Happy April, CAMRA South Okanagan Members!

Okanagan Fest of Ale is this week! If you need tickets remember to use the code CAMRA16 to save $2 off a day pass or $3 off a weekend pass, tickets can be purchased online here.  Of the 65 participating breweries, 15 are new to the event, 7 will be sampling ciders and 2 will be showcasing great gluten-free alternatives. Guests of the fest are sure to enjoy culinary delights from 12 local restaurateurs including a selection of dishes with a craft inspired twist including savoury dishes from Brodo Kitchen, donuts from Craft Corner Kitchen and cool treats from Gorgeous Georgia’s Ice Cream. Moments Under Frame Photography will be on hand with a fun photo booth and a “pop up liquor store”, manned by the friendly folks from the Government St. Liquor Store, will be stocked with all the favourites you’re certain to find at the event. New additions to the event include an app to track tastings (download the app for Untappd on your smartphone today) and the addition of an educational home brewing display alongside an expanded area showcasing industry related personalities and information. In addition, the fun and festive crew from Cascades Casino will be setting up a few gaming tables.

There are some other fantastic events happening this week as part of #OkanaganBeerWeek, including a beer-paired dinner, an IPA educational session, a beer brunch and a bunch of different craft-focused events around town. Check out the full list of Taps around Town here.

We are excited that Penticton is joining the BC Ale Trail! Later this week, the folks from BC Ale Trail will be in town to visit Okanagan Fest of Ale, Murderers Row, our 5 Penticton breweries and many craft beer focused restaurants and tours. They’ll be capturing video footage and photos at each location. If you see them out and about filming, give them a cheers and maybe you’ll make it in to the video! Stay tuned for the official launch of the Penticton Ale Trail in the weeks ahead!

Have you picked up the newest copy of What’s Brewing Magazine yet? Featuring articles by local CAMRA executives and beer lovers, Kim Lawton and Chelsea McDowell, this issue is all about the craft beer community. Read it online here or pick up a free copy at most of our local breweries!



Join the teams from Brodo and Bad Tattoo Brewing for a family-style beer-paired dinner as part of Taps Around Town and the Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017! Call to reserve your spot, limited seating.
(778) 476-1275 | $40 per person plus tax and gratuity

Jalapeno-smoked gouda cornbread
Stout+beef ‘pies’ with peppery arugula, espresso hollandaise
Roasted cauliflower+aged cheddar risotto, pale ale battered cauliflower, porkbelly lardons, kale crispies
Watercress salad with parmesan, roasted olives+bellpeppers, fried capers, truffled-dijon vinaigrette
Dark lager brined+jerk roast chicken drumstix with cucumber+honey yogurt
Maple-bacon chocolate cupcakes with raspberry-IPA frosting

Your host, Joe Wiebe – Thirsty Writer, (author of the Craft Beer Revolution) will tell you the story of IPA from its earliest origins in 18th century Britain through to its resurrection by contemporary craft brewers in North America and its evolution into a wide range of popular craft beer styles: Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale; Red IPA or India Red Ale; Belgian/White IPA; Wild IPA; Double/Imperial IPA; Session IPA or ISA; Rye IPA or India Rye Ale; Brown IPA or India Brown Ale; and, finally, the New England or Hazy IPA.

Over the course of the evening, Joe will lead the group through a tasting of several different IPAs, including a special cask-conditioned IPA prepared by Bad Tattoo Brewing. Thursday, April 6, 7-9pm
$25 regular/$20 for CAMRA members, includes 6 beer samples

Discounted tickets for CAMRA members available here

After Okanagan Fest of Ale, you’ll want to head to the Kettle Valley Station Pub for Murderers Row: Licensed to Kill. They’ll have some fantastic casks (a brewer’s dozen) from some amazing Craft Breweries!!  Plus live entertainment so you can tap your toes while enjoying your cask beers!
Tickets are $30. This includes your entrance into the event, your first cask pint and a Murderers Row tshirt. Tickets are on sale now, and it always sells out in advance. Please drop in to the KVS to purchase your tickets or call 250.493.3388 to purchase via credit card. For more info, the Facebook event is here.
Come sip BC Cider! The 3rd annual BC Cider Week is taking place April 28th – May 7th, 2017 and to celebrate, cideries from around BC will join together in Kelowna at BC Tree Fruits Cider to pour their finest ciders. Cideries pouring are SunRypeHowling Moon Craft CiderWards Hard Apple CiderLeft Field Cider Co.Scenic Road Cider Co.NOMAD CiderDominion Cider Co.Orchard Hill Estate CiderySummerland Heritage Cider CompanyThe BX PressGabbie’s CiderSea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse and Burton City Cider. The Facebook event is here.

Food trucks will be on hand so you can sip away the afternoon and enjoy bites from The CrAsian Food Truck and The Boneyard BBQ & Grilling Co.

Tickets are $20 each or 2 for $30 and can be purchased online or in person at 880 Vaughan Ave. Tickets include a sample glass and 5 tasting tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased for $2.

This a 19+ event. ID will be required at the door with your tickets. Children may attend with parents.


Membership across BC is made up of over 1300 individuals. Member activities include beer tastings, brewery tours, seminars & more. CAMRA members are eager to apply their talents and experience to promoting widespread public appreciation of the many “real beers” that have become available in recent years.

Join or renew your membership online

CAMRA BC t-shirts are available for $20 (members) and $25 (non-members).  We’ll have some at all future CAMRA SO gatherings while supplies last.  Cash or cheque made out to CAMRA SO accepted.

Why Join CAMRA SO?

  • You have a love of craft beer and see the value of supporting the craft beer industry
  • Your membership in CAMRA SO provides you with the opportunity to join acommunity of like-minded craft beer lovers and help campaign to protect the rights and needs of craft beer consumers
  • You enjoy the opportunity to attend craft beer events (some will offer CAMRA SO discounted rates, special access or advance ticket purchases)
  • You can participate in CAMRA SO member-only organized, brewery tours,meet the brewer events, craft ale pub visits, out-of-town road trips and tastings, cask events etc.
  • Access to a number of CAMRA SO member benefits courtesy of our local participating businesses
  • Keep up-to-date on beer-related activities, cask events, and new craft beer releases throughout the South Okanagan via our member newsletter and Facebook page
  • Communication of and opportunity to participate in other CAMRA BC branch events

For more information – contact Membership Director Jon Padgett at
To join – visit our Membership page



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