Splash into Summer!
Penticton, BC. Summer in Penticton. There is nothing like it. Dry, hot days. Splashing around in one of the two freshwater lakes that surround Penticton. Floating down the channel that connects Okanagan Lake with Skaha Lake. Hanging out with friends on a patio overlooking the lake under the bright blue sky. Another time-honoured tradition in Penticton is exploring the Skaha Bluffs. Whether rock climbing, cliff jumping, hiking, birding, photographing nature or simply admiring the beauty, the Skaha Bluffs are a site worth visiting again and again.
To pay tribute to the world-famous Skaha Bluffs, Penticton-based micro-brewery Cannery Brewing has launched a new beer called Skaha Summer Ale. It’s a blond ale that is a refreshing, thirst quenching beer perfect for a hot summer day. Cannery Brewing’s Head Brewer Ross Thompson explains, “Our brewing team was eager to create something new this year for our summer seasonal. We wanted to create something unique and different. This is light and summery, but it’s also a beer drinker’s beer. It’s well balanced, flavourful and complex. We added white wheat malt and German Ale yeast to create a body that is soft and delicate with a crisp, dry finish.”
Thompson continued, “Craft beer lovers and those new to the world of small-batch, hand-crafted, micro-brewed beers will love this beer on a hot day enjoying the sunshine. It’s great served alone and it also pairs beautifully with summer salads, grilled veggies and BBQ meats.”
The other thing that is unique about the Skaha Summer Ale is that its flavour profile will change each summer. Thompson explained, “Each year, the base grain recipe will stay the same, but we’ll change the hops to give each vintage a distinct flavour and aroma. Our 2014 Skaha Summer Ale was brewed using the Australian hops Topaz and Ella. We are looking forward to trying out new hop configurations each year.”
Skaha Summer Ale will be available in 650ml bottles at Government and private liquor stores throughout BC and Alberta as well as on tap at select restaurants, pubs and golf courses. Whether you live in the Okanagan, vacation in Penticton regularly or hope to visit someday, may Skaha Summer Ale help you create and relive special summer memories.
For more information on Cannery Brewing or any of its fine hand-crafted ales and lagers, visit www.CanneryBrewing.com, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, call 250.493.2723 or drop by and see them in the Brewery, which is located in Penticton, British Columbia in the historic Cannery Trade Centre.