Written By Jeannette Montgomery Beer & Cider / Libations / Okanagan Apr 18, 2013 Recap: Okanagan Fest of Ale 2013 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPenticton might be in the heart of Okanagan wine country, but for 18 years it’s been home to the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale. Registered as a non-profit society since 1996, the Festival brings an eclectic array of microbrewers to thousands of thirsty attendees in search of their next favourite lager, stout, IPA – or other unusual brew creation.Over two days (April 5 and 6), 29 brewers poured 95 beers and ciders. Think of it as the ultimate indoor beer garden with smaller pours and more brew options, but one that helps raise money for local organizations like the Penticton Boys and Girls Club.This year, EAT was invited along to experience what’s affectionately known as The Fest. The afternoon was colourful, pleasantly crowded, and offered plenty of cheer. While (humanly) unable to sample all 95 products, I managed to sip a few brews worth seeking out.Fernie Brewing Company What the Huck (Huckleberry Wheat Ale): fresh and aromatic; plenty of subtleties for beer aficionados, and a delightful sipper for newbies.Alpine Brewing Company (Oroville, WA) HefeWeizen: Bavarian-style with full body and fruit notes; smooth malts make for a very easy landing.Paddock Wood Brewing Co (Saskatoon, SK) Loki Double IPA: classic IPA brightness, taken that extra step; for serious hop-heads looking for a well-balanced brew.Crannog Ales (Sorrento, BC) Insurrection IPA: hoppy from aroma to finish; it’s a big one – approach with caution, but it’s worth the risk.Hoyne Brewing Co (Victoria, BC) Dark Matter: part stout, part brown ale, part porter; an experience unto itself for those who like dark places.Firehall Brewery (Oliver, BC) Holy Smoke Stout: fire-smoked barley and chocolate malt; smells like campfire, looks like midnight, tastes like happy. Best in Class – StoutSummerland Heritage Cider Tuesday’s Original Cider: made with traditional European cider apples; fresh take on a classic (and dry) English cider that says “hello, summer”. Best in Class – CidersMount Begbie Brewing Co (Revelstoke, BC) Attila the Honey: rich and clean amber ale with local BC honey; always one of my favourites, and a good match for warm weather backyard hijinks.Cannery Brewing Company (Penticton, BC) Paddles Up Pale Ale: a tame IPA to salute the Raymond James Dragon Boat Festival; restrained hops make for smooth sailing – best enjoyed in the sunshine. People’s Choice – Best BeerFor more information on this year’s Fest winners, visit the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society.Beer & CiderOkanagan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Jeannette Montgomery Jeannette is EAT's Okanagan writer. With her rural Canadian roots and love of grand experiences, Jeannette is equal measures country and city. Since moving from Vancouver to the Okanagan in 2007, she quit her day job ... Read More You may also like Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Beer & Cider / Drink This March 17, 2016 Ernest Hemingway and a Night of Wine Tasting “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2016 Touring, Stinky Cheese, Oysters and Finally – Lift Off: My Week at Victoria Beer Week Definitive Brewery Tour I’m now a veteran of the brewery tour, having done it last year, as well. I’m a veteran of brewery tours in general. I ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 8, 2016 Victoria Beer Week 2016 Kicks Off with Night Casks Night Casks is a special event during Victoria Beer Week because it is a time when brewers have a chance to show off works in progress and beer ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria November 23, 2015 In Defence of Lagers In the first place, I shouldn’t even have to defend lager, or list all the good reasons for drinking lagers. The truth is, though, that there is a ... Read More Comments are closed.