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Whistler is one of those places that has so much to see and do. This charming mountain town has built a reputation for world-class skiing and snowboarding, epic mountain biking trails, and beautiful crystal clear lakes. Half a party town, half a luxurious mountain resort village, one thing is certain: you will drink well in Whistler!

As the craft beer enthusiasts we are, we loved visiting all the many different breweries in Whistler. Nothing is better than enjoying a delicious cold craft brew after a long day of hiking, biking, or skiing. If you’re planning a bachelor or bachelorette party in Whistler, soaking up the craft beer scene is an absolute must!

Whistler Village in winter

If you’re looking for a fun way to fill your day, visiting the best breweries in Whistler is a great way to do just that. With 3 different breweries in the city and 1 distillery, this is a great place to let loose and enjoy a cold brewski after a day on the slopes.

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A true beer town, Whistler is known for hosting the odd craft beer festival as well. If you’re lucky enough to visit during a festival you will be rewarded with the best craft beer tastings paired with delicious food, live music, and great vibes celebrating BC’s vibrant beer culture.

Below is everything you need to know about visiting the distilleries and breweries in Whistler, BC.

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3 Top Breweries in Whistler

High Mountain Brewing Company Brewhouse

Address: 4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

High Mountain Brewing Co makes their beer in house delivering a unique flavor and that local charm you’re looking for. There are flagship craft beers that are offered year round as well as seasonal favorites that interchange. Growlers are available for purchase to bring your favorite beer home with you. For those wanting to get a wide variety of flavors, they do have tasting flights available in both 4 or 8 – 6oz tasters. If beer isn’t your vibe, they also serve up wine and cocktails.

The welcoming restaurant inside is full of fireplaces and a model train to create a cozy atmosphere. There is a large pizza oven which further adds to the ambiance. There is also a large patio which is perfect for enjoying handcrafted beers in the summertime. They have a good sized menu offering appies, bowls, grilled meats, and fire roasted pizzas.

This Whistler brewery acts more as a restaurant than a traditional brewery. It is family friendly which means you can enjoy a nice cold craft beer with the whole family. They offer a hoppy hour Monday to Friday between 2 pm and 4 pm where you can enjoy discounted drinks and food.

Coast Mountain Brewing

Address: #2 – 1212 Alpha Lake Road, Whistler, BC

Coast Mountain Brewing is a family run brewery that opened in 2016 serving up delicious locally made craft beer. This is a great brewery to visit if you love sour craft beer (our fav) or a fresh hazy IPA. The beer is unique and delicious – a must try Whistler brewery! Drink a pint or sample a few different flavors in a beer flight. Their wood paneled interior is very cozy and inviting. They even have a good sized dog friendly patio that you can enjoy in summer.

While you can expect delicious brews, unfortunately, there is no restaurant on site. They do however sell pepperoni and allow you to bring your own food. Pack a picnic and sample some of the delicious beers sold here. The best part is that if you love their beer, you can get it shipped to you all across British Columbia.

Whistler Brewing Company

Address: 1045 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC

The city’s OG brewery, Whistler Brewing Company paved the way for the craft brewing scene in the area being established in 1989. They have a wide selection of core beer, a few rotating seasonal brews, and some interesting unique brews. There are 2 different gluten free beers offered in the mix for those with restrictions. This is one of my favorite breweries in Whistler. I highly recommend ordering beer flights here as there are many different delicious kinds of beer to try. If you come during wintertime, you have to try their Winter Dunkel.

If you find yourself here between Friday and Sunday at 11 am, you can take part in a 45 minute tour of the brewery before they open for the day. The experience costs $26 CAD and includes the guided tour and 4 – 6 oz beer tastings. You will need to book online 24 hours before your tour date.

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If you’re looking to pair your beer with some good food, they do serve some appies and pizzas. What’s better than a nice cold beer and a big plate of nachos? There are lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available here. There is a large garage door that invites an indoor/outdoor feel opening up to a dog friendly outdoor patio for summertime which is nice to enjoy.

