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New craft brewery bubbles up in Creston

“We just want to bring something unique, vibrant, and cool to our old hometown.”

Wild North Brewing, the newest addition to the Creston Valley, recently opened its doors and turned on the taps.

Despite some rain on May 20, patrons lined up outside for opening day and waited patiently for a fresh pint of beer.

The brewery is owned by couple Craig and Lisa Wood, who were born and raised in Creston, along with partners Tyler Mailhot, Jon Haberstock, Mark Hug, and Aaron Groenhuysen.

“We’re all high school friends, and we’ve brought our unique talents together to make this happen,” said Craig Wood.

He learned the necessary logistics of owning a brewery from previously working at Columbia Brewery for 21 years.

“This was my dream,” he said. “It was never about money or success. We just want to bring something unique, vibrant, and cool to our old hometown.”

It took about a year of planning for construction, with design plans from a Nelson-based architect. The group pushed through and remained confident despite the pandemic.

The materials used in the build were harvested and sourced from B.C., with stainless steel from Summerland and lumber from J.H. Huscroft Ltd. in Creston.

“We’re looking forward to creating a great atmosphere here with smiling faces on the patio listening to music,” he said.

“We want to keep it a really casual vibe and make it a great place for tourists to stop.”

Once indoor dining is back to normal, families will be welcome to play board games or bring in their own snacks. At the front doors, all of the local takeout menus are laid out and food trucks will also be stopping by the parking lot.

Their own small menu at Wild North Brewing consists of a charcuterie board, pretzels and beer cheese, and chips and salsa.

Brewmaster Casey Staple is the creative talent behind the rotating selection of unique brews.

“The menu we have right now shows versatility and proves that beer doesn’t have to be generic or boring,” he said. “You can push the limits.”

Right now, Wild North Brewing offers six different beers on tap including a thirst-quenching lager, a hazy IPA, a West Coast IPA, a dry hopped sour, a raspberry fruit sour, and a porter to cater to the dark beer lovers.

With their in-house flight sampler, patrons get to choose four beers to try and sip.

There’s also the option to fill up a 64-ounce growler with a beer of choice. The glass jugs are stamped with their own logo and have proven to be popular already, with over 70 sold on opening day.

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