Did everyone make it out to Okanagan Fest of Ale last month? The biggest event yet drew a record number of breweries and attendees to Penticton, with a number of additional events leading up to the main event, such as Joe Wiebe’s IPA Odyssey at Bad Tattoo. Now with festival season in full swing we are looking forward to the Great Okanagan Beer Festival in Kelowna this weekend. Tickets are still available, go here to pick up yours.
If you feel like a road trip, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is one of the biggest beer events in the province, held from May 26th to June 4th. A considerably smaller event will be taking place in Valemount celebrating Northern breweries June 16-17.
Locally we are very excited for our own road trip to Firehall Brewing on Wednesday, May 24th. They will be hosting a special edition of their weekly Vinyl Brewsday (relocated from Tuesday to Wednesday for us) and have prepared a special cask. For our CAMRA SO members not located in Oliver, we have arranged a shuttle service from Penticton-Oliver with a price that also includes appies and the first pint from the special cask. See our event listing below for more details.
Feeling athletic? Join us at the KVS Beer Run on June 3, with proceeds supporting the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society. The 10km long course will visit 3 breweries and include tastings from all 5 of Penticton’s breweries. Registration is still open, see below for more details.
Save the date for two upcoming events. June 21st we will be visiting Highway 97 Brewery in Penticton for our monthly member’s event. We will provide more details closer to the date, as usual keep an eye on our Facebook page for the most up to date info. September 16 will be our Second Annual Home Brewers Competition at Square One Hop Growers. Last year was a huge success, and we expect this year will be even bigger and better. Contact Eike at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sign up as a brewer – we will have some amazing prizes lined up for participants!
Looking forward to seeing you all at Firehall this month! Remember to bring your Vinyl!
GREAT OKANAGAN BEER FESTIVAL – SATURDAY MAY 13
Sat on the beautiful beaches of Okanagan Lake and right in the heart of the city of Kelowna, Waterfront Park will become host to 55+ breweries, pouring over 100+ beers from across the Okanagan, Sea-to-Sky Corridor, all over BC and Canada. For more info see their Facebook page here.
CAMRA SO VINYL BREWSDAY AT FIREHALL BREWERY – WEDNESDAY MAY 24
On May 24th the Firehall Brewery will be hosting a special night of vinyl, food and cask beer with their special guests, CAMRA South Okanagan.
Ticktet prices as follows:
– $15 for CAMRA South Okanagan members, which includes return shuttle from Penticton, first pint of the cask and appies!
– $30 for non-CAMRA SO members, which includes return shuttle from Penticton, first pint of the cask and appies!
Shuttle pick-up in Penticton at 5:30. Location TBC.
CAMRA members, as always, get 10% off at the Beer Shop & Social. Looking forward to it! Cheers!
KVS BEER RUN – SATURDAY JUNE 3
On June 3rd – Take in gorgeous scenery along a 10 k course connecting a Naramata hops farm and 5 incredible craft breweries. Stop at each unique brewery to sample the freshest beer Okanagan Valley has to offer and finish up at Penticton’s iconic Kettle Valley Sation pub courtyard for a gathering including entertainment.
An awesome way to experience the growing craft beer culture of South Okanagan with friends.
All race info and registration online www.pentictonbeerrun.com
See the Facebook event page for more details
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.
Welcome to the South Okanagan branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, an independent, volunteer-run consumer organization dedicated to supporting the brewing of traditional styles of beer in the traditional manner, using traditional ingredients.