(Mountainview Brewing Co./Facebook photo)

Hope’s first craft brewery now open

Mountainview Brewing Co.’s soft opening took place Nov. 24 from 1 to 8 p.m.

After years of anticipation, Hope’s newest business and the community’s first craft brewery is now open.

Locals Danielle and Adam Keil are behind the opening of Mountainview Brewing Co. at 390 Old Hope Princeton Way, in an industrial building previously occupied by the Hope machine shop. It’s been a dream of the Keil’s for over a decade, and since 2018 they have been diligently working on transforming the machine shop into a gleaming new brewery.

The last few months have been a whirlwind Adam said, who is both owner and head brewer at the new establishment, getting the industrial space ready for the beer drinking public.

Greeting visitors is a wide open lounge space with 10 foot glass windows open to where the magic happens in the brewery itself. On tap so far are four brews: the Willowisp Pils, a pilsner to satisfy what Adam said is a “Bud, lager town”; the Sweethearts IPA; the Cairns Common, a california common that is like a blend of amber ale and amber lager with roots in the California gold rush; and finally the First Blood Orange, a wheat ale featuring blood orange, orange zest and hibiscus tea as well as a strong nod towards Hope’s cinematic history. Beers are sold at the lounge, as well as off-sales of cans and growlers.

The brewery, which had its soft opening Nov. 24, is open Tuesday through Sunday. The owners say there is plenty of room to maintain a physical distance while in the establishment and guests are required, as per provincial regulations, to wear a mask when not seated at their table.

For details see mountainviewbrewing.ca/.

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(Mountainview Brewing Co./Facebook photo)