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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 

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)

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; closed until 2022)
Kickturn Coffee Roasters (Kimberley)
~  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)
~  Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery (Revelstoke)
~  Taynton Bay Spirits (Invermere)
Tonik Distillery (Crescent Valley)
~  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)
William Tell Family Estate (Creston)
~  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 – Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. Familiarize yourself with weather, road conditions, general alerts for travellers and provincial health orders & recommendations.

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Cover/top photo courtesy of Over Time Beer Works in Kimberley, BC.

Story by Shannon Harrison (KootRocks Staffer).  

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