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Kamloops brewery makes it onto top ten B.C. summer beer list

The Drew Berrymore from Bright Eye Brewing in Kamloops is one of the ten best summer beers, according to BC Ale Trail.
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July 15, 2020 - 6:00 AM

If you haven’t been to the newest brewery in Kamloops yet, maybe the fact you can drink one of the top ten beers in the province will be the incentive you need.

The B.C. Ale Trail, which highlights the best craft breweries around the province, has just announced their picks for the ten best B.C. beers to try this summer.

Bright Eye Brewing in Kamloops came in with a fruity winner dubbed Drew Berrymore.

The beer is described as a being conditioned with blackberry and raspberry purees, then dry-hopped with citra and strata hops. The beer has a five per cent ABV and an IBU of 20.

ABV refers to how alcoholic a beverage is by volume, and IBU sheds a light on how bitter a beer may be based on the type and amount of hops used. IBU is not rated on a scale of 100 and some breweries don’t use the measure, but a light lager might have an IBU between ten to 15. An IPA might have an IBU of 40 to 70, while double IPAs could reach an IBU of 80 to 100.

With the Bright Eye Brewing, at at 292 Tranquille Rd., taps always rotating, you’ll want to get in and try a Drew Berrymore before the season changes.

Most of the other top-tier beers have fruit-forward flavours like mango, pineapple, peach and foraged berries. The other winners come from breweries in Golden, Delta, Howe Sound, Prince Rupert, Victoria and more.

Although Bright Eye is the only one from the Thompson-Okanagan to make it on the top ten list of summer beers, there are some other spots in the region you’ll want to try.

In Kelowna, the B.C. Ale Trail recommends visiting Jackknife Brewing and try their Arcane beer. The dark Lithuanian farmhouse ale is boiled for five hours which helps it to develop deep caramel notes. The beer has a 5.5 per cent with an IBU of ten. You can sip it at 727 Baillie Ave.

Freddy’s Brewpub in Kelowna got two shout-outs for their craft concoctions.

The Pollinator Honey Ale, with an ABV of five per cent and an IBU of 35 was brewed with organic Okanagan honey and can be enjoyed while playing a round of bowling at the unique Kelowna brewery. The brewery at 124 - 948 McCurdy Rd. was also recognized for their Night Danger Schwarzbier, a full-bodied black lager with roasted and chocolate flavours. The beer has a five per cent ABV and an IBU of 30.

For those in Penticton, Cannery Brewing is the place to go. The B.C. Ale Trail recognized two of the beers on their top 60 list.

The Skaha Hazy Pale Ale, with an ABV of five per cent and an IBU of 40, is described as a double dry-hopped hazy pale ale which has flavours of various hops like Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho Gem, Loral and Ella.

The Hop Chowdah New England IPA, with a 6.5 per cent ABV and an IBU of 45, is described as juicy and sweet with a polished bitterness. The Amarillo and Mosaic hops give the beer a tropical citrus aroma. You can visit Cannery Brewing at 198 Ellis St.

Check out B.C. Ale Trail’s website for more suggestions on where to wet your whistle.

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