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Whistler Beer Festival celebrates fifth anniversary (and we’re celebrating with a discount)

60 breweries. 120 beers. 8 live acts. 5 awesome days: Gibbons is hosting the Whistler Beer Fest next month, and What’s On Sea to Sky has some tickets for you.

The event runs Sept. 13 to 17, with the main events taking place on the weekend. Just remember to pace yourself – this year the Whistler Beer Festival is celebrating its 5th year, and all tickets to the main events are two-for-one. That means if you buy for Saturday, your Sunday admission is free.

The huge selection of breweries and beers is the main draw in the plaza on Saturday and Sunday, but the event also includes tap-takeovers during the week, activities like yoga and axe throwing, and a ton of live local music.

“It’s more than just the main event – there’s different things for everyone over the five days,” said Tara Myers, an organizer of the festival with Gibbons.

“For people who want to check out something different, our full festival runs for five days. It kicks off on the wednesday, so we have events going on at all different partner venues,” she said.

Those other events include a beer brunch in Squamish on Sunday at Norman Rudy’s, beer yoga at the Westin in Whistler Village and axe-throwing in Function Junction.

Just for the record – the axe throwing takes place before the beer drinking.

On Saturday and Sunday head to Whistler Village for the main event; including 120 different beers to try from across British Columbia and Canada.

“It’s a bit bigger than last year. What really makes it awesome party is the fact that we have live music the entire time across the two day event,” said Myers.

The festival line-up of live local music over the weekend includes DJ Billy The Kidd, The Whiskey Dicks, JennaMae & The Groove Section, The Big Love Band, Case of the Mondays, The McQuaid Trio, Red Chair and Band of Rascals.

This year the festival is also offering shuttles from North Vancouver and Squamish, meaning the Whistler Beer Festival is welcoming all of the Sea to Sky to try some new beers.

“We’re trying to make the festival more accessible for the out-of-towners,” said Myers.

For What’s On Sea to Sky readers, we have a deal if you’re buying your own tickets: enter the promo code WOSS17 for 15% off flex passes.

We’re also hosting a Facebook contest from August 27 to Sept 1. Enter our contest on Facebook by leaving a comment on the contest post: tag a friend and name a brewery from the list below that you’re excited to try. We’ll be giving away some Saturday passes and some all-weekend passes.

Check out the list of breweries participating below: