Best Breweries in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
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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 in Vancouver
Main Street Brewery in Vancouver

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 Brewery

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

Granville Island Brewery

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

Dockside Brewing

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
Yaletown Brewing (Image: Flickr)

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

Parallel 49 Brewery
Parallel 49 Brewery (Image: Flickr)

Parallel 49

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

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!


21 thoughts on “Best Breweries in Vancouver, British Columbia

  1. Hung Thai says:

    Laura, you win! Granville Island Brewery is my FAVORITE! I just wish they would ship their beer down to Seattle so I can enjoy without having to drive 2 hrs up there every time. Seattle and Vancouver should just really combine and be Sancouvertle – it’ll make life easier for everybody.

  2. Karla | karlaroundtheworld says:

    This post is so timely, my friend and I were just talking about visiting Breweries. Bookmarked this post. I’m going this year and this is very helpful. Thank you

  3. Stefan says:

    Cool post – didn’t realise Vancouver was famous for its micro breweries. Pinned this post to one of my favourite food boards 😉

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Thanks Stefan. Vancouver definitely follow suit with the rest of the west coast as far as beer goes!

  4. Jackie says:

    Great round-up of Vancouver Breweries! I really haven’t explored this scene in Vancouver so would have to rely on experts like you to direct me to the best tasting spots. Which would you recommend for amber or reddish brews?

    • Laura Lynch says:

      I would say that pretty much all of these breweries have ambers and reds. They also rotate their beers often.

  5. Meg Jerrard says:

    This is like the ultimate guide! Thanks for putting it together … I bet you had a great time sampling and “researching” for the sake of the post 😀 We only had an overnight stopover in Vancouver when we were there so it unfortunately wasn’t enough time to really get out and explore the city. Though bookmarking for our next Canada trip and hopefully we’ll have some more time 🙂

  6. Tess Andrade says:

    Yes and Yes and Yes to BEER! I did a tasting tour in Dublin in January and absolutely loved it! I want to visit BC now! 🙂

  7. Lotte says:

    Local breweries are the best! I did a beer tasting at Wanaka beerworks and learned about the process of making beer, very interesting! I love how every brewery has it’s own specialty and own secrets:-)

  8. Essie says:

    Not a beer person, but if they’ve got cider, I’m in. Found you from the Girl Vs Globe Link Up for March!

    Essie @ The Wandering Thistle

  9. Jennifer Melroy says:

    Yet another city I need to do a brewery tour in. I love trying local brews. It really shows the flavor of the local area.

  10. Mar Pages says:

    I’ve seen many posts on wineries, but not many on beer! It seems such a ‘standard’ drink but the variety is actually really extensive. I have to explore more on this beverage soon!

  11. Ivy says:

    I live in Vancouver and I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t visited any of these! I’ve heard great things about Storm, though! Definitely going to do my rounds this summer- thanks for the post! 🙂

    • Laura Lynch says:

      We love visiting the breweries when we’re in town. It’s fun to take a few hours and hop around. 🙂

  12. Katie says:

    I love a good beer post! I haven’t been to Vancouver yet but now I might just have to go for a weekend of exploring the local brews! Thanks for the post.

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