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Farm to table with a little kick, the increasing number of new craft beer, distilleries and cider mills are making their home in the Kootenays.  And why not, brewing is steeped into our history dating back to 1898 at the Fort Steele Brewery. These new businesses provide residents and visitors with quality, handcrafted goodness for you to happily consume. It’s a natural fit to our mountain playground, combining the best of our pure-mountain spring water and local organic ingredients to produce unique beers and spirits.

Bohemian Spirits (Kimberley) – is handcrafted, hand-corked, and hands-down the happiest bits from around the Rocky Mountains in a bottle. They are a fresh little distillery conveniently situated near the Canadian Rocky Mountains.


Kootenay Country Craft Distillery (Winlaw) – reflects the deep family farm and agricultural traditions that define this area. The distillery marries organic heirloom grains, 100-mile-sourced agricultural products and pure spring waters to artisan distillation methods, creating unique spirits. Products include award-winning Valhalla Vodka, Kootenay Country Gin and seasonal products: Kootenay Country Huckleberry Ginger Cinnamon Vodka, Elderflower Vodka and Black Currant, Cucumber & Tarragon Vodka. KCCD uses hand-distilling methods, free-flowing mountain spring waters and local, organic ingredients (in most cases) to produce ultra premium spirits: handcrafted in small batches.


Over Time Beer Works (Kimberley) - brewery will focus on making well-crafted beer and is looking to create both traditional timeless tastes as well as some more unconventional offerings.  Over Time Beer Works anticipates their initial beer offerings will be available locally and regionally beginning this summer.

Pomona Cider Mill (Burton) – is BC's newest Craft Cidery.  Their first batch of cider from the 2015 harvest will be available soon at the Saturday Farmers Markets in Nakusp during the summer or at the Mill location Saturdays 2-4pm.


Rossland Beer Company – is a small brewery, established in 2012, that is all about fresh beer and good times.  Offering Growler fills, samples, pint sales, kegs and Rossland Beer Company merchandise.  The Rossland Beer Company is small in size, but big in flavour.  They offer a tasting room and a sunny patio where you can enjoy a fresh beer. The brewing process uses fresh Rossland mountain filtered water, the healthiest yeast, no preservatives, no additives, fresh malted grain and hops. It is quality-handcrafted beer at a fair price. 

Torchlight Brewing Company (Nelson) – is a start up nano-brewery in Nelson, committed to producing high quality and innovative craft beer from natural ingredients using environmentally conscious practices.


Whitetooth Brewing Company (Golden) – is named after Golden’s original ski hill. The brewery (offering small batch Belgian inspired and West Coast influenced beers) will have a tasting lounge, growler station and retail area.

And just announced the Savoy Hotel in Nelson, will have a brewpub in their Falls Music Lounge.

This just adds to the local and established favourites, including Arrowhead (Invermere), Fernie, Fisher Peak (Cranbrook), Mt. Begbie (Revelstoke) and the Nelson Brewing Company.


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   Photos courtesy of Nick Nault (top), Bohemian Spirits, Kootenay Country Craft Distillery, Pomona Cider Mill and Torchlight Brewery.

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