Food & Drink

Craft Beer in Kelowna: Winter Edition

a row of beer glasses sitting on top of a bar next to a shelf with a clock on it at Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna
Kettle River Brewing


Contrary to popular belief, breweries don’t require sun to be fun; the added ambiance of snow and darker nights can contribute to a warm and cozy atmosphere. As the snow blankets Kelowna, transforming its landscapes into a winter wonderland, the city's craft beer scene bubbles with warmth and vibrancy. The crisp winter air and shorter days create the perfect backdrop for exploring the variety of flavours offered by Kelowna's beloved breweries. From downtown to the scenic outskirts, each brewery brings its unique flair to the craft beer culture, offering an array of brews that capture the season.


BNA Brewing Co. stands out in the craft beer culture in the downtown area. This multi-level brewery, known for its eclectic blend of bites, brews, and even bowling, is a local favourite. The 76 Wolverine and Ace Pale Ale stand out among their ten house-made beers, each offering a refreshing taste that complements Kelowna's winter spirit.

Railside Brewing offers beer tastings, sampling a variety of beers including seasonal or limited editions like Apple Crisp and Lavender & Honey. Railside also hosts special events such as live comedy, themed nights, trivia contests, and educational sessions on brewing. Relax in the cozy taproom and enjoy good company. This brewery is family-friendly, offering board games to keep the kids entertained.

Venture into Rustic Reel Brewing Company, where the spirit of the Okanagan is brewed into every pint. Here, the Amber Ale offers a taste of winter's rich maltiness, reminiscent of cozy nights by the fire. The brewery's one-woman-show, Susi Foerg, adds a personal touch, making each visit feel like coming home.

Newcomer Copper Brewing Company, nicknamed “Darla’s Living Room,” radiates a welcoming atmosphere. Their Blackcurrant Sour and Copper Lager are both examples of their rapidly growing popularity among craft beer enthusiasts.

Barn Owl Brewing in Lower Mission Kelowna, set in a 1921 heritage barn, is a rustic retreat for beer and environmental enthusiasts alike. The Wise Owl Nitro Stout and Don’t Give a Hoot Pale Ale are as unique as the brewery's sustainable practices.

Jackknife Brewing, known for its "weird beer," is a creative spot. Their Hair Straight Back Spruce Tip Pale Ale and Hammer of Doom Canadian Imperial Stout are just a few examples of their inventive brewing approach.

Freddy’s Brew Pub combines the love for beer and bowling, making it an ideal spot for a lively winter evening. The No Pants Pilsner is a standout, pairing perfectly with the energy of the bowling lanes.

Lastly, The Office Brewery turns the mundane into the extraordinary. Their Second Draft Hazy IPA is just one example of their cheeky approach to brewing, turning every visit into the best meeting of the week.


As winter unfolds in Kelowna, each of these breweries offers a unique way to experience the season. With their rich array of craft beers, they invite locals and visitors alike to explore, taste, and toast to the chilly beauty of winter in this vivid city.