Build a beer or wine with Kamloops BA Brewmaster
It’s like building a bear for adults.
Kamloops’ largest on-site brewery, BA Brewmaster and BA Winexpert, invites customers to get creative and create their own wine, beer, ciders, seltzers and coolers this spring and summer.
“The main thing that sets us apart is that the customer is involved in making the end product,” said director Shannon Rex. “Because everything is homemade with us, we can tailor it to your exact tastes.”
Brew your own beer at this Kamloops’ brewery
“We like to experiment and we want to find that personalized brew that’s right for you.”
The brewery falls under on-site fermentation regulations with the BC Liquor Board, which means customers help create the wine and beer in batches. Customers can choose from over 50 wine varietals or over 200 beer varieties or work with the experts to create their own and see it added to an ever-growing list of options.
A full batch of beer contains 48 litres, which makes approximately 135 bottles (355ml). A half batch corresponds to 24 liters, which gives approximately 67 bottles (355 ml). The wines are produced in batches of 30 bottles.
“When you make your own with BA, you save about 40-50 percent off liquor store prices,” Rex said.
Once the customer has selected their type of beer, it is brewed in 50 liter copper kettles. The next day, the customer is asked to add the yeast, an important legal step in the beer and wine making process.
“None of us pay alcohol tax. You don’t have to worry about sanitizing, fermentation and storage, we take care of it. The day you start the yeast is when you pay her,” Rex said.
Then the customer will wait two weeks for the beer to be ready and five to eight weeks for the wine, returning to the brewery to seal it themselves before taking it home.
It’s an incredibly low-risk way to try something new in bulk. If customers don’t like their creation, they can return it to BA Brewmaster where it will be refunded or exchanged, Rex said.
Home brewers in the Kamloops area can also rejoice as BA Brewmaster also has all the home brewing equipment and ingredients and has a partnership with Gambrinus Malting Corporation in Armstrong. They offer wholesale pricing for enthusiasts who like to create their own batches at home.
“We want to support not only people who come to brew with us, but we also want to support people who brew wine and beer at home,” Rex said. “It’s become such an explosive hobby and it’s getting more and more popular.”
Brewery experts are also expanding the many alcohol options already available this season with a recently introduced low-sugar hard seltzer, a first in Kamloops for an on-site brewery. Seltzers currently come in three different flavors: pink grapefruit, lime and blackberry and are created with less than 1% residual sugar.
“The reviews so far have been great,” she said, adding that it’s the perfect summer drink.
BA Brewmaster is a family business full of passionate individuals. Owned by Kevin and Jeff Rex, the company began in 1993 when the brothers learned how to create their own beer and wine while living in Ontario. When they moved to British Columbia, they established BA in Kamloops. Since then, it has become a family affair.
“It’s great to be part of a family business, I’ve had a great life thanks to the hard work of my dad and uncle. I’m excited to show the younger generation a fun experience that can save them money money,” Rex said.
To learn more about the on-site brewery and how to brew your own liquor, call 250-372-2739 or visit their website.
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