On Saturday September 13th, 2014 the Second Annual Whistler Village Beer Festival was held. The festival was held at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Whistler Village. The event started for average attendees at 1pm (opened at 12 for gatecrashers) and ran until 5pm (last call at 4:45). The event cost $35 or $45 for gatecrashers and included a branded 4oz mug, 5 beer tokens and a $5 off-site food voucher. extra tokens cost $1.5 with a maximum of 10 tokens purchased at a time.
Breweries involved included the following
Red Racer (Central City Brewers & Distillers), Whistler Brewing Co, Dead Frog Brewery, Lighthouse Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Parallel 49 Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Old Yale Brewing, Granville Island Brewing, Canuck Empire, Howe Sound Brewing, Four Winds Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing, Cariboo, Okanagan Springs, Scandal Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Fernie Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewery, Prohibition Brewing, Big Surf Beer Co, Red Truck Beer, Bomber Brewing, Russell Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Stanley Park, Brewhouse Whislter, Steamworks Brewing
Unibroue, Glutenberg, LTM, Alexander Keith’s Hop Series, Big Rock Brewery, Creemore Springs Brewery, Mad & Noisy Brewing, Steam Whistle
Ninkasi Brewing, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Pyramid Breweries, Hub, Lakefront Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Samuel Adams, Double Mountain, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Magic Hat, Deschutes Brewery, Gigantic Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery
Watsteiner, Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Ankerbrau, Grolsch, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Brouwerij Vansteenberge
TruCraft Beverages, Bravo Beer Corp, Copper & Theory, Untapped, Beverage Concepts Int’l Network Agency
The second annual Whistler Village Beer Festival seemed to be a big success with over 3500 attendees. People from the biggest craft beer aficionados to people that like Macro beer but wanted to try something new were in attendance. Having this festival in the middle of this mountain paradise made for one of the looking craft beer festivals that I have ever attended. This festival may be smaller than the Victoria event but I would say that it is giving it a run for its money!
Like all craft beer festivals the people at the festival were very friendly and loved to chat! I had all kinds of great conversations while walking around and taking photos. I had even better encounters when I was at breweries tents. Here are some of my more candid photos taken with my phone.
If I could only pick one Beer Festival per year I would have to say that it would be hard not to pick this event! Between the amazing selection of breweries almost all being craft beer to the great food and the event better location nestled in the mountain resort town of Whistler. I would not hesitate to recommend this festival to any craft beer fan or anyone that is interested in expanding their palate. With all of the extra events that happen around this festival I would recommend coming up on the Thursday and staying until Sunday. It may be a pricy weekend but you will not regret it!
Fool sized photos can be seen here.
Whistler Village Beer Festival