Ever growing and ever changing, the craft beer scene in Vancouver is one worth travelling for. The sheer number of breweries within the city, not to mention the many other microbreweries and craft breweries scattered all over the rest of the lower mainland, is a testament to how much Vancouverites love their unique and distinct craft beers. There are many fantastic breweries in the Lower Mainland you can pop into and sample a flight of their tasty concoctions, but here are a few of the best ones you should definitely try.
Many of the breweries in Vancouver and grouped close together, making a self-guided walking tour very easy. You can leave the car at home, cab or bus to a neighborhood full of the best craft beer, and buy a pint for that one friend who always draws the designated driver short straw.
East Vancouver, or Yeast Van as the craft beer enthusiasts would call it, is the perfect neighborhood to start at one end and drink your way to the other. Near the Vancouver Harbor, along East Hastings, and down to E 1st Ave, there are dozens of places to stop and sip a local brew.
The tasting room at Parallel 49 Brewing offers glasses and flights of their latest brews as well as many of their they most popular favorites. You can purchase beer from the store, fill a growler, try samples, or browse their merchandise. They offer free guided tours every Sunday with beer tastings included.
Storm Brewing is Vancouver’s longest running craft brewery and you can taste their experience through the beers they brew up. The flavors in this place will keep you on your toes, but actually. There are no tables and chairs here, it’s not a lounge or a tasting room, and you can’t buy a flight or a pint. Come here to taste some of the best beers in Vancouver and get a behind the scenes look at a working brewery.
Andina Brewing Company
You can’t miss the big, yellow building that houses the Andina Brewing Company on Powell Street. Here you’ll be treated to artisanal beers and local craft cider within a warm atmosphere of Andean artworks and live music. Pair your pint with some Andean fare from their South American inspired menu.
East Van Brewing Company
The East Van Brewing Company is a somewhat newer brewery, having just celebrated its 2 year anniversary. There is always a steady flow of craft beer coming from their 12 taps, 5 of those being their core beers which are always available as well as 7 seasonal beers that are changed out on a regular basis. Their food menu offers the perfect beer snacks, such as kettle chips, pepperoni sticks, chips and salsa, and meat boards.
Strange Fellows Brewing
At Strange Fellows Brewing you’ll have some tasty selections to choose from for on tap selections, growler fills, cans, and bottles. Their beer menu is influenced by old world techniques yet infused with modern innovations. Check out their website for art sessions, special events, and other strange happenings at this unique brewery.
Not far from East Van you’ll find a whole new batch of breweries in the Mount Pleasant area. While not a brewery, you may want to plan a stop at the CRAFT Beer Market when embarking on your craft beer tour. Just steps away from the Main Street SkyTrain station, this spot offers over 100 local and international beers and makes an ideal place to start your Mount Pleasant brewery tour.
33 Acres Brewing Company
33 Acres Brewing Company sells glasses, flights, growlers, and bottles of their brews out of their small yet stylish tasting room. Their food menu offers breakfast, brunch, pizza, and all of the best snacks to go with any kind of beer.
The setup at the Brassneck Brewery puts the customer in the very heart of the beer making process. The tasting room and growler shop is situated amongst the brew house and the cellar so those who come to taste the brews can sit at the center of the action. The tasting room has a 50 person capacity, making it ideal for smaller groups. You can grab a bite from one of the rotating food trucks that are usually parked outside and bring your grub in to enjoy it with a brew.
Red Truck Beer Company
The Red Truck Beer Company is a brewery and restaurant located on E 1st Ave. Rather than offering a tasting room for their customers to sit in, you can enjoy your Red Truck beers from their Truck Stop Diner. This retro looking diner serves up all kinds of classic diner foods such as all day breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and an impressive list of hot dogs done up with all the fixins and in every style.
Faculty Brewing Co.
Beer lovers of any experience and knowledge level can enjoy a craft brew from Faculty Brewing Co. This inclusive environment will make anyone feel at home, regardless of how much or little they know about craft beer. They provide education and information behind their entire brewing process, including the recipes they use, so that homebrewers can share and collaborate on craft brewing ideas.
Big Rock Vancouver Brewery & Eatery
The Big Rock Vancouver Brewery & Eatery is as much a craft brewery as it is a lively gastropub. The floor to ceiling glass wall allows you to sit within the pub while gazing directly into the brewery. They feature a stage for live music performances and offer tours, samples, and education within the brewery.
You don’t have to find your own way around the city if you want to try the best craft beers in the area. Vancouver Brewery Tours offers brewery tours, beer and food tours, and pub walks. You can also arrange for private tours for corporate events and bachelor or bachelorette parties. Canadian Craft Tours also offers guided tours, tastings, and transportation to some of the best breweries in the lower mainland. You can choose between public and private tours around East Vancouver, North Vancouver, Langley, and Port Moody.
Choose a tour package or plan your own self-guided exploration of Vancouver’s craft brew scene. The breweries themselves are excellent spots to settle in, sip on some interesting flavors, and learn about the beers you’re drinking and the efforts that went into making them. Interspersed between all of these breweries are even more brew pubs that have extensive lists of local craft beers and international imports. Among the countless reasons to travel to Vancouver, the craft beer scene certainly makes the list.