Nothing says summer like a crisp, refreshing pint on a sunny patio. Vancouver has no shortage of pubs serving a great selection of local and international ales and lagers. But for the consummate beer experience, head to one of the city’s signature brewpubs, where passionate brewmeisters serve up their latest creations. Here are just a few local favorites, all of which boast great patios:
- Yaletown Brewing: Housed in a historic 19th-century brick warehouse, this lively brewpub has been serving up some of the province’s best beers for more than a decade. The huge Yaletown patio is great for people watching, and the menu embraces everything from pub fare to duck confit and Asian stir-frys. Summer sipper: Try Hills Special Wheat, a Bavarian hefeweizen with a refreshingly spicy, fruity character.
- Dockside Brewing: Located in the Granville Island Hotel, this pub gets honors for best location, with an enormous patio overlooking False Creek inlet and the downtown skyline. Beers range from standbys like the Cartwright Pale Ale to local favorites like Alder Bay Honey Lager, made with real B.C. honey. Drinks are complemented by a basic menu of salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Summer sipper: Try the hibiscus-infused Jamaican Lager for a taste of the tropics.
- Steamworks: Occupying a restored Victorian building on the edge of trendy Gastown, Steamworks uses heat from a local steam line to fire its kettles. The big patio offers views of downtown’s waterfront and busy Waterfront Station. Summer sipper: You can’t go wrong with Lions Gate Lager, a clean, smooth drinking brew named after the city’s trademark bridge.
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