Quick Guide to Vancouver Brew Pubs

Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 6-14) is just a few days away and the city’s fine ales and lagers are in the spotlight.  A great series in the Vancouver Sun has been listing brew pubs in Vancouver and the surrounding communities.  In true Vancouver form, many of these pubs offer exceptional cuisine, as well as finely crafted beers.

For your drinking pleasure, here’s a quick rundown of the brew pubs that are right in Vancouver (plus neighbouring Richmond and North Vancouver):

Yaletown Brewing Co., 111 Mainland St.: Located in the trendy warehouse district of Yaletown, this brew pub attracts a young crowd out for a night on the town.   There’s a full menu served in the restaurant side, or you can migrate to the bar side for loud music and more of a nightclub feel.

Steamworks., 375 Water St.: Situated right next to Waterfront Station in Gastown, Steamworks is a sprawling brew pub and restaurant in a historic building worth a visit for the architecture alone.  I’m not sure if this is urban legend or not, but I’ve heard that the beer is brewed using heat from the old steam lines that run beneath the city.

Taylor’s Crossing., 1035 Marine Dr., North Vancouver: Taylor’s brews the popular Red Truck lager and other beers in its North Shore location, and also offers a menu of pizza, burgers and larger plates.

Pat’s Pub and Brewhouse., 403 E. Hastings St.: In the heart of gritty East Vancouver, the very old school Pat’s Pub brews up Pat’s Classic Lager and also offers take-home sales in cans.

Big River Brewpub., 180-14200 Entertainment Blvd., Richmond: Way out on the Fraser River in Richmond, the modern Big River Brewpub makes a Czech Pilsner and range of other brews in strict adherence to the Bavarian purity law of 1516.

Dockside Restaurant and Brewing Co., 1253 Johnston St.:  Located on Granville Island, Dockside brews a variety of craft beers, including its popular Cartwright Pale Ale.  It’s also a very good restaurant, offering acclaimed casual dining with waterfront views.

If you travel outside of Vancouver, there are quite a few more options, including Big Ridge Brewing Co. in Surrey; Central City Brewing in Surrey; Howe Sound Inn and Brewing in Squamish; Mission Springs Brewing in Mission; and Whistler Brewhouse in Whistler.

Do you have a favourite brew pub in or around Vancouver?  Please weigh in by leaving a comment below.

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