Backcountry Brewing opened its brewery, tasting room and kitchen on April 1st, 2017 in the heart of Squamish BC. The idea hatched in 2014 at a Christmas party when Marc Roberts and Ben Reeder realized they each had the same dream and a different piece of the puzzle. “Team B.E.E.R” was formed with the additions of Brewer John Folinsbee, builder Adam Steinberg and entrepreneur Ranjiv Sandhu. It was from this team spirit that Backcountry Brewing was born, with sights set on building a production brewery that also focused on a unique tasting room experience. With five co-owners handling the day-to-day operations of the brewery, this is a true labor of love.
While maintaining a full variety of beer styles in the tap room, Brewer John Folinsbee’s mainstays are hop-forward beers, including hoppy pilsners, east coast-style unfiltered IPA’s, double IPA’s and west coast pale ales.
The Backcountry kitchen features the work of Red Seal Chef, Artie McGee. The menu of bold pizzas, fresh salads, sausage, soups, and snacks was developed to compliment Johns brews, often using the beer in the recipes.
As a young curious Boysenberry what do you do when you are the illegitimate love child of multiple berries? You go searching for your father with a thick creamy sour passion! Where better to start than with a sassy, sour raspberry that is refreshing down to the last sip. Look for jammy connections and any bonding moments you can….
Is that you Dad?
This pale ale will likely come across more like a session IPA than most pale ales in the market. We kept the malt profile light so that the hops could shine. Copious amounts of Citra, Simcoe, and Chinook were used to create a refreshingly fruity hop presence. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavor and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.
In collaboration between Backcountry, Beere and Coast Moutain this year’s VCBW collab will be a Double Dry Hopped Pilsner. Brewed to be exceptionally clean and soft this beer should be the ideal platform to showcase some really cool hop varietals. Vic Secret, Enigma, Citra and Mosaic are being used to create a powerful melange of fruit and dankness.
Our signature IPA is made in the east coast style. This style of IPA is characterized by a light malt profile with a big pulpy body that is there to compliment the intense juicy character coming from the hops. Despite the absolute truck load of hops used in this style of beer the bitterness is restrained and comes across more like that of a pale ale. In this beer, we kept the malt profile light but full and we threw in a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic both in the kettle and in the dry hop to create this intense juice bomb. This beer is unfiltered and un-fined to leave as much flavour and mouthfeel behind in the finished beer as possible.