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!
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.
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.
3 Top Breweries in Whistler
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Other Top Places to Drink in Whistler
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.
Thanks for stopping by!
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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