5 Reasons to Visit Backcountry Brewing
We’re lucky to live in the adventure capital of Canada; there’s climbing, ski touring, glacier missions, kiteboarding and biking all at our doorstep. Apart from being awesome, these adventures all have one thing in common; the need to review, chat, laugh and plan the next one over a glass of cold beer.
In Squamish, we’ve got a number of great breweries, all unique and identifiable in their own way. Backcountry Brewing is one of the newest on the scene and they’ve designed a great atmosphere, brewed refreshing beer, hired friendly staff and produced gourmet food at an affordable price. If you’re a little short of time, let me just say that they’ve got everything you need after a day of exploring!
Beer, Beer and More Beer
When it comes to beer, these guys are the experts. They make all their delicious brews in house, for the sole purpose of pleasing their loyal customers – that’s us guys! So, if you’ve got requests, comments, congratulations – the beer wizards would love to hear from you.
Anyway, back on topic. After taking my seat at the bar, the servers were quick to ask what sort of beers I typically enjoy and from there, they were able to recommend the RidgeRunner Pilsner as a good match for my beer tastes.
Since I was there to sample the local delicacies, I did chose to get a beer tasting plate instead of just the one. I’ve got to say, it was definitely the right decision! The beers were amazing and the woodwork on the plate itself was pretty special. Without being to cliche, it definitely made for an Insta-worthy photo.
Big, Open and Airy Spaces
If you have a look at Backcountry Brewing from the outside, you’re first thoughts may be a little neutral. It can seem quite small, is a little easy to miss and is a little out of the way, nestled amongst the Squamish Industrial area. But, let me just say, please don’t let this fool you.
It’s big, far bigger than I would have thought possible, open, inviting and bright. Backcountry Brewing has done an amazing job of opening the space up, and I love the big, shiny beer vats that stare straight at you when you first walk through the door.
While they don’t have an outdoor patio, they’ve done a great job of bringing ‘the patio vibes’ indoors. The large, wooden, communal table that runs down the middle of the venue and the high-top bar style table is a winner.
The Menu is Five Star (Without the Pricetag)
Sometimes I like to act a little fancy and treat myself when I should probably be saving for that next vacation instead. But you know what, the menu at Backcountry brewing allows you to feel a little special, without blowing your budget.
Now for the food. After dating a vegetarian for some time, the first thing I noticed was a very vegetarian friendly menu. Out of the fifteen or so food options, less than a handful had meat, and it would have been no problem to have them without.
I had the pleasure of sampling the legendary forager pizza (mushrooms, kale, parmigiana reggiano, truffled cream) the beet salad (Fior Di Latte, beets, arugula, candied pecan) and their anti-pasti platter. Before I’d even tasted it, the pizza had won me over. The smell of the truffle oil had me salivating and the size of it made my mouth drop. I don’t know how Backcountry’s done it, but if I closed my eyes, I could have sworn I was back in Italy.
To cut a potentially long winded romance novel short: If I had to sum their food up in one word, I’d simply say ‘yes’.
I’m not really sure how to explain this, but walking into the Backcountry Brewing just felt like Squamish. There was an amazing mix of people, from a family having their lunch, to a group of small business owners networking, and a bunch of ladies sharing a few bachelorette drinks. There were locals who just wandered down, visitors who’d stumbled upon it, and beer lovers touring the Sea-to-Sky breweries! Where else do you find that but this beautiful place we call home.
Although to be honest, what really made me fall in love with this place was the finger board hanging in the staff area. It’s important your staff can keep their strength up, right?
Staff are Attentive and Friendly
The wait and bar staff at a venue can definitely make or break your experience, and for these guys, it’s been made. They’re friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, they’ll keep an eye on you all night and keep your drinks topped up as long as you’re wanting. The best bit, I can nearly guarantee they’ll recognize you the next time you walk through those doors.
Since I’ve already rambled on more than enough, I’m going to keep it short. If you’re looking for a relaxed and welcoming venue to enjoy your next beer, the Backcountry Brewery is it.
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