Patt and Ron Dyck operated the Country Squire restaurant in Naramata for 23 years when their chef, an avid home brewer named Terry Schoffer, told them about some brewing equipment he’d heard was for sale. Ron loved the idea of opening a brewery, but had to persuade Patt (and their banker). Eventually, he won and they set up shop in the Cannery Trade Centre, previously the Aylmer fruit and vegetable cannery.
That space served the brewery well for more than a decade, but eventually they outgrew it. In the summer of 2015, Cannery moved into a new purpose-built facility closer to downtown Penticton.
One of the new building’s highlights is the tasting room, where people can sample the brews and fill a growler with their favourite to take home. The family-friendly space has board games, a piano and a kitchen serving a variety of snacks that go well with beer.
The new building also has an expanded production space, which will help it meet the demand for its products.
The future looks bright for Cannery Brewing. It’s part of a strong community of craft breweries in Penticton and Oliver that includes: Bad Tattoo Brewing, Firehall Brewery, Tin Whistle Brewing, and Highway 97 Brewery (which plans to open in 2016).
If you’re a beer fan, make sure to stop in at Cannery Brewing next time you’re in Penticton. For a map and driving directions, click here.
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