Not realizing that the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company was in Squamish, I've actually missed sampling at the source several times before last summer. But, then I was informed...
I visited the brewpub with my wife and sister on the first night of our visit to the painfully scenic town of Squamish. I got sampler which gave me seven 3-oz glasses of their award winning brews that were on tap.
- 4-Way Fruit Ale - Simply a fantastic summer beer; fresh and fruity. Tasted several times following this.
- Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale - Not a particularly outstanding beer, but it's not my favourite style either.
- King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen - I was really blown away by this one due to its powerful banana notes and yet it didn't turn the flavour into something too sweet or sticky. Bought a couple litres a couple days later.
- Devil's Elbow India Pale Ale - One of two Howe Sound beers I had had before hand. This is a nicely crafted IPA kindly flavours, but slightly unbalanced aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.
- Baldwin & Cooper Best Bitter - I don't remember what this tasted like. Will have to retry.
- Rail Ale Nut Brown - Very tasty dark beer, but seemed a little thin.
- Diamond Head Oatmeal Stout - Oh so yummy. A pint of this will keep you warm at night.
This is Howe Sound from the top of The Stawamus Chief.
Brad and I took a tour of the brewery a couple days later. Their first stage tanks (part of which is seen below) were being replaced the next day.