Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 7, 2006
Not my favourite local brewpub, no. As Joe says, standard Mark James appearance of warm but sterile. The menu was unadventurous. Beers were weak, but they have been better. New brewer last summer and I guess he’s not got it together yet. These were clearly brewing flaws. One thing I did like a lot was the board stating whether a beer was in good supply, nearly done, or out. Knowing if a beer is in good supply (presumably fresh, especially in ski season) or running low can be the difference in the order, no question. Brilliant idea.
Pretty extravagant brewpub in the heart of Whistler Village. Expansive interior with pretty elaborate decorations. Beer quality is pretty poor-to-average, but you don’t come here for that. Flights of 6 are available for a whopping $17.95. Service is very friendly and astute. Worthwhile stop when in Whistler.
Expensive English ales of mediocre quality in this brewpub that has the advantage of having few competitors when you’re in Whistler. Much larger pub than I anticipated. The tarrace was the most popular section on the late afternoon we visited, but it can sit perhaps 50 whereas the two-stories interior can probably sit somewhere around 150. I initially found the waiter/resses a bit cold, but realized that they were very friendly with familiar faces. We did not eat though, so could not value the service very easily.
An average place overall, this is a trendy Whistler Village restaurant that as a differentiator makes its own beer. The beer was OK an nothing stood out, it is drinkable if you could not get out to better bottles, including at a store down the street open to 11 pm. Tons of patio space, or the loud music and young athletic types shouting out their latest exploits, mostly inside. Service is so-so, with Australian young people making up the bulk of this and every place in Whistler, not that there is anything wrong with that.
My wife and I visited here on a day trip, a side trip from a few days in Vancouver. It was the offseason between summer and winter so the place was fairly empty. The space is pretty awesome; lots of wood beams, fireplaces, stone, steel- basically a nice ski lodge feel, but a bit lower lit. There were 6 beers on tap, 5 regulars and 1 seasonal. Nothing too special but I was really pleased with the IPA. The bartender was really, really cool and friendly. Wanted to hear about our trip and gave us tips on places he’d been in cities we were going. The prices were very high for what we’re used to, but we’re from fairly cheap cities (St. Louis and Cincinnati) for food and drink. Vancouver brought some sticker shock for us, and Whistler was even more expensive, even in the offseason. This place is absolutely worth a visit if you make it up to Whistler. Nowhere else in the area makes beer and the atmosphere is great.
When I was there the pub looked like a daycare... no fewer than 10 kids yelling and screaming in the place. Typical Mark James brewpub appearance, dark wood, stone, some wrought iron. Food was pubby and overpriced, beer was really quite poor. I can’t recommend it until they clean up their beers. Waitress had a habit of being around when I wanted to be left alone and disappearing when I needed something.
DuffMan (335) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | December 9, 2008
I was here in June 2008 but forgot to rate it. Pleasant spacious pub. Excellent service. Did not try the food. Very attentive service. They now have growlers to go.
Nice brewpub in just outside the center of the small Whistler village. Kind of a ski chalet feel. A big wood fired oven and it’s accompanying aromas greet you as you walk in. They had seven of their own beers on tap the day I visited, including two seasonals (a barelywine and an espresso imperial stout). The beer was above average for a brewpub. The service was good and the food was well above average for a brewpub.