The microbrew revolution may have started in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, but it’s reaching a peak north of the border in Vancouver.
Across the city, dozens of brewpubs and distillers offer visitors a chance to sip and savor artisan suds and spirits. Meanwhile, a new city bylaw allowing onsite lounges at breweries is opening up even more possibilities.
Here are five spots to grab a handcrafted drink in Vancouver:
- 33 Acres Brewing Co.: Among the first of Vancouver’s new “beer lounges,” this laidback space in leafy Mt. Pleasant offers samples of beers produced onsite. Pony up to the bar for some fantastic IPAs and lagers.
- Yaletown Brewing: One of the pioneers of the city’s brewpub scene, Yaletown Brewing features a selection of lagers, ales, stouts and IPAs. With a sports bar ambiance and great pub menu, it’s the perfect spot for a drink in the trendy Yaletown warehouse district.
- Steamworks: This enormous brewpub next to downtown Vancouver’s Waterfront Station makes beer using the city’s historic, steam-powered heating system. Enjoy a range of artisan ales, pilsners and Euro-styled brews, as well as an extensive menu.
- Long Table Distillery: Vancouver’s first micro-distillery, Long Table produces small batches of gins and vodkas from a 300-liter copper pot still. The elegant tasting room near the shores of downtown’s False Creek is a great spot to sample their signature Texada Vodka, made with fresh lemon grass.
- Dockside Brewing Company: Located on downtown’s Granville Island, this establishment wins the prize for most scenic brewpub. Take a seat on the classy, waterfront patio and enjoy some of their original creations, like the hibiscus-infused Jamaican Lager or rich, chocolate-y Pelican Bay Brown.