As the snow stubbornly recedes from the mountain and winter transitions to summer, change is in the air at Mount Washington. Beerfest, an 11-year staple for mountain festival-goers, will be transformed this year with a little help from beer’s malted-barley cousin, scotch. Mount Washington’s inaugural Suds and Scotch Festival takes place July 8 at the Raven Lodge. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. “After 11 years of Beerfest, it was time to change things up a bit,” explains Mount Washington spokesperson Brent Curtain. “Suds and Scotch maintains the essence of Beerfest but delivers some polish with the introduction of scotch to the evening.” Akin to Beerfest, amazing live music will play an integral part in the Suds and Scotch evening. The West Coast’s own Tina Jones band will provide an eclectic mix of groove lounge, deep house, funk, soul, and blues standards to the lively atmosphere at this year’s festival. In addition to great live music, the following breweries and distilleries will be in attendance: Vancouver Island Brewery, Driftwood Brewery, Lakeport Brewing Company, Alexander Keith’s, Kokanee, Tofino Brewing Company, Lighthouse Brewing Company, Surgenor Brewing Company, Granville Island Brewing, Phillips Brewing Company, Stanley Park Brewery, Grolsch Brewery, Pilsner Urquell, plus a selection of fine scotch distilleries from Diageo. Entry to Suds and Scotch is just $25 plus tax and includes five tasting tickets, a souvenir glass, and the chance to win great prizes. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1 each with most beer samples requiring one ticket per sample and scotch samples ranging from one to three tickets each. Mount Washington will offer free shuttle buses to and from the event. Shuttle buses will depart at 5:15 p.m. from the Driftwood Mall in Courtenay and will return guests there safely after the event. Bus capacity is limited and will accommodate passengers with pre-purchased ticket orders only on a first-come, first-served basis.
To book your Suds and Scotch tickets, go to the online store at mountwashington.ca or call the reservations line at 1-888-231-1499. For the complete list of summer festivals at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, visit mountwashington.ca.
— Mount Washington Alpine Resort