The doors of Rossland Brewing Company have been opened to the public; a much-anticipated event. Manager Petri Raito explains, “Before the opening we couldn’t close the garage door fully and the normal door was locked. It was 40 degrees inside and people would still crawl under the two foot opening beneath the door to ask for beer.”
Raito says that the people in Rossland have been amazing. “There’s a good local vibe,” he adds. People repeatedly tell him that a brewery is just what Rossland needs. Both he and his brewing partner, Ryan Arnaud used to run a brewery in Trail but had always looked toward Rossland. “We live up here,” says Raito.
It has been a bit of a long haul for Raito and Arnaud because of problems with the building, and so they are rightly excited to be open. Though they’re up and running, more features are to be added and the brewery will continue to grow in the upcoming months. However, they already have taps and glasses for beer tasting and growlers for sale. If you have an old growler at home you can also bring it in to be filled. The brewery has already had a steady stream of customers during open hours.
Currently, Rossland Beer Company serves an IPA as well as a pale ale that is bitter and citrusy, just right for the summer and a must try for anyone who enjoys beer. The grand opening is still a few months away, but by then they expect to be better organised and have even more beers to serve.
The Rossland Beer Company can be found at 1990-A Columbia Avenue in Rossland. To find out more about what they serve and their hours of operation visit www.rosslandbeer.com or find them on Facebook or Twitter.