- Kelowna Votes
When Wesley Greve is brutally honest he admits he didn't really like being a car mechanic.
"But I do really like beer, so I started a brewery," said the career-switcher with a laugh.
"Every town needs a microbrewery. And it's a great way for me to continue to live and work in Osoyoos."
Its name is North Basin Brewing Co.
While North Basin is Osoyoos' only microbrewery currently, there was one in the past at Ridge Pub & Motel which lasted about five years in the mid-1990s.
North Basin's production facility, taproom and store is located in Unit 226, 15 Park Place in the same complex as Watermark Beach Resort.
North Basin has actually been making craft suds and been open since November 2020, but it just had its official grand opening over the weekend.
Greve had been brewing his own beer at home for five years, but when it came time to produce commercially and open a taproom and storefront, he recruited professional Kody Rosentreter as head brewer.
Rosentreter previously worked at Undercurrent Brewery in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.
North Basin tends to have about 10 beers on the go at any one time.
Currently, the line up is Beta Pilsner, Big Air Burton Ale, Baby Yogurt Dark Lager, Big Shiny Porter, Bounce Back Wheat Ale, Facon Sweet Seltzer, Pound It Pale Ale, The Ditch IPA and Winter Onesie Spiced Ale.
All come in what the brewery calls 'crowlers,' instead of the traditional growler.
Crowlers are tall cans that hold 946ml, which is about three times the volume of a typical can or bottle of beer.
Each crowler costs around $15.
You can buy and drink beer at North Basin's taproom and shop or buy it to take out seven days a week, 11 am to 10 pm.
North Basin has also partnered with nearby Lake Village Bakery, which takes the spent grains from the brewing process to make pretzels, crackers, Pilner cheese and hummus, which are sold in the taproom and shop.
Even though Osoyoos only has a population of 7,000, it's hard to believe it didn't have a microbrewery before.
After all, the Okanagan, best known for wine, has also become a craft brew hotbed with dozens of microbreweries up and down the valley.
Osoyoos' population balloons in the summer with visitors, so North Basin will serve locals and tourists alike.
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