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!