The doors aren’t even open yet at Penticton’s Slackwater Brewing, but the fledgling brewery has already amassed an impressive trophy collection.
Last weekend, Slackwater was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Great Okanagan Beer Festival in Kelowna. The win comes just weeks after Slackwater won the People’s Choice Award at the Okanagan Fest Of Ale in Penticton for its What The Fog? New England hazy IPA.
“It’s pretty unexpected but an incredible feeling,” said Slackwater founder and co-owner Liam Peyton . “Especially in our home region. It’s definitely cranked the hype out here for us.”
Slackwater’s brewery and tasting room is located in the former Mule nightclub in downtown Penticton, and plans to open to the public in June. The brewery was recently forced to change its name after a branding dispute with an Okanagan winery.
“[Brewer Chris Vandenberg’s] beer has blown my expectations, and that, paired with the response to our branding and new name, and these recent accolades, I think we’re in for a big summer!” said Peyton.
The win at GOBF means Slackwater’s beer will be featured on tap at the Train Station Pub in downtown Kelowna for the next year.
Meanwhile, Port Moody’s Twin Sails was named Best in Fest, while Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks was named runner-up.