The idea of Copper Brewing came together over a homebrewed beer. The founders, Darla Ariss and Sean White met at a mutual friends wedding. Sean, a homebrewer, made the beer for the wedding in his garage. Darla, who was intrigued by the beer wanted to know more about Sean’s hobby. When he explained that he was working on opening a brewery, the plan to build began.
The brewery opened for business after a 7 month build in August of 2019 in the Landmark District of Kelowna BC. Many hours (and beers) were burnt during construction to get to opening day. After only a year of operation, Copper Brewing has found itself a great following that we can call our friends. Known to many as Darla’s living room, we truly love the people that come into our space and cannot be more thankful for the support we have. Come by yourself and experience some good laughs, great times and genuinely good beer.
Originally from Salmon Arm BC, Rich’s passion for brewing took him abroad to study in Sunderland, England. Upon graduation, he followed an opportunity in Ecuador to help a fellow classmate open up a brewery. After his travels abroad, he came back to Canada and moved to Toronto where he officially began his brewing career. Three breweries and five years later, Rich has found himself back in the Okanagan as the head brewer for us Copper Brewing.
Rich’s favourite styles to drink are stouts and porters due to their complexity.
With us since the doors first opened, Jess deals directly with staff and guests to ensure the taproom is running smoothly. Her love for craft beer was influenced by her family, who have been in the Kelowna beer industry for 30 years. You may often find her behind the bar serving your beer, but she is also the face behind the camera and the voice on our social media.
Jess’s favourite styles are NEIPA’s for their bold and juicy flavour.
What’s With The Dog?
The Bernese Mountain Dog on our cans is a tribute to our late mascot Copper. Four months before construction began on the brewery, Copper developed an auto immune disorder and ending up leaving us in September of 2018, he was 4 years old. His memory lives on and he continues to be our mascot on every can we produce, and at the brewery.