The fall season in B.C. is notorious for bringing out the best seasonal beers and wines of the year, so we thought we’d share our five favourite brew pubs and bars in Whistler and Squamish. Named after the local behemoth of a mountain, the Black Tusk Ale is making waves in the Whistler Village as one of the top craft brews to try in B.C. this winter.
Down the Sea-to-Sky Highway in Squamish, brewed on the edge of the Howe Sound Inlet is Father John, one of the top winter ales in the Vancouver and Whistler corridor for the past few years. In our opinion, British Columbia’s high-quality of craft beer stands out as tops in Canada, and there are plenty of breweries travelers stop off at before or in Whistler.
Local favourites include…
The BrewHouse at Whistler.
4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada (604-905-2739)
With ample space for large or small groups, the Whistler BrewHouse is notoriously one of the busiest ‘hangouts’ in Whistler Village. On Thursday’s at 3pm, they offer a free brewery tour and beer tasting.
Can’t beat that! ?
Howe Sound Brewing.
37801 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish, BC V8B 0J9, Canada (604-892-2603)
The perfect brew pub for travelers to stop at before arriving in Whistler, the Howe Sound Brew Pub is notorious for its winter ale, Father John. Treat yourself to a Pumpkineater Ale in the fall, sure to please you until the arrival of Father John. Attached the pub is a small hotel that makes it perfect for couples to enjoy an evening on the inlet enjoying some of B.C’s finest tasting ales and largers.
Whistler Brewing Company.
1045 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B1, Canada (604-962-8889)
Located in the Function Junction area of Whistler, the Whistler Brewing Company has become well known for their award winning Black Tusk Ale. Their seasonal summer specialty is a flavoured Paradise Valley Grapefruit Ale, named after a popular summer camping spot close to Whistler. Soon to arrive in a limited capacity is the Whistler Winter Dunkel, a rich beer full of toffee, chocolate, and orange taste.
40456 Government, Brackendale, V0N 1T0, Canada (604-898-1571)
Another local watering hole in the Squamish region, the Shady Tree is a local favourite for its variety of drinks and cocktails, including a touch of an irish infusion. If you’re looking for a place to eat before continuing to head up to Whistler, then this gnome characterized pub may surprise you.
Champagne Bar at Bearfoot Bistro.
4121 Village Green, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada (604-932-343)
Looking for a special night to celebrate in the Whistler Village? This particular bistro is the locals favourite for its large selection of champagne and endless choice of wines. Considered a little more expensive than other ‘bistros’, this elegant bar and dining room bistro offers a unique flair for all first time visitors.