PENTICTON, BC – The newest brewery in BC’s South Okanagan is now open in a spot that will likely be familiar to craft beer drinkers in the region.
Highway 97 Brewery opened earlier this month at 954 Eckhardt Ave. West in Penticton, an address that was home to Tin Whistle Brewing before it relocated in 2015.
Following Tim Whistle’s move, building owner and homebrewer John Kapusty decided to open his own brewery, and developed a concept based around an important local highway, which he describes as follows:
The name of the brewery is intended to represent the vitality of the region, the importance of the transportation network to the interior, the pride of residents and the countless recreational and lifestyle opportunities available to anyone along the Highway 97 corridor. The communities along this important highway represent much of British Columbia’s interior population and provides unprecedented access to the spectacular mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and associated recreational opportunities the Province is famous for. Highway 97 beer will be involved in this lifestyle, the people, the events and the overall culture of this Highway 97 corridor.
Head brewer Andrew Anker has crafted six brands for the brewery’s launch – Amber Ale, Red IPA, Pale Ale, Winter Blonde, Peated Scotch Ale, and Premium Craft Pilsner – with others in the works. All are available in the brewery tasting room for samples and growlers fills, with full pints to follow pending necessary approvals.
For more details, see the Highway 97 Brewery Facebook page.