I am glad I Googled for hotels in Squamish and was able to switch from my reservation at a nearby establishment that was a mere motel for almost the same money. Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Co appears to be popular with locals who like to stop by for a good meal and even better is their own beer. I recommend their beer sampler pack for $7. I liked almost everything that was there, especially their new Raspberry Wheat. Usually I am not a fan of flavored beers but that one was fantastic.
The hotel itsefl is roomy inside and looks more like a very large cabin / mountain resort. We arrived at 5:00 pm, but had to wait a few minutes until our room was ready and the free wireless Internet had intermittent problemsthat required rebooting of their WiFi, but those were the only problems that we had encountered. Nice breakfast in the morning (somewhat similar to what you get at Hampton Inns).
Crit (150) Surrey, British Columbia | April 8, 2007| Updated February 16, 2009
Only 4 beers when I was there, rather limited for a brewpub. Some of the food was very good, the rest barely average.
Staff was friendly enough, but the service wasn’t particularly good.
Beer is considerably better than what I have had in bottles and at festivals.
I had the Steak Sandwich which was open faced and fairly yummy - and came with a side-order of yammer fries. The beer selection was pretty incredible 9 beers on tap and another one available in the one-litre swing-top bottle. The best beer was definitely the ESB.
The beer "tour" was more of a "Oh, you’re interested in how we brew it, well, um..." however, the fellow working the mash tuns that day was kind enough to allow me to sample half a dozen of their beers for free before deciding on a pint. I had the Rail Ale, but I don’t remember it well enough to review it now. We came back the next night and had dinner in the quieter part of the establishment. The food was superb, and prices were borderline reasonable. I’d like to go back again when they have more beers available for take-home.
Fairly typical pub decor, with lots of wood. Food is typical of a BC pub, not bad, not good. The beer is average to a bit better than average. Worth checking out if you’re between Whistler and Vancouver. At any particular time, they may only have three, but may have as many as six beers going. I like that they have everything in 1L flip-top bottles to go.
Oakes (820) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 6, 2005
Several things to mention here. First, you won’t find any Sailor Hagar’s beers here. You have to go to Hagar’s for those. After the stunning drive up from Vancouver, you settle into the clean, sunlight wooden pub and look out at the Stawamus Chief. Pretty cool right there. The beer isn’t bad - all the ones I’ve had lately are in the good/very good range. You can buy them to go as well. Food is okay pub food, but nothing special any of the times I’ve visited. Worth the drive up from the city, or the stop on your way to/from Whistler.