Penticton’s Slackwater Brewing is one of 6 breweries that collaborated on the new EXPLORE BC Peach Farmhouse Ale, a special release beer created in celebration of BC Craft Beer Month and is now available at select locations around British Columbia.
We asked the folks at Slackwater to tell us a bit about their brewery — and to also let us know how they like to eat a peach. Because, you know, the beer has peaches in it.
1. What’s the story behind the name of your brewery?
Slackwater means “a place of calm between bodies of water,” and we live in beautiful Penticton, the chillest place on earth, wedged between two amazing lakes.
2. What sets your brewery apart from others in BC?
We like to think our branding is a little different: approachable, fun, and vibrant. That echoes across our company and our people.
3. How do you interact with your local community?
We work with our local community on a multitude of things from fundraisers to community events, sponsorships, and more. All of our spent grain goes to local farms and we source locally for our food, wines, and ciders where possible to support our community.
4. Are there any unique challenges to brewing in your area/region?
The supply chain can be fun when your inbound materials are coming from over the mountains, and the same for outbound products. Weather events and logistical cost increases are certainly challenging, especially this past year — but we power through!
5. What did you bring to this collaboration (a unique ingredient, idea, technique?) or what does it mean to you to be part of this collaboration?
My English wit and charm and a case of beer! I, unfortunately, missed a lot of the brew as I was passing through, but… we’re from the Okanagan, so… the peachy bit? Being part of the bigger collective to bring people to our amazing province to try all of the beers we have to offer was hard to say no to!
6. What was your favourite part of the Brew Day?
Fried chicken sandwich! And meeting everyone, of course!
7. What is your favourite way to eat a peach?
Liquified and added to a farmhouse ale, duh.
The EXPLORE BC Peach Farmhouse Ale is a collaboration between six breweries from across British Columbia. BC peaches present a beautiful golden-orange colour, while the Lærdal Kveik yeast and BC hops provide fruity, floral flavours above a clean rounded malt base that elevates the whole beer. Lastly, a pinch of BC sea salt makes this ale sparkle. This limited edition Peach Farmhouse Ale is a true representation of our province that pairs perfectly with BC’s natural beauty.
The EXPLORE BC Beer Series, brought to you by the BC Ale Trail in partnership with Destination B.C., celebrates the fall season with a new limited-edition craft beer, and new special offers to explore the province’s vast Ale Trail network. Created for BC Craft Beer Month, the EXPLORE BC Peach Farmhouse Ale, is a collaboration by six breweries representing all of the province’s major tourism regions, and produced by Ravens Brewing Company, will be available at select liquor stores, restaurants and craft breweries across the province.
“EXPLORE BC is an Official Mark of Destination BC Corp., used with consent.”