On The Road: Mini Craft Beer and Cider Tour

Kelowna is an exciting place to be if you are a fan of farm to table restaurants, local wineries and cool craft beer and cider tasting rooms. While most of the craft beer and cider locations are in the downtown area, a few are popping up in the outlying neighbourhoods, including mine.

The two new additions to the food and drink scene in the Glenmore area are Scenic Road Cider Cider Company and Flux 74 Eatery. Both are pretty close together and make for a fun afternoon bike ride. You can do the tour as a loop, or keep it simple and stick mainly to the separated bike lane that runs along Glenmore.

We chose to make it a loop, starting at the Glenmore Shopping plaza we rode up Glenmore to Scenic Road and then along there for about 1.5km. The Glenmore portion was along a separated bike path, Scenic Road is a bike lane along the shoulder. Traffic is pretty light along the road so it was a fairly easy going ride. It is a gradual uphill though, so be prepared for a little bit of effort!

Scenic Road Cider Company has bike racks and lots of picnic tables in the shade to help you cool down before (or after) visiting their tasting room for a sample (or four). We were there on the opening day of the tasting room for the season so really lucked out with a free tasting, live music and a food truck as well. We aren’t really into the Cider scene yet, so can’t really share an educated evaluation of the cider, other than to say it was all great. I especially liked the Nearly Dry and Razz (raspberry and apple). All of the ciders were really light and refreshing, which was exactly what we needed after the ride up the Cidery!

After relaxing a bit and sharing a bottle of Nearly Dry (and buying a Growler of Razz for later), we headed out on Valley Road to head back to Glenmore Plaza. Valley is also bike lane in the shoulder kind of road, but also light on traffic so another quick and easy ride.

Back at Glenmore Plaza we finished our mini tour at Flux 74 Eatery. This new spot opened up where Peachwave Frozen Yogurt was. They have an interesting mix of things on the menu – from BC Craft Beer, Cider and Local wine, to Ice Cream and a seasonally changing menu. Kids are welcome, and the atmosphere was really welcoming. With a mix of seating (picnic tables, retro style plastic chairs, and comfy couches), board games and cool geek art on the wall, I can see why this is a popular spot for families in the neighbourhood.

I’m looking forward to seeing what other new spots might open in the area in the future. Glenmore has always been a great neighbourhood, but until now, was lacking variety in places to eat and drink. I hope that Scenic Road Cider Company and Flux 74 are just a sign of what is to come!

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