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3 Kelowna breweries bring home 4 awards at Okanagan Fest of Ale

Wild Ambition won two awards
Lakesider Brewing’s Skinny Dip Crisp Lager won an award at the Okanagan Fest of Ale event in Penticton on April 12 and 13. (@lakesiderbeer/Instagram)

Three Kelowna breweries came home with hardware from the Okanagan Fest of Ale in Penticton on Apr. 12 and 13.

In total, 13 Kelowna breweries submitted for awards and three breweries came home with four awards:

  • Lakesider Brewing (West Kelowna) won Best Premium/Light Lager for their Skinny Dip Crisp Lager;
  • Kettle River Brewing (North End) won Best Hazy Pale Ale for their Nuclear Splash Hazy Pale Ale;
  • Wild Ambition Brewing (Reid’s Corner) won best Specialty / Experimental for their Extinction Reversal Gose;
  • Wild Ambition Brewing (Reid’s Corner) also won Best In Show for their Extinction Reversal Gose.

“In just a few short years, Kelowna has really established itself as a craft beer hot bed in our province. There is so much brewing talent here, and the business owners are so passionate about craft beer. We’re lucky to have so many great breweries to explore in our own backyard,” said Kieren Armour from the Central Okanagan Brewer’s Association. “When our breweries go toe-to-toe with the larger out-of-market breweries and win top honours like this, it really demonstrates the level of quality that our local craft breweries are producing. It is such an exciting time for craft beer in the Okanagan.”

Over 63 breweries and cideries attended the Fest of Ale, which is the one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest.

Kelowna beer will continued to be celebrated on Saturday, May 11 at Kelowna Beer Fest.

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Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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