s interest in brewing was first ignited at Victoria’s Spinnakers Brew Pub where he helped out in the brewery while working behind the bar. A move to Vancouver saw him take on the bar manager role at Dockside before moving into the brewery to work on the brewing operations.

Since taking over as brewmaster, Craig has reformulated the recipes for all Dockside’s signature beers and added his first seasonal creations to the beer list. While Dockside’s new brewing program is intended to appeal to the widest range of beer lovers, Craig has leaned upon Cicerone training to create several distinctly food-friendly new recipes to pair with Dockside’s West Coast cuisine.

With patio season on the horizon, Craig’s first set of seasonal beers have been created with warm days in mind. The Strawberry Blonde is a crisp lager blended with BC strawberries for a perfect summer choice. The Smoked Honey Lager adds BC honey and a hint of smoked malt to a classic red lager recipe for a flavour that’s balanced, full-bodied, and refreshing. Both can be enjoyed throughout the sunny season on Dockside’s patio, recently named “Best in Vancouver” for an unprecedented 8 th straight year.

As a past participant in Aprons for Gloves, Craig has become a respected part of Vancouver’s vibrant craft-brewing culture and will be working with a number of other breweries on a series of upcoming collaboration brews.

Dockside Restaurant has been serving in-house brewed beers since 2001, making it one of the city’s original and longest-operating microbreweries. Visit to learn more about Dockside and plan to visit soon to see what’s fresh on Craig’s beer list.

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  1. While I respect the long-running brewing operations of Dockside, they have remained steadfastly irrelevant throughout the craft beer boom–impressively so, considering the insatiable thirst of local beer geeks for the last few years. I do hope this will help things in that regard, though unfortunately I don’t think it’s nearly as easy to be successful today as it was a few years ago.