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Kokanee | beer, fish | A basic, inexpensive, Pilsner-style beer (5.3 ABV) long brewed in the interior BC town of Creston. Its memorable television advertisements often include a mischievous, beer-loving, ranger-eluding Sasquatch bro. The beer was named after the Kokanee Glacier, which took its name from the Okanagan First Nations word for the freshwater sockeye salmon found in the region’s many lakes.
Usage: “When I was a little kid I thought my Dad liked Kokanee because it was somehow flavoured with his favourite fish…”