Bad Tattoo, good beer
Good beer. Great name.
Well, depending on who you ask. (See below. We asked.)
But really, Bad Tattoo is a pretty awesome name for a Canadian brewpub.
And anyway, this place — located in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada — has a lot more to offer than just a catchy moniker.
Bad Tattoo opened in July 2014 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, offering locally made beer and quirky pizzas.
Think: lobster mac and cheese.
Deconstructed shepherd’s pie. (Yes, pizza with mashed potatoes on top.)
And beer. Plenty of it.
The spacious corner restaurant/brewpub quickly found a diehard following amongst local beer drinkers, as well as tourists visiting the popular wine region.
Last year, the team produced about 300,000 litres of beer, and plans are to expand — but still stay craft-focused You’ll find Bad Tattoo beer throughout British Columbia and select locations in Alberta. And the brewery team will ship across Canada, where allowed. Look for the aluminum bottles — they’re especially popular.
Here, Bad Tattoo manager Lee Agur, whose family owns half of the brewery, talks about what’s new and what’s popular.
What made you decide to open a brewery in Penticton, British Columbia? “Well, this is our home and we love it here. We never want to move.”
How did you come up with the name and concept behind Bad Tattoo? “Bad idea that stuck. Like a bad tattoo — wanna open a brewery? Sure, let’s open a brewery."
How many of you have tattoos? “Interestingly enough, not a single owner or manager has a tattoo. But we do have local tattoo artists help us with our label. We even put their names on the bottles, whoever designs the artwork. There’s a little description of them on each bottle as well.”
What’s the most popular beer at the brewery? “Our West Coast IPA is our most popular, followed by our Los Muertos Negra…It’s a medium-dark lager, but it’s still light, crisp and refreshing. It won silver in the amber lager category at the Canadian Brewing Awards.”