Top Distillery in Whistler

Montis Distilling

Address: 1062 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC

Montis Distilling is the only distillery in Whistler. It has been on the scene since 2019 distilling gin, vodka, and whiskey in Whistler’s upbeat Function Junction neighborhood. The spirits are crafted in small batches and the precision and dedication are easy to taste. A distillery tour and tasting is a great way to spend your day, especially in this cozy setting. The tour lasts an hour and costs $20 CAD.

You can tell that the staff loves what they do and have a wealth of knowledge and passion about the spirits. I love that all their spirits have such a unique distinct flavor, even between the different types of gin produced here. You can even order custom batches of gin.

Top Drink Tour in Whistler

Whistler Distillery Tour – If you’re like us and hate apointing a designated driver, taking a tour can be a really great option. This craft distillery tour will have you spending a couple of hours in your evening touring through a neighborhood called Function Junction. You will visit Montis Distilling to sample and tour the distillery as well as visit The Raven Room to sample their spirits. This tour includes transportation from your hotel and takes you outside of Whistler Village for $88.25 CAD ($65 USD) per person.

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If you’re looking for some other great spots in Whistler to enjoy a cold beer, consider FireRock Lounge in Whistler Village. Located inside The Westin Resort, this upscale cocktail bar serves up cozy mountain vibes sitting fireside with a cold beer flight and gourmet food. If you’re looking for a more casual laid back scene, the pizza and craft beer combo served up at the HandleBar Café and Apres is a favorite of ours.

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Whistler has established quite a name for itself in the craft brewing and distilling world. Visiting the Whistler breweries is a great way to spend an afternoon. With many being in the same area and offering quite a good seasonal selection, going brewery hopping in Whistler is great no matter what time of year you’re visiting. I hope we’ve helped convince you to include visiting the breweries in Whistler to your next vacation plan.

Cheers, happy drinking!

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Kelowna is known for stunning wineries, constant sunshine and delicious apple cider. In recent years, the Kelowna brewery scene has boomed making it a huge beer town. Bouncing between the different Kelowna brew pubs makes for one of the best ways to spend a day in the Okanagan. The Kelowna brewery district has many different options of micro breweries to choose from. Brewery restaurants offer delicious food combined perfectly with small-batched beer. In our opinion, Kelowna beer is some of the best beer in Canada.

Keeping with that Okanagan lifestyle of beer and wine, what better way to spend a summer day than on a Kelowna brewery tour? We’ve made a list of all the best downtown Kelowna breweries you have to visit. Not only that, we’ve carefully considered the order of breweries to make it so you spend less time commuting and more time sipping some ice cold Kelowna craft beer.

Should I book a brewery tour?

Yes! When you’re out drinking beer, the last thing you want to do is concern yourself with a designated driver. If learning all about the craft beer making process and having someone doing the designated driving sounds good to you, booking a brewery tour is a great option! Here are some of our favourite tours.

Yes! When you’re out drinking beer, the last thing you want to do is concern yourself with a designated driver. If learning all about the craft beer making process and having someone doing the designated driving sounds good to you, booking a brewery tour is a great option! Here are some of our favourite tours.

Kelowna Brewery Tour: This 3 hour brewery tour will have you visiting 3 of the best breweries in Kelowna: BNA Brewing, Tree Brewing, and Kettle River Brewing. The tour includes a flight of beer at each brewery and transportation between the three for $110 CAD ($82.04 USD).

Kelowna food and Beer Tour: If you’re anything like us, you love food just as much as you love beer! This walking brewery tour starts you off snacking at a few local cheese and bread shops before taking you to Kettle Valley Brewing for a delicious lunch and beer combo. You will then head to Rustic Reel Brewing and BNA Brewing for more beer and more snacks! This tour includes all your food and drinks for $145 CAD ($108.14 USD).

