Okanagan Fest of Ale attracts its highest-ever number of brewers

Whether you’re a seasoned craft beer connoisseur or a craft brew newcomer, you won’t want to miss the 24th annual Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer Festival!

A favourite for patrons and participants alike for over 20 years, this must attend festival takes place at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre April 12th and 13th in Penticton and features over 200 craft beers, cask ales and artisanal ciders from 70 exceptional craft breweries and cideries.

“This is a record number of participants for us” says John Cruickshank, Okanagan Fest of Ale Society President. “Of the participating breweries, 15 are new to the event, 6 will be featuring craft cider, and many will be offering new seasonal releases, collaborations and beers created especially for the festival. The group is a nicely balanced mix of returning favourites, new, and soon to be up and running breweries from neighborhoods across the province and we can’t wait to welcome them to the Okanagan in April.”

Guests of the fest can also look forward to fabulous food, with many restaurateurs incorporating a craft-inspired twist on their dish. Also: a brewing education station, a fun photo booth, an onsite pop-up liquor store and great live entertainment both indoors and out. The Best Team Tee Contest is back and will run over both days with the friendly folks from SUM FM/EZ Rock and Travel Penticton onsite and camera ready; prizes for Best Team Tee and bragging rights are up for grabs.


In addition to the two-day main event, there are a number craft-themed events taking place around Penticton during Festival Week, including:

  • A beer seminar with tastings at Bad Tattoo, hosted by beer author Joe Wiebe
  • The return of Strange Brews at Craft Corner Kitchen on Thursday April 11th
  • Beer-themed Karaoke at the Barley Mill Brew Pub & Sports Bistro on Friday April 12th and 13th;
  • Murderers Row” a cask afterpart at the Kettle Valley Station Pub on Saturday April 13th
  • A “Hair of the Dog” buffet brunch at the Barking Parrot on the Sunday morning, and
  • Free live music at Cannery Brewing on Sunday April 14th.

“Interest in this year’s event has been phenomenal so far with early ticket sales up 70% over this time last year”, said Cruickshank. “Hotels are also reporting an significant increase in package sales. If you are planning to join us, we encourage you to buy your tickets soon as not to miss your chance to Sip, Savour and Celebrate the best in BC craft beer and cider at the 2019 Okanagan Fest of Ale!”


  • Tickets to the event are available online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com or In person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC
  • Ticket & Accommodation Specials can be found at www.FestofAle.ca
  • Regular Single Day Admission $29; 2-day Weekend Pass $49 (inclusive of tax and fees)
  • Full event details will be posted on our website mid- February

Participating Brewers

01. 4 Mile Brewing Co.
02. Angry Hen Brewing Co. *NEW*
03. Bad Tattoo Brewing Company Ltd.
04. Barley Mill Brew Pub
05. BC Tree Fruits Cider Co
06. BNA Brewing Co.
07. Bomber Brewing
08. Boundary Brewing Co
09. Cannery Brewing
10. Category 12 Brewing
11. Coal Harbour Brewing
12. Crannóg Ales
13. CrossRoads Brewing
14. Dead frog Brewery
15. Detonate Brewing Company
16. Driftwood Brewery
17. East Vancouver Brewing Company *NEW*
18. Elevation 57 Brewing Co
19. Fernie Brewing Company
20. Firehall Brewery Inc
21. Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.
22. Four Winds Brewing Co.
23. Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
24. Hatchery Brewing *NEW*
25. Highway 97 Brewing Company
26. Howe Sound Brewing
27. Howling Moon Craft Cider
28. Hoyne Brewing Co.
29. Iron Road Brewing *NEW*
30. Kettle River Brewing Company Ltd
31. Lighthouse Brewing
32. Luppolo Brewing
33. Mariner Brewing Company
34. Merridale Cidery *NEW*
35. Mighty Peace Brewing Co *NEW*
36. Moody Ales
37. Moon Under Water Brewery
38. Mt Begbie Brewing Co
39. Naramata Cider Co
40. Neighbourhood Brewing *NEW*
41. Nelson Brewing Company
42. Northpaw Brewing *NEW*
43. Parallel 49 Brewing Company
44. Parkside Brewery
45. Persephone Brewing Co.
46. Phillips Brewing & Malting Co
47. Powell Brewery
48. R &B Brewing
49. Ravens Brewing Company
50. Red Bird Brewing *NEW*
51. Red Collar Brewing
52. Red Racer Brewing
53. Salt Spring Island Ales *NEW*
54. Spinnakers
55. Steamworks Brewing Co.
56. Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
57. Strange Fellows Brewing
58. Strathcona Beer Company *NEW*
59. Summerland Heritage Cider Co.
60. The Beer Farmers *NEW*
61. Tin Whistle Brewery
62. Tofino Brewing Co *NEW*
63. Torchlight Brewing Co
64. Trench Brewing & Distilling *NEW*
65. Twin Sails Brewing Inc
66. Vancouver Island Brewing
67. Wards Cider
68. Whitetooth Brewing Company Ltd.
69. Wild Ambition *NEW*
70. Yellow Dog Brewing

See https://festofale.ca/brewers for updates!

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