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 bier hall-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.

Many new breweries have opened since we launched this Ale Trail. Stay tuned while we update the itinerary and extend the ale-venture. In the meantime, explore more.

Know Before You Go 

Before visiting, we recommend that you check directly with the businesses you are hoping to visit to get the latest on-the-ground information. Some businesses are seasonal, and some may have experienced closures due to COVID-19.

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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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375 Water St, Vancouver, BC

Steam really works at Steamworks! Named after the central steam system that powers its brewhouse and world famous steam clock. Steamworks lives up to its mottos: “drink different” and “brew with a view."

Travel

Take the Canada Line Skytrain from historical Waterfront Station to Olympic Village Station, or walk Vancouver's famous shopping district along Robson Street to Yaletown where you can also catch the skytrain.

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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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1830 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC

Faculty Brewing was founded by a husband-and-wife team: Mauricio, a Food Engineer, and Alicia, an architect who designed the brewery. Faculty shares information about the brewing process and even publishes all its beer recipes. Like a university or college, the brewery is meant to be a place of idea-sharing and collaboration.

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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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97 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver , BC

Bringing the community together with fresh beer, tasty bites, fun games, and great vibes. Reminiscent of a giant German beer hall, this facility located in Vancouver’s Olympic Village was renovated as part of the heritage “resurrection” of the Opsal Steel Building, built in 1918.

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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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Cycle or stroll along False Creek

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

Travel

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

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1111 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC

Finish off your day with dinner and a beer at Vancouver’s original brewpub, just steps from the Yaletown Roundhouse Skytrain Station.

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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 is CRAFT Beer Market tap house. If you’re finishing your night off downtown, check out Red Racer Taphouse 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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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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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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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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Alibi Room
157 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC

We are of the belief that beer is as versatile as wine when it comes to food pairing. We carefully curate our beer list & refresh it a couple of times per week ensuring we have a selection of the latest & greatest from the best of local beer. 50+ Taps.

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 Magnet, which is one of the best new 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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1488 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC

The brewery is situated on the popular Union-Adanac bikeway, meaning its tasting room is a popular spot for another active demographic: The bike racks outside are often full and many cyclists make use of the free beer air pump before stepping inside for a glass or a growler fill.

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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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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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1338 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC

Callister is an incubator for new up-and-coming brewers to develop their brands before they open their own facilities.

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1216 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC

Brewery and Lounge situated in East Vancouver. Bringing classic Craft Beer styles to the forefront.
Accompanied with a hot food menu prepared in-house.

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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.

Explore More

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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1507 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

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 has a food truck-style kitchen located inside its tasting room, 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.

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1675 Venables St, Vancouver, BC

East Van has 12 taps featuring a solid core line-up along with rotating seasonals so you know you will always find something fresh and interesting. Its taproom kitchen features paninis, calzones and other snacks from Bianca Maria, a local Italian delicatessen that has been operating for 60 years. It doesn’t get any more East Van than that!

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, 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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Tap & Barrel
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC
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1830 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC
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54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC
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97 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver , BC
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1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver, BC
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Cycle or stroll along False Creek
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1111 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC
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2148 Main St, Vancouver, BC
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Alibi Room
157 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC
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The Reef
1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
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1488 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC
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Biercraft Tap & Tapas on Commercial Drive
1191 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC
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Guilt & Co.
1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC
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1507 Powell St, Vancouver, BC
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Tacofino Commissary
2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
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