Good Beer, Proper Pizza Puts Squamish’s Backcountry Brewing on the Map
Scout MagazineSeptember 04, 2017
I recently paid a couple of visits to Backcountry Brewing, a voluminous new brewery and restaurant on Commercial Way in Squamish. It was launched April 1st by a group of five beer enthusiasts, among them head brewer John Folinsbee and Ben Reeder, who – rather conveniently – also owns Maple Bay Hop Farm on Vancouver Island.
Local brewery honours late Chili Thom with new ‘Suck it Cancer’ beer
Squamish ReporterOctober 07, 2021
A local brewery is out with a new beer honouring the memory of late artist Chili Thom. The annual special release features a can designed in collaboration with the estate of Chili Thom, a Sea to Sky artist who succumbed to cancer in 2016.
New vet, local brewery collaborate to fundraise for SPCA
Squamish ReporterOctober 01, 2021
A new veterinarian in town and a local brewery owner have come together to raise money for the local SPCA. It was at a BBQ this summer that Dr. Fraser Davidson, the owner of the newly opened Sea to Sky Veterinary Clinic, spoke to Ben Reeder of Backcountry Brewing, about working together on fundraising for the local SPCA.
2021 Growler Awards Winner Profile: Backcountry Brewing
The GrowlerSeptember 10, 2021
Squamish’s Backcountry Brewing is known for some of the longest beer names in the business, and indeed, pop culture references abound. In fact, Growlie Winner, The Jeffery, was inspired by a memorable scene in the movie Get Him to the Greek (as if we needed to tell you!). Stroke the furry walls and see if you can nail down some of the other, more obscure nods in their line-up!
Backcountry Brewing creates limited edition beer to fundraise for BC Cancer Foundation
BC Local NewsDecember 03, 2020
Squamish based beer company Backcountry Brewing has released a limited edition batch of Suck It Cancer pale ale as part of a fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation.
Backcountry Brewing Brings Back Suck It Cancer Pale Ale for BC Cancer Foundation
Canadian Beer NewsNovember 10, 2020
Backcountry Brewing has announced the return of a charity beer to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation. Suck It Cancer (5.5% abv) is a double dry-hopped Pale Ale that Backcountry master brewer John Folinsbee says has been “hopped with Mosaic, Citra and one of our favorite new hops Strata, so expect big dank and tropical fruit notes.”
Backcountry Brewing’s “Suck It Cancer” Fundraiser 2020
What's Brewing MagazineNovember 09, 2020
Building off the success of last year’s “Suck It Cancer” fundraising campaign, Backcountry Brewing is proud to release the 2020 “Suck It Cancer” Pale Ale on November 10, 2020. Collaborating once again on the can design with the estate of Chili Thom, a local artist who succumbed to cancer in 2016, Backcountry hopes to raise […]
Squamish and Whistler have become major players in the British Columbia craft-beer boom
The Georgia StraitJuly 03, 2020
All three communities have blossomed into thriving and vibrant hubs for arts, culture, and culinary excellence. And, more importantly, for craft beer. Vancouver has one of the most vibrant microbrew communities in the country. But don’t forget that the B.C. Ale Trail also snakes up the Sea to Sky. Here’s a six-pack of great craft breweries in Squamish and Whistler.
Mountain Life Announces Coast Mountains Summer 2020, Beer Collaboration with Backcountry Brewing
Mountain LifeJune 19, 2020
WE’RE BACK! Introducing the Summer 2020 edition of Mountain Life Coast Mountains, and with it, we’re moving into a new realm of sensory ascendance in the form of a limited edition beer collaboration with our friends at Backcountry Brewing.
The Last Word: A craft beer industry artisan
CTV The Last Word with Mike McCardellJanuary 30, 2020
Mike McCardell has the last word on a man who builds some of the most important parts of the craft beer experience.
Squamish brewery raises $11,000 for charity with 'Suck It Cancer' brew
CTV NewsDecember 28, 2019
A B.C. brewery’s fundraising effort has more than doubled its goal, raising $11,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation with a reissued batch of its award-winning pale ale. Squamish-based Backcountry Brewing won a gold medal at the BC Beer Awards in 2018 for the brew it called “Suck It Trebek” in homage to the famous SNL Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch.
The Squamish ChiefDecember 27, 2019
Squamish’s Backcountry Brewing raised $11,000 to fight cancer with the help of some friends and in collaboration with the estate of beloved Squamish artist Chili Thom, who succumbed to cancer in 2016. The brewery relabelled their previous gold medal winner at the BC Beer Awards “Suck It Trebek” and called it “Suck It Cancer.”
