Brewing everything from Labatt to Bud, the plant’s been a fixture of Sapperton for over 100 years. We noticed a few weeks ago that Labatt’s in New Westminster was looking um.. a lil shabby. Did a lil googlin’ this afternoon to find out what was up. There’s signs around the area for new condo developments but I just hadn’t heard anything (prior to seeing the big demolished pile of bricks) regarding the reshaping of Sapperton.
When Don was in town he introduced us to this site – where these people venture into old buildings, basically trespassing and checking out what the heck is going on in these deserted spaces (if they are even deserted). Their adventures are classified by how easy/hard it is to get onto the premises. Labatts was one of the places listed on the site which lead us to put two and two together A-HA! Demolished building, these people venturing onto the site of the old brewery hmmm a CLUE! hehe
According to the Royal City Record, “In September 2004, Labatt Brewery announced it was closing down the brewery after 46 years on the site.” Well heck, where have I been?? The demoliltion only started recently though but man… that’s news I thought I would have heard about already.