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iN wine: Berries and beer make for a delicious July

Haskap berries are going to be a key ingredient in some BC brews
Haskap berries are going to be a key ingredient in some BC brews
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KELOWNA - Craft breweries in Kamloops, Salmon Arm and other parts of the province are partnering with local haskap growers to brew their own take on a haskap beer - from lagers to ales to sours.

Haskap beer month is the brainchild of local berry grower Carma Clarke of Wolf Springs Farm and Brian MacIsaac of Crannóg Ales, both in Sorrento, B.C., who want to unite farmers and brewers in a celebration of local flavour.

"From the first time we tasted Carma's Haskap berries, we knew they'd make great beer," MacIsaac said, in a press release. "They are so intense, and the colour really comes through. We've made several tests, and both beer and berries shine."

Clarke said both flavours really hold their own in the beer.

“The berries give their own lovely colour and they really complement the hops and malt,” Clarke said.

Breweries all over the province are participating in Haskap beer month, partnering with growers in their area to make this special seasonal brew. 

Crannog Ales in Sorrento, Parallel49 in Vancouver, Mt. Begbie Brewing in Revelstoke, Temporal Ales in Vancouver, Brews by Dogan in Kamloops, Sherwood Mountain Beer in Terrace, North Island Beer in Hokkaido, Japan, Storm Brewing in Vancouver and Shuswap Lake Brewing Co. in Salmon Arm are participating in the berry delicious brew.

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