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.
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Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard
Settled in the early 1900's by the Hawthorne Brothers, and wine grapes have been growing here since the early 1960's and incorporated in 1995. The wine shop and tasting room are housed in the estate's well-restored, heritage stone home
We opened in 2000, a year after establishing our organic farm. We brew unfiltered, unpasteurized ales using only organic ingredients, and reflect the Irish tradition of brewing full-flavoured, complex ales which are also great session beers.
All of our beers are made in house using the best ingredients available. We don't filter or add any preservatives to our beer.
With abundant sunshine, cooling lake breezes, and an optimal temperature range, the Naramata Bench is one of the premier grape growing regions in Canada.
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
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