What are the best Penticton Breweries to visit this year? Well, we’ve done the work to figure that out for you! We have sampled all their brews, spent time in their taprooms and read all the online reviews to come up with our take on the best Penticton Breweries to explore this year!
Penticton is a relatively small city located in the interior of British Columbia. While this area of the province is typically known for its incredible selection of wine, Penticton is a hidden gem for craft breweries. With a population of about 35K people, local residents are lucky to have a choice of awesome craft breweries to enjoy. We’ve chosen our top craft breweries for you to explore if you’re adventuring through the Okanagan Valley.
What are the top breweries in Penticton?
Located between two lakes, Penticton is a beautiful city. Revered for its incredible beaches and summer culture, it’s not surprising that locals and tourists alike are passionate about this city. But it’s not just for the sunshine and beaches that people head to Penticton, it’s for their ever-evolving craft beer scene, too!
There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton metro area, nearly a dozen craft breweries, and a few distilleries and cideries that are a definite must-try. So if you’re a lover of craft-created liquor and getting new growler fills every week, you’re going to love it here.
Craft Beer in Penticton is particularly unique because of its proximity to hop farms. The Okanagan Valley is home to a variety of fresh hop growing farms which means that Penticton brewers are lucky enough to get to brew their beers with fresh hops, rather than just hop pellets. The result – incredibly fresh beer flavours that reflect the taste of the air and the sunshine of the valley, and have other breweries more than a little jealous!
So if you’re in the mood for a fresh-hopped brew, head to Penticton!
How do we pick the best brewery in Penticton?
With every ‘Best 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 Penticton.
The Best Penticton Breweries
Alright, so who made our list this year? Check it out below!
Since 2001, Cannery Brewing has been brewing top-quality Penticton brews. Their beer tastes like “more please” whether you’re drinking one of their core brews or a rotational release. Cannery Brewing is located right downtown Penticton and the beauty of that is that after you’ve sampled the beers at Bad Tatoo and Slackwater Brewing, you can walk on over to Cannery for even more great craft beer.
PS. Don’t miss the seasonal Cannery Backyard experience, a hot spot and local favourite where you can find food trucks, musicians, and DJ’s all summer long.
Customer Review: Excellent staff, great beer and tasty food! They use their space to its full potential in the summer and winter with the backyard and Ale’catraz. It’s a must see.
- Phone: (250) 493-2723
- Address: 198 Ellis St, Penticton, BC V2A 4L5
- Best Beer: Anarchist Amber Ale and Sunblink Berry Sour
- Website: cannerybrewing.com
Slackwater stands for the moments between life’s ebbs and flows, especially, as Slackwater describes, those enjoyed with friends and family, beers in hand. Their beers are focused on simplicity, balance, and approachability with an infusion of flavours inspired by the Okanagan. They have a huge tap room with two floors and two patios for your beer drinking pleasure.
Customer Review: Large, comfortable room with patio and upstairs area with seating. Love the theme here! There’s a large and small tic tac toe board, food, beer, wine, cider, good service, and very friendly staff! Fun place, good beer and live music! Also, two pool tables and an upstairs patio as well!
- Phone: (236) 422-0812
- Address: 218 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5K3
- Best Beer: What The Fog?! NEIPA and Tight Lines Helles Lager
- Website: slackwaterbrewing.com
Neighbourhood Brewing is dedicated to brewing world-class, fun, unique, and delicious beers. Paired with some mouthwatering Mexican inspired dishes, including some raved-about tacos, your taste buds will be on a joy ride to flavour town!
With nearly two dozen beers on tap, a cozy tap room close to Okanagan Lake Beach, and a Rec Room where you can enjoy a good game of Skee Ball, Golden Tee, or a sports game on the TV, there are plenty of reasons to visit this local brewery.
Customer Review: As a tourist, I had an amazing first experience at Neighbourhood Brewing. The tasting room was clean, modern, and welcoming. There was a vast, delicious beer selection (too many to try!), and the food greatly exceeded expectations (I loved the Tatchos). The staff were all friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to help with any questions or recommendations. I can’t wait to visit again.
- Phone: (778) 380-0841
- Address: 187 Westminster Ave, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 1J7, Canada
- Best Beer: Way of Life IPA and Happy Place Pale Ale
- Website: neighbourhoodbrewing.com
Barley Mill Brew Pub
The Barley Mill Pub is set in an old English Tudor-style building on Skaha Lake Road, which offers a historic and friendly atmosphere to enjoy an expertly crafted craft beer. You’ll find a family-friendly sports bistro upstairs and a lively pub-style restaurant downstairs. They’ve also got a killer outdoor space with patio misters for those Hot Okanagan afternoons.
