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Rockies & Ranchlands Circle Route

Idaho Peak, Selkirk Mountains

(Dave Heath photo)

Kootenay Rockies

Breweries, Distilleries & Cideries

Brewery (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

Brewery (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

There are a number of satisfying local beer options in the Kootenay Rockies region – the perfect reward after a day of hiking, mountain biking, skiing or snowboarding.

Beer aficionados will love the small-batch beer made in Nelson, Fernie and Revelstoke's craft breweries. Want to see large-scale beer production? Don’t miss a tour of the Columbia Brewery (producers of Kokanee beer) in Creston.

Craft Breweries

The Fernie Brewing Company started in 2003 and, in just four years, became so popular that they had to move to a bigger facility. Weekly tours are available and visitors can sample three year-round beers and limited releases in the tap room. During the summer, look for What the Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale, which is brewed with a type of sweet berry found in the Kootenay Rockies.

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