In late March for the last few years Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain has hosted Brewski Fest where ski ticket holders have been able to sample free beer.
Yes, that’s right, FREE beer!
Brewski Fest 2018
In 2018 Brewski Fest was celebrated on Saturday, March 24, from 12 until 4 pm on the Crazy Raven Patio at Cypress Mountain. In 2019 the event is scheduled to celebrate its 4th year on Saturday, March 23rd.
The one day event is free and adults with valid lift tickets and season passes receive a stamp card making them eligible for a number of free 4 oz. beer tasters.
Additional beer tasters can be purchased. Last year tasters cost 6 for $12, but they also gave away 24 ounces of beer per person, which is a fair bit, especially if you plan to go skiing afterwards.
As can be expected, the event is always a fabulous success and very popular.
What Happens at Brewski Fest
At the ages 19+ event half a dozen or so craft breweries set up booths and offer 4 oz. samples of their beers. Guests are given a stamp card and can then pick and choose different beverages between the various vendors.
In 2017 participating breweries included Stanley Park Brewery, Central City Brewers (from Surrey), Goose Island (from the United States), Hearthstone (from North Vancouver), Bridge Brewery (from North Vancouver), Granville Island Brewing and Foamers’ Folly (from Pitt Meadows). The selection in 2018 was comparable.
Beverages available for sampling include pale ales, lagers, pilsners, IPAs, winter ales and a variety of other specialty craft brews. For people who don’t like beer, there is also usually some kind of cider.
Cypress Mountain puts on a number of events over the course of the ski season. Examples include Family Day Fireworks over the Family Day Weekend in February as well as Family Nights with discounted pizza most Fridays.
Brewski Fest, however, you have to admit, is pretty special. There aren’t many places these days where you can get free beer. Yes, you have to have paid for your day’s lift ticket or season pass to be eligible. But Cypress Mountain is a great place to ski even without the free beer, so Brewski Fest just makes it that much more perfect!
There’s just nothing like spring skiing after a few free beer samples! Just remember to drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive (or ski after too much).