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Inside Revelstoke's Craft Brewing and Distilling Scene

The Revelstoke craft drinks scene is booming. The award winning Mt. Begbie Brewery made Revelstoke its home in 1996 but in the past few years the craft industry has definitely arrived in Revelstoke, and they’re here to stay. Monashee Spirits set up their distillery on Mackenzie Avenue and Jones Distilling has made its home in the heritage Mountain View School building on 3rd Street. More recently, Rumpus Beer Co have opened their doors with a craft brewery and lounge on 2nd Street.

Although each brewery and distillery has a different philosophy, they all share one common theme; their product is a direct result of where they are based. You can taste Revelstoke in all of their products- from using ingredients sourced from our backyard to creating products designed to match the vibe of the town. After all, why should the Revelstoke experience be limited to sights and experiences? Why not taste Revelstoke?

Monashee Spirits

Photo Credit: Keri Knapp

Monashee Spirits opened in April 2017 and is the brain child of Josh and Jenn McLafferty. They produce small batch, organic spirits on MacKenzie Avenue, in the heart of downtown. Community is central to everything they do here. Their grain comes from Armstrong, BC (just down the road) and they know the farmers who produce it by name, the honey they use to ferment comes in part from the apiary on their roof. Even their spent grains are sent to the local farm, Terra Firma, for their animals or transformed into tasty treats at the Modern Bakeshop across the road from the distillery. The idea behind their distilling is that nothing they make there can be made exactly the same anywhere else in the world- they are distilling the spirit of Revelstoke. Literally.

Products
The products on offer have a ski town vibe. Their Vulcan’s Fire cinnamon liqueur is a treat for warming up after a day on the slopes and their ever popular Big Mountain Creamer is the ultimate après luxury,  but the star of the show is their Ethos gin. The ingredients for it are foraged locally and the finished product even smells like the Revelstoke alpine!

Fun Facts
– FORBES named it ‘Canada’s Best Apres Distillery.’
– Their Ethos Gin just won the 2019 Canadian Artisan Spirit of the Year Award.
– The distillery is totally plastic free.
– In the window of the distillery, there is an antique diving helmet. This is a nod to Josh’s former career as a deep sea diver and welder.
– The distillery is dog friendly.

Mt Begbie Brewing

Mt Begbie beer has become almost as iconic in town as the peak itself. Since it was founded in 1996, it has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike and in 2017 it was named Canadian brewery of the year- an impressive feat for a small brewery in a small town. They moved into their new purpose built brewery late 2017 and now have a dedicated tasting room with tasty menu options. Take a tour to find out what makes Mt Begbie beers so unique (and delicious).

The Products
Mt Begbie has a beer for every occasion. For a light, crisp brew try their award-winning High Country Kolsch or Begbie Cream Ale.
Or, for something a little more full-bodied, try the Tall Timber or Brave Liver Scotch Ale. As well as their usual stable of beers, keep an eye on their tasting room for exciting seasonal and experimental brews.

Fun Facts
– The founders are smart cookies! Bart Larson has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and Tracey Larson has a degree in Biology!
– Their beer is available in BC, Alberta & Saskatchewan.
– They’ve been winning awards since 1996, most recently they took home six titles at the 2019 World Beer Awards.

Jones Distilling

Jones Distilling is located on 3rd street in a heritage school building. The renovations undertaken by the team at Jones have transformed this historic building into a stylish tasting room and distillery with panoramic views of the mountains. The history of the building and its place in the local community were a key focus for founder Gareth Jones, and it shows in the care taken to restore this building to its former glory. Both Jones and his head distiller Megan Moore are master distillers and their passion shows in the products. 

Products
Forget what you think you know about premium spirits. Jones products are exceptionally smooth and made with BC products. Currently, Jones Distilling offers vodka, gin and the Revelstoke Collection – a series of seasonal alcoholic botanical cordials. More products are set to come out later in the year. Snap up a bottle of their finest at the distillery, in Cheers liquor store or at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

You can buy cool Jones Distilling merchandise in the distillery- great as gifts or souvenirs.

Fun Facts
– They recently took home 8 awards for their gin and vodka at the prestigious SIP Awards.
– The state of the art equipment used to distill their products is the only one in Canada and can control temperature to a fraction of a degree- meaning perfect consistency every time. It’s compact enough that you can see it all on display in their tasting room.

Rumpus Beer Company

Photo credit: Keri Knapp

Rumpus Beer Co. is the long time dream of master brewer, Fred, and his wife, Dana. Fred has been working as a brewer for 11 years and brewing at home much longer. He’s so serious about his beer that he even talks to his yeast! The name Rumpus reflects the outlook of the company, bringing beer and fun together. The brewery opened in June 2019 to the delight of many locals who have now become regulars, guzzling the beer and packing the cozy space most nights of the week. With Dana and Fred behind the bar most nights, there’s an authenticity and atmosphere you can only find in Revelstoke.

Products
There’s a constantly evolving menu, based on what people are enjoying. However, Fred likes to make easy drinking beers, using wild yeast collected from the immediate area when possible.  Each beer has a name that reflects the Revelstoke character and center on our famous outdoor adventures.

Fun Facts
– The brewery was named ‘The Best Apres Adventure Spot’ by FORBES.
– There is a dedicated growler fill station in the lounge. 

4 Comments

  • I miss the days of homemade moonshine and purple porch climber red wine

  • How do you get awarded by Forbes if you havent even been open a year

    • mm

      Step 1. Have delicious beverages.
      Step 2. Have a cozy, delightful space.
      Step 3. Be conveniently situated near one of the top ski destinations in the world.

      Voila!

    • Monashee Spirits has been open for 3 years.

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