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Here are some Press Releases for Penticton’s oldest craft brewery Tin Whistle Brewing Company. They have appeared all across Canada in such publications (online and paper) as: Canadian Beer News, Penticton Herald, Beer Me BC, What’s Brewing, Mike’s Craft Beer, and more.

Put Your Hands Up in the Air for Beer

March 23st, 2016

For Immediate Release

Put Your Hands Up in the Air for Beer

Penticton BC | On March 12th 2016, The Tin Whistle Brewing Company was proud to release another seasonal ale at Lift Off! The Lift Off event was part of Victoria Beer Week that featured twelve brand new, yet-to-be tasted beers from some of British Columbia’s finest craft breweries. Attendees to the event were privileged to sample Tin Whistle’s newest brew, the Hands Up Oatmeal Raisin Red Ale. At 6.5 percent alcohol, the red ale may be a strong ale, but it has even stronger ties to the past.

The ale’s name “Hands Up” was derived from British Columbia’s notorious, gentleman-bandit, Bill Miner. Miner who was credited as possibly having been Canada’s first Train Robber, on September 10, 1904, was reputed to have also been the originator of the phrase “hands up!” Miner was eventually caught after an aborted payroll train robbery near Kamloops. He and his two accomplices, Tom “Shorty” Dunn and Louis Colquhoun, were found near Douglas Lake, BC after an extensive manhunt. When eventually found, Miner evidently surrendered to the officers with his customary politeness, that earned him the nicknames of the Grey Fox or the Gentleman Robber.

The Hands Up label is adorned with an image of Miner, a reward poster and a short description of the bandit. The distinctive portrait, which is a wood engraving, was created by artist Jim Westergard from Red Deer, Alberta. Tin Whistle is hoping that their newest beer offering will become as notorious as its namesake. The ale has its own unique story to how it came into existence.

According to Michael Nagy, the official story around the brewery is that Tin Whistle master-brewer, extraordinaire Jeff Todd was at home one Friday night. Todd was enjoying an oatmeal raisin cookie while enjoying a snap of Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, which he was washing down with a Tin Whistle Ale. He was trying to play with his dog and realized that he needed more hands. That is when the concept for the Hands Up Oatmeal Raisin Red Ale was born. The idea was that he wanted all of that goodness in only one single bottle, thus freeing up his hands.

He started right away and this new legendary beer was created. The red ale which is brewed with oatmeal, raisins, black-strap molasses and spices perfectly emulates an oatmeal raisin cookie. Todd goes onto explain, “The ale has raisins and plums on the nose, a great mouth-feel thanks to the oats. It is slightly sweet with more raisins and a little toffee up front, but then finishes with sticky and dark molasses and just a slight bitterness.” The overall bitterness is quite low at 20 IBU, which you would expect from an ale like this.

If you are looking to try one of the Hands Up Red Ales for yourself, there is no need to rob a train. The ale is available at all Penticton Liquor Stores, and most of Kelowna and Vernon’s Liquor Outlets. It is all over Victoria and will be in Vancouver stores very soon. Of course, you can always stop by the Tin Whistle Brewery Tasting Room in the Cannery Centre on Fairview Road, in Penticton. Brewery staff request that you politely ask for a Hands Up.

If you are looking to make a night of it. The Farm to Fork Festival in Salmon Arm BC is being held on April 1st, 2016. Tin Whistle will be paired with Chef James Havlin from the Quaaout Lodge, in Chase BC. He will be braising pork belly in the notorious Hand’s Up Red Ale. It will be a great way to sample the new ale and have some delicious fun. Get your tickets today.

Additionally, Tin Whistle Brewing will be featuring the Hands Up Ale (at their booth) at the 21st Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale on April 8th & 9th, 2016, in Penticton BC. The event is the Interior’s largest and longest standing craft beer celebration, with proceeds going to charity. It is definitely a not-miss event for any beer connoisseur.

Written by David MacCoubrey

For more information contact:

Michael or Lorraine Nagy

250-770-1122

tinbrew@shawcable.com

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Tin Whistle Brewing Loads Up On Fresh Hops

November 6th, 2015

For Immediate Release

Tin Whistle Brewing Loads Up On Fresh Hops

Penticton BC | Any seasoned craft-beer enthusiast knows that hops are one of the most important ingredients in brewing beer. The use of fresh local hops by the burgeoning craft-beer industry is a fast growing trend. Beer connoisseurs couldn’t be any more happy. Penticton brewery, The Tin Whistle Brewing Company is proud to have been one of the first British Columbia Breweries to use ‘fresh’ or ‘wet’ hops in their seasonal ales. This year’s limited-edition Penticton Harvest Honey Ale is proof that the hops make all of the difference.

The ale uses cascade hops that had to be harvested in the middle of the night and rushed to the brewery. The beer boasts a refreshing citrus aroma and flavour. The wildflower honey (from Keremeos) adds to the overall flavour, providing the ale with a bright and crisp finish. Any beer-lover that appreciates hops must wet their whistle with this ale, which has a motto of ‘Hoppy Bliss with a Crisp Finish’.

Tin Whistle Brewmaster, Jeff Todd says, “That each year I try to do something different than other years. This year, I changed the honey in the Harvest Honey Ale to the same dark caramelized honey that is used to brew the Killer Bee Porter. The honey is very prominent in the beer’s flavour. It is what separates it from other fresh hop beers.” He goes on to say that they try different hops each year, as well. The brewer used hops from Chilliwack in this year’s release. In previous years, the brewery has used hops from Grand Forks and Lilliooet to produce there popular seasonal hop ale.

Lorraine Nagy, the owner of The Tin Whistle Brewing Company says, “We are proud to be able to offer BC beer drinkers a beer made from local fresh hops.” The brewery must be doing something right because the ale has sold out at the brewery tasting room and can now only be purchased at BC Government and private liquor stores.

The use of fresh hops has exploded over the last few years, due to their availability. Hops are grown all over British Columbia, including the Okanagan (in Penticton and Kelowna). The cone-shaped flower has to be put in beer within a day of being picked off of the vine. This is important to the brewing process, as the hops have a different profile when they are fresh. The essential oils in dried hops lose approximately one-third of their potency in the drying process. Comparatively, the wet hops have an exaggerated earthy or grassy flavour. Michael Nagy from Tin Whistle believes, “that it is the way that hops are meant to be experienced.”

If you want to know more, stop by their tasting room and brewery at the Cannery Trade Centre on 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. The Chocolate Cherry Porter is about to be released just in time for Christmas. It makes a great gift, as well. Be sure to follow the brewery on Twitter (https://twitter.com/tinwhistlebrew) or become a fan on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TinWhistleBrew/) to keep connected with Tin Whistle.

Written by David MacCoubrey

For more information contact:

Michael or Lorraine Nagy

250-770-1122

tinbrew@shawcable.com

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