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The First Annual Squamish Beer Festival

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The first annual Squamish Beer Festival is taking place on Saturday 11 July. Craft beer fans will be celebrating the launch of the one-day event by sampling the latest beers and ciders from some of the world’s best breweries. The event takes place from 1pm-6pm at O’Siyam Pavilion in Downtown Squamish. Those living in Vancouver or Whistler will be pleased to know that shuttle buses have been arranged to and from the event, meaning you can enjoy all the beer you want! It’s the first of its kind in Squamish and looks set to be a fantastic celebration of some incredible breweries. The event is the latest addition to a growing roster of summer events that includes the Test of Metal and Squamish Music Festival.

About the event

More than 30 breweries will be present at the festival including Central City Brewers, Hoyne Brewing Co., Four Winds Brewing Co, Steamworks Brewing Co and Squamish’s own Howe Sound Brewing. Squamish is the perfect place to host the event, named among the New York Times places to go in 2015, it is also home to Howe Sound Brewing, recently named Best BC Brew Pub. Along with sampling and tastings, there will also be a craft brewery workshop, local food and live music to keep everyone entertained. Tickets to the event get you a tasting glass and 6 tasting tokens. General Admission costs $37 and you can get your tickets HERE. On Friday 10 July, the day before the festival, Steamworks lead brewer John Folinsbee will be giving a homebrew seminar at Howe Sound Brewing. The seminar is for both beginning and advance home-brewers and covers equipment, recipe building and tips for improvement. Get tickets for the seminar HERE.


Volunteer opportunities are available for hard-working beer enthusiasts over the age of 19. Volunteers are rewarded with a Squamish Beer Festival t-shirt, a post-event volunteer appreciation party at Howe Sound Brew Pub on Sunday, along with the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at a beer festival. To find out more about opportunities and register your interest, go to the official festival site.