Heading into those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer”, look forward to the new release from Cannery Brewing called Skaha Summer Ale. Debuted at Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, it’ll surprise you as a refreshing summer drink because it’s an ale rather than a lager. Using Australian Topaz and Ella hops, the brewers achieved a big round mouth which isn’t heavy and offers a lift in the middle with delicate scents of tropical air.

Those laidback summer days aren’t in the cards for Cannery though as the growth and excitement in the craft-beer industry takes flight. Says Patt Dyck, co-founder, “It’s truly a great industry to be part of right now. We’ve been having an awesome time with our colleagues collaborating at events like Brewski, Murderers Row and Fest-of-Ale.” During Fest-of-Ale, Cannery hosted a reception for all the brewers in its facility, where Patt noted they felt right at home amid brewing aromas and equipment. “We’re also excited about Vancouver Craft Beer Week, May 30th to June 7th.”

Cannery participated in a number of sold-out brewmasters’ dinners when it wasn’t busy planning its entry into the first Oyster Craft Beer Competition at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival or selling out of its successful inaugural Artisan Creations series, an Estonian-style Baltic Porter.

Watch for the second Artisan Creations instalment to launch in early July. Such exclusive offerings are “one batch and it’s gone”. To get your hands on these and seasonal brews, visit their website and sign up to receive their emails with the latest news.

~ Roslyne Buchanan