Suck It Cancer: Backcountry Brewing’s Newest Beer is Everything, and More
Mountain LifeSeptember 23, 2019
It seems like every week a new brewery, cidery, or distillery opens up in The Sea to Sky region of British Columbia, but one of our favourites has always been Backcountry Brewing. When we heard about their newest release with our late, great friend Chili Thom (who we featured on the cover of our Mountain […]
British Columbia's Best Breweries
Ale SessionsAugust 13, 2019
Halfway between Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish is the perfect place for a quick pit stop, and Backcountry Brewing is the answer to that problem. Creative and bold, the beers from Backcountry tend to be big and juicy, something that is very on trend.
How Do Micro-Brewers Name Their Beers?
WestJet MagazineJuly 24, 2019
When it comes to labelling their crafty creations, brew masters at Backcountry Brewing are inspired by pop culture and the outdoors. A visit to Squamish, located down the road from Whistler, may take some of the mystery out of the naming process. All Backcountry Brewing employees are encouraged to suggest names from popular culture for its limited-release beers.
Tripping Further Afield in Squamish With Naomi Horii
Scout MagazineJuly 16, 2019
“I like to order a pizza to-go from Backcountry Brewery, have a cheeky seasonal while we wait, then grab a couple of tall cans of their Trailbreaker Pale Ale and go sit in the back of the truck with some comfy blankets at Tiampo Park on Spit Road at the Squamish estuary. It’s pretty stunning to be sitting at the foot of all the surrounding mountains of Squamish while enjoying well-made pizza and beer.”
Squamish's Craft Tasting Trail signals town's pedigree as foodie destination
Vancouver SunJuly 13, 2019
Squamish has changed — what used to be a gas-up point before hitting the mountains is now a nexus for noshing. From vegan-focused breakfast baking and boutique coffee beans to a bustling Saturday farmer’s and maker’s market — not to mention some of some of the best cider poured in the province — there is […]
The Best Squamish April Fool’s Jokes
exploresquamish.comApril 01, 2019
Squamish has a funny bone and this April Fool’s Day is no exception. Read on for a compilation of all the best jokes shared this April 1, 2019.
Backcountry Brewing and Counterpart Coffee Roasters Release Official Beer of Hopwired Festival
Canadian Beer NewsFebruary 11, 2019
Backcountry Brewing has announced the release of a beer created with Counterpart Coffee Roasters especially for an upcoming festival that brings together craft brewers and artisan coffee roasters from British Columbia and beyond.
MLAs vote for Squamish brewery to win first place
Squamish ChiefNovember 15, 2018
A brewery in Squamish has tied for first place in the inaugural Speaker’s Choice Craft Beer award. Backcountry Brewing was given the award at the provincial legislature at the end of last month as part of BC Craft Beer Month.
What the Backcountry Brewing Crew Listen to Keep the Good Times Going
Scout MagazineOctober 26, 2018
For this edition we headed out to Squamish to check in with the team at Backcountry Brewing (who were “amped” to be involved — so much so that they even staged a cover album-themed photo shoot for this piece) and find out what you can expect to hear blasting from their speakers before, during and […]
Squamish: Canada’s outdoor capital is also one of its fastest growing communities
Vancouver SunOctober 25, 2018
Just over two years ago, Ben Reeder moved with his family to Squamish. The co-founder of Backcountry Brewing hasn’t looked back. “I love it here,” he says. “It’s just great because the community is so friendly and people are generally happier here. People smile more and say hello. And everyone out here is actively doing […]
Mia Stainsby: Edible remedy for crashing your bike in Squamish
The ProvinceSeptember 24, 2018
I wasn’t in the best of shape or mood. I’d crashed on my bike when a wheel caught on a wooden bridge on the Squamish Valley Road. I rode into Squamish a wreck and with a very sore rib. I couldn’t laugh and didn’t feel there was much to smile about either. So thank you […]
Where You Live
Shaw TVJune 30, 2018
“Sea to Sky Beer on the BC Ale Trail” on Shaw TV with a short segment about Backcountry Brewing. Producer: Malcolm Yates / Kristy Aleksich Camera/ Editor: Kristy Aleksich www.shawtv.com
Those Crafty Canadians
Flight CentreJune 20, 2018
Just beyond Vancouver you’ll find two other standout microbreweries worth a visit. Backcountry Brewing is a world-class brewery located a scenic one-hour drive north in Squamish – a town that was once considered just a rest stop en route to Whistler. Cleaning up five medals at the Beer Canada Beer Awards, all within its first 12 months, Backcountry Brewing also makes legendary pizzas.
