B.C.’s best-kept craft beer secret is waiting to be experienced this fall in the South Okanagan.
As Canada's craft beer capital, Penticton was an early adopter of the beer scene in Okanagan. Beginning with just one brewery more than two decades ago, and hosting Fest of Ale — one of the longest running annual craft beer festivals — the small city has since organically grown to host seven craft breweries within the community.
Penticton’s craft brews are all-natural, made fresh at the source, and feature local ingredients and local destinations, from the Peach Cream Ale to the Naramata Nut Brown Ale.
In honour of BC Craft Beer Month in October and the 2nd annual Penticton Beer Week starting on the 16th (officially proclaimed by the City Of Penticton), craft beer lovers are invited to experience the Penticton Ale Trail.
7 beers from the Penticton Ale Trail. Photo provided by Visit Penticton.
The trail includes Penticton’s seven local breweries, from the original and legendary Tin Whistle Brewery, Barley Mill Brew Pub, Cannery Brewing, and Bad Tattoo Brewing, to the newest additions to the Penticton Ale Trail, HWY 97, Slackwater and Neighbourhood
Tin Whistle Brewing — As the South Okanagan’s original brewery, this family-owned-and-operated business kicked off the craft beer movement in the Okanagan Valley when it opened in 1995. Tin Whistle uses local ingredients — such as fruits and berries — in many of its beers, including the award-winning Stag Apple Scotch Ale.
Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro — This spot along Skaha Lake Road has been a local favourite of sports and beer enthusiasts for more than 20 years. A standout with it’s Tudor-inspired design, the brewpub contains a pub-style restaurant downstairs, a family-friendly bistro upstairs, and a tiny brewhouse on the property.
Cannery Brewing — A visit to this downtown spot’s popular family-friendly taproom — which includes a big patio — will reveal that this brewery is all about community and great beer — like their Naramata Nut Brown Ale.
Bad Tattoo Brewing — This downtown brewery has permanently made its mark with its diverse beer list — with several different IPAs and some Mexican-inspired styles, like the Los Muertos Cerveza Negra — and delicious pizzas.
Highway 97 Brewing — Named for the scenic highway that runs along the Okanagan Valley, Highway 97 welcomes visitors to its open concept warehouse-style brewery and taproom, where fresh, small-batch locally-grown ales and lagers and locally-made pies are served to sip and savour.
Slackwater Brewing — One of the newest additions to Penticton’s watering holes, this downtown brewpub is a welcoming space to hang out and enjoy some local food and some memorable beers, including the What the Fog? New England IPA.
Neighbourhood Brewing — Opening soon in the downtown core, Neighbourhood’s sole focus is to produce quality craft beer that is unique and flavourful — such as their very first Fresh Hop IPA with fresh Sabro Hops from the Yakima Valley.
Each of Penticton’s craft breweries offers a unique and different experience, with all offering guests a chance to sit down, relax, and try a flight or a pint on the patio. At the end of a long day of adventuring in the valley — from mountain biking along the Kettle Valley Rail trail to boating on Okanagan Lake and/or Skaha Lake — you can arrive thirsty and leave feeling refreshed after a cold glass of B.C.-brewed beer.
For a place to stay during your visit, Penticton Lakeside Resort offers a spectacular view of Okanagan Lake with affordable luxury, making for the perfect, all-inclusive base for your local travels.
Enjoy wide open spaces, fresh air, and really good local craft beer during your getaway to this road-trip friendly destination in B.C.
Penticton. Photo: Travel Penticton.
We’ve partnered with Visit Penticton to award one lucky winner and a guest with a local getaway package to Penticton this fall!
The Visit Penticton Grand Prize includes:
Two nights accommodation for 2 at Penticton Lakeside Resort (Valued at $440) with complimentary parking and a welcome gift
A pair of craft beers at each of the 7 Penticton Ale Trail breweries (one per guest, per brewery) Valued at $110
Total Grand Prize Value: $550 CAD
You can enter via the contest entry form below. For additional chances to win, visit Visit Penticton on Facebook and Instagram for 25 bonus entries each and visit their website for another 10 bonus entries.
CONTEST IS CLOSED. Congrats to Taylor A. from Kelowna!
This contest is open to British Columbia residents and closes on October 21, 2020.
To learn more, go to visitpenticton.com.
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