There are a few things that Canada takes very seriously, and does very well. One of the things I noticed upon moving to Vancouver is that Canada loves beer. When I was first introduced to the topic of breweries, I didn’t understand what that meant for me, as a beer drinker. But oh, was I excited when I did! A brewery is a place they brew (make) beer, seems straightforward, right? It gets better! In many breweries in Canada they have what is called a ‘tasting room’. You can go to a brewery and try the beer! You can get four small tasters (called a ‘flight’) or you can go big and get a pint straight away. You can spend all night in a brewery just like you would in a pub, and best of all… you can take beer home with you! That’s right, you don’t have to buy your beer at expensive liquor stores, you can go to a brewery and buy a ‘growler’ (2 liters, around $12-16) a ‘howler’ (1 liter, $6-10) or even a little ‘meowler’ (0.5 liters, prices vary) to take home with you. The next time you visit any brewery you can take the clean, empty glass bottle you bought the first time and get it filled up for a few bucks cheaper.
Breweries in Vancouver aren’t allowed to serve food, but many of them have snacks and often a food truck that stops by-you can buy food elsewhere and take it in with you, no problems! Remember to take I.D just like you would at a bar.
On Thursday June 2nd, for $10, you can join us on a Granville Island Brewery Tour! If you’re interested, see the reception! Must be 19+.
If you can’t join us, check out these other breweries!
Top Breweries in Vancouver
Strangefellows is one of the newer breweries in Vancouver, with a friendly staff and fantastic atmosphere. Top beer choice: Talisman Pale Ale.
Location: 1345 Clark Drive
Open: Mon-Thurs 3 to 11 p.m. Fri-Sun Noon to 11 p.m.
33 Acres is a modern look brewery with a great selection and an excellent food truck rotation. Highly recommend 33 Acres of Ocean and 33 Acres of Sunshine.
Location: 15 West 8th Avenue
Open: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Brassneck Brewery is always bustling over on Main Street with a rustic wooden theme and a great line in pepperoni and jerky to snack on while you’re sampling from their wide selection of beers.
Location: 2148 Main Street
Open: Mon-Fri 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat & Sun Noon to 11 p.m.
Parallel 49 was one of the first breweries in Vancouver and has a huge selection of beers on tap as well as a large bottled selection. A must-visit for beer enthusiasts.
Location: 1950 Triumph Street
Open: Noon to 11 p.m. daily
Honourable mention to Four Winds Brewing, widely considered to have the best beer in metro Vancouver, it’s a bit of a trip to get there but if beer is one of your favourite things it is definitely worth the journey out to Delta!
Location: 4-7355 72nd Street, Delta
Open: Monday to Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.