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Whistler Village Beer Festival

Beer Festival Grounds

Beer lover's rejoice the Whistler Village Beer Festival makes it's triumphant return to town this September 11 - 14. The idea behind the festival is to bring together craft breweries from throughout BC, the US and beyond for a week of beer tasting and sud related events. The main event of the weekend is the Whistler Village Beer Festival which features 62 breweries serving up 200+ beers to a field full of thirsty patrons. You can catch the main event Saturday, September 13 starting at 12PM and finishing up at 5PM. Tickets for the event cost $45 for the gate crasher (allows you to get in at 12PM) or $35 for general admission (allows you to get in at 1PM).

The Whistler Village Beers Festival will take place along the Olympic Plaza lawn located in the heart of Whistler Village. Once you have entered the hallowed grounds you will be given, one complimentary sample mug, five beer tokens, and one $5 voucher for food. For those super thirsty patrons additional beer tokens can be purchased for $1.50 each.

If you've never been to a beer festival before the token for beer process is very simple. Once you get to the grounds you will wander around until you have found a brewery that suites your eye. Each brewery will have a number of beers on tap in which to choose from. Approach said brewery and exchange one token for a mug of beer. It should be noted that these are sample mugs not full sized pints!! The beautiful thing about the beer festival is that for only $1.50 you get a chance to sample a number of beers that you've never heard of before.

While the Beer Garden may be the main event of the weekend there's also number of other cool events on tap for the weekend. Amongst the events include nightly dinners, after parties, best in show contests and more. To check out the complete day by day schedule of the Whistler Village Beer Festival head on over to the WVBF website. But before you do read up on a couple of this years can't miss night time events!

Friday, September 12

The Butcher & The Brewmaster

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub
Description: One of the most popular events of the weekend is The Butcher & The Brewmaster held at Dubh Linn Gate. Stop on by and choose from a number of delicious meats and cheeses that have been carefully paired with several festival beers. Along with the great eats and brews, rock band Ruckus Deluxe will perform a FREE show. And best of all no ticket and no cover charge.

Saturday, September 13

Best In Fest 2014 Awards

Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Longhorn Saloon Bar & Grill
Description: The moment all 63 breweries have been waiting for! The judges gather to award 3 lucky breweries the chance to pour their finest brews in the taps of Whistler's biggest bars. On top of that 'the best in the fest' will be awarded to the most delicious batch of beer in the festival!

Sunday, September 14

The Hangover

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Longhorn Saloon & Grill
Description: Shake off those cobwebs and head on down to the Longhorn for a bountiful breakfast on Sunday. While you're there maybe order a festival beer or two to get you back in the game.

Photo Credit: Kamil Bialous

Posted by on Thursday, September 11, 2014