Kelowna craft beer guide
Kelowna, the third largest city in British Columbia, has a surprising number of craft breweries. After a walk along the lake, nothing beats the taste of a good beer. Especially on a rainy afternoon.
When we were in Kelowna, we stayed at Oasis Inn for one night. It is at walking distance from downtown Kelowna, where you find most of the bars, breweries and restaurants.
We visited 3 breweries on 1 afternoon: Kettle River Brewing Co, BNA Brewing Co and Tree Brewing Co.
Kettle River Brewing Co
This small-batch brewery loves to experiment with flavors and recipes. You can enjoy your beer inside or on the outside patio when the weather is nice. We had 4 tasters: Under the Weather (milk stout – 6.1%) – Nice Driveway (Pilsner – 4.9%) – Nuclear Splash (IPA – 8.5%) – Plum Lime Goose (Sour – 4.5%).
I am a big fan of sour beers, so I really loved the last one. A very special combination that tasted very nice. Although I am not a big fan of stouts, I rather liked this milk stout. Together with the milk stout, Nuclear Splash was a favorite of my boyfriend.
BNA Brewing Co
This brewery has a small taste room but also a full-service eatery. We were only interested in the beer, so we ordered 3 tasters but also got to taste 2 new beers they had on tap. These were all very special beers: Papa Doble (Daquiri Ale – 5.5%) – Don’t lose your dinosaur (IPA – 6.2%) – Purple Rain (Sour 5%) – Flamingo (Sour – ?) – Lil’ Pip (Blonde Ale – 4.75%).
I really didn’t like the Papa Doble, it had a very weird aftertaste. My favorites were Purple Rain and Flamingo (no surprises there). My boyfriend wasn’t a big fan of all the beers, a little bit too light and not bitter enough (not beery enough) for his taste.
The Tree Brewing Beer Institute
In downtown Kelowna, you can enjoy a beer, beer-inspired food and some board games at the tree brewing beer institute. And again, we had 4 beers to taste: Hop Head IPA (IPA – 5.6%) – Brimley’s Stout (Oatmeal stout – 5.3%) – Gov’Nah (American Stout – 5%). We only could find 3 on Untappd unfortunately.
Because these were heavier beers, they weren’t really my taste. But my boyfriend loved them without a favorite.
We only got time to visit 3 breweries, but there are a few more. You can find them on this map.
Did you visit any breweries in Kelowna?
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