By: Nick @VancityBeerGuy
On September 14th, the first ever Whistler Village Beer Festival took place at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza. The event, organized by Whistler residents Liam Peyton and Harrison Stoker, had over 40 breweries participating, showcasing the wide variety of beers available in the BC market.
I was lucky enough to get to Whistler the night before the big tasting event, which took place on the Saturday, and check out a couple of the warm up events. I spent most of my time at the Firerock Lounge where Deep Cove Brewing was running a tap-takeover. Sitting in the small lounge and drinking Deep Cove’s Pale Ale, Saison and Lager was a nice way to wrap up a day of travel.
The next day I woke up and was eager to get to the main event. Walking through picturesque Whistler Village on a hot, sunny day to go drink craft beer is pretty much perfect. The fact that entrance was only $35 and you got five tokens, additional tokens were just $1.25 and attendees also received a $10 coupon redeemable at a number of local Whistler venues was also great.
As soon as I entered the gates to the festival I was greeted by many familiar faces; the amount of people who had made the trip up to the festival from Vancouver goes to show how passionate BC’ers are about our beer. An interesting fact: The layout of the booths was pulled out of a hat, every brewery had an equal chance to have “ideal location” within the festival.
Some highlights of the festival included Granville Island’s One-Two Punch Belgian IPA from Brewmaster Vern’s Black Book Series and one of my favorite BC IPAs: Lighthouse’s Switchback.
It was a fantastic festival, not many sell-out in their first year like this one did. I am already looking forward to next year’s edition and hope to see you all there too!