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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” (or new to you) in the Kootenays:

Columbia Garden Winery (Trail)
~ Launched their ‘Kootenay Moments Trio of Wine’ (including Easy Living, Red Romance and Blush)

Erie Creek Brewing Company (Salmo)
~ Opened in 2020

Fernie Brewing Company
~ Stratus Hazy IPA — NEW Fall Limited Release in our IPA Series
~ The Professor Marzen — returning Fall Limited Release
~ The Eldorado Single Hop IPA — returning Fall/Winter Seasonal
~ Java the Hut Coffee Milk Stout — returning Fall/Winter Seasonal
~ Ghostrider Pumpkin Brown Ale — launching with a new name this year
~ Black Mammoth Winter Ale — returning Winter LimitedRelease
~ Sap Sucker Maple Porter — returning Winter Seasonal
~ Snowblind Belgian-Style IPA — returning Winter Limited Release in our IPA Series
~ Impala South African IPA – new (summer 2019) stone fruit, tropical IPA

Kicking Horse Coffee (Invermere)
~ Cold Brew Coffee (organic beans, roasted and steeped for 20 hours)

Nelson Brewing Company
~ New 4-pack of their Organic Fresh Hop Northwest IPA
~ Easy Amber Ale (6-pack) launching in November
~ Prince of Darkness Oso Negro Coffee Stout, will be available as a 4-pack in December

No. 6 Coffee Company (Nelson)
~ ‘First Chair Blend’ which is focused on fuelling the powder junkies (offering unique blend each ski season)

Rumpus Beer Company (Revelstoke)
~ Open for tasting, new for 2019 summer

TailOut Brewing (Castlegar)
~ Opened in 2019

Taynton Bay Spirits (Invermere)
~ Releasing their first mickey sized bottle (Sinferno will be available in 375ml)

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

Whitetooth Brewing Company (Golden)
~ Surfin’ on Lupulin Hazy IPA
~ Amiswki Marzen is our first lager and will be released just in time for our Oktoberfest event (October 6)
~ Directissima Dubbel and The Golden Black Belgian-Inspired Stout will both be returning to our line-up this winter

Drum roll please — here are some of our recent accolades:

~ Baillie-Grohman — Gold Medal (2013 Pinot Noir Reserve)
~ Baillie-Grohman — Silver Medal (2015 Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Terraces)

~ Fernie Brewing Co. — Best Speciality (Hit the Deck Hazy IPA)

~ Kicking Horse Coffee — named 2018’s Best Workplace in Canada (more than 120 people)

~ Nelson Brewing Company — Silver (Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale)
~ Nelson Brewing Company — 2nd Place (Blackheart Organic Oatmeal Stout)
~ Nelson Brewing Company — 2nd Place (Hooligan Organic Pilsner)
~ Nelson Brewing Company — 3rd Place (Hopgood Organic Session IPA)

~ Taynton Bay Spirits — Silver (Gin)
~ Taynton Bay Spirits — Bronze (Vodka & Sinferno)

Photo courtesy of Taynton Bay Spirits in Invermere

~ Whitetooth Brewing — Gold (Truth, Dare, Consequences Nordic Imperial Stout)
~ Whitetooth Brewing — Bronze (Whitetooth Session Ale)

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
~  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)
~  Torchlight Brewing Co. (Nelson)
Tailout Brewing (Castlegar)
~  Trail Beer Refinery

Photo courtesy of the Nelson Brewing Company

CIDERIES
~  Burton City Cider (Burton)
~  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)
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)

NON-ALCHOLIC
~  The Bean Pod (Fernie) — signature drink ‘hot chocolate’
~  Busaba Thai Cafe (Nelson) — signature drink ‘bubble tea’
~  Eat Pure Mountain Market (Golden) — signature drink ‘organic juices & smoothies’
~  Gerry’s Gelati’s (Invermere) — signature drink ‘milkshakes’
~  Kimberley Centex Market — signature drink ‘stoke cold-pressed juices’
~  The Lunch Box (Fernie) — signature drink ‘fresh squeezed lemonade’
~  Paper & Cup (Kimberley) — signature drink ‘Italian sodas’
~  The Nomad Food Co. (Revelstoke — signature drink ‘milkshakes’
~  Soul Food (Cranbrook) — signature drink ‘probiotic beverages’
~  Slopeside Deli (Fernie Alpine Resort) — signature drink ‘hot chocolate’
~  Wait’s News (Nelson) — signature drink ‘milkshakes’
~  Yaldelicious (Golden) — signature drink ‘milkshakes’

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)

Photo courtesy of Baillie-Grohman Winery in Creston

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

Know Before You Go – Upcoming travel plans? Living in the mountains can come with unexpected changes in weather patterns. Even in the warmer months, it is very important to check highway conditions and travel advisories. Drive BC is a great resource with real-time webcams and road statuses.

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~ Our Kootenay Spirits

~ 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: September 17, 2018)

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