Hop Along the Penticton Ale Trail
Though Penticton is known for being part of Canada’s wine country, beer drinkers should know that it has a delightful Ale Trail as well. Craft breweries are serving their best suds in Penticton, and the city was even named one of Canada’s best beer towns. Wine activities may be winding down in the winter but the beer scene is thriving and booming. Read on to review some of the coolest crafters in the area.
Tin Whistle Brewery
One of the best Penticton craft breweries around, Tin Whistle Brewery is known for finely hand-crafting ale since 1995. It was the first microbrewery opened in the South Okanagan and they have built a reputation through the years for their quality and innovative brews. Named after a locomotive on the Kettle Valley Railway, Tin Whistle Brewery ensures you’re chugging down quality natural beer sourced from local ingredients.
The Tin Whistle offers unique beers such as Paradise-Coconut Hopfenweisse, which combines classic Weizen in all its wheat glory with tropical flavours including coconut and banana tones. You can get stung by the Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale on its Trunk Line Menu or have an Obsession-Hibiscus Saison with its Seasonal Lines Menu.
Bad Tattoo Brewing
Though the name might remind you of a poor decision, stopping here won’t be. Bad Tattoo Brewing features beers using natural ingredients and no added preservatives. It’s one of the best spots in town to grab a drink with steps from the beach and a short drive from the ski hill. Make sure you reserve a spot for a brewery tour and go behind the scenes to check out how their stellar beers are made.
You can order a full sleeve Strong Stout, a Tramp Stamp Pale Ale, a Vagabond Pilsner and other standout beers at this renowned establishment. Feeling hungry? Bad Tattoo is also known for its fresh-out-the-oven pizza!
This micro-brewery crafts fine ales and lagers containing unmistakable complexity, with beer flavours possessing premium quality malted grains and carefully chosen Pacific Northwest Hops.
The Thornless Blackberry Porter will ensure you’re not feeling prickly after a long day. The Naramata Nut Brown, Anarchist Amber Ale, and LakeBoat Lager are among several tasty selections. You can head out to the taproom or the patio at Cannery Brewing to try as many beers as you like, too.
Highway 97 Brewing
Highway 97 Brewing is a new boutique style craft brewery and bears its name from the continuously numbered route in BC that runs over 2,000 km through Canada to the U.S. border near Osoyoos, BC. You’ll be speeding to get inside with its selection of amber ale, IPA, and beers with hints of fruit and chocolate.
Barley Mill Brew Pub & Sports Bistro
A neighbourhood pub with award-winning, hand-crafted brews, Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro has live music, karaoke, poker nights, big screen tv’s, and a sports memorabilia museum. With Gold Medal winners like Mustang Pale Ale and Mexican Lager, and many more options to choose from, it’s a great hangout spot for anyone looking to relax and enjoy a cold one.
Where to Stay
Coast Penticton Hotel is the city’s most comfortable place to recharge after hopping along the Penticton Ale Trail. Whether you’re looking to ski, explore the town or hop along the Ale Trail, Coast Penticton Hotel is the perfect launching point. Here, you can experience friendly service and many amenities, including:
● Free Wi-Fi
● Indoor/Outdoor pool (closed for the winter), hot tub
● Bears Den Restaurant
● Pet-friendly accommodations
● Half acre of outdoor grass recreation area
The hotel is in the centre of the action, so come out during the winter to enjoy milder weather and the thriving beer scene.