On my way to the East Kootenays on a recent tour I stumbled upon the Barley Station Brew Pub. Neither knowing really where we were or remembering there was a brewery in the area we stopped for gas. As it turned out we were in Salmon Arm and across the street was the Barley Station Brew Pub. As the car was being filled with gas I ran across the street to buy some beer and take a peak.
There is a small but nice looking pub behind the doors that has a smaller town charm. They had a pretty good selection of different brews on tap with a core lineup and some seasonals. Sadly they only sold their core lineup to go in either 6 packs of one style of beer mixed 6 packs or growler fills. You have to stay in to try their seasonals and we were less than half way on a 10 hour plus drive.
While my growler was being filled with pale ale I took a peak through the windows at their cute little brew pub system. The walls of the brewery have windows all the way around so you can see the brewing process or just snoop to see what it looks like. The system is on the small side but it seems to get the job done and that is all that matters really.
If you find yourself passing through Salmon Arm then you really should stop in for a pint a bite and some beer to take with you!
From the Barley Station Brew Pub (Shuswap Lake Brewing Company) located in Salmon Arm in the Shuswap region of BC comes their “Bushwacker Brown Ale”. The beer pours a deep brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of earth and roasty malts, ash, coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. The flavour is of earth, toffee, chocolate, caramel, ash, coffee and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 24. This is not the most complex beer but it is still quite enjoyable and well worth a grab when heading through Salmon Arm.
Commercial Description: This brown ale is styled after the great southern English brown ales. It has a wonderfully complex malt character from the use of 8 different specialty malts from England, Belgium and Canada. A chocolatey flavor with nutty undertones. Excellent with full- flavored foods.
From the Barley Station Brew Pub (Shuswap Lake Brewing Company) located in Salmon Arm in the Shuswap region of BC comes their “Station House Blonde Ale”. This beer won the Silver Medal for Blonde Ales at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Award. The beer pours straw yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, citrus and grassy malts. The flavour is of grainy malts, semi sweet citrus and mild grassy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 14. This is a pretty standard beer but saying that I would have no problem drinking this beer all night if I managed to spend an evening at the brew pub.
Commercial Description: This light and refreshing beer emulates the large lager breweries of North America. Lightly hopped and very drinkable. A beer for every occasion.
From Sorrento in the Shuswap area, just north of the Okanagan Valley’s Crannog Ales comes the “Gael’s Blood Potato Ale”. They grow many of the ingredients for their beer and the spent grains are fed to the animals on the farm. All of their ales are only available on tap in BC pubs and restaurants. Every ale they produce is a Certified Organic Irish style Ale. This beer pours a clear but deep amber/copper colour with a tan head. The aroma of this brew is of potatoes, earth, slightly smokey, very malty, caramel and floral hops. The flavour of the beer is of potatoes up front with earth, bread, caramel and a really strong maltieness and a mild hops bitterness. This beer has a very nice balance between hops and malts even though the malts are far more obvious. This is one complex brew and I can not wait to have my next pint! The beer has an alcohol content of 5.2% and an IBU of 48.
Commercial Description: This rich Irish red ale is made with organic potatoes for an exceptionally smooth, rich body. It is extraordinarily rich in malt flavour, with just the right amount of hop finish. It’s an immigrant ale, uniting the staple food of Ireland with plenty of new world hops. (Formerly known as “Hell’s Kitchen”.)
“Best Beer” at the Okanagan Fest-of-Ales 2005; and “Best organic Alcoholic Beverage” at the Organic Harvest Awards, 2006.