Our team was recently on an Okanagan tour exploring the local vineyards and orchards. We had a small window of spare time and I knew that no Okanagan trip would be complete without a visit to ‘The BX Press’ in Vernon. Their ciders have been a favourite of mine since they opened their doors. My favourites range from their traditional dry ‘The Prospector’, to an experimental ‘Botanical Series’ with seasonal creations such as ‘Vanilla Plum’ or ‘Lavender Raspberry’.
Missy Dobernigg, owner and cider maker, took time out of her busy bottling day to give us a tour and talk about the cidery. We even got to see her and the team in action with a new bottling line! (This means more cider for us on the island.)
Named after the Barnard’s Express & Stage Line, one of the oldest, largest, and longest running stagecoach companies in North America, starting in 1861 delivering letters from Vancouver into the Rockies. Later renamed the BC Express, they owned and operated a 6,000 acre horse ranch called The BX Ranch, which became known as Vernon.
Their 3rd generation farm is located on part of this historical land and the BX Press pays homage to this important part of British Colombian history at every opportunity. The names in the Character Series honour historical figures involved in some way with the Barnards Express. You can read the stories on the bottle while enjoying a cider. While visiting the tasting room, the staff will be happy to share the region’s colourful history.
The recently expanded tasting room is open for summer hours seven days a week from 10–5. With a picnic area and special events, such as orchard dinners and live music over the next few months, it’s worth taking the time to stop in on your Okanagan adventure.
A limited release small batch off-dry rosé style cider made with Vernon grown Haskap berries.
This dry cider is infused with hops after maturation, giving the cider aromatic floral notes.
Dry with notes of vanilla, caramel and oak from a slow maturation in whiskey barrels.