Vancouver –
Yeast Vancouver

An innovative craft beer community, true to its industrial roots.

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. Welcome to the Yeast Vancouver Ale Trail.

“Yeast Van” is the tongue-in-cheek nickname for East Vancouver’s thriving craft beer scene. Because of its industrial history and connection to Canada’s busiest port, East Van has long been seen as a “rough-around-the-edges” part of the city, not necessarily the place you’d choose for a fancy boutique, perhaps, but perfect for a gritty microbrewery. Indeed, that’s what attracted Storm Brewing, East Van’s original craft brewery, to set up there back in the 1990s.

A more recent pioneer, Powell Brewery, which opened in 2012, set the stage for a decade of expansion with several more breweries opening along with the hubs of Clark Drive, Powell Street, and Venables Street. 

Parallel 49 Brewing, Yeast Van’s largest brewery, has won over legions of fans thanks to delicious beer and fun branding inspired by urban street art. 

This is a multicultural area — Commercial Drive’s Italian roots are reflected by Luppolo Brewing. East Van’s industrial foundations are showcased front and centre at Container Brewing and East Van Brewing, while it’s all about style and contemporary design at Superflux, Strange Fellows, and Strathcona Brewing.

It is easy to get around Yeast Van on foot and even better by bicycle. Indeed, Bomber Brewing and Off the Rail Brewing are perfectly situated across from each other on the Adanac bike route

 

Day 1

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Explore the breweries of the Downtown Eastside

Travel Info

Your first stop on the trail is in the Downtown Eastside, a 20 minute walk or an even quicker bus ride from both Waterfront (Canada Line) or Stadium-Chinatown (Expo Line) stops.

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895 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

A world-class brewery and pizza kitchen in the heart of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. With a focus on sours, fruit-forward beers, and IPAs, along with its Czech-style Pilsner. Today, it is best known for its Beach series of fruity radlers as well as its Love Buzz series of fruity Berliner Weiss-style sours.

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Visit New Brighton Park, Pool and Beach
3201 New Brighton Rd, Vancouver, BC

This waterfront park offers a heated outdoor pool in summer, dock access, picnicing areas, a dog off-leash area, and playgrounds alongside mountain and beach views. From May to September visit the New Brighton concession stand for their popular fish and chips.

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1216 Franklin St, Vancouver, BC

The two-level lounge and tasting room with large windows face the North Shore mountains; opening up on the hot summer days, this lounge and new outdoor patio is the place to be year-round. Bringing classic craft beer styles to the forefront, with modern twists when needed. Their partnership with resident food truck Burdy (Wednesdays - Saturdays) and Pretty Good Sandos (Sundays - Tuesdays) means the perfect food pairing is waiting.

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505 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC

Superflux’s bold beer lineup, which is made up of nearly 100% IPAs, is all about experimentation and innovation. You can be sure you’ll find something delicious on tap, and probably something unexpected. The kitchen features deluxe hot dogs and hyper-seasonal salads.

accommodation
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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Be sure to stop in at the Vancouver Visitor Information Centre for a full list of activities and attractions to explore

Explore Strathcona, one of Vancouver’s earliest neighbourhoods. The community has a unique charm with a diverse mix of people, history and architecture — plus now features murals as part of the Vancouver Mural Festival. The Strathcona neighbourhood is filled with the city’s second-highest concentration of murals!

Vancouver has long enjoyed tremendous acclaim for its culinary scene and the MICHELIN Guide Vancouver further elevates the city’s reputation as a global dining destination. As of 2023, Vancouver is home to nine Michelin One Star restaurants, plus 17 ‘Bib Gourmand’ restaurants, and a further list of over Michelin Recommended eateries.

Day 2

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Start heading further east with a trip to Hastings-Sunrise

Travel Info

More to explore in the same neighbourhood, moving east towards Hastings-Sunrise.

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Hastings Racecourse
PNE Gate 6 or 9, 118 N Renfrew St, Vancouver , BC

Located in Hastings Park near the PNE since 1889. Take in live thoroughbred racing and simulcast racing with spectacular mountain and waterfront views. Every weekend from April to end of October, Friday nights from June to September and year-round for simulcast racing. Casino and restaurants also on site.

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1357 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

Powell Brewery focuses on classic styles and more experimental creations featuring new hop varietals and souring. They create high quality, full-flavoured handcrafted beers using all natural and preferably local ingredients. Keep an eye out for BBQ pop ups: Aftermath Barbecue, a Texas-influenced BBQ pop-up company holds regular cooks in the Powell Brewery parking lot, where you will also find a large patio space to augment the indoor tasting room.

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1489 E Hastings St,, Vancouver, BC

Step into Howe Sound's East Van Taphouse & Kitchen, where their familiar classic brewpub menu awaits, from pizzas and burgers to shareables and salads. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur seeking the freshest brew or a food enthusiast indulging in culinary delights, Howe Sound Taphouse & Kitchen is a haven for those who appreciate craft beer and the joy of shared moments.

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Explore the shops and restaurants in Hastings Sunrise along Hastings Street for more tasty bites and local shopping opportunities.

