Brews News: Hopscotch returns; Cannery comes to town

Hopscotch returns to the PNE Forum Nov. 24 and 25. Contributed photo

Hopscotch returns


All manner of fermented barley will be on offer this weekend at the annual Hopscotch Festival of Whisky, Beer and Spirits. The Grand Tasting Hall event takes place this Friday and Saturday at the PNE Forum with 100+ vendors serving up 300+ different alcohol products.

Things can get a little squirrelly whenever the whisky gets thrown into the mix if you’re not careful, so make sure to stop by the food exhibition and sample the snacks or have a proper meal. The music lounge is also great for that point in the night when you think you can dance. (Newsflash: you can’t dance.)

Tickets are currently sold out, however, a small number of tickets are going to be released the morning of Friday, Nov. 24 to those on the Hopscotch mailing list. Visit to sign up.


Penticton’s Cannery Brewing is taking over the taps at St. Augustine’s on Nov. 30.

Cannery comes to town


Cannery Brewing has been putting out seriously legit beers for almost 20 years now and is a large part of why Penticton was recently named one of Canada’s Top 20 Beer Towns by Expedia.

But if you don’t feel like taking the Crowsnest Highway this time of year, then you’re in luck, because Cannery is coming to you (assuming you live in Vancouver). Cannery is taking over the taps at St. Augustine’s Craft Brew House and Kitchen on Thursday, Nov. 30, with 15 beers available, including Naramata Nut Brown Ale, Thornless Blackberry Porter, The Muse and The Golden Promise Extra Pale Ale, Darkling Oatmeal Stout, One Trick Pilsner and a bunch of seasonals and limited releases.

“We’ve made a couple of very small batch beers exclusively for this event including an Imperial Porter and a Bonsai Rice Ale,” says Cannery co-owner Ian Dyck.

The tap takeover begins at 5pm. There will also be prizes throughout the night, and one lucky winner will win two tickets to an upcoming Vancouver Canucks game.

Check out the event’s Facebook page here.





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