One of the best things about Whistler (aside from the breathtaking scenery) is that there’s always something going on. Whistler’s calendar is packed with an endless lineup of festivals and events all year long, and next up is the highly anticipated Whistler Village Beer Festival.
Taking place from September 11 to 16, the Whistler Village Beer Festival is a multi-day event featuring craft beer tastings, cask nights, beer battles, live music, food pairing dinners and more. This year will mark the sixth anniversary of the festival; to celebrate, a sixth day of programming has been added to the schedule, meaning there are even more great food and beverage events to check out.
The Main Event takes place on September 15/16 at Whistler Olympic Plaza. This is the outdoor tasting where you can mingle with fellow craft beer and cider enthusiasts and sample the goods from some of the best breweries in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
Other festival highlights include Axes & Ales on September 11, when you can try your hand at axe-throwing at Forged in Function Junction before heading to Whistler’s own Coast Mountain Brewing for a cold one. You can also land at Whistler Brewing Co. for more beer tasting, BBQ and live music.
Or check out Craft Cultures: Sea, Land, Sky – a new event for 2018 taking place at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on September 12. This swanky evening will include delectable craft beer-infused bites prepared by Red Seal Chef David Li (the décor and food will celebrate the themes of sky, land and sea).
And if you enjoy a side of downward dog with your craft brew, make sure you check out Sip & Stretch. This unique event on September 13 invites participants to sip on suds while enjoying an hour-long yoga session. Yoga mats will be provided and prizes will be given out throughout the evening.
Head to the Whistler Village Beer Festival website (here) to learn more and to buy tickets. Extend your weekend and make it a mini vacation in the mountains with accommodations from just $139 per night when you stay for two nights or more.
– All photos via: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane & Whistler Village Beer Festival –
All photos via Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane & Whistler Village Beer Festival / Abby Cooper