Kelowna’s newest beer offerings can all be found on the same street. A one-stop beer drinking ‘shop,’ the breweries of Clement Ave are a collection of craft offerings each with its own unique experience and only steps from one another.
The Office Brewing
Heading to the office is much more fun when it’s The Office Brewing. Start your shift with a seat at the brewery’s colourful bar or pull up a chair at one of their many window seats to check out the scene while you sip. The Office’s aim is to get guests to unwind and clock out, because sipping beers with friends should be the best meeting of the day.
Leaning into their namesake, the brewers of The Office dub their beers apt titles such as Hidden Agenda (a Nitro Stout with hints of caramel and espresso, sure to warm you up), 9 to 5 (a Hazy Pale Ale with all the right tropical notes), and In The Black (a deep red sour oozing black raspberry flavour). The Office also serves up creative cocktails (try a flight of them) for anyone looking to take a beer break or just try something different.
Working up an appetite? The Office manages a menu with a little bit of everything. Try the Elote Chicken Tacos for a fresh bite, the Spicy Feta Dip for a bit of heat, or the Seared Halloumi Bowl for a hit of vitamin goodness. Whether you're looking for a light bite, something to share, or the full meal deal, you’ll find something on the menu that’ll get the job done.
Railside Brewing puts their beer front and center with six steel casks showcased in their open concept space. Their craft concoctions proudly displayed inviting guests to have a look at what’s going on behind the taps. A garage door feature allows the brewery to create a sleek indoor/outdoor space for beer drinkers to enjoy a brew. Cyclists rejoice, because Railside’s actual railside location makes it the perfect pit stop for a pint mid-ride.
Long time friends Rob and Matt built Railside together after years of homebrewing by Rob in his driveway. In fact, their Summer Ale was a favourite of Rob’s from his home brewing, so the recipe was scaled up for the brewery. Their small batch production showcases a range of beers on tap including staples like the Marker 49 NE IPA and Paul’s Pale Ale, as well as featured pours like the Jam Buster Stout or recently released The Conductor Kolsch.
A Kelowna favourite Wasabi on Wheels serves up a scratch made menu of signature ramen dishes, such as the rich and spicy Tan Tan Men, and rotating specials that may include chicken karage or a sesame beef bowl. Find them at Railside Wednesday through Sunday afternoons to keep beer drinkers thoroughly satiated.
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Four legged friends were the inspiration for Unleashed Brewing; British Columbia’s first brewery to be approved to allow dogs inside the taproom. Unleashed dreamed of a space for dogs to bring their craft beer loving owners and friends. Since catering to canines is in Unleashed Brewing’s DNA, there are plenty of puppy perks at the brewery. Dogs can sip Salty Walts bone broth ($1 from every jar sold supports Paws it Forward), enjoy house made spent grain treats, model a locally made dog bandana or lounge on grain bag dog beds.
Two legged guests are covered too. Those looking for a pint can choose from an extensive tap list that includes Takaya Hibiscus Pale Ale (named for the famed Vancouver Island lone wolf), London Dog Special-tea Ale (a playful nod to a London Fog with notes of vanilla and earl grey), Off the Chain Unfiltered Pilsner (classic Czech flavours, hoppier than expected) or Wigglebutt Baltic Porter (a new feature sure to have drinkers shaking their tail).
Unleashed Brewing allows guests to bring in their own eats; pack up a meal from home, bring in your favourite treats, or order food in from a nearby local vendor. During warmer months Unleashed Brewing will often have a food truck visiting to offer up tasty fare.
The Welton Arms
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A true taste of England can be found on the Clement Ave beer strip. The Welton Arms is a craft brewery and English-style restaurant celebrating the history of the Welton and Mason-Brown names. Showing off its British pub best, football club banners hang from the ceiling and nods to fair Britain (photos of icons and street signs) adorn the walls. Grab a round down the pub.
As BC’s only British beer focused establishment, Welton Arms brewers serve up both traditional English ales and their take on modern beer. Those looking for a British bevy should order a Chester Best Bitter (Welton’s classic English Bitter) or a taste of Scotland, the McQuade Ale (featuring all the creamy caramel notes one wants in a British style). Pick a pint of Mason Brown Ale or the Northgate IPA for fresh takes on modern favourites.
The Welton Arms serves up a menu of comfort dishes and pub fare one would expect from an English homage. Between swigs, take bites of their Hand-made Scotch Egg, Chip Butty, daily Pies, or famed Fish and Chips (made with their North Gate IPA beer batter). Welton’s Caramel Slice Ice Cream Parfait or delectable Deep Fried Mars Bar serves up guests with a sweet tooth.
Okanagan Rail Trail
While there is plenty else to do and explore in the Clement Ave area, the star attraction is its proximity to the Okanagan Rail Trail. Spanning 50km from Vernon’s Kalamalka Lake to Okanagan Lake in Downtown Kelowna, the Okanagan Rail Trail is a stunning path through the Central Okanagan. With stretches of lakeside trail, outposts to many scenic hiking and walking spots, and the opportunity to exit the trail for local flavours from wineries, to roasteries, and of course breweries, the Okanagan Rail Trail is a must.