Thanks to a change in legislation, new Vancouver breweries are popping up all over the city with tasting rooms and growler fills to keep up with the ever rising popularity of craft beer.
You may be able to easily understand what a tasting room is (a room to taste the freshly brewed beer!), but what the heck is a growler?!
Essentially, a growler is a large (2L) old-school jug that can be filled with beer at almost any local brewery in town. It typically costs $5-10 initially to buy and then ~$9-15 to fill up. Filling a growler at a local Vancouver brewery means that you get fresh beer to-go! Instead of heading to the liquor store to buy beer that may have been sitting on the shelves for a few weeks/months, you can rest assured that your beer is as fresh as a daisy.
So, where can you get your growler filled in Vancouver?
33 Acres Brewing Company
33 Acres Brewing Company was launched by owner Josh Michnik and brewer Dave Varga, and features two flagship beers: 33 Acres of Life, a lager/ale hybrid in the California Common style; and 33 Acres of Ocean, a West Coast style pale ale. The spirit of the brewery is about community sharing; Drink, food, conversation, space, and ideas. Beer and food is available Monday-Thursday from 12-9, Friday & Saturday from 11-11, and Sunday from 12-5 at 15 W 8th Avenue.
Opened last summer, Brassneck Brewery is the brainchild of the Alibi Room’s Nigel Springthorpe and local brewer Conrad Gmoser, who spent the last 17 years at Steamworks. Brassneck sells growlers and customers can sample a wide variety of beer styles, buy a glassful to enjoy in the tasting lounge, or simply fill up their growler and be on their way. Located at 2148 Main Street at 6th Avenue, Brassneck is open Monday-Friday from 2-11 and Saturday-Sunday from 12-11.
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Powell Street Craft Brewery, opened by husband & wife team David Bowkett and Nicole Stefanopoulos in late 2012, is one of Vancouver’s newest nano-breweries. They focus on brewing small handcrafted batches, using all natural ingredients, as much of it local as possible. Beer tastings and growler fills are available Wednesday to Saturday from 1pm to 7pm at 1830 Powell St.
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Parallel 49 Brewing Company was founded by three guys who grew up together in East Van less than 10 minutes from the spot where the brewery now stands. Visit their tasting room to sample beers from the taps, purchase bottles, or get your growler filled with fresh draft! Open from Noon – 9pm daily at 1950 Triumph Street.
Bridge Brewing Company
The Bridge Brewing Company is Vancouver’s First Nano Brewery located in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. Their beer is all about having fun with the highest quality ingredients with minimal impact on the environment. Growler fills are available from 1-7pm daily at 115-2433 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver.
Green Leaf Brewing Company
The Green Leaf Brewing Company in North Vancouver just recently opened its doors in Lonsdale Quay. With a convenient location and great local beer, this brewery is focusing on the local, fresh and environmental aspects of brewing craft beer. Tastings and growler fills are available from 9-7 daily.
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
The co-founders of Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers wanted to create a company that reflected their lifestyles – laid back and filled with fun. With a focus on inspiring good times and laughter, story telling and memory making they have worked towards a company that would have an emphasis on tradition, passion and craftsmanship. The tasting room is open Monday-Tuesday from 4-8pm and Wednesday-Sunday from 12-8pm at Unit 170 – 2270 Dollarton Highway, Deep Cove.
Heard of any other great breweries to fill up your growler in Vancouver? Let us know in the comment section below!