Nestled in the breathtaking Thompson Okanagan region, Kamloops beckons beverage enthusiasts with its remarkable sipping experience. Our vibrant city invites visitors to explore its rich beverage scene, where local brewers, cider makers, distillers, and winemakers passionately craft liquid masterpieces. Kamloops offers a diverse and award-winning beverage scene that promises to captivate palates and create unforgettable moments. Embark on a journey to uncover the secrets of Kamloops' sips trail and experience the unmatched flavours and warm hospitality that define our liquid treasures.

Need help crafting the perfect sipping trail? Jump below for some of the Tourism Kamloops team's ideal boozy itineraries!

 

Breweries

Iron Road Brewing

Immerse yourself in the world of exceptional craft beer at Iron Road Brewing, founded by geologists Richard Phillips and Jared Tarsell, along with award-winning brewer Aaron MacInnis who share a passion for great beer. Named after the busy railroad that runs through the city, Iron Road Brewing's location near Thompson Rivers University creates a strong connection with the student crowd while attracting visitors of all ages. Indulge in their delicious and perfectly balanced beers in the 60-person, family-friendly taproom, where you can enjoy great food, live music, and their mouthwatering Mexican fare. From train-themed core beers like Locomotive Lager and B-Line IPA to experimental seasonal styles, Iron Road Brewing’s commitment to excellence and their barrel aging program make every visit a true delight.

 

Bright Eye Brewing

Pioneering innovation on Kamloops’ North Shore, Bright Eye Brewing showcases an ever-changing variety of fresh, fruity, and innovative beers served directly from the tanks. Their vibrant and welcoming tasting room features a captivating mural, live tree, and arcade. Be sure to arrive hungry so that you can indulge in their pizza, burgers, sandwiches, tasty vegan options, and unique dishes like the Cobb salad with prosciutto, chorizo, and smoked gouda. With a new patio space, Bright Eye Brewing offers a delightful experience for beer enthusiasts and food lovers.

 

Noble Pig Brewhouse

Noble Pig Brewhouse takes creativity to new heights, offering a unique patio experience in a converted swimming pool. This brewhouse brings together house-made craft beer and fusion cuisine, prepared fresh in their from-scratch kitchen. With a wide selection of brews, including their fun and whimsical house beers named after the three little pigs, Straw House (Munich Helles Lager), Stick House (Belgian Pepper Ale), Stone House (Mocha Porter), and Big Bad Wolf (India Pale Ale), this casual pub environment is the perfect place to enjoy amazing food and accessible beer. Their menu showcases market-fresh ingredients and classic techniques, ensuring every bite is a culinary delight.

 

Alchemy Brewing Company

At Alchemy Brewing Company, you'll find a lively and entertaining atmosphere with an exceptional craft beer selection perfect for a night out with friends. With a commitment to pushing the boundaries of flavour and fun, Alchemy offers unique brews like the Bad Hombre Mexican Lager, and Broken Resolutions IPA. Their diverse menu features Southern smoked BBQ, Napoli-style pizza, and tantalising shareable dishes, all made in-house from scratch. Whether challenging your pals to an arcade game or enjoying live music and trivia nights, Alchemy Brewing ensures an unforgettable experience in a welcoming and family-like setting

 

Red Collar Brewing Co. 

Red Collar Brewing Co., named after the red collar their late labrador Goosey always wore, offers European-influenced brews and is also home to Gin Lane Distillery. This brewery provides a diverse and interesting beer list, crafted with expertise and passion by brewmaster David Beardsell, a veteran in the Kamloops brewing scene. With an 80-seat tasting room, outdoor patio space, and a menu designed for sharing, this brewery is a welcoming spot for both human and furry friends. Don't miss their unique Belgian-style beers brewed with proprietary yeast from a Trappist monastery in Belgium—truly a unique experience.

 

Cideries

Woodward Cider Co.

Woodward Cider Co. is Kamloops’ first cidery, founded by the Woodward brothers (sons of the owners of Privato Winery) who left their engineering careers behind to return to the family farm and start this venture. With a specialization in small-batch ciders made exclusively from BC apples, they create perfectly engineered flavours like their raspberry-infused Sent It cider and the peach-infused Hang Time cider. The brothers  also embrace innovation and creativity through their ever changing Innovator Series, where they push the boundaries of cider making. Located just 20 km from town, their tasting room offers a delightful experience for all ages, complete with cornhole games, furry friends, and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Left Field Cider Co. 

Located just an hour's drive outside of Kamloops, Left Field Cider Co. is a hidden gem and a must-visit destination for cider enthusiasts. This family-owned and operated craft cidery, led by sisters Theresa and Kate, showcases their small-batch approach to traditional cider-making, bringing out the natural characteristics of the apples. Their handcrafted, artisanal English-style cider blends English and French cider varieties with BC dessert apples, resulting in exceptional flavours. Whether you choose to savour the delight of their fruit-flavoured ciders like Cherry Vanilla, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Rhubarb while enjoying a flight on the patio or explore the rustic charm of their Ciderhouse, Left Field Cider offers a delightful tasting experience that showcases their passion for the craft.

