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Two new craft breweries just opened in the Okanagan

Barn Owl Brewing Co. in Kelowna’s South Mission neighbourhood officially opened its doors last Saturday. (via Gail Nugent)

This summer is shaping up to be busiest the province has ever seen for new craft brewery openings.

This past weekend two new breweries opened in the Okanagan, with Barn Owl Brewing Co. in Kelowna and Breakaway Brewing Co. in Summerland both opening their doors.

Barn Owl Brewing Co. (Kelowna)

Located in an updated heritage barn with seating for 60 people, this farm-based craft brewery is the first for Kelowna’s Lower Mission neighbourhood.

Barn Owl managed to open with a whopping seven beers on tap, including its Lakeshore Lager, Bohemian Red Pilsner, Amai Belgian Witbier, Homegrown IPA, Raspberry Wheat Ale, Night Owl Porter and Espresso Night Owl Porter.

Check out their Instagram HERE.

Breakaway Brewing Co. (Summerland)

This new nanobrewery in the heart of Uptown Summerland is led by two young ex-hockey players originally from Colorado.

While the beer is being made on a modest 320-litre system currently, construction is already underway to build a warehouse out the back of the building that will hold an additional 600-litre brewhouse. Breakaway’s opening tap list includes a dry-hopped pilsner, IPA, chocolate stout and a peach wheat ale.

Check out their Instagram HERE.

— Rob Mangelsdorf, The Growler