Vancouver

The Heart of BC's Craft Beer Culture

One of the most cosmopolitan cities on the continent, bordered by sea, forest and mountain peaks: Vancouver really has it all. That includes a beer scene that’s finding fame across the world, with veteran and start-up breweries alike making superb examples of classic styles while pushing the boundaries of what beer can be.

Between the sea, mountains, city-side beaches, world-class dining, temperate climate and the incredible variety of culture, year-round festivals and outdoor adventures, it’s little wonder that Vancouver ranks high on vacation bucket lists.

Vancouver was born as the terminus for the trans-Canada railway and today is Canada’s busiest port. It also boasts the country’s most dynamic craft beer community, featuring more than two dozen breweries. Most have opened in the past few years in two compact areas of East Vancouver, where they bump up against fellow artisans and manufacturers. By bus or SkyTrain – the region’s efficient rapid transit system – they’re a short hop away from the downtown core’s many hotel options, ranging from luxurious towers with ocean views to boutique stays nestled within vibrant neighbourhoods.

The city’s food scene, too, is globally renowned, and more restaurants and bars are finding interesting culinary pairings with beer; in fact, many of the breweries themselves offer excellent food options, from artisanal, locally made snacks to expertly crafted meals that showcase flavours and techniques from around the world.

Like the multicultural makeup of the city’s residents, it’s the diversity of Vancouver’s beer scene that’s remarkable. From small but smart tasting rooms to atmospheric bierhall-style brewpubs, and through an enormous range of styles that the city’s inventive brewers keep adapting, it’s truly a beer drinker’s paradise.

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Day 1

Travel Info

Stroll or cycle from Yaletown around False Creek to the Olympic Village and the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, visiting some iconic Vancouver breweries along the way.

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1111 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC

Start off your day with breakfast or lunch and a beer at Vancouver’s original brewpub, just steps from the Yaletown Roundhouse Skytrain Station.

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Hop on the Aqua Bus or one of the False Creek Ferries which take you directly from Yaletown to False Creek and the Olympic Village area.

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Cycle or stroll along False Creek

Vancouver is very bicycle-friendly, and a great way to explore local sights and breweries.

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54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC

R&B makes a wide variety of beer styles, and if you’re hungry, they have great pizza, too.

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15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC

This brewery’s stylish cafe-like tasting room would not be out of place in Copenhagen, Berlin or Brooklyn. Still hungry? There is often a food truck parked out front.

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Tap & Barrel
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC

Innovative on-tap beverage program exclusively serving BC craft beer. Seasonally inspired and locally sourced whenever possible to showcase the best of the province.

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1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver, BC

Legacy Liquor Store is Vancouver's premier destination for Craft Beer, Fine Wine and Luxury Spirits.

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Find a Place to Stay in Vancouver!

The Vancouver region has more than 25,000 guest rooms, with about 13,000 alone downtown, so from economical to boutique, Vancouver accommodations are sure to suit any traveller's budget and tastes.

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Science World, Olympic Village, Granville Island, shopping along Broadway. Also nearby are the Brewhall, Faculty Brewing and Big Rock Urban Brewery, along with the Craft Beer Market tap house. If you’re finishing your night off downtown, check out Central City on Beattie, a tap house that feels like a brewpub, or Rogue Kitchen.

Day 2

Travel Info

Explore Vancouver’s original brewery district by foot, bike or bus. The Brewery Creek/Main Street area is home to some of the city’s most interesting and innovative brewers.

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Mamie Taylor's
251 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

A modern American restaurant in Chinatown making delicious things out of local ingredients. Here you'll find a dark pub atmosphere with taxidermy décor.

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2148 Main St, Vancouver, BC

One of the most innovative and inventive breweries in BC, Brassneck is a must-visit for any beer aficionado.

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261 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Based in a historic building that once was part of the Vancouver Brewery complex in the 1920s, Main Street Brewing showcases the neighbourhood’s history while brewing up cutting-edge contemporary craft beers.

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3045 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Brewery Creek is BC's premiere specialty liquor store, featuring the best craft beer selection in the Pacific Northwest with both local standouts and favourites from around the world.

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295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC

This fun brewery has a truck stop-style diner with great food options, and often has concerts out front in the summer.

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55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC

Located in the sumptuously renovated Settlement Building, this is a great spot to finish off your day with dinner at the Belgard Kitchen, also on-site.

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Clough Club
212 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC

Located just around the corner from Vancouver’s storied Blood Alley and named after Gastown’s one armed Lamplighter, John Clough, the bar is appropriately connected to Vancouver’s busiest & oldest pub with the building dating back over 115 years.

accomodation
Find a Place to Stay in Vancouver!

