One of my favourite activities while traveling is hopping around to the different local breweries. I find it a great way to see different parts of the city, as well as experience a local vibe along with, of course, local beers! On my recent trip to Vancouver, I hit up a TON of Vancouver breweries, in fact, I visited so many by the end I was actually tired of beer (who would’ve thought that was possible).
I wanted to share with you some of my suggested brewery crawl routes in the city of Vancouver, but beware that this does not encompass all the possible Vancouver breweries (or BC breweries) you can visit. There are close to 200 across the province of British Columbia, and this only scratches the surface.
Mount Pleasant Brewery Tour
Mount Plesant is primarily a residential area that is sprinkled with indie fashion shops and gastropubs. You’d probably not visit this area as a tourist normally, but brewery hopping makes for a great way to explore a lesser-known area of the city. Note: This can be down in any order.
Red Truck Brewing: Adorable brewery that has the truck stop theme from head to toe throughout the venue. Really cute spot and one of my favs that we visited based on the atmosphere.
R&B Brewing: This alehouse to me really channeled everything I expected from Vancouver. It had vintage decor, a pizza oven, and great beer.
Brassneck Brewing: Cute tasting room with some funky beers to try. Note that the patio was quite limited in the front.
Main Street Brewing: My fav from this day of beer crawling. I loved the vibe of the historic building this brewery lived in and their Hula Hula Shake beer was one of my favs from the day
33 Acres Brewing Company: The atmosphere here was adorable, with a great patio, however, the beers weren’t our favs. When asked, this was highly recommended by multiple locals, so it’s possible that we just picked the wrong beers to try!
Yeast Van Brewery District
Between Vancouver’s port and the many multi-cultural neighbourhoods in the city, East Van overs a diverse group of breweries. In fact, this area has so many breweries that it’s been coined “Yeast” Van. Here are some of the spots you can add to your itinerary:
Slow Hand Beer Company: Cute brewery inside, what looks like, a house. The tasting room is fairly new but only open during the summer months. Check their website for details before visiting.
Parallel 49: Loved the vibe of this spot that even had a food truck build right inside their tasting room. The beers were fun and funky too!
Powell Street Brewery: This spot wasn’t particularly memorable for me, but perhaps it’s because we visited towards the end of our tour. It did however have a great patio and some fun flavours of beer to try!
On top of the ones I visited in this area, there are seriously a TON more. Here are some additional ones that you may want to add into your brewery crawl:
- Storm Brewing
- Container Brewery
- East Van Brewing
- Luppolo Brewing (brewery with Italian roots)
- Andina Brewing (brewery with Colombian roots)
- Bomber Brewery
- Off the Rail Brewing
- Strange Fellows
As you can, there are so many breweries in Vancouver. These are just two areas you can brewery hop very easily in due to the close proximity to the breweries, however, there are also some outliers that fall in other parts of the city like the infamous Granville Island Brewery. We opted out of this one because the line was long when we visited and we can get these beers back home in Ontario.
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I’d love to know what your fav Vancouver breweries are. Share below in the comments!