I received a response from the NorthAm Group just a few hours ago with a great explanation of their three brands. It is true that all three brands (Bowen Island, KB, and Whistler) are brewed in Kamloops; however, they are in the process of moving Whistler Brewing to Whistler. As Chris pointed out in a previous comment, 40,000 liters of Whistler water is trucked into Kamloops every week, which must be expensive, not to mention harmful to the environment. This move makes a great deal of sense and brings more honesty to the Whistler Brewing brand.
KB Pale Ale is no longer in production – Bowen Island Extra Pale Ale is a slightly reworked version of the original KB Pale Ale. If you were a fan of KB Pale Ale I’m sure you will like Bowen Island Pale Ale. The Bowen Island brand was revived a few years ago to fill the demand for value priced BC craft beer, a niche that was missing in BC until recently.
Bowen Island Brewing goes to prove that price and quality do not go hand in hand. It may not be the most creative beer ever made, do not expect a Belgian Saison anytime soon, but a quality session beer will always be appreciated. Instead of serving generic macro lager at this year’s Super Bowl party, why not try Bowen Island Brewing – it is cheaper and far tastier.