Big wins for Twins Sails and Slackwater at Okanagan Fest of Ale

Penticton’s Slackwater Brewing celebrates its People’s Choice Award win at Okanagan Fest of Ale for What The Fog? NEIPA. From left: Chris Vandenberg, Kelsey Peyton, Liam Peyton and Jason Mathews. Photo by Moments Under Frame photography

Port Moody’s Twin Sails Brewing Co. took home the coveted Best in Show award at Okanagan Fest of Ale last weekend, with newcomer Slackwater Brewing winning the People’s Choice Award.

Twin Sails’ Would Crush raspberry wheat ale took gold in the Fruit Beer category, eventually winning Best in Show honours as well. Penticton’s Slackwater Brewing, which isn’t even open yet, won the People’s Choice Award for its What The Fog? New England hazy IPA. Slackwater, located in the former Mule nightclub in downtown Penticton, is planning on a June 2019 opening.

The Okanagan was well represented in the awards, with Kelowna’s Kettle River Brewing and BNA Brewing both winning golds, as well as Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing.

“We were thrilled to once again have such an esteemed panel of judges here with us at the festival,” says Warren Everton, Okanagan Fest of Ale judging chair. “They had a difficult job tasting and evaluating 127 different beers and ciders to determine the best entries in 12 different categories and then to agree on the overall Best in Show award. The winners represent an amazing collection of the best beer and ciders around. These are well worth keeping an eye out for at your local liquor store, restaurant or tap room.”

Here’s the full list of winner’s from last weekend’s event:


Judges’ Choice Award Winners      


Best in Show

Would Crush – Twin Sails Brewing, Port Moody


Best in Class              

Best Amber/Dark Ale: Smoke & Mirrors – Coal Harbour Brewing, Vancouver

Best Cider: Broken Ladder Rosé – BC Tree Fruits Cider, Kelowna

Best Fruit Beer: Would Crush – Twin Sails Brewing, Port Moody

Best IPA: Loop Line IPA – Iron Road Brewing, Kamloops

Best Pale Ale: Squirrel Chaser Hazy Pale Ale – Yellow Dog Brewing, Port Moody

Best Pilsner/Lager/Kölsch: Nightwatch Coffee Lager – Lighthouse Brewing, Victoria

Best ESB: English Subtitles ESB – Kettle River Brewing Co., Kelowna

Best Sour: Tart Wild Ale with Pineapple & Guava – Luppolo Brewing, Vancouver

Best Specialty Beer: Beermosa – Bad Tattoo Brewing, Penticton

Best Specialty IPA: Dreamboat Hazy IPA – The Parkside Brewery, Port Moody

Best Stout/Porter: Tennessee BBA Imperial Milk Stout – BNA Brewing, Kelowna

Best Wheat Ale: Dim Wit – The Parkside Brewery, Port Moody


Cascades Casino People’s Choice Award Winners           

Best Beer: What the Fog, Hazy IPA – Slackwater Brewing, Penticton

Best Cider: Broken Ladder Rosé – BC Tree Fruits Cider, Kelowna

Best Food: Surf Side California, Kelowna


Super Deluxe Creative/Westkey Graphics Best Label Design

Best Label Design Gold: Ghost Ship Hazy IPA – Lighthouse Brewing, Victoria

Best Label Design Silver: Lucky Pig Tangerine Ale – Red Racer Brewing, Surrey

Best Label Design Bronze: Sunblink Berry Sour – Cannery Brewing, Penticton

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