We love to try new micro brews, especially in up-and-coming beer destinations like Vancouver, British Columbia. Over the past few years, micro breweries have started to crop up in large number in and around Vancouver. Many of these breweries feature up to a dozen or more traditional and unique brews, and most of them have tasting rooms where visitors can stop in for a taster tray, a pint or a pitcher and a bite to eat.
If you’re a beer fan, make sure you leave at least a full day to explore the major beer areas around Vancouver. If you don’t have enough time to drive around to everywhere we’ve mentioned, make sure to check out specific areas, like Yaletown or Main Street, where a few Vancouver breweries have conglomerated so you can walk between breweries.
There are more and more added every day, so it’s impossible for us to keep up with new breweries (thought we will be updating this list periodically). Right now, these are what we consider to be the best breweries in Vancouver. A stop at any of these breweries will be a great addition to your exploration of the city.
Main Street Breweries
Main Street Brewery
Main Street Brewery is just the type of place we love to drink a pint. The tasting room is roomy, well styled and comfortable. And, of course, the beers are great. There’s not much in the way of food, just a few little snacks, but that’s plenty to go along with the taster tray that includes favorites like a saison and pilsner. Main Street also brews a few sours.
Location: 261 E 7th Avenue Phone: (604) 336-7711
Brassneck is a small neighborhood tasting room where you can try some of their brews along with food from one of the rotating food trucks. They say they have a “busy, ever-changing chalkboard, full of choices showcasing a mixture of tried and true ‘dangerously drinkable’ beers, nano-sized experiments and lesser-known styles from all over Europe and North America.”
Location: 2148 Main St. Phone: 604-259-7686
33 Acres Brewing Company
A minimalist white space filled with tables that are usually packed full of hipsters, 33 Acres served only a handful of beers, alongside coffee and light snacks. They also have a clothing line.
Location: 15 W. 8th Ave Phone: (604) 620-4589
R&B Brewing Co.
One of the first Vancouver breweries to hit the scene, R&B is a mainstay with a brewery and taproom. They tend toward the beer styles of Belgium and Germany, while delivering some complex seasonals and limited releases
Location: 54 E. 4th Ave. Phone: (604) 874-2537
Granville Island Brewery
Sadly, Granville Island Brewery isn’t a microbrewery anymore, after having been bought up by Molson. But it’s still one of our favorite spots in the city for beer. It’s a must-stop on a tour of Granville Island. They have a great taster tray with some tasty seasonals, and a decent-sized food menu.
Location: 1441 Cartwright St Phone: (604) 687-2739
We didn’t really consider Dockside Brewing the first few times we were on Granville Island, because it’s located alongside the Dockside Restaurant that is usually swarming with tourists, but that doesn’t take away from the tasty beer, so it’s worth a stop, especially after a long day of walking around the island.
Location: 1253 Johnston St.
Yaletown Brewing Co.
While Yaletown Brewing is not a small operation with a tasting room, like some of our favorites, it is a great pub with plenty of space and a full menu, where you can find fresh, seasonal, and often unique beers on tap.
Location: 1253 Johnston St.
East Vancouver Industrial District
Open since 2013, Parallel 49 Brewing has been one of the most popular in town. Their small tasting room is usually packed on the weekends with people sampling their great beers. If you’ve seen the labels on their beer bottles, you’ll get the idea of their brewing philosophy. There’s a beer called Gypsy Tears, Filthy Dirty, and Jerkface 9000. Yep, you get it.
Location: 1950 Triumph Street Phone: (604) 558-2739
Storm Brewing is, and has been since 1995, all about the brewing. They don’t have a tasting room, but do welcome guest into their workspace to taste their beers (thus they also don’t serve pints or food). The beers are innovative and artfully crafted.
Location: 310 Commercial Drive Phone: (604) 255-9119
We’ve tried almost every one of these ourselves, but we still haven’t scratched the surface of the craft beer in Vancouver. What are you favorite breweries in Vancouver? Tell us all about your best beer pursuits in the city!