Our First CAMRA SO Newsletter of 2022

We have things to do and places to go to tell you about! Plus, the scoop on our first two socials for this year. We hope to see you there! 

New Year, New Beers social #1 – Highway 97 Brewing Company
When: Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm

For our first impromptu social of 2022 we are kicking it off at Highway 97 Brewing’s new location! This is #1 of a series of 4 events we are working on for the early part of the year.

Highway 97 just moved to their new location with larger production capacity and seating, and a patio area. With a larger tap selection there are even more beers available.

They also have a new food menu including Savoury Pies and Gourmet Dogs – check it out at  https://hwy97brewery.com/menu

Join us for our no-charge impromptu social, just pay for your own drinks, and support this local brewery at their new location! You’ll find Highway 97 at 200 Ellis Street, Penticton. Bring a friend, a spouse, or a co-worker to enjoy some tasty beverages.

As always, all COVID protocols will be followed, including vaccine passports with photo ID, masks while not at your table, and social distancing.

Find all the details on CAMRA SO’s facebook events page
New Year, New Beers social #2 – Tin Whistle Brewing
When: Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm

Our second social of the year will be at Tin Whistle Brewing! They’ve been under new ownership since late 2020 (Alexis and Tim). Come by on March 3rd to join us for a beer and learn about what’s been done and what new plans are on the horizon. Tin Whistle is located in the Cannery Trade Centre at 1475 Fairview Road, Penticton.

Some of the old classics are still around but a tap list of nearly a dozen really rounds out the portfolio. A classic Coyote Blonde Ale or the new Queen of Tart Cactus Sour or their experimental West Coast IPA!

Join us, again or for the first time, for this no-charge social; just pay for your order. If you’re feeling hungry there’s JJ Joy Asian Fusion, Wrap It Up Tortilla, and The Nest all around the brewery. There might be delays in ordering so call early so your food is ready and beer is cold. It’s a great opportunity to get out & hopefully the warm weather continues.

COVID protocols in place: vaccine passports with ID, masks while not at your table, and social distancing as always. 

Find all the details on CAMRA SO’s facebook events page
Watch for upcoming Local Brewery and Industry events

As we begin holding our own CAMRA events, many of our Penticton and area breweries are also starting up their own events again. Follow our local and regional breweries and cideries on social media for their latest events. We’ll point out some of them here!

Starting out – be sure to mark May 14th for the much anticipated return of the Okanagan Fest of Ale, being held outdoors this year at lovely Okanagan Lake Park! 
Penticton Breweries Name Search
Penticton craft breweries are looking for a name to identify the collective of Penticton’s eight breweries, along the lines of Port Moody’s Brewers Row and East Vancouver’s Yeast Van. Think Penticton!

If your name gets selected, there is a $500 prize on the line. 

Submit your name ideas here on this Google Form by Feb. 28th:
BC Ale Trail App
There are now 19 locations in Penticton to collect and redeem points on the BC Ale Trail app. It will soon be 20 once Abandoned Rail Brewing opens in the near future.

In addition, you will now find area breweries on the app on the Road Trip Tasting Notes section. Look for the South Okanagan Road Trip Tasting Notes, and you’ll find North Basin Brewing in Osoyoos, Firehall Brewery in Oliver, and Trading Post Brewing in the District Wine Village in Oliver. Giant’s Head Brewing in Summerland will be added in the next couple of weeks.

What are the South Okanagan Road Trip Tasting Notes? It’s a 5-day insider’s guide to craft beer in the South Okanagan, written by our own President Kim Lawton, for the BC Ale Trail. You can read it here: https://bcaletrail.ca/tasting-notes/south-okanagan/

We hope you can join us for the CAMRA BC AGM on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 7:30 pm via Zoom. There is also a call for nominations for our CAMRA BC executive for anyone who might be interested in serving at a provincial level.

See the email sent to earlier today with all of the details.

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 a community 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 our Membership Director at membership@camraso.ca
To join – visit our Membership page
Have an idea for an event? Have a question or suggestion for our team? Want to give feedback about a previous event? Want to chat about beer? Our executive team is available. Contact us by email: 

Kim: President – pres@camraso.ca
Aldo: Vice President – vp@camraso.ca
Aldo: Membership – membership@camraso.ca
Michelle: Home Brewing Liasion – education@camraso.ca
Derrick: Treasurer – treasurer@camraso.ca
Eric: Web Minder – webmaster@camraso.ca
Events Committee (Adrian, Jennifer, Jon and Stuart) – events@camraso.ca
Communications (Janice and Emanuel) – communications@camraso.ca

We are always looking for more volunteers to help. If you don’t have time to commit to being an executive member, please consider being an event volunteer. Not only will you have a ton of fun, but there is a high likelihood of beer-related perks involved. Contact Kim if you are interested in being on our volunteer list.  


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