As the craft beer boom in BC starts to spread across the province, we’re seeing more and more communities embrace the industry and find ways to promote their homegrown talent.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in Penticton, where the city has officially declared October 16th to 24th as Penticton Craft Beer Week. Yes we are in a pandemic, so things don’t exactly look the way they would like them too, but Penticton has seen remarkable growth in craft beer over the last few years and it’s worth celebrating that achievement.
Now home to seven craft breweries and a supportive restaurant industry, Penticton received the honour of being named Canada’s Craft Beer Capital by Lonely Planet in January. With a population of just 34,000, having seven brewers means Penticton has one brewery per 4,857 people which ranks amongst the most breweries per capita of any Canadian city.
To celebrate the official launch of Penticton Craft Beer Week all seven brewers (Bad Tattoo Brewing, Slackwater Brewing, Highway 97 Brewing, Barley Mill Brew Pub, Cannery Brewing, Neighbourhood Brewing and Tin Whistle Brewing) got together to create a collaboration brew. Called The Penticton Seven this limited release beer is sure to please hazy pale ale fans. The beer is available on tap at each of the breweries as well as select local restaurants in Penticton and surrounding area during Penticton Beer Week. It will also be available in 4-packs of 473ml cans at private liquor stores in Penticton and throughout BC during the month of October. For a full list of where to find the beer, click here.
This limited release collaboration beer also happens to support a good cause. Each year’s collaboration will see a portion of the proceeds donated to a local non-profit/charity. For 2020, the recipient is the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF). The BCHF is a registered charity that raises funds to support those in the hospitality industry facing financial crisis due to a health condition. The BCHF will allocate these proceeds to Okanagan based recipients.
For those that can’t make it to Penticton, for obvious reasons, there is a virtual tasting happening on the 21st with Aaron Johnson from Cascadian Beer Podcast and Joe Wiebe from the BC Ale Trail. Details for the event can be found here.