New brewery by summer

Another microbrewery will join Kelowna’s burgeoning “brewery district” this summer when Vice and Virtue Brewing Company opens its doors on Richter Street.

The new brewery, owned by a group of six craft-beer-loving locals, will be the third to open in the area in the past two years (alongside Red Bird and Kettle River breweries), adding additional craft beer cred to an area cultivated by long-time tenants Tree Brewing.

Kelowna city council gave Vice and Virtue the official go-ahead last night, paving the way for a small brewery the owners says will be focused on beer and food.

Part owner Matthew Jewell said the owners are “looking to pull the trigger pretty quick” and, even though they haven’t started construction yet, hope to be open Vice and Virtue by the summer.

According to Jewell, the six partners who own the brewery are a group of homebrewers who love craft beer and last year decided to “take the next step” and jump into the market.

For more on the new owners, as well as what they have planned for Vice and Virtue, check out the full story on Castanet's sister news website, Okanagan Edge.

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