How do you get around to different breweries in Kelowna?

We created this Kelowna brewery tour in a specifically designed order to maximize drinking time and minimize your commute. Between breweries, you will be walking as close as in the same parking lot and as long as a few blocks. This is a great way to see the different areas in Kelowna.

The breweries are all located in high-traffic areas meaning there will be electric scooters and electric bikes on the streets in a ride-share program you can use to hop between breweries. We love turning this into a Kelowna brewery bike tour.

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What are the best Kelowna breweries if I don’t have time to visit them all?

If you don’t have time to visit all of the downtown breweries on our list, we do have a few favourites that are a must-visit. Red Bird Brewery has one of the best patios on the list with a great, social atmosphere. Bad Tattoo Brewery has some great vibes and their food is delicious. BNA Brewery is a whole scene, especially if you visit their restaurant as well. Jackknife Brewery perfectly combines delicious food and great beer!

Are there any Kelowna dog friendly breweries?

Kelowna is a dog friendly city and most of the breweries in town happily welcome your furry friend to join on their patio. While the city doesn’t allow animals inside establishments that serve food (or beer), your pups won’t be allowed to enter any of the breweries but most are happy to provide water, and shade and some even have comfy beds for your dog to cozy up on.

The only brewery on our list that doesn’t allow dogs is Vice & Virtue as they do not have an outdoor patio to host your pup. Bad Tattoo and The Office do not allow dogs on their patio but they do allow dogs to be tied up to the outside of the fence right beside your table.

Unleashed Brewing has a dog friendly patio!

Kelowna Brewery Tour Map

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Kelowna Brewery Tour Itinerary

1. Kelowna Beer Institute (KBI)

Address: 1346 Water St.

Hours: 11:30 am – 10 pm Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 11pm Friday & Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm Sunday

Located right downtown this Kelowna brewery has a large patio next to the Kelowna Yacht Club. Kelowna Beer Institute recently rebranded from its former name Tree Brewing. If you’re hungry, be sure to try their delicious pizza! They even have vegan cheese for those with dietary restrictions.

The central location and fun board games make this one of the best Kelowna brewery – you’ll likely want to stay here for a while. Playing a game of cribbage on a hot summer day while drinking beer… does life get better?

2. BNA Brewing Co.

Address: 1250 Ellis St, Kelowna

Hours: 11 am – 12 am daily

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BNA is split into two areas, the tasting room and the eatery. The tasting room opens at 11 am while the eatery opens at 5 pm. The tasting room features a large indoor area and a great patio with large fire rings for you to enjoy your cold beer and wine. They have a food truck-inspired rotating food menu so you can try a new dish and craft beer with every visit.

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If you’re heading to the restaurant, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much there is to do. Walk in to find a huge open area with a second floor that’s built with fun in mind. The bar is served out of an old Airstream trailer and there are couches to sit everywhere. There’s even a bowling alley and skeeball upstairs making this one of the most fun Kelowna brewery on our list.

3. The Office Brewery

Address: 890 Clement Ave #301, Kelowna

Hours: 12 pm – 9 pm Sunday & Monday, 12 pm – 10 pm Tuesday – Thursday, 12 pm – 11 pm Friday & Saturday

This place will make you love having mid-day meetings at the office. This Kelowna brewery features two stories that have a ton to offer beyond just their delicious beer. All their beer has funny office-themed names such as their “9-5”, “off the clock” and “liquid assets” beer.

One of our favourite things here is their cocktail flights. Choose any 4 of their cocktails worth a try. Where else can you get drunk at 2 pm and get off by saying you just spent a day at “the Office”?

