Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Festival Tasting Glass

Some thoughts on Fest of Ale 2017 plus my favourite photos from the event

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The Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 went off without a hitch, or at least it did from my perspective as a participant and a beer judge.

This was my second year judging the beer entries and not only was it more fun the second time around, but I was also feeling more confident in my decisions.

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Smiling Mike

Giving the thumbs up

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Crowd Shot

Busy crowd

Fest of Ale was in its 22nd year in 2017 making it one of the longest running beer festivals in BC.  It was well attended and plenty of fun.  While those of us that attend so many beer festivals can get jaded sometimes and the similarities between each event, Fest of Ale stands out with a great venue, excellent team, and a good crowd overall.  I personally love heading up to Penticton for the festival and typically wish I had more time to explore the area.

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Music at Cannery Brewing

Music at Cannery Brewing for the industry party

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Cannery Brewing Solo Cup

A Cannery Brewing solo cup

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Twin Sails Tap Handle

Twin Sails Tap Handle

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Pint at Kettle Station Pub

Pint at Kettle Station Pub

For this year there were plenty of events happening around town beyond the festival itself, from industry events to impromptu events around the city.  I got to attend two of these: the industry night at Cannery on Friday and the Murderer’s Row cask night on Saturday.

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Judging Sheets

Judging sheets for our team, mostly for notes (no official scoring here)

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Judging Glasses

Judging glasses set up for the first round

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Judging Growlers

Judging growlers full of beer waiting to be considered

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Judging Best in Show

Judging the hotly contested Best in Show

It’s my hope that future years of Fest of Ale continue to be as exciting and fun.  This is a festival for everyone, from beer novices to beer nerds.  No matter what kind of beer you’re into, you’ll find something to enjoy at Fest of Ale.

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Bomber Brewing Pink Pints Beernesday

Paul Pyne, Lundy Dale, and Rebecca Whyman

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Award Ceremony from the Stage

The award ceremony from the stage

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Mt Begbie Brewing Winner

Mt Begbie Brewing representing BC’s interior

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 The Judges

Your 2017 Fest of Ale judges everyone

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Good Conversation

Good conversation

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Ravens Brewing Award

Ravens Brewing award for their Dry Irish Stout

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Yellow Dog Brewing Award

Yellow Dog Brewing’s Best in Show award

Here’s to next year!

Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017 Cheers to Beers

Cheers to Beers!

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