Taking brews to the top

Following up on the first-ever Vertical and Vintages wine festival last year, the folks at Apex Mountain Resort have added another event to their calendar.

Vertical and Vintages will be back on March 8, but coming up on Feb. 22 is Brewski, a new event dedicated to craft beers, cider and spirits.

“After the great success of our first annual Vertical and Vintages wine event last season, we decided to expand and take the same format and apply it to our Apex Brewski event,” said Kerissa Martin, guest services manager at Apex. “Apex has a unique vibe, and a local craft beer, cider and spirits event like this with live music and the opportunity to ski all day seems like the perfect fit.”

The Gunbarrel Saloon at Apex is ground zero for Brewski, which features craft beverages combined with great food and live entertainment.

“We have a very big après ski scene here at Apex and our locals love craft beer and other unique hand-crafted beverages. I thought it would be a great fit to showcase these awesome beverages and allow our guests to meet the people behind these great beverages in a fun, social format,” said Martin.

“We decided to hold an event that gives our skiers and boarders an opportunity to sample the unique flavours of our local beverage providers.”

Several craft breweries have confirmed they will be in attendance, including Penticton’s Barley Mill, Tin Whistle and Cannery breweries, Firehall from Oliver, Summerland Heritage Cider and others from farther afield, including Mt. Begbie (Revelstoke), Left Field Cider (Mamette Lake), Rustic Roots Cider (Cawston). Maple Leaf Spirits from Penticton will also be on hand, serving up their brandies, liquers and grappa-style spirits.

Brewski will start at 6 p.m. in the restaurant side of the Gunbarrel. The Gunbarrel will be providing great food and appies, plus 12 drink tokens are also included in the ticket price of $35. Brewski ticket holders will get free entry to the Gunbarrel Saloon Bar to see the live band Towers and Trees from Victoria, BC.

Adding more value to a Brewski event ticket is a $16.50 discount off an adult day pass for either Feb. 22 or Feb. 23. Discounted accommodation is also available.

Contact the Apex Mountain Inn (1-800-387-2739) or Apex Accommodations (1-866-273-9737), but you must quote “Apex Brewski” at the time of booking to receive the discount on new bookings only.

There are limited tickets available for this event and it is expected to sell out. To purchase your Brewski tickets, contact Martin at 250-490-7235 or via email at


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