There’s nothing quite like a handcrafted beer or ale to quench your thirst. Tantalize your taste buds with year-round ales, pilsners, lagers and IPAs throughout the Route 97 Ale Trail. The breweries throughout the region range in size from two rooms to two blocks of hoppy goodness. In the summer, be sure to get some the dozens of varieties of hefeweizen, and in the cooler months, a delicious porter or stout. Try something a little different, perhaps a peach ale or a pineapple hefeweizen. You don’t have to pick just one. There are hundreds of beers to choose from as you explore the Route 97 Ale Trail.
You’ll find dozens and dozens of places to taste brewed goodness in the Wenatchee area. Many their ingredients are grown within the state of Washington. Order a flight of beer and bite into a fresh made pizza as you decide and debate which beer is best.
When you’re looking for German style beers, Leavenworth, WA is the place to go. This Bavarian style town loves to celebrate beer! The Leavenworth Ale-Fest is in April and their Oktoberfest is closest you’ll come to being in Munich! Other times of the year, be sure to visit their local craft breweries. For more great German style beers, take a brewery tour Oroville, WA. Lake Chelan, well known for its wines, also has two mighty fine breweries. For a beer with an old west flavour and the Methow Valley vibe, head to Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop. Enjoy your favourite ale on a riverside patio as you dance to live music.
Tipple in the Thompson Okanagan
While many think of wine when they envision the Thompson Okanagan, it’s also jam packed with amazing variety of small to large breweries, each with their own distinct flavours. You’ll find breweries in a variety of interesting buildings from old fire halls to canneries. There’s even a brewery named after Hwy. 97!
There’s a uniqueness to every brewery here, whether it’s a microbrewery, a brew pub or a brewery with a family style restaurant. Many craft their beers to pair with the dishes they create. Wrap your mouth around a spanakopita themed pizza or beer glazed beef. The flavours and ambience will have you coming back for more.
Here’s a partial list of breweries on and around Route 97
- Badger Mountain Brewing – Wentachee, WA
- Wenatchee Valley Brewing Co. – Wenatchee, WA
- Saddle Rock Pub and Brewery – Wenatchee, WA
- Doghaus Brewery – Leavenworth, WA
- Icicle Brewing Co. – Leavenworth, WA
- Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Winthrop, WA
- Lake Chelan Brewing Co. – Manson, WA
- Stormy Mountain Brewery and Pub – Chelan, WA
- Alpine Brewery – Oroville, WA
- Firehall Brewery – Oliver, BC
- Barley Mill Brew Pub – Penticton, BC
- Cannery Brewing – Penticton, BC
- Bad Tattoo – Penticton, BC
- Detonate Brewing – Summerland, BC
- Tree Brewing – Kelowna, BC
- BNA Brewing – Kelowna, BC
- Kettle River Brewing – Kelowna, BC
- Marten Brewing Co. – Vernon, BC
- Okanagan Spring Brewery – Vernon, BC
- Barley Station Brew Pub – Salmon Arm, BC
- Crannog Ales – Sorrento, BC
- Three Ranges Brewing – Valemount, BC
- The Noble Pig – Kamloops, BC
- Red Collar Brewing – Kamloops, BC
- Iron Road Brewing – Kamloops, BC
No matter which side of the border you’re on, you’ll find fine brews throughout Route 97’s Ale Trail.