Whitetooth Brewing Company owners Mark Nagao and Kent Donaldson stand in the brewing room with brewmaster Evan Cronshaw

Whitetooth Brewing Company owners Mark Nagao and Kent Donaldson stand in the brewing room with brewmaster Evan Cronshaw

Whitetooth Brewing opens doors to excited Golden beer enthusiasts

After Whitetooth quietly opened its doors last week the community came out in droves to try the brewery's six varieties of beer.

One would have to look back for decades to find another new Golden business that has garnered this much anticipation.

Whitetooth Brewing Company quietly opened its doors last week after years of planning, and the community came out in droves to see the new facility and taste the six varieties of beer being brewed there.

“It’s great. It’s essentially three years in planning… It has sort of flown by,” said Kent Donaldson who opened the brewery with partner Mark Nagao.

The pair, along with their brewmaster Evan Cronshaw, have been brewing on a pilot system in Donaldson’s garage, and finally moved into the new facility in the fall.

“You never know how it’s going to turn out going from the pilot system to the big system, but we’re pretty happy with how it’s turned out. Evan has done a great job,” he said.

Cronshaw always told himself that if a brewery opened up in either Golden or Pemberton, he would try to be a part of it. Then one day someone passed along a Golden Star article about a new brewery being opened in Golden.

“He contacted someone at the Golden Star, and he was put in touch with us. That’s how we met Evan,” said Donaldson.

Their hard work has resulted in six varieties including the Blower Pow India Pale Ale, Whitetooth Session Blonde Ale, Speed Metal Foreign Extra Stout (which make up the three West Coast brews), Icefields Pale Ale, Launch Pad Rye Ale, and Thread the Needle Witbier (which are the three Belgian brews).

“No one else, at least in the Kootenays, is doing Belgian style beers. I had a lot of people challenging me on that one, saying ‘you’re going to do Belgians? In Golden? Are you out of your mind?’ We found out early that people were enjoying those styles of beers, so we knew our hunch was correct,” said Donaldson.

Whitetooth offers “flights” in two sizes in their tasting rooms, which allows guest to try samples of four different beers. It’s an option that is being well utilized in the brewery’s first week open.

“Initially we’re selling a lot of the tasters because everyone wants to try them all,” said Nagao. This lets people find their favourite, but that might be harder than it sounds.

“On any given day any one of those six could be my favourite, it’s hard to pick,” added Nagao.

So far Whitetooth Brewing Company is mostly a family affair, but Donaldson and Nagao have made sure they have the room to grow once things get going.

“There are breweries in the lower mainland that have moved three times because they’re in a growth phase,” said Donaldson. “We really didn’t want to do that, so the building is designed to let us grow.”

Right now you can try Whitetooth beer by going to the tasting room and either buying samples tasters, or filling up your growlers. But in the coming months not only will Whitetooth begin being sold in various pubs and restaurants, they will also begin bottling their beer.

The tasting room is open from 2 to 10 p.m. every day except Tuesday, however that may change down the line. Nagao’s and Donaldson’s hope is that it’s location, right on the edge of the downtown core, will help make it a piece of Golden’s culture.

“We’d really like this to become a bit of a hub, a gathering place for the community,” said Donaldson.

 

Just Posted

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

New Border Bruins owner Dr. Mark Szynkaruk reps team colours with his young sons and wife Tracey. Photo courtesy of the Grand Forks Border Bruins
KIJHL’s Border Bruins sold to Grand Forks doctor

The league announced the sale Friday, May 14

New Border Bruins owner Dr. Mark Szynkaruk reps team colours with his young sons and wife Tracey. Photo courtesy of the Grand Forks Border Bruins
KIJHL’s Border Bruins sold to Grand Forks doctor

The league announced the sale Friday, May 14

Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
One death, 60 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The death is connected to the outbreak at Spring Valley long-term care in Kelowna

A brown bear and two cubs were spotted near Killiney Beach May 10. (Michael Dick photo)
Warm spring brings bears out earlier in Okanagan

Residents urged to keep their garbage secure until the morning of pickup

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

A man and woman, both 33 and from Kelowna, were arrested on Postill Lake Forest Service Road in possession of two stolen vehicles Friday, May 14, 2021. (File photo)
Kelowna duo arrested with stolen vehicles after ‘brief’ bicycle getaway attempt

A man and a woman were arrested on a forest service road on numerous pending charges

The BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) handed out fines to two anglers on Shuswap Lake who were both casting more than one line, in violation of provincial regulations, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (COS photo)
Conservation officers snag Shuswap anglers for unlawful fishing

Two anglers were given $150 fines for casting two lines at once, against provincial regulations

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

Lynda Saundry, born 1961, is charged with the murder of North Okanagan resident Barry Jones in July 2020. Saundry will appear in Vernon court May 17, 2021, to fix a date for a preliminary inquiry. (Facebook public photo)
North Okanagan murder suspect to be tried by judge and jury

Lynda Saundry is charged with the first-degree murder of Barry Jones in July 2020

Vernon Search and Rescue’s Legacy vessel is returning to Okanagan Lake for boating season, the society said Friday, May 14, 2021. (VSAR photo)
Vernon Search and Rescue vessel returns to Okanagan Lake

VSAR’s Legacy is back with a fresh coat of paint and some other upgrades

People shop in Chinatown in Vancouver on Friday, February 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver community leaders call for action following 717% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

‘The alarming rise of anti-Asian hate in Canada and south of the border shows Asians have not been fully accepted in North America,’ says Carol Lee

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

Most Read