Customer Review: I have been going to the Barley Mill for little over 5 years now since I moved here, I have been to other pubs in town, and the one I kept coming back to was the Mill, I love the relaxed atmosphere the food is very good, the staff there are amazing and friendly, all I can say is come and see for yourself
- Phone: (250) 493-8000
- Address: 2460 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton, BC V2A 6E8
- Best Beer: Nite Mare Brown Ale
- Website: barleymillpub.com
Highway 97 Brewing Company
Named after the longest continually running highway in BC, along which this brewery actually started! Their new location on Ellis is four times the size of their previous spot, allowing them to keep up with the high demand of their delicious craft beer.
Highway 97 Brewing Company has 22 beautifully balanced craft beers on tap and their in-house chef works hard to make specialty dishes that pair perfectly with each style. Plus, they have live music every Saturday night! If you have a night off in Penticton, this is the place to be.
Customer Review: New location is a game changer. Amazing atmosphere, great beer, a nice selection on non -beer wines and cider. Had the wings twice now, excellent baked wings. Thumbs up, great job on the new space!
- Phone: (778) 996-6875
- Address: 200 Ellis St, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 2C1, Canada
- Best Beer: Light Duty Lager (Awarded Best Lager at the Okanagan Fest of Ale 2023)
- Website: hwy97brewery.com
The Tin Whistle Brewing Company
Tin Whistle was the first microbrewery in the South Okanagan Valley. Since then, the old brewery in the historic Cannery Trade Centre has come under new ownership and has undergone a rebrand, making some huge strides in the sustainability space of beer making.
Tin Whistle Brewing is committed to reducing their impact and improving on sustainability efforts every day. They’ve become one of the first carbon neutral breweries in BC by sourcing locally grown ingredients, up-cycling used grain, implementing a small batch brewing system, and moving towards zero waste packaging methods.
Customer Review: A great variety of delicious beer. I appreciate their commitment to making innovative flavours. Having visited my fair share of micro breweries, I would say they are doing things right. The staff is also so friendly and genuinely wants to share their craft creations. I would highly recommend stopping by.
- Phone: (250) 770-1122
- Address: 118-1475 Fairview Road, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 7W5, Canada
- Best Beer: Peach Cream Ale and Mythical Creatures West Coast IPA
- Website: tinwhistlebrewery.com/
Abandoned Rail Brewing
Abandoned Rail Brewing is the new kid on the block, not even a year old! They’ve converted the former Trail Store on KVR trail in the heart of the Naramata bench, into a beautiful farm based brewery. The location, situated on agricultural land, allows them to be one of very few breweries to grow their own barley from scratch! Talk about farm to table… or er… glass! You can enjoy their fresh made craft beers in their lovely tasting room our on their outdoor patio.
Customer Review: Beer made the way God intended! They got it right with real beer made the right way. Well done. The great location (right on the KVR) and atmosphere just add to the experience. Highly recommend a visit and you can bike the trail right to the front door.
- Phone: (778) 476-7704
- Address: 1220 Davenport Ave, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 8V1, Canada
- Best Beer: One Track Mind Pilsner
- Website: arbrewco.com
Enjoy the best breweries in Penticton!
Make sure to go and check out Penticton’s best craft breweries, grab a locally brewed pint (or 2) and support your local brewers!
If we’ve missed a brewery on our list that you think should be added, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and why you think it should be added to our list of the best Penticton Breweries!
More British Columbia Breweries
But wait! There are more great breweries to discover in BC! If you happen to find yourself on a road trip around British Columbia, make sure to check out some of the following cities for great local craft beer!
Legacy Brews: Gone But Never Forgotten
As the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end,’ and sadly, the same holds true for some of our favorite local breweries. This section is dedicated to those beloved local businesses that have closed their doors but left behind a frothy legacy in our hearts and palates.
Each provided unique flavors and experiences that made our city’s brewing scene richer and more diverse. While they may no longer serve their signature drafts, the memories and taste impressions they’ve left behind continue to inspire and influence the craft beer community.
Join us in raising a virtual toast to these establishments – gone but never forgotten.
Bad Tattoo Brewing – Penticton
Like a true bad tattoo, Bad Tattoo Brewing left Penticton with a great story to tell. Locals loved having their year-round lineup and seasonal brews available in town, and don’t get them started on that pizza! Their in-house fire-roasted pizzas were mouthwateringly delicious and paired perfectly with one, or a few, of their fresh-hopped pints.