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photo by Mitch Winton - Fernie Distillers' Outside Patio

April 20, 2023

Wet Your Whistle: Along a Kootenay Road Trip

The beauty of the Kootenays, in any season, is the opportunity to add a ‘sip and savour’ experiences to your stay! After spending the day on the trails (or the slopes), paddling on whitewater or flat water, playing a game of golf, visiting one of unique attractions, enjoying a soothing soak in our hot springs, attending one of our amazing festivals/events. Be sure to stop in and taste the delights at our Kootenay ‘watering-holes’.

Wondering where to stop along the route, here is a check-list:


~ Angry Hen Brewing Co. (Kaslo)
~ Arrowhead Brewing Co. (Invermere)
~ Backroads Brewing Co. (Nelson)
~ Encore Brewing Co. (Cranbrook)
~ Erie Creek Brewing Co. (Salmo)
~ Fernie Alpine Springs
~ Fernie Brewing Co.
~ Fisher Peak Brewing/Heid Out Restaurant (Cranbrook)
~ Grist & Mash Brewery (Kimberley)
~ Lions Head Pub (Robson/Castlegar)
~ Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. (Revelstoke)
~ Nelson Brewing Co.
~ Over Time Beer Works (Kimberley)
~ Rossland Beer Co.
~ Rumpus Beer Co. (Revelstoke)
~ Tailout Brewing (Castlegar)
~ Torchlight Brewing Co. (Nelson)
~ Trail Beer Refinery
~ Whitetooth Brewing Co. (Golden)
~ Wild North Brewing Co. (Creston)

Photo courtesy of Backroads Brewing Co. in Nelson BC


~ Burton City Cider
~ Pommier Ranch Meadery
~ William Tell Family Estate


~  Bean Bag Roasters (Golden)
~  Chao Coffee Roasters (Kimberley/Wycliffe)
~  Kaslo Bean Roasting
~  Kicking Horse Coffee (Invermere)
~  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)


~ Bohemian Spirits (Kimberley)
~ Elder Bros Farms Distillery (Wyclifee)
~ Fernie Distillers
~ Monashee Spirits (Revelstoke)
~ Taynton Bat Spirits (Invermere)
~ Tonik Distillery (Crescent Valley)
~ West Kootenay Distilling (Trail)
~ Wynndel Craft Distilleries (Wynndel/Creston)

Outside on the Fernie Distillers Patio; photo by Mitch Winton


~ Baillie-Grohman Winery (Creston)
~ Columbia Garden Winery (Trail)
~ Red Bird Estate Winery (Creston)
~ Skimmerhorn Winery (Creston)
~ Valley of the Springs Winery (Nakusp)
~ William Tell Family Estate (Creston)
~ Wynnwood Cellar Winery (Wynndel/Creston)

Valley of the Springs Winery in Nakusp; photo by Mitch Winton


~ East Kootenay Ale Trail
~ West Kootenay Ale Trail

~ June: Red Teeth Mountain Wine Festival | RED Mountain Resort in Rossland
~ July: Beer Googles Craft Brew Festival | RED Mountain Resort
~ September: Great Canadian Beer Fest on Tour | Cranbrook
~ September: Kootenay Coffee Festival | Trail
~ September: Kootenay Beer Festival | West Kootenays
~ November: Immersion Festival | Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
~ November: Snowflake Wine Festival | Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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