Fonds F-322 - Tin Whistle Brewing Company fonds

[Tin Whistle Brewing Company at Eckhardt Street location] [Linda Grierson and Richard Grierson the Tin Whistle Saloon festival booth] [Richard Grierson checks brewery tank] [Lawrie Lock, Lynda Lock, Linda Grierson, and Richard Grierson stand outside the Tin Whistle Brew... [Richard Grierson with microscope] [Linda Grierson shows Tin Whistle Brewing Company graphic t-shirts] [Richard Grierson shovels grain] [Lawrie Lock wheels kegs to the Tin Whistle Brewing Company delivery truck]

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Tin Whistle Brewing Company fonds

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  • Records in electronic form (born-digital)
  • Textual records

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the name of the creator

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  • 1995-2022 (Creation)
    Tin Whistle Brewing Company

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15 artifacts
6.25 cm of graphic materials
less than 1 cm of textual records

Born digital:
22 images (7.5 MB) : jpg
3 textual files (1.8 MB) : doc (original), pdf (access copy)

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Administrative history

Tin Whistle Brewing Company is the first craft brewery established in the South Okanagan, based in Penticton, British Columbia. The original locomotive of the Kettle Valley Railway is the brewery’s namesake. Over the years, the company has changed owners, recipes, and labels, but has always brewed a variety of beers that take inspiration from the wildlife, geography, and history of the Okanagan Valley.

Tin Whistle Brewing began production in 1995, based in a converted railway museum building on Eckhardt Avenue West. The original owners were a 4-person team comprised of couples Linda and Richard Grierson, and Lawrie and Lynda Lock, who were assisted by brewery consultant Frank Appleton. Beers developed under this team's ownership include the Rattlesnake ESB Ale, Coyote Ale, Back Widow Dark Ale, Peaches n’ Cream Ale, and Killer Bee Dark Honey Porter.

In 1998, the brewery was purchased by Lorraine Nagy, who managed the company for 22 years with her son Mike Nagy. During this ownership, several beers were developed including the Centennial Blonde Ale, Kettle Valley Amber Ale, Chocolate Cherry Porter, Harvest Honey Pale Ale, Scorpion Double IPA, Osprey Pear White IPA, Hands Up Red Ale, Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Mosaic Express IPA, Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout, Paradise Coconut Hopfenweisse, and the Wasted Grape Gewurztraminer Saison Ale. Award-winning brews include the Stag Apple Scotch IPA, which placed bronze in the dark beer category at the 2014 Canadian Beer Awards and Gold at the 2014 BC Beer Awards, as well as the Raspberry Blonde Ale, which placed gold in the fruit beer category at the 2016 BC Beer Awards. The Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale also won a silver medal at the Calgary International Beer Festival in 2016. In 2015, the brewery moved to the Cannery Trade Center on Fairview Road in order to increase production and expand the tasting room. Brewmasters under Loraine Nagy's ownership include Ron Bradley (200-?–2011?), followed by Jeff Todd (2011?–2018), and Matt Farmer (2018-present).

Alexis Esseltine and Timothy Scoon purchased Tin Whistle Brewing in 2020. Bringing a commitment to sustainability, the latest owners have certified the brewery as carbon neutral and use local BC and Canadian grown ingredients in their brewing process. All five beers developed by the original owners are still brewed under this new management, as well as the Lookout IPA, Mythical Creatures IPA, Wanderlust Ale, Morning Glory Ale, Hazelnut Coffee Milk Sour, Gimlet Juniper Lime Sour, Go Go Light Pseudo Lager, Queen of Tart Sour, and Coco Galore Coconut Hopfenweisse. The current brewmaster under Esseltine and Scoon's ownership is Matt Farmer.

Custodial history

The records were in the custody and control of various donors prior to their transfer to the Archives in 2022. The donors are Alexis Esseltine and Timothy Scoon; Richard and Linda Grierson; Lynda Lock; and Kim Lawton.

Scope and content

The fonds is a hybrid, containing graphic materials, artifacts, textual records, and born digital records created or received by Tin Whistle Brewing Company during the production, distribution, and promotion of their craft beer line. Records include glass bottles, wooden and ceramic beer tap handles, labels, posters, signs, banners, table cards, beer profiles, t-shirts, beer glasses, bottle blueprints, gift certificates, temporary tattoos, business cards, pamphlets, awards, and digital images. Records also include digital copies of newspaper and magazine articles documenting the company's achievements.

The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into six series:
Beer bottles and growlers (series 1)
Beer tap handles (series 2)
Promotional materials and merchandise (series 3)
Awards (series 4)
Photographs (series 5)
Media publicity files (series 6)

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Consisting mainly of loose objects and graphic promotional material, the fonds had no existing order. Files were arranged into series by the archivist based on function and documentary form.

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  • English

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The fonds is open with no restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

The fonds contains copyright-protected materials that fall into two main categories: (i) materials created by Tin Whistle Brewing Company for which Tin Whistle is the copyright holder; and (ii) materials for which copyrights are owned by third parties.

For type (i) materials in which Tin Whistle Brewing Company holds copyright - Tin Whistle has agreed to make these materials available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC BY-NC). Users are free to copy, share and adapt the materials as they like provided they credit Tin Whistle Brewing Company as the creator, indicate any changes they have made, and use the works for a non-commercial purpose. All requests for commercial use should be made in writing to SFU Archives.

For type (ii) materials in which third parties own copyright - the Archives will make copies available for private study or research purposes under the fair dealing provisions of Canada's Copyright Act. Use for any other purpose may require the permission of the copyright owner. SFU Archives can assist researchers in attempting to identify copyright owners, but it is the user's responsibility to contact owners and secure any permissions.

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Physical description

Objects, graphic material, and textual records include 68 beer labels (17 unique, 51 copies), 19 table cards (7 unique, 12 copies), 6 beer profiles, 5 posters, 4 signs, 3 beer bottles, 3 tap handles, 3 t-shirts, 3 temporary tattoos (1 unique, 2 copies), 3 drink cards (1 unique, 2 copies), 3 tap handle labels (1 unique, 2 copies), 2 beer glasses, 2 banners, 2 gift certificates, 2 awards, 1 growler, 1 tap handle insert, and 1 pamphlet.

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RAD July 2008 edition.



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January 2023: arrangement and description completed (Dayna Fleming).

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  • English

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