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Popular Kelowna brewery and bowling lanes expanding to Vernon

BNA Brewing Co. is opening a Vernon location this fall

After nine years of brewing in Kelowna, the popular BNA Brewing Co. is expanding to Vernon with a new location set to open this fall.

The brewery and eatery will be located in the half-century-old Finning building that sits near the northern end of the Okanagan Rail Trail on Kalamalka Lake Road. The Nixon Hospitality team is currently working on restoring the building.

Just like the Kelowna location, the on-site craft brewery and large eatery will feature boutique 10-pin bowling lanes, as well as some more family friendly “duckpin” bowling lanes. There will also be a retro-inspired arcade and an outdoor bocce court for guests to use.

Okanagan founders Kyle and Carolyn Nixon opened BNA Brewing Co. in Kelowna on June 1, 2015, and are looking forward to repeating that process in the North Okanagan.

“We are so excited to bring BNA to Vernon. For us, it starts with a great space, and we are very fortunate to have been provided an opportunity to build out a unique spot here in Vernon,” said Kyle.

The industrial character of the location makes it a suitable place for the Nixons to bring their vision of Vernon’s BNA Brewing Co. to life.

“We love the two levels and the industrial roots of this building as it provides a completely different yet somehow familiar feel and experience to the brick and timber we have in Kelowna,” said Carolyn.

Kyle, a former Vipers hockey player, is looking forward to spending more time in Vernon again.

“I have fond memories of this place and made great friends in Vernon. The people have already been so supportive of BNA, so we can’t wait to bring what we do to town and hopefully make an impact in a positive way.”

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Brendan Shykora

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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