Squamish attracts new population and hip businesses, along with growing pains
The ProvinceJune 12, 2018
At Backcountry Brewing, the long and wooden communal tables tucked inside a Squamish business park are packed with young families and their kids, wolfing down thin crust pizza that locals like to say rivals anything on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. “I don’t know if we would have been as successful as we are if we had opened a few years ago,” says co-owner and brewer John Folinsbee.
Brewing up a community
The Georgia StraightMay 28, 2018
With almost a decade of events under its belt, Vancouver Craft Beer Week brews up a community.
Food Glorious Food - Episode 63
Food Glorious FoodMay 08, 2018
This podcast contains a craft brewery feature on Backcountry Brewing as well as restaurant closures. There is also a neighborhood feature on Gastown, new restaurants featuring Hey Dumplings, Sopra Sotto, Centro Denman and Yum Sweet Shop and lastly the Taco Challenge.
Backcountry Brewing, Squamish, British Columbia
Cascadian Beer PodcastMay 06, 2018
Along the Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia is the community of Squamish. Known as the recreational capital of Canada, this small town is home to a brewery that embraces that spirit to heart. I sat down with two of the co-founders Ben Reeder & John Folinsbee of Backcountry Brewing.
50 of the Best New Breweries
Beer AdvocateMay 01, 2018
Backcountry Brewing Squamish, British Columbia Opened: April 2017 Long perceived as just a rest stop on the drive to Whistler, Squamish has become a popular option for urban expats fleeing the high cost of housing in Vancouver—an even more attractive move now that this town of 20,000 has three breweries. Backcountry, the latest to open, […]
Ranking every brewery in the Sea-to-Sky/Sunshine Coast
justinmcelroy.comMarch 14, 2018
You know what was fun last year? Ranking every brewery in Metro Vancouver. You know what’s more fun? Expanding this silly project to all of southwestern British Columbia. Why? Because there are so many breweries in this part of the world now, and some are great and some are good and some should be avoided, but it’s hard to know which is which unless you have damaged your liver are a seasoned expert, and we’d like to share our expertise with you.
Backcountry Brewing is the new kid on the craft-beer block
Pique News MagazineNovember 23, 2017
There’s a new kid in the Sea to Sky’s craft-beer scene, and the industry has taken note. Squamish’s Backcountry Brewing was the big winner at last month’s BC Beer Awards, earning five medals in a number of hotly contested categories — despite only opening its doors in April.
Craft beer is awesome! Backcountry Brewing’s Trailbreaker Pale Ale
The GrowlerOctober 26, 2017
Squamish’s Backcountry Brewing was one of the big winners at the B.C. Beer Awards last weekend, which, if you’re familiar with their beer or their story, should come as no surprise. These dudes (and dudettes) have been knocking it out of the park since they opened earlier this year.
RBS Sponsors the 2017 BC Beer Rookie of the Year Award
Richard Buell SuttonOctober 25, 2017
This year’s Rookie of the Year Award goes to Backcountry Brewing. Their reward for this prestigious win includes partnering with our Craft Breweries and Distilleries team of lawyers on a complimentary package of legal services and advice for their company.
Behind the Scenes with Backcountry Brewing
Squamish.comJuly 04, 2017
“Never hit the backcountry alone”. The crew at the soon-to-be-opened Backcountry Brewing is on a mission to have your back on any and all Sea to Sky adventures.
Backcountry Brewing Now Open in Squamish
Canadian Beer NewsApril 12, 2017
The recent flurry of brewery openings in British Columbia continued this past weekend with the opening of a new brewery and taproom in Squamish. Backcountry Brewing has been established by a group of five partners, including head brewer John Folinsbee (ex-Steamworks), and Ben Reeder, co-owner of Maple Bay Hop Farm where many of the hops used in Backcountry’s beers will be grown.
Brewing up a storm
The Squamish ChiefFebruary 14, 2017
Squamish’s increasingly younger demographics and fast-growing population is prompting new microbreweries to capture a ripe market. A-Frame Brewing Company opened this past December and Backcountry Brewing is expected to open in March. Alongside the veteran beer makers from Howe Sound Brewing, this will raise the number of microbreweries in town to three.