We love to try new micro brews, especially in awesome beer destinations like Vancouver, British Columbia. Micro breweries are located all over the city, so it’s high time you get out there and experience the best breweries in Vancouver.
Many Vancouver breweries feature up to a dozen or more unique brews, and most of them have tasting rooms where visitors can stop in for a taster tray, a pint or a pitcher, and even a bite to eat.
Our guide encompasses four of the top brewery clusters around the city along with details for the top breweries to visit in each location.
If you’re a beer fan, make sure you leave at least a full day to explore all the breweries around Vancouver. If you don’t have a lot of time, make sure to check out specific areas, like Yaletown or Main Street, where many Vancouver breweries are clustered, 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 (though we will be updating this list periodically). These are what we consider to be the best breweries in Vancouver as of this post’s updated date. A stop at any of these breweries will be a great addition to your exploration of the city.
How To Do a Beer Crawl in Vancouver
Putting together your own beer crawl is as easy as choosing the neighborhood you want to visit, and following our maps below. Plan to include no more than 4 breweries in your crawl. You’ll want to spend up to an hour at each one and it’s no fun to be rushed.
Most breweries offer tasting samples and trays that you can put together yourself from their offerings. I would recommend this route vs buying full pints, because you’ll have the chance to try more beers at each place.
We enjoy making up our own beer crawl and going at our own pace, but if you’d rather join an organized beer tour, there are plenty available. Since beer with food is even better, we really like this beer tour that includes dinner at the third stop. If you don’t want to include dinner, this is the tour we’d choose.
Below you will find information on these beer-tastic areas (click to jump down):
- Main Street Breweries
- Granville Island Breweries
- Downtown Breweries
- East Vancouver (aka Yeast Van)
Main Street Breweries
Main Street hosts a handful of breweries and some of the best too, in my opinion. You can easily find a parking spot on the street anywhere in the area and then walk to all the breweries on your crawl.
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1. 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.
Must Try: Main Street Pilsner, Westminster Brown Ale, Old Knights Pale Ale
Location: 261 E 7th Avenue
Phone: (604) 336-7711
2. 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.”
Must Try: The Yabba, Magic Beans, Umlaut
Location: 2148 Main St.
3. 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. I like to make R&B the last stop on the Main Street beer crawl because they make some really good pizza and it’s a perfect way to end.
Location: 54 E. 4th Ave.
Phone: (604) 874-2537
4. Electric Bicycle Brewing
Located just next door to R&B Brewing, this newish brewery is a great addition to the Main Street brewing scene. They have adopted an experimental and unique brew style, with what they call outrageously good beer and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. There’s some great mural art on the building and the can art is just as stylish.
Must Try: Just A Little Crush Tangerine Pale Ale, Blueberry Oatmeal Stout, Ginger Wheat Ale
Location: 20 E 4th Ave
5. Faculty Brewing
The joy of Faculty Brewing’s tasting room is that you’ll be seated right next to the beer tanks and you can spend your time talking beer with the owners if you want. They have a tasting tray that includes four 4 oz tasters and they rotate their beer weekly, so there’s always something new to try.
Must Try: Dark Chocolate Stout, London Fog Ale, Blonde
Location: 1830 Ontario St
6. 33 Acres Brewing Company
33 Acres likes experimenting with different styles and flavor profiles in their beer. That’s how they come up with fantastic brews like 33 Acres of Sunshine, which is a hazy blonde with citrus, coriander and black licorice. They have tasting flights for $9 which include four 6oz glasses or you can order a half or full pint. They also serve some pretty tasty food. It’s a good stop on your crawl when you’re ready for some avocado toast to tide you over.
Must Try: 33 Acres of Life, Ocean and Sunshine – oh, and the cider!
Location: 15 W. 8th Ave
Phone: (604) 620-4589
There are a few breweries to visit in downtown Vancouver. If you don’t have a car this is one of the closest beer crawl routes in walking distance of downtown hotels.
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1. Yaletown Brewing Co.
