Backcountry Brewing was formed by a group of friends who
all wanted to make beer, but in different locations across B.C.
On April 1, 2017, they opened for business in Brewmaster John
Folinsbee’s chosen locale of Squamish, with a 6,000-square-foot
brewery, tasting room and kitchen.
Following the “backcountry” theme, the taphouse is built like a
1970s-era ski hut with wooden beams, lanterns, and trail maps on
the tabletops. Food is a big part of the experience here, so be sure
to try Head Chef Artie McGee’s hand-tossed thin-crust pizzas,
pastas, seasonal salads and snacks, which are all crafted from
scratch in-house. And ask your server for the best beer pairing.
Backcountry’s Ridgerunner Pilsner, Widowmaker IPA and
Trailbreaker Pale Ale are always available, but there’s a lengthy
list of rotating beers on tap, too. This year, Backcountry
Brewing created a collaboration beer for Vancouver Craft Beer
Week. Teaming up with Coast Mountain Brewing and North
Vancouver’s Beere Brewing, the trio crafted a double pilsner.
“Brewed to be exceptionally clean and soft, this beer should be
the ideal platform to showcase some really cool hop varietals.
Vic Secret, Enigma, Citra and Mosaic are being used to create
a powerful melange of fruit and dankness,” says co-founder Ben
Backcountry Brewing’s beer is available at select B.C. Liquor
stores, private liquor stores, restaurants and pubs in Squamish,
Whistler and the Lower Mainland.
#405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish
backcountrybrewing.com | 604-567-BREW(2739)
Pemberton Brewing Co.
In March 2018, Geoff Macdonald and Jeff Lawrence opened
Pemberton Brewing Co. to a thirsty town that was itching for a
craft brewery. Pemberton Brewing’s tasting room is a casual place
that features reclaimed wood to reflect the area’s logging history.
The building follows an open-concept layout, so guests can enjoy
the intimacy of sitting within a functioning brewery.
Geoff and Jeff will always have some IPAs on tap, but plan
to experiment with many styles. Their current lineup includes
the Long Road IPA, Plowhand Pale Ale, Blackwater Stout,
Birkenhead Blonde, Cream Puff Northeast Pale Ale and Laid
Back Northeast IPA.
“The blonde is a big one for us for summertime. It’s a very
approachable, refreshing, low-IBU (International Bitterness Unit),
low-hop kind of beer you can take with you on a sunny day,”
This summer they’re also planning to develop their juicy and
refreshing New England-style beers, plus brew up a fruity sour
and a saison.
Pemberton Brewing Co. beer is available at the taphouse and
rotates through select restaurants and pubs in Pemberton and
Whistler. Snacks will soon be available on-site, plus the owners
are hoping to bring in food trucks to provide full meals.
#5-6 -1936 Stonecutter Place, Pemberton.
pembertonbrewing.ca | 604-894-BEER(2337)