Don’t be THAT person! Follow the BC Ale Trail’s guide to tasting room etiquette in the new world of physically-distanced craft beer.

Craft beer exploration looks a little different in 2020. Nevertheless, tasting rooms and patios are open at breweries throughout the province to welcome you as you #ExploreBC in the last weeks of summer and throughout the fall. Here are a few things to keep in mind as a considerate craft beer consumer when visiting one of these beloved community spaces.

Tasting Room 101 on the BC Ale Trail

BC Ale Trail Tasting Room 101 considerate craft beer consumer

Breweries kindly request

Make it easy for servers and staff to get you to your table safely and swiftly.

  • Arrive together, sit together
  • Wear a mask at all times when not seated
  • Groups of six or less
  • One member of your party must provide contact info
  • Don’t move the tables or chairs
  • Don’t mingle with friends at other tables

The Parkside Brewery on the Port Moody Ale Trail

Be mindful

Stay aware of other people around you and respect the space and distance available.

  • Remain aware of physical distancing 
  • Respect the protocols in place
  • Look for arrows and markers for physical distancing on the floors

Four Winds Brewing - BC Ale Trail


Be kind

Remember that people are doing their job when asking you to respect their establishment’s policies.

  • The staff are doing their best to keep you and them safe
  • Don’t ask staff the bend the rules for you
  • Be patient, things may take a bit longer 


The Bakery Brewing - Port Moody Ale Trail

Be respectful

Bring your patience and listening skills to every outing.

  • Different breweries have different rules, so please be respectful and adaptable as you acknowledge the work that’s being done to keep you and staff safe
  • Take a moment to understand the protocols in place and ask questions if you’re uncertain

BC Ale Trail Tasting Room 101

We’re all in this together!

Each one of us is experiencing this pandemic in our own way. We must all do our part and make sure the time we do spend at a craft brewery with people in our bubble is safe, responsible, and respectful — we want to continue to enjoy these spaces, after all!


When you’re going out for a pint or a flight, don’t forget to:

  • TIP your server!
  • Be thoughtful, compassionate, and considerate.
  • Please drink responsibly!

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Know before you go

When exploring the BC Ale Trail, make sure to look up important information about the area you’re visiting and check on cancellation policies. Practice safe and respectful travelling as you explore the communities in our wild backyard that are open to visitors and make sure to be a considerate craft beer consumer while you’re out and about.

Some important links:

What’s open in BC (by community)

10 ways to travel safely and responsibly

This summer and fall, explore your local breweries and you’ll find “New Experiences are brewing nearby!”

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