Okanagan-Shuswap Winery and Brewery Attractions and Tours
These establishments typically use locally-sourced inputs from their own or very nearby suppliers (some even using certified organic sources). Local barley, grains, grapes, etcetera can have a unique flavour due to the "terroir", imparted from the special soils, ground water, and rains to the crops that grow here.
Also, they are smaller, and apply their education, skills, and experience to create small batches of very special beverages. Because they are not trying to "maintain a brand" (which would require them to be scientifically consistent), they can afford to experiment, and try new and different combinations of materials, different timings, and sometimes non-traditional techniques and technologies to come up with something unusual, interesting, and VERY LOCAL. Consumers should consider themselves fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to enjoy such locally-produced drinks.
Okanagan-Shuswap & area has a number of craft breweries and wineries that create unique beverages. Most welcome you to take a tour (bring your I.D.), and visit their shops afterwards (samples may only be served, and alcoholic beverages may only be sold to those of legal drinking age or older).
DISCLAIMERS: (1) you must be of legal drinking age to consume any of these beverages; (2) exercise your own judgement about which drinks may be suitable for you; (3) when sampling, accept the host's judgement of appropriate sample sizes, and (4) drink responsibly, and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
COMPLETE local beverage tours Here is a sampling (pun intended):
Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard
At Kettle River, we have a unique brewing setup. At any given time we'll have dozens of different brews bubbling into being. Our mini micro system, or glorified garage kit, offers up the chance to ferment 16 different 200L batches,
Since 1996, our brewing philosophy has been quite simple - to brew memorable, well balanced and flavourful beers regardless of the style. Each of our brews are crafted using only 100% Malted Barley,the Finest Hops, Water and Yeast.
A family-owned winery established in 1996, known for exceptional Pinot Noirs and the only Auxerrois Icewine in Canada. The majority of grapes we use come from our own vineyards situated on lower slopes of Mount Boucherie near Kelowna
The property grows Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes for unique fine fines.
We feature Ales and Pilsners from the Nelson Brewing Company, Torch Light Brewing Company, Mt. Begbie and Fernie Brewing Companies, lagers from Moosehead , Pilsner from Radeberger of Germany plus Strongbow English cider.
COMPLETE local beverage tours
Wineries, Craft Breweries, Brew Pubs & Craft Distilleries Map