Craft Beer Lovers Unite!
Penticton, BC. If you’re following the food and beverage trends in BC, you’ll know that one of the hottest trends right now is craft beer. The demand for craft beer is growing at an unprecedented rate as consumers enjoy an ever-increasing selection of hand-crafted beers of varying styles and flavours. The Okanagan craft beer market is also burgeoning as new craft breweries open and existing craft breweries expand.
James Bryan, Executive Chef and Manager of Food & Beverage at the Kettle Valley Station Pub commented, “We’ve always been proud to feature great craft beers at our pub. We work hard to ensure our craft beer list features a selection of local favourites and a diverse mix of other regional and seasonal offerings.”
To meet this increased demand, the Kettle Valley Station Pub recently expanded their craft beer selection to include offerings from Penticton’s newest craft brewery, Bad Tattoo Brewing and they are now set to embark on a new cask event series. James explained, “On the third Thursday of every month this fall and winter we will feature a special cask beer made exclusively for our pub. We’re kicking off our cask event series this Thursday November 20th with a special collaborale made by four of our area craft breweries. This one-time exclusive cask beer was made jointly by the brewers from Bad Tattoo Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Firehall Brewery and Tin Whistle Brewing. The beer is a stout and the brewers added bourbon-soaked Okanagan plums, vanilla beans and oak chips.”
James continued, “We’ve all been salivating thinking about this beer! We’re pretty pumped to kick off our cask event series with this special collaborale on Thursday Nov. 20th. We’ll tap the cask at 5pm, so come early because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.”
To add some fun to the process, the Kettle Valley Station Pub invited everyone to submit a name for the cask. Visit their Facebook page and enter your name suggestion by 5pm on Nov. 20th. You could win naming bragging rights and a $25 gift certificate to the Kettle Valley Station Pub.
With the growth of craft beer, there is also interest in forming a new Okanagan chapter of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). James explained, “At the Nov. 20th cask event, we’ll also have a discussion about the level of interest in the formation of a CAMRA chapter here in the Okanagan. CAMRA groups have become really popular in other parts of BC and we’re excited about the possibility of hosting CAMRA meetings here every month in conjunction with our cask events.”
For anyone interested in craft beer, be sure to check out the collaborale cask this Thursday and join the discussion about the formation of a local CAMRA group. Future cask nights are planned for Dec. 18th, Jan. 15th, Feb. 19th and March 19th. See you at the Kettle Valley Station Pub. Cheers!
Visit the Ramada and Kettle Valley Station Pub TFG page for information and directions!