“Arts” is no longer the word associated when you hear craft. In Vancouver, you can find that most people will often think of an ever-so-refreshing drink called beer, and it’s no question that it has taken over the beverage scene in Vancouver. With dozens lined up alongside each other, and new brewpubs opening up, it truly is a puzzle to figure out the best route to try all the unique creations that come out of these breweries.
From city streets to tucked away industrial avenues, beer has turned neighborhoods into thriving communities of beer and non-beer drinkers alike.
Take a flight through the different neighbourhoods
Main Street Brewing – Located inside an old industrial building, this brewery is loved for their classics like their Main Street Pilsner and crowd favourites like the Hula Hula Tropical Milkshake sour.
R&B Ale and Pizza House – Brewing since 1997, R&B pays homage to iconic Vancouver places and things such as their Dude Chilling Pale Ale and the Stolen Bike Lager.
Electric Bicycle Brewing – A hard to miss, brightly painted façade, this brewery serves an eclectic selection of beers in its funky tasting room.
East Van (Industrial Area):
Superflux Beer Company – Unique and innovative, this modern brewery serves up beer in stylish cans that are too pretty to throw out.
Strathcona Beer Company – Located in Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, this brewery offers traditional beers with a modern twist.
Andina Brewing – The first Canadian brewery to use premium Patagonia malt, Andina incorporates exotic ingredients to classic styles.
Steamworks Brewpub – Inspired by the famous Gastown steam line that run through their premises, this brewery uses steam to fire its kettles allowing for greater brewing finesse and great tasting beer.
Yaletown Brewing Company – Offering fresh and seasonal beers, this brewery in the trendy area of Yaletown is a great brewpub with plenty of space and a full menu.
To celebrate Vancouverites’ love for craft beer, three beer and music festivals will be taking over this summer, set to take place in three different cities. The Brewhalla Beer and Music Festival kicks off at Fort Langley Park on May 21, Pioneer Park in Port Moody on August 5 and the Shipyards in North Vancouver on September 30.
More than 60 craft beers from local breweries will be on site at each festival, as well as food trucks and performances by local musicians for a day of fun, diversity, and inclusivity.
Also featuring a diverse lineup of musical acts, great food and beer, and a relaxed festival vibe is the Truck Stop Concert Series hosted by the Red Truck Beer Company. After a two-year hiatus, the festival is back with their best series yet with three events during this summer held at their East Vancouver brewery on June 11, July 9 and August 13. Headliners will include MAGIC GIANT, Drake White and Sammy Rae & The Friends. For more information on their musical lineup and tickets, click here.
Coming up in July is Vancouver Craft Beer Week, a weeklong event that combines delicious beer with incredible food, cutting edge arts, and music and craft culture.