On Friday April 4th, 2014 the Penticton Fest-Of-Ale returned for a the 19th year. I did not know what to think when I headed out to this festival as it was my first time attending. I had heard that it was a small event which seemed to make sense as it takes place all the way in the Okanagan. I was glad to be surprised by the scale of the event though. The event took place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. This year the floor layout was rearranged to allow for more amazing craft beer and some cider makers. 35 brewers came out to the event this year including 8 that had not been to the festival before.
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
I was lucky enough to be given access to the industry event that took place before the doors opened to the public. This was a chance for industry people to get to the different booths and try the beer before the craziness began. The Fest-Of-Ale started in earnest at 4pm but the industry was let in at 3pm. Here are a few photos from this portion of the event.
Once the doors were opened to the public at 4pm the hall really started to fill up! People were really jacked up to try all of the beer that was being offered. There was also a bunch of live music on hand including Flashback, Joe’s Garage and Papa Wheeley. There was also some fantastic food on hand from Barley Mill Brew Pub, Bogner’s, Boston Pizza, Jack Kelly Coffe, La Casa Ouzeria, Murray’s Pizza, Opus Cafe Bistro, Penticton Lakeside Resort, Smoking Hot Donair and Brodo Kitchen.
I think my highlight of the fist day of the event was meeting so many great people from all over the Province from the Owners of the Lions Head Pub in Robson to meeting new Brewmasters and Brewery staff. My favorite booth and beer of Day one came from Firehall Brewery. Not only did they have great beer but they also had a really firehall like setup with flashing lights and suspenders. My favourite food had to be the Meatloaf Sandwich from The Barking Parrot Greasy Spoon. I drank a bunch of samples during the event although I did not pay close attention as I was more just taking in the event and the people. I also knew that I was going to have to be up very bright and early to Judge the Beer of the competition. I kept the beer consumption fairly low.
Here are some photos from Kim who does the Marketing for Cannery Brewing
Day one was a blast and it was only the beginning for me! I was pretty excited and a bit nervous about day two and being one of the Judges for the event.
Find Full Sized photos of the event here.