Brews, Tunes, and Views – 2019 Whistler Beer Festival Preview

The 2019 Whistler Beer Festival is around the corner. In honour of its 7th year, the festival runs for seven days this year, from September 9-15. This year’s festival lets enthusiasts enjoy events throughout the week.

The festival kicks off on Monday, September 9, 2019, with Axes & Ales, a Function Junction block party. Attendees can try their hand at axe throwing at Forged Axe Throwing before heading to Coast Mountain Brewing for a brew then closing out the party at Whistler Brewing Co. for beers, BBQ, and live music.  

Returning again this year is the signature event Craft Cultures: Sea, Land, Sky will be returning for the second year, on Tuesday, September 10, but this year it will be hosted at the beautiful Audain Art Museum. On Friday, September 13th is the Master Crafters: Haze Craze, where tasters will blind taste test numerous Hazy IPAs and select a winner.  

Throughout the week there will be diverse events including golf and tasting, yoga and tasting as well as numerous guest tap takeovers and casque nights. If you couldn’t get away for a summer holiday, you could do a lot worse than sneaking away to Whistler for a few days in mid-September.

The main event, that fills Olympic Plaza is the Main Event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Music fans can look forward to three great bands on each day to provide a wonderful tasting soundtrack. There will be numerous food trucks peppering the site to compliment the over 70 breweries and 140 craft beer and ciders. Last year’s Best in Fest,  Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock will again be on-site to defend its crown. This festival drives home the fact that we are spoiled here in British Columbia. Nearly all the representation is from B.C., including Squamish’s A-Frame and Backcountry, dozens of Lower Mainland operators as well as numerous interior brews like Cannery (Penticton) and Fernie. Last year a record crown of 4,400 enthusiasts turned out for the festival, despite a drizzly Saturday. Clearly, the ‘Drink Local’ theme is resonating. Tickets are available now, for tickets and visit and full event schedule on the festival’s website.