UPDATE: City council unanimously approved a resolution in support for Bright Eye's liquor license to B.C.'s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch on Tuesday. Coun. Kathy Sinclair declared a conflict of interest and recused herself from the 8-0 vote as she has purchased one of the micro-suites in the building.
North Kamloops could see its first brewpub this spring.
The liquor licence for a brewery in The Station on Tranquille development called Bright Eye Brewing will go before city council on Tuesday.
Bright Eye Brewing is seeking council authorization for a 110-person lounge, which includes a 34-person patio in a 2,040-square metre commercial area on the corner of Tranquille Road and Clapperton Road.
If approved, the brewery is expected to open in April or May on the ground level of The Station, around the same time when residents are expected to be moving in upstairs.
“It’s a very exciting thing for Tranquille, it’s a very exciting thing for the city,” Bright Eye Brewing partner Mitchell Forgie said. “Kamloops as a whole is becoming an exciting beer town.”
Forgie, who is also owner of the popular Red Beard Cafe a few blocks north on Tranquille, is one of four partners behind Bright Eye Brewing. He lends his restauranteur clout to Richard Marken, Bryan Craig and Tyler Windsor, the latter two being the brains behind the brews.
They began experimenting with making beer three years ago and have since brewed about 200 recipes. The branding is also eponymously named for the pair.
“Bry, Ty. Bright Eye,” Forgie said. “That’s where the name comes from.”
Plans are for between seven to 10 beers on tap, none of which will have permanent tenure on the menu. The brewery will also serve food, with a menu to be determined.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to clarify the number of seats the applicant sought was inclusive of a 76 seat lounge and a 34 seat patio.