Autumnal Greetings, CAMRA SO members!

Summer may be gone, but things haven’t slowed down in the beer world! October is BC Craft Beer Month and we have lots of great events to share with you, both locally and around the province. Don’t forget – if you are travelling outside of the South Okanagan area that there are lots of great CAMRA member benefits available across BC. Check out the full list here. 

The CAMRA SO team would like to thank all our members who were able to attend the 2nd Annual CAMRA SO Home Brewing Competition. This is the biggest event we’ve held to date, and it was so much fun. It took a team of amazing people to put on this awesome event and we would like to give special thanks to Kari and Brent from Square One Hop Growers; our sponsors, Kelowna Brew Supplies and Trellis and Vine CrafthouseGrape Friends for the shuttle services and Wine Crush Marketfor the great eats; our Judges, Ian Dyck from Cannery Brewing, Robert Thereaux from Bad Tattoo Brewing and Andrew Anker from Highway 97 Brewing. We also want to applaud our competitors for their generosity in sharing their passion for home brewing with us, along with their tasty beers!

Our event made it into the Penticton Western, see the article here. Thanks to John Arendt for documenting the event, photos are posted on our Facebook page here.

Congratulations to our winners, listed below:

People’s Choice Awards:
1st place – Warren Everton, Drive Thru Breakfast Stout. Warren won a $75 gift certificate from Trellis & Vine Crafthouse
2nd place – Evan Cadwallader, Northwestern Brown Ale. Evan won a collection of speciality malts provided by Square One Hop Growers
3rd place – Brad Kotnik, Slack Tide New England IPA. Brad won a Mash Tun and other brewing equipment from Kelowna Brew Supplies

Brewers’ Choice Awards:
1st place – Warren Everton, Miami Weisse Sour. Warren won the opportunity to work alongside the brewing team at one of the South Okanagan breweries of his choice for a day
2nd place – Eric Harding, The Dandy Lion, Dandelion Saison. Eric won a $75 gift certificate from Trellis & Vine Crafthouse

Penticton was recently featured in Expedia’s Best Beer Towns in Canada! One of three in BC, the other two are Revelstoke and Victoria. Click here to see the full article.

Scroll down for information on events this month. In addition we are working on some special CAMRA SO member events for November and December, details to follow in our next newsletter!


Our Home Brewing Liason, Eike Heinz, needs your input! Please fill out his market research survey in regards to a farm-based brewery being developed out of Summerland! It’s very exciting to support one of our CAMRA SO executive members in bringing more beer options to our community!
Survey Link:
From Vancouver Island to the East Kootenays, there are tons of events happening in BC this month to celebrate Craft Beer. To find an event near you, check out the full list here.
Ken and the BC Craft Brewers Guild has a special offer for CAMRA Members wanting to attend the BC Craft Brewers Conference coming up on Friday October 20th.With the code: CAMRA – members get 10% off on the $149 ticket which also includes the Afterparty at Direct Tap.
Full event info and tickets:
CAMRA members are also able to get tickets to just the Afterparty, in advance of tickets being made available to the general public.

If you head to Vancouver for the Brewers Conference, stick around the next day for the BC Beer Awards, and try the best beers of 2017! Tickets and more info available here.
Saturday October 21 – 6:00pm – 12:30am
Make plans to join the celebration at the 8th annual Penticton Oktoberfest. Lederhosen or not, it’s guaranteed you will enjoy a fabulous night of mouth-watering food, wonderful entertainment and great beverages! Wear comfortable shoes, as the dance floor is the place to be!
For tickets see their website.


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.

Bad Tattoo Brewery offers a discounted growler fill rate of $10 per regular growler fill for CAMRA members. Stop in and see what the latest creations are on tap!
For other local CAMRA member benefits see our Facebook page here
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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