A freshly poured ice cold pint of craft beer? Few people would say no. Combine this with lively spots where you can hang out with friends, nibble on tasty bites and listen to music and you are guaranteed a good time!
A lot has changed in the world of craft beer over a short period of time. The local craft beer industry has grown rapidly across North America, with many new craft breweries opening their doors around Metro Vancouver. The quality of beers have improved drastically and the styles are becoming more sophisticated. With so many craft beers and breweries around, it can be difficult to choose the ones worth visiting for a few pints. We have come up with the following 8 craft breweries around Metro Vancouver that we think are worth visiting (in no specific order). We have used numerous factors to come up with our list, including; ratings from various platforms, visits (to get a taste and a feel for the ambience), and awards.
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Steel & Oak Brewing Co. is located in New Westminster, not far from the skytrain station. Using a mixture of North American, English and German brewing styles, techniques and ingredients, Steel & Oak explores new beer styles while constantly refining and perfecting the classics. The beer is consistent, tasty and approachable. The tasting room has a great community but stylish feel and seems to be constantly busy. Tasters particularly enjoy the Red Pilsner and Smoked Hefeweizen.
Address: 1319 Third Ave, New Westminster
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday Noon to 8 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday Noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday Noon to 8 p.m.
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Storm Brewing is Vancouver's longest running craft brewery and is a must visit for craft beer fans worldwide. The brewery is set up in a warehouse in East Vancouver with an experimental, ramshackle, rebel-spirited attitude. It's a reminder of what East Vancouver was like in the 1990's with industrial use taking preference over retail needs. Generous samples are offered by donation before filling up your growler. Storm did sours before anyone else and their Imperial Flanders Sour Red Ale and Vanilla Brandy Stout are some of they more popular beers.
Address: 310 Commercial Drive
Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.
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Parallel 49 is arguably one of the first breweries to help popularize craft beer in Vancouver. They offer a wide selection of beer at their tasting room as well as a few hard to find beers in their fridge. Their products are not hard to find and you are almost guaranteed to see Parallel beers in most liquor stores and their Ruby Tears are on tap in most bars. Their Basic Lager (Craft Lager), Brown Ale (Old Boy), Barrel Aged (Russian Imperial Stout), Belgian Abbey (Vow of Silence) and Imperial IPA are just some of their award-winning beers.
Location: 1950 Triumph Street
Hours: Daily Noon to 11 p.m.
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Even though you have to go to Delta to visit the Four Winds Brewing Company, you won't be disappointed. As the winner of Canadian Brewery of the Year (2015 and 2016), Four Winds is one of the leaders of BC breweries - a consumer favourite that is consistently exceeding expectations with new releases that cause fans to rave! The family-owned company opened in 2013, and by 2015 was brewery of the year in all of Canada. Their six standard are the saison, IPA, pilsner, pale ale, Berliner Weisse, and oat porter.
Location: 4-7355 72nd Street, Delta
Hours: Monday to Saturday Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
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Located on Main Street, Brassneck Brewery has a beautiful rustic fill and tasting room with a certain East Van cool and charm. They opened in 2013 and considered themselves a "little neighbourhood brewery with a Growler Shop & Tasting Room servicing the good people of Mount Pleasant and surrounding area". With a mix of consistency, quality and innovation of output, they are considered one of the best craft breweries in Vancouver and BC. Aside from their hopped pale ale (Passive Aggressive) or Pale Ale (Brassneck Ale) which are always on the menu, you'll also have a choice of a constantly changing mix of 6-10 unique beers.
Address: 2148 Main Street
Hours: Monday to Friday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sun Noon to 11 p.m.
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With a catchy motto "Keeping Beer Weird", Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks push the traditional styles of beer to the limit by adding a West Coast flair to it. Expect some adventurous brews aimed toward adventurous palettes. Their branding has a distinct focus on "Geek Culture" with reference to video gaming, and pop culture. People who enjoy either IPA or low IBU, flavourful beers, will particularly enjoy their beers. Their Strawberry Wit ranks among the best fruit beers and their Bean Me Up is probably the best expresso milk stout in the region.
Address: 103 - 11220 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC V7A 4V5
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday Noon 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
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Located near Main Street, 33 Acres took a different approach with their tasting room. With a clean, modern west coast design, the tasting room is a simple space, allowing you to focus on your beer. There is a community of people that have rallied around this brewery. Some of their most noteworthy beers include: International Lager (Acres of Darkness), Amber Ale (Acres of Life) and Trappist (Acres of Euphoria).
Address: 15 West 8th Avenue
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Strange Fellows has everything going for it - great branding, a lively tasting room, friendly staff and great beer. The feel of the tasting room is serene but alive. A Strange Fellows beer has a particular flavour, and it is a good one! They do wheats and sours best, in a variety of styles. Their beers are intentionally distinct from each other, but nothing is off the rails. Some of their award winning beers include Belgian Ale (Jongleur Wit), European Sour Ale (Reynard) and Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen).
Address: 1345 Clark Drive
Hours: Monday to Thursday 3 to 11 p.m. and Friday to Sunday Noon to 11 p.m.
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