The old firehall was built for Oliver’s Volunteer Fire Department in 1948. The idea to put a microbrewery in it was led by father and son, Jim and Sid Ruhland.

Food can be ordered downstairs at the brewery, and is delivered from Pappa's Firehall Bistro upstairs via a "dumbwaiter" elevator system!

Planning for the Firehall Brewery launch began in early 2011, and equipment installation began in July later that year. They purchased the brewing system from a local bootlegger, and soon enough were busy piping it into the Old Firehall’s cavernous bunker with the help of friends & family. For an inside look at the whole process, check out “Brewing a Brewery”.The first batch was released at the end of March 2012, and since then they have been pumping out unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uncompromised artisan ales, again with much help from friends, family, a team of awesome staff.

Check out more about the Firehall Brewery in Kim Lawton’s Insider Guide to Craft Beer in the South Okanagan.


Accessibility & Inclusion

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Beer Service

  • Barrels
    Barrel-aged beer production
  • Cask Beer
    Cask-conditioned beer regularly available
  • Full Draught Service
    Draught Beer By the Glass
  • Growler Fills
  • Keg Sales/Rentals
    Keg Rentals and Sales
  • Retail
    Cans and/or bottles available for purchase


  • Canada Post delivery across BC


  • Family Friendly
    you can bring the kids
  • Has Tours
    offers guided tours of their facility
  • Live Music
    brewery occasionally hosts live music entertainment
  • Merchandise
    shirts, hats available for sale
  • Patio

Food Service

  • Restaurant Connected
    Food available in attached restaurant

What Else?

  • Cider
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Craft Sodas

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