New Brewery Touted as Tourist Draw

A “world-class” brewery proposed for Kelowna’s industrial north end will be a major job creator and tourist draw, city council will hear.

The Starkhund Brewery at the northwest corner of Clement Avenue and Ethel Street is to cover nearly 60,000 square feet and have capacity for more than 150 lounge patrons on two levels.

“Starkhund Brewing is proposed to be a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility positioned over an entire block of industrial space,” says Rebecca Hardin, a consultant for the brewery.

“Starkhund Brewing will be a destination tourist stop, focused on serving top-quality products on both a national and local level, (for people seeking) a world-class brewery experience,” Hardin says.

Already under construction, plans are for the brewery to open later this year or early in 2017.

City staff recommend council endorse the company’s revised application for a brewery lounge and special events area, to be submitted to provincial liquor control authorities.

Council will consider the application on May 31.

An earlier application for a simple liquor-primary licence, common for such establishments, had to be modified because of the restrictions on the site’s use connected to the area’s industrial zoning.

“The (brewery is) not perceived to have negative effects on the surrounding area given the industrial location along Clement Avenue, and would direct tourists to this area of downtown,” says urban planner Paul McVey.

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