Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 6-14) is fast approaching, and the city’s attention has turned to ales, lagers and all things sudsy. A great series of articles in the Vancouver Sun has been highlighting microbreweries in Vancouver and the surrounding communities. Many of these places offer tours or the opportunity to sample some of the freshest beer in the city.
Here’s a quick rundown of the microbreweries that are right in Vancouver, many of which I know and love:
Granville Island Brewing, 1441 Cartwright St.: The granddaddy of Vancouver microbreweries, GIB is nestled amidst all the gourmet food shops and crafts stores of scenic Granville Island. They offer tours daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ($9.75, includes three, 4-ounce tasters). There’s also a Taproom for pub food and more beer.
Storm Brewing, 310 Commercial Dr.: Storm, which makes the popular Hurricane IPA and a range of other beers, is available for tour by appointment only. I’ve never visited the facility out on Commercial Drive, and I’d be interested in hearing feedback from someone who has done the tour.
R&B Brewing, 54 E. Fourth Ave.: Known for its Red Devil Pale Ale, among other brews, R&B, which is right near Main Street in Mt. Pleasant, does not offer public tours.
Turning Point Brewing Co./Hell’s Gate, 887 Great Northern Way: The makers of Stanley Park 1897 Amber, Turning Point sadly does not offer tours.
If you’re willing to travel outside of Vancouver, there are several more microbrewery options, including Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergove (tours on Thursdays); Russel Brewing Company in Surrey (tours by appointment); and Whistler Brewing Company in Whistler (tours Tuesday-Friday).
Do you have a favourite Vancouver microbrewery? Please share your impressions below.