What is the craft beer and wine industry worth to the Kootenays? How about almost $8 million?

Kootenay-based craft breweries create more than just tasty beer as these sales figures prove.

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Picture of several glasses of Arrowhead Brewing Company beer, all of different shades.

Kootenay-based craft breweries generate a hefty profit, according to sales figures released by the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch. — Photo courtesy Arrowhead Brewing

According to sales figures released by the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) at the end of March 2015, the craft beer and wine industry in the Kootenays is generating substantial revenue.

Here is a list of the leading Kootenay-based beer and wine producers who are vendors to the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch system:

  • Nelson Brewing Company — Nelson, $2,677,768
  • Mt Begbie Brewing Company — Revelstoke, $2,112,428
  • Fernie Brewing Company — Fernie, $2,095,171
  • Arrowhead Brewing Company — Invermere, $450,094
  • Rossland Beer Company — Rossland, $109,116
  • Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery — Creston, $73,914
  • Torchlight Brewing — Nelson, $56,910

The industry is slated to continue to grow as Over Time Beer Works in Kimberley has just opened, Whitetooth Brewing Co., in Golden is nearing completion and Fisher Peak Brewing Company in Cranbrook is now selling beer to the BCLDB. 

Picture of bottle of beer, with glass full of beer sitting beside it.

Torchlight Brewing Company in Nelson is part of the booming craft beer and wine industry in the Kootenays. — Photo courtesy Torchlight Brewing

So in total, the beer and wine industry in the Kootenay region generated some $7.6 million in sales in 2015 — $7,575,401 to be exact. 

It should be noted that these sales revenue numbers only reflect what was sold directly to the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch. Many of these producers also sell direct at their facility or at venues like farmers markets and special events.
 

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