Fernie Brewing Company is excited to announce the upcoming release of their new Kootenay Collaborative Brew – “Powder Hwy Dark Saison”. The new beer was brewed in partnership with Nelson Brewing, Mt. Begbie Brewing and Whitetooth Brewing.
The Kootenay Breweries came up with the idea to partner together to highlight the creative and collaborative nature of the craft brewing industry and to celebrate the start of the winter season. In late October, brewers from Nelson, Revelstoke and Golden joined the brew team in Fernie to brew their first-ever collaborative beer between the four Powder Highway breweries.
The Powder Hwy Dark Saison was brewed with seven specialty malts, including naked oats and smoked malt along with European hops. The addition of cranberries results in a dark and dry Saison with a touch of smoke and a tart kick. The perfect après beer to pair with light Kootenay powder!
Views from the brew deck. From left to right Simon Barna (NBC), Ryan Hallewick (NBC), Evan Cronshaw (Whitetooth), Sebastien Van Den Bremt (FBC), Jesse Krienke (FBC), Bart Larson (Mt. Begbie) and Pauly Roberts (FBC).
As all four breweries are located in BC’s Rocky Mountain playground, known as the Powder Highway, they felt the brew was a fitting way to kick off the ski season, and to bring awareness to Avalanche Canada.
“Being located along the Powder Highway, we’re all big fans of winter and what better time to launch a beer than the start of ski season?”, says Lenka Hawrys, Communications Manager for FBC. “We also wanted to bring awareness to the important work that Avalanche Canada does in our region. Their fieldwork and resulting avalanche bulletins keep us safe and we are really happy to support them.”
A ‘text-to-donate’ option on every can promotes donations to Avalanche Canada. The breweries also designed a custom Limited-Edition Powder Highway ski sock, whereby $5 from the sale of each pair goes to Avalanche Canada. The custom socks are available for sale at all four participating breweries.