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

Vancouver-Area University Offering 2-Year Degree in Beer

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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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Get Your Growler Filled at a Local Vancouver Brewery

Vancouver Growler Fill locations

Image courtesy of Greenleaf Brewing Company in North Vancouver

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?

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Get Your Growler Filled at a Local Vancouver Brewery

Mega-Pub Alert: Vancouver’s Olympic Village Now Boasts “Most Taps in Canada”

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Photo credit: afagen | Flickr

Remember the days when you were lucky to find much more than Kokanee and Canadian on tap?

With the rise of craft brewing, Vancouverites have gotten used to choosing from dozens of local and international draft beers at bars and pubs around town.  And Olympic Village on False Creek has been a big beneficiary of this sudsy surplus.

In the summer of 2012, Tap and Barrel, a 12,000-square-foot restaurant with dozens of craft beers on tap opened up right on the waterfront.  Two levels of patios overlooking False Creek and downtown Vancouver offer a great vantage point for sipping some of the best local brews that British Columbia has to offer.

Meanwhile, Olympic Village’s Legacy Liquor Store, the largest private liquor store in the entire province, offers an astounding selection of craft beer from Vancouver, across Canada and around the world.  Whole walls of shelving and refrigerator cases are dedicated to housing exotic brews virtually impossible to find elsewhere.

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Mega-Pub Alert: Vancouver’s Olympic Village Now Boasts “Most Taps in Canada”

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Ready for another beautiful autumn weekend?  There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including Hallowe’en events, interior design shows, and the last of some of the farmers markets in the city.   Here’s our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend