This team of owner-operators was formed shortly after the group realized they all were after the same thing, just in different parts of the province. Brewer John Folinsbee was planning a brewery in Squamish, industry veteran Marc Roberts had his sights on Vancouver while entrepreneur Ben Reeder and builder Adam Steinberg were looking at brewing in the Cowichan Valley on Reeder’s hop farm. After tasting John’s recipes they decided to go all in and combine forces to build the 6000 square foot brewery, tasting room and kitchen in Squamish.
The goal was to build a production brewery that also focused on a unique tasting room experience with food as a major component. This was made a reality with the addition of Red Seal Chef Mike Staveley and interior designer Tanja Nargang who created a room that feels like a backcountry ski cabin circa 1975, complete with shingles, vintage decor, lanterns and tabletops made of local trail maps. Since opening April 1st 2017, Backcountry has found a nice groove in Squamish and BC’s craft beer scene winning “Rookie of the year” at the BC Beer awards along with 1st Place for the Trailbreaker Pale Ale and second place for the Widowmaker IPA and Ridgerunner Pilsner.
Our multi award winning brewer is somehow still humble and hardworking. Can typically be found asking Calum to reach items on the top shelf. Secret talents include; professional poker player and public speaking.
Marc is our beer selling machine and while he also claims to be super good at sports, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer *cough*. You can sometimes find Marc taking a short break on his evenings in the brewery playing with his remote control cars and sipping the occasional scotch.
Maxes out at 12GB a month, Ben is our social media guru/addict and will ensure you look your best for every photo, God bless. Ben likes to sip his beers loudly and keep his facial hair thick.
Tasting Room Managernicole@backcountrybrewing.com
Nicole is our fearless tasting room leader with a passion for themed dress-up’s like no other. A connoisseur with the pallet of Jack Kerouac, adventurous and explorative. Nicole will educate you in the school of brew with the spice of her fiery attitude that just about outmatches her fiery red hair.
Stacey is our lean, mean administration machine. Some have tried but nothing gets past her. She can otherwise be found on the 99 going full out on her vintage Yamaha XS 850. A.K.A Boss Dawg.
Nina’s specialty is crunching numbers and crushing beers. A master at getting the low down on the down low. Claim to fame: almost beat Calum in a shotgun challenge.
This tall treasure of Backcountry has superior forklift skills and is a master in the art of distinguished drinking games. Claim to fame: has never lost a shotgunning challenge.
Our most scientifically precise and majorly excitable brewer. James can be found creeping across rock faces and laughing at his own jokes.
Sean Reese Ryan
A.K.A Chareese…Fast hair and heavy metal, this guy really knows his beer. Claim to fame: fastest time at the staff blind beer tasting.
The chummy crew that pairs the brew with some tasty chew.