While Yaletown Brewing is not a small operation with a tasting room, like some of our favorites, it is a great brewpub with plenty of space and a full menu, where you can find fresh, seasonal, and often unique beers on tap. It’s often quite busy, so be prepared. They have a really great outdoor space for when the weather is decent. Since they have a full menu, it’s a good spot to sit down for a lunch or dinner and enjoy a range of their beers. Don’t miss pizza Sundays!
Location: 1253 Johnston St.
2. Postmark Brewing
Postmark is a fun destination. It’s a stylish and lovely tasting and dining room in the newly renovated Settlement Building. Next to Postmark in the building is a winery and a restaurant, so you can actually make a day of it just between those three. They offer 4 oz samples of their beers, along with pints and growlers.
Must Try: Awesome Pacific IPA, Postmark Stout
Location: 55 Dunlevy Ave
3. Powell Brewing
It’s maybe pushing it a little (or a lot) to say Powell Brewing is located downtown. It’s actually at the corner of the East Vancouver area. But it makes a good third stop if you’re coming from downtown and don’wt want to stop at just two. Keep that in mind. It can easily be added to the East Van crawl.
Powell Brewing is consistently good. Their Old Jalopy has won many awards and is a favorite among locals. If you stop by their tasting room, you can try their regular lineup, plus experimental and seasonal offerings. They have tasting trays that include four 5 oz pours. They also offer 5, 12 and 16 oz pours of whatever strikes your fancy. They even have a gluten free offering.
Must Try: Old Jalopy Pale Ale, Ode to Citra Pale Ale, Dive Bomb Dark Ale
Location: 1357 Powell Street
East Vancouver Breweries
The East Vancouver area is packed with great breweries. It’s now referred to as Yeast Van because of all the breweries. If you want to take a day and visit as many breweries as you can, this is the area to do it in. You’ll find some of the best breweries here, so be prepared to taste a lot of good beer.
Extras: We couldn’t include them all, but there are a few more that didn’t make the list that you should try while you’re in East Van: Callister Brewing, Strathcona Brewing, Off the Rail Brewing.
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1. Luppolo Brewing
This rather small brewery operation is serious about presenting customers with a good time in their tasting room along with a good tasting beer. In case you were wondering, Luppolo means hops in Italian, reflecting the Italian heritage of some of the owners. That’s not all you’ll see of Italy here either. The food menu includes beloved Italian snacks like foccacia bread, Pane e Prosciutto and antipasto platters.
Must Try: Northwest Red, George Castagna, dessert sour w/ morello cherries
2. East Van Brewing
We love that they adopted the name of the neighborhood. Hey why not get ahead! They have a large tasting room that looks more like a pub, with plenty of room to relax. They are relatively new to the beer scene in Vancouver, but you can’t discount their beer. It’s all pretty good.
Must Try: When it Rains it Porters, Unholy One Stout, Wheelbite IPA
Location: 1675 Venables St
3. 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.
Must Try: Gypsy Tears, Filthy Dirty, and Jerkface 9000
Location: 1950 Triumph Street
Phone: (604) 558-2739
4. Storm Brewing
Storm Brewing has been all about the brewing since 1995. They are Vancouvers longest running craft brewery. They don’t have a tasting room, but do welcome guest into their workspace to taste their beers. They don’t serve pints or food, or even have chairs. But you can sample up to 6 beers (one at a time, of course). The beers are innovative and artfully crafted. The brewer, James Walton, has been halled a craft beer pioneer and he holds high standards for his beer. They often have what they call “brainstorm beers” that are in limited quantity as they try things out.
Must Try: (Most of these won’t be available anymore. Listing them just to give you an idea.) Vanilla Whiskey Stout, Apple Pie Ale, Pizza Pilsner
Location: 310 Commercial Drive
Phone: (604) 255-9119
Granville Island Breweries
There are only two breweries in Granville Island, so it’s not really a lot to get excited about. But if you’re already there checking out the Granville Island Market, then you should definitely stop in for a taster tray at the brewery.
1. 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.
Must Try: Mocha Porter, Cypress Honey Lager, Infamous IPA
Location: 1441 Cartwright St
Phone: (604) 687-2739
2. 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.
We’ve tried almost every one of these breweries ourselves, but we still don’t feel like we’ve 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!
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.