Since Marten Brewing Co opened up in Vernon BC I have been by the building many times. Unfortunately with them opening at 4pm on most days it took me a long time to finally stop in.
The work they did on the space for Marten Brewing is amazing. The brew pub is beautiful with a great mix of wood and metal finishes. The food looked really tasty but I was just there to pick up a growler fill after a hike so I tried a flight to help me pick my choice of beer. There is a good amount of seating downstairs and there appeared to be some seating on the second level although I did not head up the stairs.
The brewery is located front and centre inside the brew pub just behind large glass windows. There is no ceiling above the brewery though so it must smell amazing inside the pub when they are brewing. The grain room was behind a closed door but all the rest of the brewing process happens right out in the open. They do have some conditioning tanks in the basement also.
Marten Brewing is making some pretty tasty beer in an area that did not have a brewery until they opened. If you find yourself in Vernon make sure to stop in for a pint or two and a growler fill or three.
From Marten Brewing Co in Vernon in the Okanagan comes their “Hog Wash IPA”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, caramel, fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, mild tropical fruit, melon, bitterness, pine and some resin. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 70. I would certainly order anouther glass of this next time I find myself up in Vernon.
From Okanagan Springs out of Vernon BC comes the seasonal “Summer Weizen”. This is a very full flavor hefeweizen with a hint of Apricot that really compliments the other flavors in this wheat beer. Lots of fruit beer are overly sweet and not great for having a few beer. This beer is not like that at all it is just the right amount of flavor and sweetness to be an instant Summer classic! This is a seasonal beer so it will be gone when the summer leaves but luckily it will probably be back. This is the first year they have brewed this beer and it seems to be sweeping around Western Canada.