Craft Beverages to Sip this Summer in Squamish
12 Refreshing Summer Sips
In Squamish, craft beverages are all about small batch and traditional artisanship! This town boasts an ever-increasing list of local artisans crafting a diverse selection of summer-inspired beverages that you won't want to miss. Here's a round-up of our favourite sunny day refreshers that can be found at local watering holes, patios, or savoured in your own backyard.
1. Emerald Lake Lime Sour, A-FRAME Brewing
1st Place winner - 2018 BC Beer Awards
Description: Returning for summer, the Emerald Lake Lime Sour is a kettle-soured Ale, fermented with A-Frame's in-house ale strain on key lime juice, sea salt & vanilla. Tasting notes include tangy lime citrus meets subtle vanilla and pie crust flavours. An awesomely refreshing summertime beer!
Availability: A-FRAME Brewing Tasting Room
2. Asking For a Friend, Rasberry Smoothie Sour, Backcountry Brewing
Description: This raspberry smoothie style sour is packed with heaps of berries and vanilla. Over a metric ton of fruit went into this beer to get you that fruit fix that you know you need on a hot summer day.
Availability: In cans and on tap at Backcountry Brewing
3. Golden Apple Cocktail, Cliffside Cider
Description: Crisp, dry apple cider, a shot of Goldschlager, cinnamon sugar rim, cinnamon stick, and a fresh apple slice.
Availability: On the edge of town at Cliffside Cider in downtown Squamish.
4. Iced Americano, Counterpart Coffee
Description: Lightly roasted single-origin coffee poured over ice and water. Counterpart Coffee is a small batch coffee roaster dedicated to roasting and serving unique and memorable coffees.
Availability: Counterpart Coffee, Zephyr Cafe and 2Chill Gelato.
5. 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 Pelligrino.
Availability: Visit the Squamish Farmers Market to shop for seasonal fruits and a bottle of Frostbites Syrup Elderflower Cordial.
6. Dark Fruit Apple Cider, Geo Cider Co
Description: A semi-dry cider infused with berries, cherries and stone fruit. The vibrant candy colour pleases the eye as a little tartness refreshes the palette. Bold fruit flavours are balanced with a subtle sweetness. A welcome surprise.
Availability: Available on tap and in 6 pack cans at Geo Cider.
7. Gin Basil Smash, Gillespie's Fine Spirits
Description: Muddled cherry tomatoes and basil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, a teaspoon of sugar, Sin Gin, soda, ice.
Availability: A summer feature at The Squamish G Spot, or pick up a bottle of Sin Gin to mix at home.
8. 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: On tap at Howe Sound Brewing Co, and in 6 pack cans across private liquor stores in BC.
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: Backcountry Brewing, Cloudburst Cafe and on their website. Check their Instagram to find where the juice truck will be located each day.
10. Alpenglow Cider Cocktail, Northyards Cider
Description: A mountain-inspired cocktail made of apple cider and Aperol, with a hint of orange. The result is a sunset coloured beverage almost too beautiful to drink.
Availability: In the Northyards Cider tasting room.
11. Raspberry Kombucha, Spark Kombucha
Description: Filtered water and all organic white tea, black tea, kombucha culture, cane sugar, and raspberry infusion.
Availability: A-Frame Brewing, Nesters Market, The Green Moustache and Euphoria Natural Health.
12. 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 that's delicious, refreshing and adored by adults and kids alike.
Availability: Nesters Market, Cloudbust Cafe, Green Moustache, Kululu Cafe, Counterpart Coffee, Backcountry Brewing, Bean Around the world in Brackendale, Euphoria, and the Squamish Adventure Centre.