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 Chef “Artie” McGee 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” and “Best Social Media” at the BC Beer awards along with 1st Place for the Trailbreaker Pale Ale and second place for the Widowmaker IPA and Ridgerunner Pilsner. The Trailbreaker Pale Ale also took a Bronze at the Canadian Brewing Awards and in 2018 the brewery took home another Gold and 3 bronze medals!
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.
Director Of Sales
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.
Marketing / Sales
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.
Kyle “Danger” Chambers
Tasting Room Manager
When Kyle is not keeping the tasting room humming he can be found camping deep in the backcountry with his 140 LB Newfoundlander Charlie, painting glorious landscapes and crushing a few IPA’s. Known for his incredible patience, and handsome looks, Kyle might also be Squamish’s most eligible bachelor!
General Manager / Ring Leader
Stacey is our lean, mean ass kicking 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.
Minister of Finance
Our Minister of Finance hails from Virginia and was raised on Bud Lite. After a stint in Brooklyn Mark ventured out west, bouncing around California where he got a real taste for craft beer. He has since happily converted to the Canadian way of life by swapping out his surf board for skis. His passions include: long trad climbs, crunching numbers, and downing Belgian brews. Fun fact: Mark is also an occasional English literature professor.
Order Desk Clerk / Brand Warrior
We were overjoyed when Sophia jumped off of the Bridge (Brewing) and landed in the Backcountry. After making magic out of the madness that is the order desk she can be found doing laps in the pool, burning her lady candle, or sneaking off for a swift half. Fun fact: Sophia is an avid “twitcher” a.k.a. birdwatcher and prefers eagles to humans on most days.
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.
Meet Melissa, the newest addition to the brew crew. Originally responding to an ad for a position as a driver, she was quickly assessed as overqualified and was moved into the brewery. She currently owns the title of “fastest learner” due to her experience as a biologist, being an avid home brewer didn’t hurt either. Fun fact: she put us all to shame with her rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” on Karaoke night.
Recently kidnapped from Four Winds brewing, Logan is a lover of Stouts, lured in on a cold winter night with our Syrupsticious Stout. Known as the most fashionable of the brewers Logan is also known to be more reliable than Rotten Tomatoes for a movie review. Fun Fact: Also known as Hulk Logan by the ladies.
Formerly the Banquet Chef at the Four Seasons in Whistler, we managed to lure Artie away with the promise of beer…lots and lots of beer. Backcountry has been a great outlet for his creativity, especially when it comes to infusing beer into his culinary creations. After almost becoming a New York cop, Artie thankfully realized his real passion was food and ditched criminal justice for the CIA ( Culinary Institute of America). Fun fact: Artie rates us #4 on his list of go-to breweries behind: Four Winds, Steel And Oak, and Field House.
The chummy crew that pairs the brewwith some tasty chew, led by the Sous Chef duo of Tristan LeRoux and Darrin Dickie.