Big List of Downtown Vancouver Craft Breweries and Brew Pubs

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Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Ready for the ultimate microbrew crawl? Here’s a comprehensive list of the craft breweries and brew pubs currently operating in downtown Vancouver.  We’ll start in the heart of downtown near Waterfront Station, head out to East Vancouver, swoop up to Mount Pleasant and conclude along False Creek.

Brew pubs on the list all have extensive food menus, while the smaller breweries often partner with local food trucks and generally also offer growlers (refillable glass containers) of beer to go.

Steamworks Brew PubLocated adjacent to downtown’s Waterfront Station, this expansive pub and restaurant uses heat from the city’s underground steam lines in the beer making process and boasts an encyclopedic selection of home brews.  375 Water St.

Patricia Hotel Brew PubBetter known as Pat’s Pub, this 100-year-old establishment makes its own tasty lager and also offers great jazz and live music near Hastings and Main Streets.  403 E. Hastings St.

Storm Brewing: One of a cluster of small breweries in the gritty East Vancouver industrial district at the end of Commercial Drive, Storm has been making beer since 1995 and offers a full lineup featuring a stout, IPA, Scottish ale, pilsner and even a sour red ale.  310 Commercial Dr.

Powell Street BrewingThis very popular “nano-brewery” in the same neighbourhood was started by a husband-and-wife team in 2012 and offers tastings and growler refills of its three signature brews: Dive Bomb Porter, Old Jalopy Pale Ale and Hopdemonium IPA.  1830 Powell St.

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Big List of Downtown Vancouver Craft Breweries and Brew Pubs

Rare $150-a-Bottle Beer Coming to Vancouver

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Photo credit: Another Pint Please… | Flickr

Would you pay $150 for one bottle of beer?

The craft brew revolution took a strange, pricy twist in Vancouver this week, with the announcement that a $150 beer will soon be available in select B.C. Liquor Stores.  In total, 84 bottles of Utopias, made by American brewer Samuel Adams, will make their way to the province.

But this is no ordinary brew.  It has no carbonation and an incredible 28-percent alcohol content, more than twice the percentage in an average bottle of wine.  In fact, it can be opened and closed like a spirit and doesn’t have to be refrigerated.  The beer comes in special 710-ml bottles, twice the size of a typical longneck beer bottle.

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Rare $150-a-Bottle Beer Coming to Vancouver

Vancouver-Area University Offering 2-Year Degree in Beer

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Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Serious about beer? Maybe it’s time you took your love of suds to the next level.

Starting in September, local craft beer enthusiasts will be able to enrol in an accredited, two-year program all about brewing.  Offered at the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Brewing and Brewery Operations diploma is the first of its kind in the province and one of only a handful of beer-based multi-year diplomas in North America.

The inaugural class of 35 students will convene in a specially designed brew laboratory. Their studies will combine classes on the chemistry and microbiology behind the brewing process with hands-on training in brewing, packaging and marketing beer.

Meanwhile, guest lectures from members of the B.C. Craft Brewers Guild and Master Brewers Association of Canada will be supplemented by internships at local breweries for real-world beer experience.

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Local winter ales new and old

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

Photo: Granville Island Brewing.

The winter months mean winter ales, and Vancouver craft breweries are quenching the thirsts of seasonal drinkers. This year, local brewers are bringing back some past favourites and introducing some new ones. Here are a few of the winter ales you can find on store shelves and at many local pubs and restaurants.

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Local winter ales new and old

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

What To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This mid-November weekend is full of outdoor and indoor events in Vancouver. From arts & crafts, skating, ballet, movies & short films, theatre, winter market, whisky tasting, and innovator speakers - everyone will find something to enjoy! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend