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The FEST-OF-ALE is back for the 19th year and is held at the Penticton Conference Centre...
Thanks to All Who Attended in 2014
Plans for the 20th Annual Event, being held April 10th and 11th 2015 are in the works!

Check out all the great photos from 2014 on FB
With thanks to Kim Lawton of DogLeg Marketing

19th Annual Event a Huge Success

A hopping good time was had by all who attended the 19th Annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale beer tasting event held in Penticton April 45h and 5th. The caliber of brewers this year was outstanding. Wayne Schmuck, Marketing Chair of the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society explained, “This year we re-adjusted the layout of the space so we could accommodate 35 brewers, which represented the greatest number of brewers in the event’s history. Of the 35 brewers, 8 of them were new to the festival, which shows the reputation we are building for this event”. The nearly sold out event included a number of new features including food and beer pairings and a sizeable increase in the selection of real cask ales. Schmuck continued, “In addition to an increase in ticket sales versus previous years, we also saw a significant increase in hotel and tickets packages, a testament that people will travel to Penticton to attend this festival, and it also is a testament to the growth of the craft beer industry.”

Each of the 35 participating breweries put forward their best brews for judging. 2014 awards were determined by industry experts Joe Wiebe, Craft Beer Revolution; Jim Martin, Metro Liquor; David Beardsell, brewery owner/consultant; Mike Garson, Mike’s Craft Beer; and Allan Moen, NorthWest Brewing News. The awards were distributed as follows:

Best of Show, Judges Choice:
Four Winds White Rye IPA - Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta

Best in Class, Judges Choice:

Lager/Pilsner: Hoyner Pilsner - Hoyne Brewing Co., Victoria BC
IPA: Four Winds White Rye IPA - Four Winds Brewing Co, Delta BC
Stout/Porter: Holy Smoke Stout - Firehall Brewery, Oliver BC
Wit/White: Robson Street Hefeweizen - Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver BC
Fruit Beer: Stiegl Radler - McClelland Premium Imports
Ales: Naramata Nut Brown Ale - Cannery Brewing, Penticton BC
Ciders: Red Roof Cider - Orchard Hill Estate Cidery, Oliver BC
Pale Ale: Red Truck Ale - Red Truck Beer Company, Vancouver BC
Belgian: Sunkissed Tea Saison - Deep Cove, North Vancouver BC

The People’s Choice Awards, voted for by the guests at the event:

Best Beer: Project 9 Pils - Fernie Brewing Co, Fernie BC
Best Booth: Penticton Lakeside Resort, Penticton BC
Best Food: Brodo Kitchen, Penticton BC
Best Band: The Dungbeatles

A great time was had by all! The organizers and Board of Directors wish to thank all vendors, supporters, volunteers and attendees for making this event a success year over year. Net proceeds benefit some great local charitable organizations – check out www.fest-of-ale.bc.ca for all the details.

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