Ah, the sights of sunshine and warm weather are on the horizon, which signifies spring will soon be here. Kamloops is ready and it’s officially time to mingle and indulge in flavourful concoctions that are sure to add a spring to your step. Grab a pal or two and buckle up for some Kamloops fun and check out what flavours are brewing this season.
Spring Celebration at Noble Pig Brewhouse
We’ve come to the pint of no return… and you’re in luck (Irish luck that is) because on March 17th, the infamous Murphy’s Law will be back at The Noble Pig Brewhouse! This Imperial Irish Whiskey Ale is a strong brew coming in at 9% ABV, 30 IBU - yup, Brewmaster Nick Murphy is not messing around with this one. Brewing close behind is Equinox, a dry-hopped Hazy Pale Ale that will grace our presence on March 20 - aka Spring Equinox… get it? This juicy brew is a 5% ABV, 25 IBU, and was designed to celebrate the welcoming of spring as a fine way to transition into those warmer days.
Finger Foods at ROMEOs
Foodies, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… trendy charcuterie boards with an international twist! ROMEOs Kitchen + Spirits has added Grazing Boards to their dinner menu designed for you and up to three friends to dive into a flavourful board of goodness - best enjoyed with your hands (who said eating can’t be fun?). Select from three board options:
- Tokyo: California maki sushi bake, chicken yakitori, tempura vegetables, prawns, seaweed + edamame
- Moroccan: Moroccan dip, seared halloumi cheese, kalamata olives, preserved fruits, toasted warm bread + carrot tahini dip
- Local: local cured meats, BKH jerky, BC cheeses, house-pickled vegetables + onion jam
Pair with a crafted cocktail by mixologist Quinn or a local BC Wine. If you’d like to visit on a Friday, book ahead and pair them with their monthly Flight Friday, which is their Signature Cocktails for March.
Sunshine In A Glass at Browns Socialhouse
Who says you need to be on a beach to enjoy sunshine in a glass. Browns Socialhouse is mixing up two sangrias for you to sit back, relax, and welcome the spring weather. Browns Sangria features vodka, wine, apricot brandy, four berry blend, pineapple juice, and bellini. Or if you’d like to celebrate in true fashion with bubbly, the Prosecco Sangria features vodka, prosecco, apricot brandy, raspberry, pineapple juice, and bellini. So gather your friends, family, pair sangria with your favourite dish - hello, Baja Fish Tacos - and socialize responsibly.
Featured Meats at Alchemy Brewing
Brews and BBQ go hand in hand. Every Friday night, Alchemy Brewing Company is serving up BBQ Platters for Two to warm up your insides that are made from Chef’s cuts of the week and reflect the freshest flavours. If you’re looking to kick it up a notch and warm up from winter, dive into their wing menu - Super Jalapeno Lime’s got your name all over it - or one of their infamous Alkemist Burgers (we hear Thursday Burger Features are a thing alongside karaoke so you can sing your heart out). Don’t forget to pair with one of their crafty brews like a Twisted Lil Pucker - Blackberry Sour or a Sugarbush - Red Maple Ale.
Prost to Brews at Iron Road Brewing
Prost to two German-style beers at Iron Road Brewing that will be hitting the taps, your pint glasses, and growlers in the coming days! High Rail Altbier (5% ABV and 35 IBU) - a German Pale Ale - is brewed with chocolate malts, Pilsner and more, and comes with a slight bitterness that balances the malt, giving your taste buds a nice refreshing sipper. Grab Iron Kölsch (4.5% and 30 IBU) is also on the lineup which is Iron Road’s stab at the traditional Koln style beer. Dry, crisp, and light in colour and flavour, this brew has a clean malt profile with hints of bread and crackers to balance the noble hop profile of floral and earthy. Sound like the perfect spring drinks, right?
Brunchin' Hard at Bright Eye Brewing
Bright Eye Brewing is coming in hot and taking the brunch game to a new level. Serving up savoury and sweet dishes Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm, their brunch menu allows you to go harder than partying the night before - CAUTION: mouth-watering will commence. Brunchable Pizza, Dat Brunch Burger - they aren’t just for dinner - The Pork Daddy Poutine, and Blood Orange Pancakes Suzette (Vegan) are only a few items to kick-start your day.
Also, rolling in for the season are two new brews to their roster. Rollin’ with the Punches is a Fruit Punch sour that will get those lips puckered. A double brew action (beer and coffee - see what we did there?) will also hit the taps for a Coffee Stout collab with local coffee roaster Logjam Coffee.
Where To Rest Your Head
Close to attractions, shopping, outdoor adventure, and cuisine galore, Kamloops’ accommodation choices are convenient so you don’t have to venture far; maximizing your spring vacation to its fullest.
A warm and friendly welcome (it’s not just the weather that’s warm) awaits at Fairfield Inn & Suites. Fuel up with a hot, complimentary breakfast and fresh fruit before heading out to explore the outdoors (Kenna Cartwright Nature Park is a short drive across the highway) or shop ‘til you drop at Aberdeen Mall, it is spring break after all. If you want to go out on the town, Cascades Casino is a short walk from your front door.
Start the car... there's a new hotel in town! Minutes from the Aberdeen Mall and close to amenities and attractions, Prestige Kamloops Hotel is a little more upscale but still great for people watching from the main patio that will be right off the front entrance. If you're into views, the panoramic sights from the city side will have you awestruck, itching to head out for adventures. Also, rumour has it the pool and waterslide area will open soon.
Why not take your spring break ‘tropical’ vacation in Kamloops. The Coast Hotel & Conference Centre allows you to sit poolside in the indoor tropical atrium surrounded by luscious plants, swim in the indoor saltwater pool, then hop across the hall to their on-site restaurant, ROMEOs Kitchen & Spirits, for a specially crafted cocktail.
Delta Hotels Kamloops is a one-block walk from The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Alchemy Brewing Company where you can fall into a peaceful slumber after indulging in the season’s flavours (we weren’t kidding when we said you’ll have a spring in your step). They have the key to a seamless travel experience including your stay essentials, spacious guest rooms, on-site dining or a grab & go bar, as well as a rooftop hot tub. We know a morning soak with downtown views has your name written all over it… you can’t fool us!
Ready for outdoor adventure? The Hampton Inn by Hilton Kamloops is minutes from hiking, biking, and city attractions so you can easily spend more time in the outdoors before resting your head on a new Hampton Inn Cloud 9 Bed. Indulge in the free hot breakfast before exploring, free parking, and 24-hour movies if you’re not quite ready to snooze.