Brewers’ Reception (Fest-Of-Ale) 2015 – Penticton

Every year Cannery Brewing holds a closed after party for people in the brewing industry and organizers of the Fest-Of-Ale.  This year was no different and once again they held a great party!  The Brewers’ Reception takes place on the Friday night after the fist night of the festival (April 10th, 2015).  Don’t bother trying to crash it next year as it is a ticketed event (just a heads up).  It is pretty well known in the local beer scene that Cannery Brewing is in the middle of a move but it was striking how different it looked inside the brewery on this visit (last years party).  Last year the space was filled with all kinds of tanks an other brewing equipment but this time the space was very empty!  Like last year they had some great music that some of the guest were dancing to.  They also had lots of great beer flowing and lots of great food to eat!

I once again had to really be careful at this party as I had to judge beer the next day for the festival (Read about it here).  It would be easy to enjoy yourself a little to much at this party without to much trouble at all.

Here are my full sized photos

Kim of DogLeg Marketing was kind enough to give me her photos to share with everyone also.  The following photos are hers from the Party.

Fest-Of-Ale Day 2 2014- Penticton

On Day two (April 5th, 2014) of the Fest-Of-Ale in Penticton the party started at Noon.  Seeing as I was one of the Judges for the Fest-Of-Ale Awards I was not able to join the party until 3pm.  From the Judging room it sounded like there was a tone of fun being had though.


As with Day One the brewery’s involved included the following:

Breweries and Cider Makers
Alpine Brewing Company – Oroville Washington
Bad Tatoo Brewing – Penticton (Not Pouring)
Barley Mill Brew Pub – Penticton
Big Rock Brewery – Calgary, Vancouver
Bomber Brewing – Vancouver
Bravo Beer Co – International Imports
Cannery Brewing – Penticton
Central City Brewing – Surrey
Crannog Ales – Sorrento
Creemore Springs – Creemore Ontario
Dead Frog Brewery – Aldergrove
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers – North Vancouver
Driftwood Brewery – Victoria
Fernie Brewing Co – Fernie
Firehall Brewery – Oliver
Four Winds Brewing Company – Delta
Hoyne Brewing – Victoria
Granville Island Brewing – Vancouver
Hoyne Brewing Co – Victoria
Lighthouse Brewing Company – Victoria
McClelland Premium Imports – International Imports
Mill St. Brewery – Toronto Ontario
Mt Begbie Brewing – Revelstoke
Nelson Brewing Company – Nelson
Orchard Hill Cidery – Penticton
Parallel 49 Brewing Company – Vancouver
Phillips Brewing Co – Victoria
Red Truck Beer Company – Vancouver
Stanley Park Brewery – Vancouver
Steamworks Brewing Co – Burnaby, Vancouver
Summerland Heritage Cider Company – Summerland
Tin Whistle Brewery – Penticton
Tree Brewing Co – Kelowna
Vancouver Island Brewery – Victoria
Wards Cider – Kelowna
Whistler Brewing Company – Whisler

There was also more great music on day two including Flashback, Joe’s Garage, Papa Wheeley, The Dungbeatles and Thursday Night Jazz Band.

Day one of the Festival was a bit more business for me as I knew that I had friends that would be at day 2.  While spending time with a few groups of friends I noticed that day two was quite a bit busier that the first day.  People seemed to be imbibing in a little more alcohol but everyone was having a great time!  I enjoyed a wide selection of beer although I did not need anymore really after all the judging.


Here are some photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing

It was then time to announce the winners to the entire room.  Not only did they announce the beers that won the Judging portion of the competition but they also announced the people’s choice awards.  The winners of the Fest-Of-Ale are as follows!


Lager/Pilsner: Hoyner Pilsner – Hoyne Brewing Co., Victoria BC
Pale Ale: Red Truck Ale – Red Truck Beer Company, Vancouver BC
IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC
Wit/Wheat: Robson Street Hefeweizen – Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver BC
Ales: Naramata Nut Brown Ale – Cannery Brewing, Penticton BC
Stout/Porter: Holy Smoke Stout – Firehall Brewery, Oliver BC
Belgian: Sunkissed Tea Saison – Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC
Fruit Beer: Stiegl Radler – McClelland Premium Imports, BC
Ciders: Red Roof Cider – Orchard Hill Estate Cidery, Oliver BC

Best of Show

IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA – Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC

People’s Choice Awards

Best Beer: Project 9 Pils – Fernie Brewing Co, Fernie BC
Best Booth: Penticton Lakeside Resort, Penticton BC
Best Food: Brodo Kitchen, Penticton BC
Best Band: The Dungbeatles

Here are some photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing

Click here to see full sized versions of my Photos

The festival went on until 6pm and was a blast!  Once again I did take it easy at the actual event as I had one more event to hit up after this Festival.  I have to say that this is a very well run Beer Festival.  it is more about learning more about craft beer and different flavours than it is about over indulging.  It is great to see that this event has matured in the last 3 or 4 years from what I hear was a bit of a drunk fest.  It is amazing what removing a few vendors can do to change the whole feeling of a festival.  Congratulations to the organizers of the Fest-Of-Ale for pulling off a wonderful 19th Annual Event.

Brewers’ Reception (Fest-Of-Ale) 2014 – Penticton

After the first day of the Okanagan Fest-Of-Ale on April 4th, 2014 Cannery Brewing held a Brewers’ Reception.  The Brewers’ Reception was open to people in the Brewing industry, friends and family and a few lucky beer writers.  Sadly if you were not given a ticket you were not able to attend.


The ticket as shown above was a Keg Topper and a really cool touch.  Cannery Brewing was pouring a few of their ales as well as a cask brought up from Townsite Brewing from Powell River.  There was some amazing food like Maple Stout Braised Beef Brisket, Naramata Nut BBQ Ribs, vegtables and cheese and crackers.  They had a live DJ playing music as well as some live performances such as Sid the Brewmaster for Firehall Brewery and his dad.

Click this link to check out a video put together by Kim from Dogleg marketing

This was an amazing party and everyone had a really good time!  I had to be careful on my alcohol intake though as I was to be judging the beers of the Fest-Of-Ale first thing in the morning.  Here are my photos.

Here are the Photos from Kim of DogLeg Marketing who does the Marketing for Cannery Brewing.

My full sized photos can be found here

I wish I could have partaken in the party a little more but it was an amazing event and I thank Cannery Brewing and Kim for inviting me.