Hello CAMRA South Okanagan Members!

Have you had a good summer so far? We have! While it’s sad to see summer go, we are looking forward to the fall, and the action-packed beer events this season brings! In the rest of the Province we have the Great Canadian Beer Festival happening September 8 and 9, the Whistler Beer Festival happening September 13-17, Hopscotch in Kelowna on September 22-23, Brewloops in Kamloops September 27-October 1, the BC Hop Fest in Abbotsford on September 30 and the Oliver Cask and Keg Fest on September 30. Plus we’re already seeing lots of great events coming up in October for BC Craft Beer Month and Oktoberfest.

Right here at home, we have our 2nd Annual CAMRA SO Home Brewing Competition on Saturday, September 16. Hosted at Square One Hop Growers, with prizes for the top 3 home brews, sponsored by Square One Hop Growers, Kelowna Brew Supplies and Trellis and Vine. Local home brewers will be going head to head to find out who has the best brew of them all! Wine Crush Market will be on site again this year with wood-fired pizzas and local coffee for purchase, to go with all that fresh, delicious beer!

Even though entrance is free, we are requesting that attendees reserve your tickets online through eventbrite.

From Penticton, there will be a shuttle by Grape Friends to and from the event. The shuttle will depart from Penticton at 1:30 and again at 2:00. There will be return shuttles at 5:30 and 6:00. Additional times will be added if there is enough demand. The shuttle is free of charge for CAMRA members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration for the shuttle is mandatory and can be done on the eventbrite page.

Doors open at 2:00pm, and over the next four hours you will have the opportunity to try beer from each of the competing brewers, along with hop yard tours, harvester demos and more! Attendees will vote for their favourite beers, with the top three winning the People’s Choice Awards. In addition, we have a crack team of professional brewers attending from local breweries and they will be selecting their favourite for the Brewers’ Choice Award.

In other, local craft beer news we would like to congratulate Kettle River Brewing for finally receiving their lounge and patio licence. This has been in the works for quite some time, and they are having a party on Friday, August 25 to celebrate!

The Reel Peach Film Festival was held again this past Peachfest, and in the Liquid Libations category the Penticton Ale Trail video won first place (co-produced by our own Kim Lawton and the folks from the BC Ale Trail) and the Battle of the Beers video featuring local brews won second place, and fan favourite. Check them out, maybe you’ll recognize yourself in the background at one of the brewery locations!

The CAMRA SO website has been transitioned onto a new host, and so the plague of technical issues we were experiencing earlier this year should be solved! Please let us know if you experience any issues with our website going forward. Have a look at the most up-to-date membership benefits here. If you are travelling, be sure to take your CAMRA membership card and check out the membership benefits offered throughout the province.


Friday August 25 – 12:00pm – 8:00pm
That’s right, it’s official! The Kettle River Brewing tasting lounge and patio are now fully licensed! Wanna sip some suds in the sunshine? Heck yes you do. Wanna have another? Double heck yes you do. And now you can. So come on down on Friday and celebrate. The uber-delicious Crasian food truck will be serving up tasty eats and they’ll be re-releasing some of their favourite beers from the past few months.
See event page here for more info.
Saturday September 30th – 6:00pm – 10:00pm
This celebration of breweries, cideries and distilleries kicks off the 21st annual Festival of the Grape weekend.
For more information and tickets see their website.
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. Early bird tickets are on sale now until September 15th.


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.

Need a break from the beers or some locally made mixer for cocktails with summer guests? Stop by Old Order Distillery to receive 10% off retail product and free tours!
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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