 

Distilleries

Red Bridge Distilling

Red Bridge Distilling is a small-batch distillery known for its iconic presence, just like the truss road bridge it is named after. They specialise in crafting various spirits, including Gin, Vodkas, and other delightful concoctions like their classic Italian-style Limoncello and the indulgent Coco Cream Liqueur that offers the nostalgic taste of adult chocolate milk. Their alcohol is made on-site with ingredients exclusively sourced from B.C., ensuring a truly local and authentic experience. Whether you visit their rustic tasting bar to sample their array of products or discover them at local markets, you'll be treated to the remarkable craftsmanship and distinct flavours of Red Bridge Distilling.

 

Gin Lane Distilling Co 

Gin Lane Distilling Co., a unique cocktail bar and craft distillery located at Red Collar Brewing, is a must-visit destination for beer and gin enthusiasts alike. Explore the celestial world of their gin offerings, including Polaris Navy Gin, Aquarius New Age Gin, Edmond's London Dry Gin, and Borealis Haskap Gin. Delight in a sample or indulge in their refreshing selection of delicious cocktails with intriguing names like Tiny Donkeys or better yet, if you're feeling indecisive, get yourself a flight of cocktails on tap.

 

Route 1 Distillery

Route 1 Distillery embodies the true spirit of Canada, drawing inspiration from its scenic highways and passionate love for the country. Through a meticulous triple distillation process using a 20-plate still, they craft spirits that are as refreshing and invigorating as an arctic glacier. From their smooth and clean vodkas to their aromatic gins and flavorful liqueurs, every sip tells a story of craftsmanship and passion. With tasting and tours available by appointment, visitors are treated to a warm and friendly atmosphere combined with expert knowledge about their spirits. You can also find Route 1 Distillery at the local farmers market, showcasing their high-quality spirits.

 

Wineries

Monte Creek Winery

Monte Creek Winery is the largest winery in Kamloops, offering a remarkable experience with its seasonal al fresco patio dining, wine-inspired shopping, award-winning wines, and breathtaking river valley views. Explore their award-winning wines, including their renowned Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and signature red blend, Hands Up Red. The winery's unique architecture and scenic vineyard vistas create a truly memorable setting to savour their exceptional wines.

 

Privato Winery & Vineyard

Privato Winery in Kamloops is a hidden gem renowned for its small lot Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Discover the European-inspired cellar for intimate tastings among the wine barrels. Relax on the wine garden patio, enjoy wine service, and indulge in a delightful picnic amidst the vibrant gardens. Immerse yourself in the "Taste of Privato" experience, savouring fan favourites from their exceptional collection.

 

Sagewood Winery

Sagewood Winery, a family-owned and operated boutique vineyard, invites visitors to enjoy their award-winning wines and wine tastings in a relaxed and charming atmosphere. The winery showcases the unique terroir of Kamloops, producing wines that capture the region's essence. With its warm hospitality and exceptional vintages, Sagewood Winery offers a delightful experience for wine enthusiasts looking to discover the beauty and flavours of Kamloops.

 

Tourism Kamloops’ Staff Perfect Touring Itinerary

Beth Taylor: I am a huge cider fan but the craft spirits being produced in Kamloops are next level. My perfect sipping tour would start at Privato Winery and Woodward Cider Co.. Being able to start my day out with 2 very different tastings is always a win. From there I would hit up Red Bridge Distilling, Gin Lane Distilling and Red Collar Brewery—again, 2 tasty stops in one, and finally Bright Eye Brewing for their inventive fruit-forward beers and ridiculously tasty food menu.

Katy Morrison: Every great adventure starts with a delicious snack, so I would start off at Noble Pig to indulge in their fried pickles and delicious Mango Radler. From there, I would pick up my pug (the perfect co-pilot) and head over to Woodward Cider Co for an afternoon of tastings. Always on board with a scenic drive, I’d then hop over to Privato Winery for a tasting flight and end the day off at Red Collar Brewing downtown for a porter and board game session.

Jordan Fraser: On a recent birthday wine and beer tour (that I highly recommend doing), we had an amazing time. Our first stop was Sagewood Winery, where we enjoyed a delightful tasting experience. We then moved on to Monte Creek Winery, where we savoured their wines and indulged in charcuterie on their picnic area. Next, we made our way into town and had a gin flight at Red Collar Brewing/Gin Lane Co. Finally, we wrapped up our day at Bright Eye Brewing, where we sampled delicious fruity beers and treated ourselves to some well-deserved food. It was a truly enjoyable experience from start to finish.

 

No matter which route you take, you’re bound to have a good time sipping your way through Kamloops! If you don’t have a DD in your crew, reach out to one of the many tour providers who can help you and your party get around safely while still maximizing the fun!