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The Secret to Whistler’s Success (is not what you think it is)

With alpine vistas, a surplus of meeting space and close connections to Vancouver, Whistler is following the lead set out by ski resorts such as Banff and Aspen and courting the conference crowd—a much sought-after tourist segment known to book early and spend lots of money. This month, Grow—a technology investment conference with some 1,100 attendees—became the latest to make the trek up the Sea-to-Sky highway, relocating from Vancouver after four years.

The Secret to Whistler’s Success (is not what you think it is)
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The Big Idea: Brewing up Whistler’s fast-growing Beer Fest

Last summer, Liam Peyton wanted a challenge and Joey Gibbons was determined to find it for him. In June 2013 Peyton became event manager at Gibbons Life, a new, non-profit offshoot of the Gibbons Hospitality Group, and in just three months he channeled his passion for great beer and our mountains into the inaugural sell-out Whistler Beer Festival.

The Big Idea: Brewing up Whistler’s fast-growing Beer Fest
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Eat, Drink, and Escape at These B.C. and Portland Summer Festivals

OKAY, SO MAYBE you don’t have two months off school - or even two weeks off work - this summer. You can still make the weekends count by getting out of town and taking in a few annual festivals.

Eat, Drink, and Escape at These B.C. and Portland Summer Festivals
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Whistler Village Beer Festival set for Sept. 14

The neat thing about B.C. is there has been a resurgence in the growth of hops here, so this craft beer revolution is hot and heavy," Harrison explains. "B.C. and the Pacific Northwest can produce hops unlike anywhere else on this continent. Beers like India Pale Ale are a hot trend in beer because the hops we produce here are so tasty and smell so incredible. They add enormous flavour characteristics to the beers.

Whistler Village Beer Festival set for Sept. 14
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Whistler Village Beer Festival – this weekend!

When Prohibition ended in 1933, President Roosevelt ended his speech with the now famous quote “What America needs now is a drink”. After all its folly, even the President realized how important beer is to society.

Whistler Village Beer Festival – this weekend!
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Crafting Excellence at the Inaugural Whistler Village Beer Festival

If you needed any more proof of the resort’s penchant for the best brews around, look no further than the inaugural Whistler Village Beer Festival, which brings 45 of the best brewers to Olympic Plaza for one day only, where over 100 different individual beers will be on tap. And while there will be a smattering of international brews available, the goal of the fest is to showcase some of the amazing craft beers being produced right in our own backyard.

Crafting Excellence at the Inaugural Whistler Village Beer Festival
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11th Hour Venue Change for First Whistler Beer Festival

I'm a firm believer that Whistler is at its best when we use Whistler to its fullest," explained Gibbons, using village-wide examples of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Crankworx and the Olympics to illustrate his point. "If they're placed in a stand-alone location then it's at times tougher for that to happen.

11th Hour Venue Change for First Whistler Beer Festival
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Bigger Beer Festival for 2014

Whistler's inaugural beer festival is such a success story that organizers and resort partners are already talking about an even bigger and better festival for 2014.

Bigger Beer Festival for 2014
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Brew It and They Will Come

Franche is the brewmaster at Whistler's Brewhouse, where he alone develops his recipes and chooses his ingredients. The beer made in the tanks upstairs flows nowhere but into the pint glasses of customers downstairs, there's no kegging or off-site sales. Unlike a lot of the larger craft breweries, Franche doesn't need to justify his methods as being as cost effective. This gives him absolute creative control over the beer that flows through the taps in this building.

Brew It and They Will Come
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Fruit in Beer Creates New Beer Fans

Beer drinkers, like never before, have big choices to make when it comes to ordering a pint. Gone are the days when a small number of big brewers owned the beer market.

Fruit in Beer Creates New Beer Fans
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