Our distinguished brewers hail from a wide breadth of experience. From Scotland’s Brewdog Brewery in Aberdeen, a legend of craft brew lore, to the high alpine mountains of the Whistler Brewing Company, our team is hand-picked for their deep knowledge, creative passion and an ability to craft unique, stand-out recipes. It’s this creative passion that has allowed us to bring to life, some highly unique beers.
We’ve got Polish hops swimming in our classic and crisp pilsner. A smart brewed rice lager which turns out an easy drinking beer with virtually no gluten. Our IPA is our ‘is that hoppy enough for you’ beer; you’ve been warned! If you like ’em thick and strong, dig into a Chocolate Milk Stout.
We also roll out a hearty selection of seasonal brewskies endorsed by such illustrious celebrities as, Cool Hand Cuke and Mr. Fungi. Can’t decide? Come by, relax, and savour a hand-picked flight of tasters.
The first Dead Frog beer was brewed in a cramped but cozy warehouse across from the Aldergrove Drive-In in 2007. After honing his craft for 10 years at Backwoods Brewing, our founder Derrick decided it was time to make his mark and changed up the name. Together with his wife Donna, Derrick opened the doors to Dead Frog in June of 2007 armed with the recipe for the Nut Brown (hastily scratched onto a bar napkin nights before), and a thirst to drive the industry forward.
After a year of smashing his knee climbing over the forklift to get out of the brewery at night, Derrick decided it was time to find Dead Frog a new home. in 2008, Derrick, Donna, and the Dead Frog team moved into Brewery #2 and released Dead Frog’s first six pack – the Nut Brown Ale. Now known as the Classic Nut Brown Ale, it is the cornerstone of our brew lineup which features everything from an easy drinking lager, to an award winning Peanut Butter Stout.
Hop Farm Beginnings
Once a thriving and flourishing business more than a century ago, the Squamish Valley was known for its commercial hop farming, with the Squamish Valley Hop Ranch supplying hops to the British Empire. At this time, breweries also dotted the BC landscape, but with the advent of Prohibition the number of hops farms and operating breweries dwindled. By the 1970’s, only a few hop farms remained in BC, and the brewing scene was dominated by just a few large breweries.
Modern craft brewing
Proudly brewing award-winning ales in Squamish for over 20 years, we owe much of our early success to John Mitchell. He co-pioneered North America’s first modern craft brewery at Horseshoe Bay on BC’s spectacular Howe Sound back in 1982, with the assistance of Frank Appleton. The pair began what has become known as the “craft brewing renaissance.“
Known as the “grandfather of micro-brewing in Canada,” John Mitchell helped design Howe Sound Brewery in 1996, working with founders Stephen Shard, Dave Fenn and Colleen Fenn.. He worked as our very first brewer, developing all of our initial recipes. We are proud of his ongoing relationship with our brewery. Today, we continue to brew in the craft style using unfiltered 100% barley mash. Our diverse selection of flavorful, well-balanced ales is constantly growing and changing with each passing season.