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Wet Your Whistle: Along a Kootenay Road Trip

The beauty of the Kootenays in the fall, with the larch (tamarack) trees turning golden-yellow, makes for a fabulous time to take a road trip. Spend the day on the trails, hiking or mountain biking and then refuel your body at one of our Kootenay ‘watering-holes’.

From Oso Negro’s coffee beans blended into Nelson Brewing Company’s to make their “Prince of Darkness Coffee Stout” to Gerry’s Gelati’s homemade gelati blended into their delicious milkshakes, this area of BC offers some of the world’s best beverages to enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Whitetooth Brewing Company in Golden 

Here is “what’s new” in the Kootenays:

Grist & Mash Brewery (Kimberley)
~ Opened in 2021

Erie Creek Brewing Company (Salmo)
~ Opened in 2020

TailOut Brewing (Castlegar)
~ Opened in 2019

Photo courtesy of TailOut Brewing in Castlegar, BC

Valley of the Springs Vineyard (Nakusp)
~ Newest winery to open, summer of 2019
~ Tasting room opened in 2020

Wild North Brewery Co. (Creston)
~ Opening in May 2021

Wondering where to stop along the way, here is a full list:

BREWERIES
~  Angry Hen Brewing Company (Kaslo)
~  Arrowhead Brewing Co. (Invermere)
~  Backroads Brewing Company (Nelson)
~  Columbia Brewery (Creston)
Erie Creek Brewery Company (Salmo)
~  Fernie Brewing Company
Grist & Mash Brewery (Kimberley)
~  The Heid Out Restaurant & Brewhouse (Cranbrook)
~  Lions Head Pub (Robson/Castlegar)
~  Mt. Begbie Brewery (Revelstoke)
~  Nelson Brewing Company
~  Over Time Beer Works (Kimberley)
~  Rossland Beer Company
Rumpus Beer Company (Revelstoke)
~  Savoy Hotel & Brewery (Nelson)
Tailout Brewing (Castlegar)
Torchlight Brewing Co. (Nelson)
~  Trail Beer Refinery
Wild North Brewing Co. (Creston)

Photo courtesy of the Nelson Brewing Company

CIDERIES | MEADERY
~  Burton City Cider (Burton)
Pommier Ranch Meadery (Skookumchuck)
~  William Tell Family Estate (Creston)

COFFEE ROASTERS
~  Bean Bag Roasters (Golden)
Chao Coffee Roasters (Kimberley/Wycliffe)
~  Kaslo Bean Roasting
~  Kicking Horse Coffee (Invermere)
~  Kootenay Coffee Company (Nelson)
~  Kootenay Roasting Company (Cranbrook)
~  No. 6 Coffee Co. (Nelson)
Northstar Roasting Company (Kimberley)
~  Oso Negro Coffee (Nelson)
~  Rooftop Coffee Roasters (Fernie)
~  Seven Summits Coffee Company (Warfield/Trail)
~  Stoke Roasted Coffee Company (Revelstoke)
~  Stolen Church Coffee Co. (Invermere)

DISTILLERIES
~  Bohemian Spirits (Kimberley)
Bootleg Spirits (Kimberley)
Elder Bros Farms Distillery (Wycliffe)
~  Fernie Distillers
Jones Distilling (Revelstoke)
~  Kootenay Country Craft Distillery (Winlaw)
~  Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery (Revelstoke)
~  Taynton Bay Spirits (Invermere)
~  Wynndel Craft Distilleries (Wynndel/Creston)

WINERIES
~  Baillie-Grohman Winery (Creston)
~  Columbia Gardens Winery (Trail)
~  Red Bird Estate Winery (Creston)
~  Skimmerhorn Winery (Creston)
~  Valley of the Springs Winery (Nakusp)
~  Wynnwood Cellars Estate Winery (Wynndel/Creston)

A couple enjoys a wine tasting at the Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery in Creston, BC; photo by Kari Medig

BC Ale Trail Road Trips
~ East Kootenay Ale Trail
~ West Kootenay Ale Trail

Know Before You Go!

~ Take extra time to research and plan your trip in advance. Many of our tourism businesses and services have adopted new COVID-19 protocols and changes to their schedules or policies to ensure your safety. You’ll want to become familiar with them ahead of time.

~ If you normally travel with extended family or with several friends, consider travelling in a smaller group. Travelling with fewer people makes it easier for you to practise physical distancing in public, and may have less of an impact on the destination.

~ Consider a slower travel pace to help curb the spread. Instead of checking in and out of multiple destinations during one trip, choose one or two destinations and one/two accommodation properties for your entire trip (and explore all the things to do & see nearby).

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~ Kootenay Coffee Road Trip: Meet the Locals
~ Our Kootenay Spirits
~ Savouring the Kootenay Rockies this Summer/Fall
~ Where the Locals Hang-out in the Kootenays

Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison).  Cover/top photo courtesy of Over Time Beer Works in Kimberley, BC

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(Original published date in September 2018.)

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