Looking for a great spot for a night cap? Odd Society Spirits and Resurrection Spirits are local distilleries worth checking out. Resurrection Spirits offers seasonal cocktails in their tasting lounge. They use locally sourced ingredients for their spirits, and 100% BC Rye Grain to handcraft Rye Whisky, Gin, and Vodka. Odd Society is dedicated to combining Old World distilling traditions with New World ingredients and ingenuity to create a family of spirits including whiskey, vodka and gin. Stop by the Lounge for a curated cocktail or have a flight of Odd Society’s family of spirits.

Day 3

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Featuring "The Drive"

Travel Info

The Commercial Drive area is locally known as “The Drive.” A street packed with restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops, infused with a multicultural influence that reflects the history of the immigrants who built the area. It’s why it’s also the best neighbourhood in town to catch the World Cup! The closest train stop is Commercial-Broadway station on The Expo and Millennium Lines.

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1123 Venables St, Vancouver, BC

Luppolo’s approach to brewing embraces a mix of old world and contemporary craft styles, often with a bit of an Italian twist. New in-house food partner Local Pizzaiolo provides delicious Italian pizza and snacks. The folks at Luppolo chose an Italian name as a nod to the Italian heritage of two of their founders and to the cultural values associated with Italian culture – quality, craftsmanship, community and family – which are central to their vision.

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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 cyclists. 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. The Bomberito Taqueria food truck is parked outside and open daily from 12pm to 9pm.

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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. Off the Rail is an unassuming brewery happily following its own track in the city’s busy scene. The compact second-storey tasting room offers a great vantage point to watch cyclists zip past on the busy Adanac cycle route. While they don't have a kitchen, you can snack on locally made Jamaican patties, samosas, chicken wings and chips.

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Cruise "The Drive"
Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC

The Drive - home to Vancouver’s own Little Italy - offers 22 full blocks to explore with over 300 distinct merchants, including quaint boutiques, multicultural restaurants, a vibrant live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses and specialty food stores including bakeries, fresh pasta, cheese emporiums, and delicatessens hung with house-smoked sausages.

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1345 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC

From inception, Strange Fellows has been about a blending of ideas and histories with a common vision: that two strangers can have a beer together, look each other in the eye and toast each other's good health. Co-founded by veteran Vancouver brewer Iain Hill, Strange Fellows is inspired by both old world tradition and west coast creativity, and is known for sour and barrel-aged beers, as well as a rotating broad range of styles and their Vintage Bottle List.

accommodation
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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At the south end of Commercial Drive is John Hendry Park, which features Trout Lake Beach. Saturdays from May through to October, check out the Trout Lake Farmers Market. 

Other food options: Maybe Nashville spiced fried chicken is more your thing? Be sure to hit up Downlow Chicken Shack for some of the best eats in Vancouver.

Day 4

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Continue your ale-venture on The Drive

Travel Info

Back to The Drive, and now exploring further east, but Commercial-Broadway is still your closest train stop.

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1675 Venables St, Vancouver, BC

East Van Brewing Co. 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!

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1950 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC

The brewery’s cartoony beer labels reflect its personality with their characteristic blend of creativity, passion, and irreverence. The brewery is known for its wide range of beer styles, often experimenting with hybrid styles before anyone else dares. This iconic East Van brewery also has a food truck-style kitchen located inside its tasting room.

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1830 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

The Slow Hand Beer brand was born out of the desire to craft objectively better lagers, but no longer restrict themselves to a single style. They now brew a constantly rotating selection of small batch beers, though they do tend towards the lighter, crisper side of things. They take classic European styles and brew them with west coast panache.

activity
Playland at the PNE
2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

The Pacific National Exhibition has many venues that present concerts and festivals throughout the year. It is also the home of Playland, Canada's oldest amusement park! With rides, midway games, and plenty of food and beverage options, it has everything you need for fun. Open May to September with special events for Halloween, Christmas and many other holidays.

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310 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

Visit the Mad Scientist at work at Storm Brewing, the city's longest-running and one of its most unusual breweries. They don't package a lot of their beers so tasting it at the source is your best option!

tap-house
1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver , BC

Guests can expect a hybrid of authentic Latin flavours combined with Pacific Northwest style and a commitment to fresh, local ingredients. Craft beers and an innovative cocktail program create a menu unique to the location.
The patio is an iconic Vancouver hangout, draped with all-day sunshine, yet protected from the seasonal elements - the ideal spot to mingle with your community and create memories.

accommodation
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

The Steamworks William Street Brewery & Taphouse is just over the boundary of East Vancouver in Burnaby and worth the visit!

Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market (at the PNE) runs on Sundays from November 1 to April 25.

Alternatively, the beautiful green space at Hastings Park offers:

  • The Sanctuary and Creekway Park invite you for excellent bird-watching opportunities
  • Delight your senses and find quiet reflection at Il Giardino Italiano and Momiji Gardens
  • Be inspired by the Landy Bannister sculpture commemorating the Miracle Mile
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Visit New Brighton Park, Pool and Beach (Day 1)
3201 New Brighton Rd, Vancouver, BC
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Hastings Racecourse (Day 2)
PNE Gate 6 or 9, 118 N Renfrew St, Vancouver , BC
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Cruise "The Drive" (Day 3)
Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
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Playland at the PNE (Day 4)
2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
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1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver , BC
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