The Vancouver region has more than 25,000 guest rooms, with about 13,000 alone downtown, so from economical to boutique, Vancouver accommodations are sure to suit any traveller's budget and tastes.

Explore More

Shopping/dining along Main Street. Explore Gastown and Chinatown, including the Dr Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Late night beers at the Alibi Room, Vancouver’s original taphouse that is still one of the best places to drink beer in the city.

Day 3

Travel Info

Sample beers at several breweries located along Clark Drive in East Vancouver — all of which have opened in the past 5 years.

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The Reef
1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

The Reef’s menus sparkle with the potential of lunch, brunch and dinner plates inspired by the styles and tastes of the Caribbean.

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1345 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC

Founded by iconic Vancouver brewer Iain Hill who made his name at Yaletown Brewpub, Strange Fellows’ beer lineup is highlighted by Hill’s signature sour beers that are aged in giant oak foeders.

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Biercraft Tap & Tapas on Commercial Drive
1191 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

Stroll over to Commercial Drive, the city’s traditionally Italian neighbourhood, for food at this Belgian-inspired, beer-focused restaurant.

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1488 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC

Get sporty at this brewery founded by three hockey teammates.

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1351 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC

Explore British and West Coast style beers at this multi-award-winning brewery on one of Vancouver’s busiest bike routes.

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1338 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC

Like four breweries in one, Callister is an incubator for new up-and-coming brewers to develop their brands before they open their own facilities.

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Guilt & Co.
1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC

A live music venue showcasing nightly performances by entertainers from Vancouver and beyond! Have dinner and stay a while.

accomodation
Find a Place to Stay in Vancouver!

The Vancouver region has more than 25,000 guest rooms, with about 13,000 alone downtown, so from economical to boutique, Vancouver accommodations are sure to suit any traveller's budget and tastes.

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Visit the Mad Scientist at work at Storm Brewing, one of the city’s oldest and most unusual breweries, or enjoy some birra at Luppolo Brewing, Vancouver’s Italian-themed brewery, also nearby. Explore the shops and restaurants along Commercial Drive.

Day 4

Travel Info

Start downtown and make your way into East Vancouver, stopping at several breweries along the way.

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375 Water St, Vancouver, BC

Start off downtown at the gorgeous brewpub named after the steam pipes that power its brewhouse, which also run through the steam clock in nearby Gastown.

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1357 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

A great success story, this award-winning brewery rapidly outgrew its original location (now home to Doan Brewing).

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1507 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

One of Vancouver’s newest breweries, Andina sets itself apart from the rest with its South American heritage. Lots of great food options here, too.

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1950 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC

This iconic East Van brewery recently added a street kitchen with a food truck located inside, making it the perfect final brewery stop.

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Tacofino Commissary
2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

This is Tacofino’s first brick and mortar location. The communal tables and intricate lighting of the Commissary provide a warm and inviting spot for the diverse community that calls the area home.

accomodation
Find a Place to Stay in Vancouver!

The Vancouver region has more than 25,000 guest rooms, with about 13,000 alone downtown, so from economical to boutique, Vancouver accommodations are sure to suit any traveller's budget and tastes.

Explore More

Check out Strathcona Beer Co (amazing brick oven pizza) or Doan’s Craft Brewing, also nearby. If you’re interested in craft spirits, visit Odd Society Spirits on Powell Street. Explore the shops and restaurants in the East Village along Hastings Street, and be sure to stop by Playland while you’re in the neighbourhood.

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1111 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC
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Cycle or stroll along False Creek
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54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC
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Tap & Barrel
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC
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1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver, BC
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Mamie Taylor's
251 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
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2148 Main St, Vancouver, BC
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Clough Club
212 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC
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The Reef
1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
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Biercraft Tap & Tapas on Commercial Drive
1191 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
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1488 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC
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Guilt & Co.
1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC
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1357 Powell St, Vancouver, BC
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Tacofino Commissary
2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
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Catch a sunset from the top of one of Vancouver’s many wooded parks, and you will see how this city of shining glass towers and vibrant neighbourhoods, hugged by long arms of the Pacific Ocean is like nowhere else in the world.

Proud of our diversity and our open minds, the passion to be who you are and love what you do is integral to the thriving beer culture of Vancouver – on any given day you can walk into a cozy tasting room and try something experimental, such as collaborations with other breweries, businesses, or with a local farmer who has shared something in-season.

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