Dine Out Vancouver 2022 starts this week so Joyce Lam of VanFoodies has the details on participating craft breweries, plus featured restaurants and experiences with strong craft beer offerings.
Running from January 14-31, 2022, Dine Out is celebrating its 20th anniversary with more than 300 restaurants offering prix fixe menus priced between $20 and $59, plus culinary experiences and special offers. It’s a great time to discover new restaurants or revisit and support one of your beloved spots. Every year I go through the entire list of prix fixe menus and post some suggestions on my website. Here I have curated a list of Dine Out Vancouver 2022 ideas specifically for craft beer lovers.
Brunch, Lunch or Dinner at Breweries
A number of local breweries are offering a prix fixe menu ranging from $20 to $49. At BREWHALL, you can create so many different combinations of hand-held goodness with a side and dessert, such as Mac Attack Sando with Curly Fries and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Over in the Fraser Valley, Trading Post Brewing also offers different menus at its two restaurant locations. At Trading Post Fort Langley, I would be torn choosing between Duck Confit and Bacon & Pea Gnocchi as my entree, and the London Fog Creme Brulee sounds heavenly. Driving further out to Trading Post Abbotsford, I see two tasty appetizers in Carrot Walnut Spread and Roasted Beet Salad, and equally sweet options of Apple Cake and Chocolate Tart as dessert.
Back in Vancouver, you can’t go wrong with any items on Luppolo Brewing’s 3-course menu, especially since a beer is included in the price. I haven’t seen Vitello Tonnato on a menu in a while and I’m always a big fan of their pizzas. They also add their beer in their tiramisu. If you don’t feel like dining in, you can order a 4-pack beer and two pizzas from the Dine Out menu for $50.
From January 14 – 31, experience a spectacular $27 three-course meal at Monkey 9 Brewing in Richmond. Appies include creamy chicken barley soup, cauliflower bites, and cheesy spinach dip. Mains include crispy chicken leg served with stacked potatoes, onion rings, brussel sprouts, and shire sauce; shrimp pesto linguine tossed in pesto sauce and topped with sautéed shrimp and tomatoes; and rocket salad with arugula, beets, radish, almonds, grape tomatoes, and goat crumble. Yum!
Prix Fixe Menus at Restaurants with Notable Craft Beer Options
Many of the other participating restaurants are great friends with our local breweries and have a notable selection of beers to choose from. For example, all the Dine Out menu items at Bells and Whistles Dunbar and Fraser would pair well with beer, including Crispy Pork Rinds, The Classic Burger, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and my favourite All Day Breakfast Sandwich.
Romer’s three locations in Kitsilano, Port Moody and River District also have a wide variety of dishes for appetizers and entrees, and having their Almost Famous Drunken Donuts for dessert would just hit the spot. For those who appreciate Asian flavours, I was drawn to the Asian take on western dishes at Saiwoo and Sing Sing Beer Bar. Taco/Mexican food lovers can check out the menu at Tacofino Ocho and The Pawn Shop YVR.
Family-friendly Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company in Kitsilano and Main Street don’t only have a 3-course menu with a mile-long list of pizza options that are available for dine-in and take-out, but they also sell take-home pizza kits that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home (with some ice cold craft beer, of course). Speaking of additional offers, Tap & Barrel Convention Centre, Olympic Village and Shipyards cater to the foodies and craft beer lovers in training as they have a Dine Out for Kids menu so they don’t feel left out. What a cute idea!
If you are looking for something a bit different, Burgoo Bistro Downtown, Lonsdale, Main Street, and Point Grey are offering three cheese and one chocolate fondue for $10 each, plus drinks are at happy hour pricing from 11am to close.
Last but not least, I must give a shout out to The Mackenzie Room for their 5-course family style tasting menu. They are one of my favourite restaurants in town and we go at least once a year (even in the last two years) and they never disappoint!
Whether you are a pure craft beer lover, or an indulger of various libations, you will be able to find a beer-related experience that suits you. Over the next few weeks, you can sign up for a tour to explore breweries in Yeast Van and Mount Pleasant, visit a distillery and two breweries in Yeast Van, savour a buttery lobster roll with beer, treat yourself to cider, wine, beer AND charcuterie, or get up early for a brew of coffee and beer. Leave your vehicle behind as full transportation is provided including pickup and dropoff at a designated location.
If you prefer a food and beer pairing experience, enjoy a four-course tasting menu curated by the chefs & brewers at Belgard Kitchen & Settlement Brewing. A $5 donation to Mealshare is also included.
And if you like a more hands-on event, you can create your own pizza pie at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Main Street or Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Kitsilano. Your three-course meal will be paired with Four Winds or Kits Brewing beer.
Final Thoughts on Dine Out Vancouver
Honestly, this roundup could go on and on, but I hope I gave you some ideas to start planning one of your Dine Out experiences this year. If you end up checking out any of the above, let me know how it goes! Hit me up @vanfoodies on Instagram or find me at vanfoodies.com! Stay safe!
Joyce Lam has been a food blogger in Vancouver since 2009, writing at VanFoodies.com and sharing her food adventures on social media @vanfoodies. She sets out to discover delightful eats across Greater Vancouver, find joys in hearty home-cooking, and celebrate local food and beverage producers. A marketing consultant by day, and a food blogger by night, Joyce is a petite girl with a big appetite. Her foodie motto is “I’ll try anything once.”