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Whistler Craft Beer Month: Your 2021 Guide

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One thing that Whistler folks love is their craft beer.This October, come celebrate the delicious golden beverage at the Whistler Craft Beer Month, where the city comes together to offer exciting events, deals, and celebrations.

The Whistler Craft Beer Month runs at several restaurants and bars around Whistler from October 1 through 31. In addition, there are several beer-themed events taking place throughout the city. Think of it as Whistler’s best beer festival of 2021. 

The Best Local Craft Beer Destinations in Whistler

No matter if you are hitting Whistler for the Craft Beer celebrations this October, or any other time of year — we know our beer. Check out some of our favourite local watering holes that cater to a hop-loving crowd.

  • Coast Mountain Brewing 

Coast Mountain Brewing is tucked away in Whistler’s Function Junction. The brewery, although small, has an incredible amount of beers on tap. With so many options, you’ll think the spot is hosting their own Whistler beer festival! We recommend grabbing a beer tasting flight as you’re definitely going to want to try more than one of their brews. We recommend the Hope You’re Happy IPA, Crystal Chair Pilsner, Valley Trail Pale Ale, and Cloudraker Wheat Ale. 

  • Hunter Gatherer

Hunter Gatherer eatery and taphouse is a gorgeous spot for delicious family-style barbecues and brews. Their ingredients are all locally sourced, and their beers all come from craft breweries around BC. The best times to visit Hunter Gatherer would have to be during their happy hours at 3 to 5 and 8 to 10, as all of their beer sleeves cost a mere $4.25.  

  • Forged Axe Throwing

Those looking for a fun drinking activity need to try Forged Axe Throwing in Function Junction. Pound back a pint, grab an axe, and have a fantastic time slinging the metal with friends or family. No experience necessary! 

  • High Mountain Brewing Co.

Also known as The Brewhouse, High Mountain Brewing Co. is a great place to grab a beer. Located next to the Olympic Rings and Whistler Olympic Plaza, the brewery/restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike. We suggest any of their flagship beers, including the Lifty Lager, Grizzly Brown Ale, Alta Lake Ale, and 5 Rings IPA.

  • RMU

In addition to handmade skis, RMU in the upper village serves up delicious dishes and an extensive list of spirits and craft beers. Being a restaurant by skiers, for skiers, the spot is a hit with locals looking to wind down for the day and enjoy a pint on the patio.

  • The Longhorn Saloon

One of Whistler’s best après spots has to be The Longhorn Saloon. Situated directly across the mountain, the restaurant and bar is known for its happy hour specials, mimosa towers, and pitchers of beer on tap.

  • Tapley’s Pub

Tapley’s Pub is the place to be with skee ball, darts, bingo and weekly live tunes. Enjoy a selection of both craft and international brews in this homely yet total Whistler ski bum bar setting.  

  • Whistler Brewing Company

Located in Function Junction, Whistler Brewing Company is one of the city’s best-known breweries. If you’ve walked into a BC Liquor Store, it’s highly likely that you’ve come across at least one of their brews. We currently love their Grapefruit Ale, Bear Paw Honey Lager, and Forager Gluten Free Pale Ale.    

  • El Furniture Warehouse

Locals flock to El Furniture Warehouse for cheap food and drink specials. Between 4 and 5 every day, El Furniture Warehouse hosts Power Hour, where beers cost $2. Yep, you read that right, inexpensive booze and shareable dishes – what more could you ask for? 

Don’t Miss Out: Whistler Craft Beer Month Events

If you are going to be in Whistler this October, there are over a dozen exciting beer-centred events to hit up. From beer cocktails to beer-laden competitions to beer bingo, there is a lot to take in. P

  • Battle of the Beer Cocktail Dinner

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    Who will take the crown as the best beer-cocktail? You are the judge.

Enjoy a three-course family-style dinner by Chef Erin Stone at The Raven Room, accompanied by four local bartending teams who will be competing against each other to create the best cocktail of craft beer and spirits. Diners will be the judge at the event. Check it out October 22nd.

  • Beer Bingo

Every Tuesday in October, Tapley’s Pub will be hosting Beer Bingo with Backcountry Brewing. Each game is free to play and complete with awesome prizes. 

  • Beer Brunch

Stonesedge Kitchen is serving up a boozy brunch complete with cold brewskis. Pick between eight types of beers and a massive selection of eats.

  • Beer Can Chicken Platter

Chef Frank Sham of The Longhorn Saloon is preparing a feast every Sunday from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy slow-roasted chicken stuffed with a whole can of Deep Cove Radler.

  • Bomber Brewing Blowout

The Pangea Pod Hotel is offering a special Whistler Craft Beer Month Special all month long. Order any pizza and Bomber Brew for just $9.99.

  • Brew Bus

If you want to brewery hop but don’t have a designated driver, let Whistler Valley Tours take you for a ride. With prices starting at $299.99 for up to 12 guests, you’ll have an excellent time exploring three options covering breweries in Whistler, Pemberton, and Squamish. 

  • Coast Mountain Bingo

Bingo is always a great time, especially when the prize is a free pint! First, drink a Coast Mountain Beer at Hunter Gather, The Beacon, The Fitzimmons Pub, Stinky’s on the Stroll, Tapleys Pub, and RMU to collect stickers on your bingo card. Then, return your filled-out card at Coast Mountain Brewing to receive a free 20-ounce pint and an entry into a raffle for a custom Coast Mountain Brewing top sheet Prior Snowboard.

  • Coast Mountain Brewing x BETA5 Tasting Flight

Who knew chocolate went so well with beer? Cure Lounge and Patio at Nita Lake Lodge are offering a curated beer and chocolate flight through the month of October.

  • Pizza and a Pint

Black’s Pub is offering a month-long special on their pizzas and pints. Pick between ten stone-baked pizzas and over a dozen brews.

  • Thanksgivin’er

Chef Bobby Fresh at Stonesedge Kitchen is preparing a Thanksgiving Feast to remember. Enjoy deep-fried and slow-roasted BC free-range turkeys, fixings, and of course, craft beer.

What Are You Waiting For? 

After reading this article, you’re now ready to step out and grab a drink or two! The great thing about Whistler is that if you’re staying at a hotel or Air Bnb in the village, most of the listed bars, restaurants, and events are within walking distance. If not, be sure to download Whistle or call a taxi after you’ve been drinking. 

Have fun, and enjoy Whistler Craft Beer Month.