Following a full day of massaging riders from the RBC Gran Fondo at Whistler for WCCMT outreach, I decided to check into the Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company for the night as it offered a couple things, mainly a room with a bed and BEER!
A hotel, brewery and restaurant in one, it offers a lot in the sleepy yet outdoorsy town of Squamish BC. in fact, I believe Squamish is called the outdoor recreational capital of Canada, as it offers lots of rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, trails, water sports, etc. Just look at this big rock in front of the hotel entrance!
Howe Sound Brewery offers a multitude of beers, all of them in 1L bottles. Actually, I lied, they now offer Howe Sound Lager in 6 pack of cans. Throughout the year, they offer regular stuff such as Rail Ale Nut Brown, Devils IPA, Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale, Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout, etc etc..and throughout the different seasons, brews such as 4 Way Fruit Ale, Pumpkineater, Total Eclipse of the Hop, King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen, Pothole Filler Imperial Stout (deliiicious!) and others I haven’t tried.
After checking in and dropping off our bags, it was time to drink. I mean eat. Or both. We chose to sit in the brewpub since there was a wait for the restaurant side. All the seats were taken, so we sat by the bar. It’s my personal preference to sit at the bar anyways, as it offers a more personal connection to the staff.
At first I thought these were just decorative mugs or a collection from around the world, but it turns out that they’re actually PERSONAL mugs that are used by what I presume to be the regulars in the pub! All of them are numbered, so they know which ones to pull down for the customers, so that’s pretty cool.
Since Val’s not at all familiar with the beers that Howe Sound produces, I ordered 4 tasters ($2.50 each) for her to try. Knowing her tendency for sweeter/fruitier beers, it wasn’t a surprise to find that she enjoyed the 4 Way the most, followed by the Hefeweizen and Pumpkin. She had no care for the Nut Brown at all..hah.
The entire place was pretty busy this night, likely from all the riders coming from Gran Fondo, so we were cautioned that whatever we ordered would take a while to arrive. However, with no real time constraints to be wary of, we didn’t mind and just enjoyed our beers while we waited for our pizza.
I like that the beers are poured as actual pints, and there’s a sign making sure that patrons are aware of the distinctions, but I found that for beer being poured at the site of creation, it was still “regular” pricing, $6.25 / pint. Is there no possible way to drop the price slightly Howe Sound?
Bonus, there’s live music every Saturday night in the brewpub, starting at 9:30pm. No cover!
Overall, it’s a great pub to be in for the lively atmosphere, fresh beer poured right from the brewery and the option to stay the night after drinking is excellent.