The first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Kelowna” is usually wine. A quick second is beaches. And though this beautiful city is abundant in both, we’re stoked to see the craft beer scene continuing to grow. The past few years have brought a surge of quality craft breweries to the Kelowna region and, to be honest, it was damn hard for us to choose the top picks. We’ve chosen 6 (plus some extras) to highlight this year but we’re pumped to continue our “research” for next year’s list.
What are the top breweries in Kelowna?
Kelowna is a hot spot for summer sun-seekers who are looking for beaches, wineries, and great food. There’s no denying the excellence you’ll find in all of those categories in Kelowna, but we’re here to share another category that Kelowna is quickly topping: craft beer. With over a dozen craft breweries, craft beer enthusiasts will have their fair share of exotic sours, traditional favorites, and unique new brews to try.
Summer is an obvious time to visit Kelowna, but as the city quiets down in the off-season, we actually love spending some more quality (and less busy) time at these breweries. The breweries are located fairly spread out throughout the city, so though you may not be able to brewery-hop between all of our choices, you’ll definitely be rewarded if you venture to all of them. Plus, if you’re exploring more of the Okanagan region, Kelowna is only a short drive away from Penticton, another top city in our Best Breweries List, so make a holiday of it and enjoy a plethora of delicious craft beer.
How we picked the best Kelowna Breweries?
With every ‘top breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Kelowna.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Kelowna brewery that you think should be on this list, please write a comment below and we’ll consider adding them!
THE BEST KELOWNA BREWERIES
Not that you need another reason to visit Kelowna, but here are 6 more in case you were on the fence!
BNA Brewing Co.
Bites, brews, and bowling. Need we say more? This multi-level, downtown brewery is a top local favorite and offers a large food menu, 10 housemade beers, and plenty of room for fun. The space is cool, the beer is fresh, and the patio is dog-friendly. This craft brewery literally checks all of our boxes.
- Address: 1254 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z4
- Beers to try: Brilliant Idiot Hazy IPA and Lil’ Pip Wild Blonde Ale
Copper Brewing Company
Fairly new to the Kelowna craft beer scene, Copper Brewing opened its doors in August 2019. Since then, this craft brewery has gained a local following (and a lot of out of town love) from beer lovers. Affectionately nicknamed “Darla’s Living Room”, their taproom is a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy great beer. Plus, you’ll likely get some affection of your own from their “mascot” Porter, a darling Bernese Mountain Dog.
- Address: 1851 Kirschner Rd #102, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4N7
- Beers to try: Blackcurrant Sour and Copper Lager
Weird Beer. Classic Pizza. That’s what Jackknife Brewing is all about. Jackknife, as self-described, is the “swirling cauldron” of three local creatives., this craft brewery brews its unique beers only in-house so, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) you’ll have to go to Kelowna to get a taste.
- Address: 727 Baillie Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7E9
- Beers to try: Hair Straight Back Spruce Top Pale Ale and Hammer of Doom Canadian Imperial Stout
Rustic Reel Brewing
Rustic Reel beers channel the essence of the Okanagan in their brews – beaches, patios, campfires, and everything the creates the quintessential Okanagan vibe. This brewery is a “one-woman-show” – created and run by Susi Foerg (and her furry sidekick). Hoping to recreate the carefree spirit of cabin living and fishing, Rustic Reel is a breath of fresh air and more importantly, fresh beer.
- Address: 760 Vaughan Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7E4
- Beers to try: Dunkelweizen and Gingerbread Cookie Ale
Vice & Virtue Brewing Co.
Creativity and community are at the heart of this Kelowna craft brewery. They release recipes that incorporate local wines for beers that are unique and refreshing. Pair their beers with a menu of delicious smoked meat and you have the ultimate pairing for success.
- Address: 1033 Richter St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K4
- Beers to try: Veritas Sauvignon Blanc Ale and Love Potion Raspberry Berliner Vice
Tree Brewing Co.
Since 1996, Tree Brewing has brought memorable, well-balanced, and flavourful beers to the Kelowna Craft Beer scene. From light and crisp beers to recipes loaded with hops, Tree Brewing is a Kelowna Craft Beer Classic. Located close to Kelowna’s waterfront, Tree Brewing is a popular choice to enjoy while taking the beautiful scenery Kelowna has to offer.
- Address: 310 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1G9
- Beers to try: Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen and Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale
And because we were truly indecisive when it comes to choosing our top Kelowna craft breweries. Here are a few others that you should also check out while you’re in Kelowna.
Kettle River Brewing Co.
- Address: 731 Baillie Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7E9
- Beers to try: Business in the Front Blonde Ale and Party in the Back Dirty Blonde Ale
Shoreline Brewing Co.
- Address: 3477 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 3S9
- Beers to try: Smashin Pumpkin Ale and Rosa Guava Gose Beer
Barn Owl Brewing
- Address: 4629 Lakeshore Rd #102, Kelowna, BC V1W 1X3
- Beers to try: Wise Owl Nitro Stout and Don’t Give a Hoot Pale Ale
Kelowna Brewing Company
- Address: 975 Academy Way #121, Kelowna, BC V1V 3A4
- Beers to try: Old Man Kölsch and Honey Pepper Al
Make sure to go and check these Kelowna breweries out, grab a pint (or 2), and tag @craftbeer_guide in your photos!
We can’t wait to come back to Kelowna to sample even more of their craft beer.
If we’ve missed any of your favourite Kelowna breweries and you think they should be added to the list, share it with us in the comments below!