16 Craft Beverages to Sip this Summer in Squamish
16 Craft Beverages to Sample this Summer
In Squamish, it's all about small batch and traditional artisanship! We have an ever-increasing list of local artisans crafting a diverse selection of summer inspired beverages that you won't want to miss out on. Here's the list of our favourite sunny day refreshers to sip on at these local watering holes, on a patio, or in your backyard.
1. So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance Mango Sour Ale, Backcountry Brewing
Description: A kettle sour dosed with a huge amount of mango. Creamy, soft and mildly tart, this beer is great on a sunny day.
Availability: Available at the Backcountry Brewing only, in cans, on draught and for growler fills.
2. Iced Americano, Counterpart Coffee
Description: Lightly roasted single-origin coffee poured over ice and water. Counterpart Coffee uses coffees with flavour notes that include tea, citrus, and melon which makes for a simple refreshing iced drink!
Availability: Counterpart Coffee Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm and Saturdays 9am - 4pm.
3. Elderflower Sangria, Frostbites Syrup
Description: Light, clean and packed with all of the flavours of summer made with seasonal fruits from the farmers market, white wine, Frostbites Syrup Co. Elderflower Cordial and topped with some pelligrino.
Availability: Visit the Squamish Farmers Market for a one-stop shop to grab a bottle of Frostbites Syrup Co. Elderflower Cordial and seasonal fruits.
4. Laval Lake Framboise Ale, A-Frame Brewing
Description: This beer was brewed with whole raspberries in the kettle and re-fermented on BC raspberry purée adding wine yeast. Lava Lake Framboise is a refreshing summer ale that showcases the aromatic and tart flavour of raspberries with low hop bitterness making it even more enjoyable in the summer weather.
Availability: Available from July 13th onwards in the A-Frame Brewing Tasting Room for a limited time.
5. Sparkling Mint Water Kefir, Squamish Water Kefir
Description: The Sparking Mint Water Kefir is a fermented living probiotic drink made from water, water kefir culture, organic sugar (to feed the culture), and fresh mojito mint leaves. It makes a great cocktail or mocktail mix, it’s delicious, refreshing and it's adored by adults and kids alike.
Availability: You can find Squamish Water Kefir beverages at Nesters Market, Cloudbust Cafe, Green Moustache, Kululu Cafe, Counterpart Coffee, Backcountry Brewing, Bean Around the world in Brackendale, Euphoria, and the Squamish Adventure Centre.
6. Caliente Moscow Mule, Gillespies Fine Spirits
Description: Gillespies Fine Spirit's version of this classic cocktail uses their very own Gastown Shine Vodka and Bullshead Ginger Beer. They kick it up with a bit of Boozewitch Chili Lime Shrub and serve it in custom copper mugs to keep the drink extra cool for summer. It is also available as a Gin Mule with Gillespie's Sin Gin.
Availability: In the G Spot Lounge every Friday and Saturday. It is only $9 at Happy Hour which runs from 5:30-7:30. You can also find this drink at Pepe's and Saha Restaurant in Squamish.
7. Rosie 75, Norman Rudy's
Description: A delicious effervescent fruity creation that combines Gillespies Fine Spirit's Rasberry Gin and sparkling wine. It's a refreshing, summer-inspired drink that pairs well with patio lounging and sunshine.
Availability: On the patio or inside at Norman Rudy's.
8. Hueso, The Salted Vine
Description: Inspired by local mountain bike trails the "Hueso" Cocktail is a combination of a Sombra mezcal, Diplomatico Anejo rum, Cynar grilled pineapple syrup, lemon and agave. It is destined to quench your thirst in the Squamish sunshine.
Availability: On the patio or inside at Salted Vine.
9. One-in-a-Melon, Mountain Squeeze Juice Truck
Description: A refreshing and sweet option for those hot summer days! Made from watermelon, lime, lemon and mint this cold-pressed juice is hydrating and a great source of electrolytes.
Availability: Mountain Squeeze is available at Backcountry Brewing, Cloudburst Cafe and is available on their website. Check their Instagram to find where the juice truck will be located each day.
10. Rasberry Kombucha, Spark Kombucha
Description: Filtered water, organic white tea, organic black tea, organic kombucha culture, organic cane sugar, and organic raspberry infusion.
Availability: A-Frame Brewing Co. Nesters Market, The Green Moustache and Euphoria Natural Health.
11. Hazy Daze, Howe Sound Brewing
Description: A Northeast style IPA more focused on hop flavour than bitterness. The beer is very tropical and fruit forward with the juicy flavours of mango guava, stone fruit and peaches.
Availability: Available on tap at Howe Sound, and in 6 pack cans across private liquor stores in BC.
12. Blueberry Kombucha, Crabapple Cafe
Description: A Made in Gastown, West-Coast craft kombucha fully loaded with blueberries, probiotics and antioxidants.
Availability: Kombucha at Crabapple Cafe is available on a rotating tap, summer flavours include blueberry, lemon and ginger. The Crabapple Cafe's new hours are from 8 am to 4 pm daily.
13. Pineapple Mojito, Match Eatery and Public House
Description: A pineapple twist on a summer classic. The Pineapple Mojito is made from Pineapple Rum, fresh mint, juicy lime and pineapple juice, topped with soda. One sip will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for more.
Availability: You can find this summer sipper on the Patio Drink Menu until mid-September.
14. Iced Mocha, Galileo Coffee Company
Description: Espresso made from small-batch in-house roasted beans, paired with delectably rich chocolate sauce and milk poured over ice.
Availability: Only available at Galileo Coffee Company.
15. Cucumber Mule, The Joinery
Description: Stir things up a little with this a thirst quenching twist on a summer favourite. A traditional Moscow Mule infused with the fresh taste of cucumber to quench your thirst.
Availability: Available at The Joinery, Squamish.
16. Cranberry Apple Cider, Cliffside Cider
Description: Dry and crisp Squamish-made apple cider with a hint of cranberry. % 5.5.
Availability: Available on tap at Squamish's brand new cidery. Open Saturday evenings until August. You can follow their Facebook page for tasting room updates.
Stay tuned for new craft cideries coming to Squamish this summer. Northyards Cider Co. will be opening their doors this July and Geo Cider will be added to the crafty mix in September.