BREWERY TOUR: Whistler Brewing Company – Whistler, BC
Follow Dan Crocker, A.K.A Booze Reviews to Whistler, British Columbia and join him on his brewery tour of Whistler Brewing Company.
By Dan Crocker on Nov. 24, 2016
I recently got the opportunity to do a brewery tour of Whistler Brewing Company, and it was fantastic! The drive up from Vancouver was quite a breath taking drive. I forgot what it is like to go up the Sea to Sky Highway.
Whistler is just a small town but it is full of life year round, known for its skiing in the winter and its summer mountain activities, it seems there can be lots to do if you are an active person.
Whistler Brewing Company Tasting Room
The brewery itself is separated into two different sections, the brewery and the tasting room.
The tasting room seems like it has recently been redone and it looks amazing, although it does look a little small and cramped, you do still have a warm and cozy feeling when you go in. The staff at Whistler Brewing are amazing, friendly and upbeat. You can tell they love their jobs there.
I was greeted by the bar staff when I went and sat down, they gave me a menu of the beers and each one had quite the description and story behind them. While waiting I was enjoying the seasonal they had on tap.
Whistler Brewing Company Brewery Tour
From the tasting room, the staff took myself and about 6 other people on the brewery tour. They explained the different malts and grains they use, how they get what they want out of the taste of the beers, as well as feeding us sample after sample. We got to see the front of the brewery on the tour as they were working around the back and we couldn’t go back there for safety reasons.
Like the other brewery tours I went on during this time, Whistler Brewing did something a little different. They actually let us drink out of one of the vats! I got to try the Whiskey Jack Ale before it was even bottled! I have to say having it fresh like that I was almost tempted to buy my own vat just to have fresh beer like that!
At the end of the brewery tour I had to have something quick to eat before I drove the 90 minutes back to Vancouver. I tried their Vegetarian Chilli Potato Skins. The Chilli was infused with the Whiskey Jack Ale and it tasted fantastic! I love my chilli and this taste was unforgettable! I really enjoyed it and was kind of sad that I had to make my way back down to Vancouver.
I want to thank everyone at Whistler Brewing for giving me a tour of their brewery, who knew that they had to buy back their brewery after Big Rock bought them out and then abandoned it. I have to say getting it back up and running is one of the best things they ever could have done! For $15.95 per person to tour it is well worth the price!
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