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BACKDRAFT BLONDE

Blonde Ale

In case of emergency (ex: extreme thirst / dry palate), extinguish thirst with this hearty blonde ale. A voluptuous malt body dances in with flirtatious biscuit flavours and a subtle caramel sweetness. Seductive citrus hints and spicy intentions are insinuated from the recipe's 'finishing hops'.

DAMAGE 

ABV: 5.2% // IBU: 15
Pale Ale / Bitter

Some mishaps are bittersweet! Responding to a recent call for more beer, our Beer Department made an accidental recipe mix-up. But, after an emergency assessment, we can report that the error resulted in a delicious Pale Ale. The British term for Pale Ale is “Bitter”, which we find more fitting for a false alarm. Always prepared with a safe malt foundation, just in case you wish to take a risk and brave the “Bitter”. If you follow the drill, you can rely on a dependable routine of hop subtleties: citrus, floral, fruit, evergreen, and earthy.

DAMAGE

ABV: 4.8% // IBU: 35
Extra Special Bitter

This flavour inferno is fueled by eight different barley malts, including caramelized malts that smoulder with complex toffee & biscuit flavours, emitting a warming red incandescence like glowing embers. Our unrivaled roster of BC-grown hops equips this brew with fresh citrus aromas, and an evergreen essence reminiscent of our BC forests. Ancient glacial meltwaters filtered through different aquifers blend to give us a mineral-rich brewing water, providing a unique South Okanagan taste. Sweet foreplay and a hoppy ending!

DAMAGE

ABV: 5.0% // IBU: 35
Smoked Stout

Fire-dried barley trips the alarm with engulfing smokiness, but roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavours are quick to respond, rushed to the scene by toasted grains. It's dark and daring, but still drinkable all night... tried and tested! Bold and brave without being too thick. It's not something you'd drizzle on pancakes, though we wouldn't rule it out as a breakfast option.

DAMAGE

ABV: 4.7% // IBU: 25
 
 
 
 
 

THE "OLD FIREHALL"

The Old Firehall was built for Oliver’s Volunteer Fire Department in 1948. The firefighers built themselves a new fire station in 2000, and the "Old Firehall" was purchased and renovated in 2003, becoming the Wine Country Welcome Centre and Toasted Oak Wine Bar & Grill. Pappa’s Firehall Bistro now resides in the restaurant space, serving house-made recipes, craft beer, and local wine & cider.

1948
TODAY

FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED

Today, owned and operated by Sid & Marie-Eve Ruhland, the Firehall Brewery and "Beer Shop & Social" have evolved into a family-friendly social hub, with an exclusive menu of local beverages and fresh food, and regular events that celebrate arts and culture. Centered downtown in the Wine Capital of Canada, we're in the unique position of being both the fuel for winemakers and the palate cleansers for wine-drinkers.

 

2016

CROWDFUNDING THE BEER SHOP + SOCIAL

Despite steady business growth, there was something missing from the very beginning: a proper social space for visitors and locals to gather and interact with the brewers (and drink beer). So, in the spring of 2016, community generosity crowdfunded the creation of the Beer Shop & Social, now located beside the brewery on the alley-access, lower level of the Old Firehall. 

While Sid studied at the Okanagan School of Business in Kelowna, BC, it was the evening’s self-guided beer education that taught him how to brew. He was fresh out of high school, so him and his friends were not quite old enough to buy beer yet, forcing them to brew their own in Sid's dorm room. 

 

FOUNDED BY FATHER + SON

The idea to put a microbrewery in Oliver’s ‘Old Firehall’ was born of father and son, Jim and Sid Ruhland. Planning for the Firehall Brewery launch began in early 2011, and equipment installation began in July later that year. We heard a local bootlegger was selling his brewing system, and soon enough we were busy piping it into the Old Firehall’s cavernous bunker with the help of friends & family. For an inside look at the whole process, check out "Brewing a Brewery".The first batch was released at the end of March 2012, and since then we’ve been pumping out unfiltered, unpasteurized, & uncompromised artisan ales, again with much help from friends, family, a team of awesome staff.

2011
2016

NEW PARTNERSHIP

In August 2016, we announced the addition of two new active business partners to our brewery team: Danielle & Dermott Hutton! For three busy years, their hospitality talents and natural passion for craft, culture, and family helped to grow the business from a small wholesale operation to an exciting destination experience.

We welcome you to come visit, downstairs by Brewery Alley, to celebrate craft and culture with us in our little corner of paradise.

Contact Us
 

VISIT US

Lower Level

6077 Main Street

Oliver, BC Canada

V0H 1T0

CONTACT US

TUES - SUN                               3PM to 8PM

MON                                          CLOSED

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