Joe “The Thirsty Writer” Wiebe talks B.C. craft beer at Marten Brewpub in Vernon April 5. With roughly 70 patrons, the talk is Wiebe’s most well-attended tasting. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Joe “The Thirsty Writer” Wiebe talks B.C. craft beer at Marten Brewpub in Vernon April 5. With roughly 70 patrons, the talk is Wiebe’s most well-attended tasting. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Toasting the craft beer revolution

The craft beer revolution is making its way to Vernon

Parker Crook

Morning Star Staff

The craft beer revolution is making its way to Vernon.

Joe “The Thirsty Writer” Wiebe spoke to a full audience at Marten Brewpub Wednesday about the history of craft beer in B.C., with a focus on the Okanagan.

“It was amazing,” said Wiebe. “I’ve done this seminar maybe 12 times around B.C. and this is definitely the biggest I’ve had yet.”

Hosted in the rustic mess hall in Marten Brewpub, about 65 people drank craft beer samples chosen by Wiebe as he spoke about beer styles.

“I find that people really like that they get to taste what I’m talking about,” said Wiebe. “It’s a fun time (and) it’s funny.”

Not only was it Wiebe’s largest audience, it was also a sold-out show.

“It can’t be better,” said Stefan Marten, owner of Marten Brewpub. “We couldn’t be happier.

“Being better than Kelowna, and Penticton and Vancouver and all these shows that Joe’s done is really cool. It shows that there’s a really big want for it.”

Wiebe’s seminar ultimately aimed to bring awareness to the province’s emerging craft beer market.

“I think it gives everyone here the opportunity to hear about something that is not going away,” said Marten. “It’s only getting bigger and bigger and bigger.”

Okanagan Spring started the craft beer movement in Vernon, and Wiebe is happy to see the movement grow through places like Marten Brewpub.

“I love the brewpub here,” said Wiebe. “The beers are all really good and I look forward to coming back.

“It’s so great to see such a good turn out. Vernon hasn’t been the nexus of craft beer for a while, and it’s great to see so many people interested in it. It’s been great. Really exciting.”

And Marten agrees.

“It was a fun night.”

Marten Brewpub plans to continue holding events to push the craft beer revolution in Vernon.