Back­coun­try Brew­ing

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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 Reeder.

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.

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