Top Tips for Getting the most out of the Squamish Beer Festival
50 Breweries. 200+ Craft Beers. Music. Food Trucks. One Ticket.
This Saturday, July 8th, is the third annual Squamish Beer Festival. Held at the O’Siyam Pavillion in downtown Squamish, it is definitely one of the best summer events in Squamish.
Thought up by a few crafty locals sitting around, you guessed it, having a few pints, the Squamish beer Festival came out of a desire to share with others what local and regional craft brewers are doing around BC. It’s a great time to be a beer lover, and BC is home to dozens of craft brewers bringing out new and delicious brews every year.
1. Brew's with a view Pre-Party at the Sea to Sky Gondola: Imagine drinking beer with your best brewery friends, at the top of the world overlooking Howe Sound and the Gulf Islands, with live music on a sunny summer evening. This exclusive pre-festival ‘meet and taste' with the brewers will be held at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola on Friday, July 7th with limited tickets available be sure to get yours today.
2. Leave the car at home: Shuttle services will be provided by Canadian Craft Tours and tickets are just $25 for a return trip from Vancouver or Whistler. (You must purchase a ticket online with your Beer Fest ticket.) One way tickets can also be purchased for just $12.50. To get around town with ease rent a bike from Sea to Sky Adventure Company.
3. Do Some Axe Throwing: You heard it, axe throwing! As a bit of a tribute to Squamish’ heritage with logger sports, there will be professional axe throwers on hand to show you the ropes throwing axes at targets. Maybe hit this earlier rather than later!
4. Eat Well: There will be food trucks, all serving delicious, fresh food throughout the afternoon so take some time to pair that new IPA or hardy stout with the appropriate snack.
5. Leave some gas in the tank: The festival ends at 8pm and afterwards head over (it’s about a two minute walk down the street) to one of the main sponsors of the festival, the Howe Sound Brew Pub for a meal and a last pint.
6. Drink Local: Along with Squamish's own Howe Sound Brewing, there will be two new local craft brewers from Squamish in attendance. Yep, you heard that right. Two new craft breweries have opened in Squamish and they will be there to meet and greet and show a little of what has made Squamish a top destination for craft beer lovers on the BC Ale Trail. Check out local darlings A-Frame and Backcountry Brewing to see what the buzz is all about.
7. Not just for beer lovers: Beer and cider lovers unite! Although the Squamish Beer Festival features some of the best brews from more than 50 craft breweries who will showcase over 200 samples of their latest craft releases, there will be cider too! Life doesn’t get much better than when cider and beer lovers unite in Sea to Sky country, check out this impressive list of brewers and cideries to see what we are so excited about!
8. Pace Yourself: It is beer, after all, and we want everyone to get home safely. So catch a ride, or the shuttle, walk or ride your bike or take a cab. With giant Jenga, a local DJ spinning tracks all day and some of the best beer on offer anywhere in BC, you’ll want to enjoy everything the Squamish Beer Festival has to offer.
9. Hair of the Dog: Oh dear, that was a good time wasn't it? For some local tips on what to do about the day after head to the Squamish Adventure Centre and speak to one of our local experts on where to eat, relax and clear the post-festival fog. Some of our favorite's just to name a few: The Pie Company, Shannon Falls, Murrin Lake.
10. Back for More: Didn't get enough last night? Grab your bike and a few friends and check out our local Squamish Craft Tasting Tour featuring all three breweries + local distillery and mixology guru's Gillespies Fine Spirits and Distillery.