Petri Raito and Ryan Arnaud are thrilled with their first year of business

Petri Raito and Ryan Arnaud are thrilled with their first year of business

Rossland Beer Co. takes home gold

Winners of a gold medal for their stout beer, Rossland Beer Co. celebrates with a grand opening of their new patio/lounge.

By Jennifer Cowan

It’s been an amazing first three years for the Rossland Beer Co. In their first six months, they won a prestigious award through the BC beer awards for their Paydirt Pale ale. And this year, Ryan Arnaud and Petri Raito are very proud to accept the Gold Medal for their stout at the recent 2015 Canadian  Brewing  awards. It’s encouraging that their beer is recognized in such a prestigious event — they are clearly doing something right.

Widely recognized as a symbol of brewing excellence in Canada, The Canadian Brewing Awards is a significant feather in the caps of Arnaud and Raito. The website states, “The contest is the only truly national competition that invites breweries of all sizes from across the country to compete in a blind tasting to see who brews the best beer in a variety of style categories.”

The Rossland Beer Company is committed to using fresh ingredients and only the highest of standards in the practice of beer making.

Starting off just over three years ago, they are so excited about the future and are proud to share this with the people of Rossland.

“It’s so great to look to the future and be able to grow together. We look forward to being a big part of the community down the road. We might need a little time to do all the things we want to do and be a part of, but it’s happening and we can’t wait. From being a good employer to adding to the draw of the town.” says Raito.

But for now, they want to focus on the beer and firmly believe everything will fall into place over time.

The guys send a big thank you to family, friends and anyone who has supported them, from helping with getting tanks in, to an encouraging word.

“It hasn’t been easy and it’s all appreciated.Thank you and we hope to see you at the brewery,” Raito concludes.

To celebrate their success, they are having a weekend-long celebration complete with a raffle and great prizes. The celebration starts at 3 p.m. Friday, finishing at close on Sunday.