4. Unleashed Brewing

Address: 880 Clement Ave #207, Kelowna

Hours: 3 pm – 9 pm Monday – Thursday, 1 pm – 10 pm Friday & Saturday, 1 pm – 8 pm Sunday

If you love dogs, this is the place to be. The whole theme of this Kelowna brewery is dogs which instantly makes it one of our favourites in the area. Beer is the focus of this brewery with only a few pre-packaged food items available. There are often food trucks located outside for those looking for a bite to eat.

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Dogs aren’t just on their mind, they’re all over the brewery. Beer flights are served in dog bowls to add to the brewery’s charm. All beer names are K9 inspired, everything from the Berry Good Boy to their Fuggley Dog. The outdoor patio welcomes you and your dog and even provides cozy dog beds to keep your pup happy.

5. Rustic Reel Brewery

Address: 760 Vaughan Ave, Kelowna

Hours: 10 am – 7 pm Monday, 12 pm – 9 pm Tuesday – Thursday, 12 pm – 11 pm Friday, 11 am – 11 pm Saturday

This female owned Kelowna brewery embodies the Okanagan lifestyle with fishing, beer and chill vibes. You will feel like family at this laidback brewery with all the staff being incredibly friendly. It is not uncommon to see the owner Susi there making sure everyone feels happy and at home which gives a really special touch to this brewery.

At Rustic Reel, you will find a good selection of craft beer, wine, ciders, and cocktails. Their nachos are amazing and pair beautifully with their raspberry sour beer.

Their dog friendly patio is a great place to hang out. Large garage doors open giving the pub a smooth indoor/outdoor feel. If you love the beer and want to take some home, you can build your own 6 packs with different kinds of beer to try them all.

In the back of this Kelowna brewery you will find the delicious Tackle Box Coffee Bar open in the mornings. A cool store selling merch is also in the back of the store.

6. Jackknife Brewing

Address: 727 Baillie Ave, Kelowna

Hours: 12 pm – 10 pm Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm – 9 pm Sunday, Closed Monday

This Kelowna brewery gives unique alternative style vibes we can’t get enough of. Their motto is “weird beer, classic pizza” and we have to say this fits perfectly. This is the best brewery with food on our list. Their pizza is a must try, arguably the best in the city! Vegan cheese and meat alternatives make this the best brewery for vegetarians/vegans to eat.

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Their rotating taps make it so you can order something new everytime you come in. Be sure to check out their dog friendly back patio for picnic table style lunch served with quirky and delicious beer. Jackknife Brewing frequently has live music happening.

7. Vice & Virtue

Address: 1033 Richter St, Kelowna

Hours: 4 pm – 10 pm Wednesday & Thursday, 2 pm – 10 pm Friday, 12 pm – 10 pm Saturday, 12 pm – 8 pm Sunday, Closed Monday & Tuesday

Starting as a group of guys in their garage, this cute little Kelowna brewery started where they all should: with a love of beer! A small menu of gourmet-style can be found here including their in-house smoked meats. The big draw is the beer and the family vibes. It is not uncommon to see kids in highchairs and families everywhere enjoying this brewery. Their Love Potion sour is enough to get you coming back for more.

8. Red Bird Brewing

Address: 1080 Richter St, Kelowna

Hours: 12 pm – 10 pm Monday – Wednesday, 12 pm – 12 am Thursday – Sunday

We’re not saying we left the best for last, but if you said Red Bird was the best brewery in Kelowna we wouldn’t disagree. This brewery has an area to order beer and food inside. You can choose to sit inside or outside.

Outside you will find a large patio area with fire tables, and turf grass that’s very inviting for kids and dogs. Somehow, this place has perfectly blended a very social upbeat and family-friendly environment. And, yes, this Kelowna brewery is dog friendly.

Recent renovations added a large patio area with an outdoor stage. This brewery often turns into a large outdoor club with live music and even multi-day music festivals. We suggest getting a beer tasting with beer flights so you can try their Radler beer, sour beer, and BC IPA beer.

What do you think about our Kelowna brewery tour itinerary? Let us know your favourite breweries in Kelowna BC in the comments below.

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