Saturday, February 11, 2017

okanagan fest of ale

For Immediate Release – February 10th, 2017

Guests of the 22nd annual Okanagan Fest of Ale can look forward to sampling the best beers and ciders from 62 craft breweries in Penticton April 7 & 8, 2107.  A favourite for patrons and participants alike for over 20 years, this  “must attend event” is one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest. The 2-day festival features 175+ quality crafted brews, ciders and cask ales for tasting, fabulous food and great live entertainment in a unique indoor/outdoor venue. 

“Of the 62 brewers participating, 16 are new to the event and 6 will be offering estate grown and produced ciders” says Simon St-Laurent, Marketing Director for the Okanagan Fest of Ale.  “We had an overwhelming number of craft brewers interested in participating this year and are thrilled we were able adjust our floor plan to accommodate over 60 top notch breweries from BC and beyond”.

In addition to hosting a record number of brewers at the event organizers are anticipating a full house.  “We’ve partnered with local hoteliers to offer great deals on ticket and accommodation packages and encourage guests of the fest to check out what’s on tap in our craft beer friendly town” says St. Laurent.  

New for 2017 attendees will now be able to track their tastings on the popular Untappd app.  “The Untappd platform allows guests easy access to detailed product listings and descriptions for each of the breweries. It’s a great alternative to a printed tasting guide and we encourage guest coming to the festival to check out our venue listing on Untapped at Okanagan Fest of Ale in advance of the event”.
 
“Tickets sales to date have been phenomenal with many guests taking advantage of specially priced ticket and accommodation packages, or opting for weekend passes”.  Its shaping up to be one of the biggest and best events yet” says St. Laurent. Don’t be disappointed, make your plans to Sip, Savour and Celebrate the best in craft beer and cider at the 2017 Okanagan Fest of Ale today!


Tickets to the event are available online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com 
Single Day Admission $29; 2-day Weekend Pass $47 (inclusive)
Ticket & Accommodation Specials starting at $99/couple at www.FestofAle.ca


         Breweries Participating at the Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017


4 Mile Brewing Co.
Bad Tattoo Brewing Co
Banff Ave Brewing Co.
Barley Mill Brew Pub
BC Brew Co. and Distilling  - New
BC Tree Fruits Cider
BNA Brewing Co
Bomber Brewing
Boundary Brewing Company  - New
Bridge Brewing
Britannia Brewing  - New
Cannery Brewing Co.
Canuck Empire Brewing
Category 12 Brewing
Crannog Ales
CrossRoads Brewing  - New
Dead Frog
Doan’s Craft Brewing Company  - New
Dogwood Brewing - New
Fernie Brewing Co.
Field House Brewing Co.  New
Firehall Brewery
Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.  New
Four Winds Brewing
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks  - New
Hearthstone Brewery
Highway 97 Brewing Company Ltd
Howe Sound Brewing
Howling Moon Craft Cider
Hoyne Brewing Co.
Kettle River Brewing Company  - New
Lighthouse Brewing Company
Longwood Brewery
Marten Brewing Co.
McClelland Premium Imports
Moody Ales
Moon Under Water
Mt Begbie Brewing Co.
Naramata Cider Co.  New
NOMAD Cider - New
Orchard Hill Estate Cidery Ltd.
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing Co.
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co
R&B Brewing Co
Ravens Brewing Company
Red Arrow Brewing Company  - New
Red Collar Brewing Co
Red Racer
Red Truck Beer Company
Spinnakers Brewpub
Steamworks Brewing
Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
Strange Fellows Brewing  - New
Summerland Heritage Cider Co.
The Parkside Brewery  - New
The Tin Whistle Brewery
Torchlight Brewing
Tree Brewing Co.
Twin Sails Brewing  - New
Victoria Caledonian Brewery  - New
Yellow Dog Brewing
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Operating as a non-profit society, and managed by a Volunteer Board of Directors, the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society hosts an annual Consumer Craft Beer and Cider Tasting that functions to support and promote the growing world of quality craft brewery products, promote local tourism and support charitable organizations within the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similakameen.  Since its inception, $537,660 in net proceeds has been gifted back to qualifying registered charities.
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