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Dan Small

September 22, 1963 – July 31, 2013

Dan Small

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel Russell Small. He is survived by his partner, Angela Simpson, his mother Norine Small, three sisters, Sharon (Rick) Baker, Mary Jo (Garry) Lay, Nancy Small and two brothers, Bill (Heather) Small and Tom Small. He will also be missed by 6 nephews, 4 nieces, 2 great-nephews and 4 great-nieces. Dan was predeceased by his father, Edward Woods Small.

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Dan attended school in St. Thomas and London, Ontario. His career as a musician spanned provinces and decades. A move to Vancouver led to acquiring his first homebrew supply store, The U-Brew Shoppe, on Commercial Drive in 1991. Three relocations later, he remained the sole proprietor of Dan's Homebrewing Supplies at 835 East Hastings Street until his passing. Over the years, Dan shepherded many novice homebrewers and touched many lives. He was the common thread between newcomers, seasoned brewers, industry professionals and recent immigrants aspiring to replicate beverages from home. Dan's kind generosity, expertise and matter-of-fact manner will be dearly missed.

In lieu of funeral services, there will be a memorial gathering for family members and close friends on Sunday afternoon (August 4) at Dan's home. On Monday (August 5), there will be an all-day (12pm-12am) open house event for customers and friends at Dan's Homebrewing Supplies (835 E. Hastings), and at Tom's Eastvin Winemaking (825 E. Hastings).  A musical tribute of Dan's life is to take place at the Wise Hall in the near future.  Details to be announced."

      NEW LOCATION, PLEASE NOTE: We will be open in our new location at 835 East Hastings St. on Tuesday June 25, at 11:00, as usual. The new shop is bigger and less than two block east on the side of the street where you can park between 3:00 and 6:00! NOW OPEN Mondays 11-6 as well.

Do it Yourself...

Dan Small's shop is your only source for fresh hops and barley in Vancouver. He also has a full range of gear for beer and wine making at modest prices, as well as kits and malt extracts that make it even easier for newbies. A guru behind the counter, Dan is an endless source of advice and recipes, and even hosts the occasional beer tasting. People come to the shop with their latest beers and hang out, have a taste and see what others are up to. Its a great way to learn and many of the people that go are new to brewing themselves.

Store Hours

Monday to Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Sunday: noon - 5pm