KELOWNA, BC – Craft beer drinkers in Kelowna saw a quick spike in local options this past weekend with the nearly simultaneous opening of two new breweries.
Rustic Reel Brewing was the first to launch on Friday August 23rd. Founded by Susi Foerg, the brewery is intended to “recreate the carefree spirit of log cabin living while producing beer that compliments that lifestyle.”
Located at 760 Vaughan Ave., the Rustic Reel taproom – featuring 100 seats indoors and 60 on the patio – is currently offering seven brands including Red IPA (6.8% abv, 60 IBU), Easy IPA (4.5% abv, 30 IBU), Blonde Ale (4.3% abv, 15 IBU), Amber Ale (5% abv, 20 IBU), Chocolate Imperial Stout (9% abv, 50 IBU), Rosenheim Hefeweizen (4.8% abv, 15 IBU), and Hazy IPA (6% abv, 30 IBU). The venue also includes a retail shop selling Rustic Reel merchandise and a selection of goods from other local artisans.
Following on Saturday August 24th was the opening of Copper Brewing, a project from former civil engineering technologist Sean White with the simple motto “Genuinely Good Beer”.
Situated in a former furniture store at 102-1851 Kirschner Rd., the Copper Brewing taproom can accommodate 70 patrons, plus an additional 40 on the dog-friendly patio. Beers on tap at opening included House English Pale Ale (5% abv, 30 IBU), House Nut Brown (5% abv, 28 IBU), Passionfruit Sour (4.6% abv, 15 IBU), and Guava Sour (4.2% abv, 15 IBU), along with a selection of guest beers, ciders, and kombuchas.
For more details, follow the links above to the respective brewery websites.