Say ‘hello’ to three brand-new East Van craft breweries this Sunday


Andina Brewing on Powell St. is one of three new breweries scheduled to open in East Vancouver this spring.

Thirteen East Vancouver breweries, including three that yet to officially open, are collaborating for the city’s first Hop Circuit.

Scheduled for Sunday, April 24, the self-guided tour includes behind-the-scenes peeks, beer samples, and food trucks along the Hop Circuit route.

Besides the usual suspects such as Strange Fellows (1345 Clark Drive), Bomber (1488 Adanac St.), and Parallel 49 (1950 Triumph St.), the circuit includes three breweries that have yet to officially open.

Luppolo (1123 Venables St.) will offer a rotating variety of six to eight beers in its 800-square-foot tasting room.  According to its website: “Luppolo (pronounced loop-o-lo) means hops in Italian. We chose an Italian name because of the Italian heritage of two of our owners, but also because many of the values associated with Italian culture – quality, craftsmanship, community and family – really fit with what we’re trying to create at our brewery.”

Along with hoppy ales, sours, and IPAs, and beer styles from all over the globe, visitors can expect to find Italian charcuterie and sandwiches made with piadina, a traditional Italian flatbread.

Further west, Strathcona Beer Company (895 East Hastings) “will offer traditional-style beers that lean more toward the classic,” according to this story. “Think crisp pilsners, lagers, and golden pale ales, though a number of hop-centric varieties will also be on tap.” Strathcona will open its 12,000-square-foot space with four beers on offer and work its way to six – three signature and three rotating.


Andina Brewing (1507 Powell Street) will offer a fusion of South American and Canadian flavours in its beer, food, and décor. “Co-owners and brothers Andrés and Nicolàs Amaya will draw from their Colombian roots to offer a selection of easy-drinking ales, beginning with a Kölsch, pilsner, pale ale, and blonde IPA,” according to the Georgia Straight. The 13,700-square-foot space will hold a tasting room for pints and growler fills as well as a rotating menu of ceviche and other Latin American-style dishes.

A full list of breweries include the following:

Strange Fellows Brewing
Luppolo Brewing Company
Bomber Brewing
Strathcona Beer Company
Andina Brewing
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Off the Rail Brewing Co. (1361 Adanac Street)
Storm Brewing Ltd. (310 Commercial Drive)
Callister Brewing Co. (1338 Franklin Street)
Powell Street Craft Brewery (1357 Powell Street)
Odd Society (1725 Powell Street)
Doan’s Craft Brewing Company (1830 Powell Street)
Coal Harbour Brewing Company (1967 Triumph Street)

Participating food trucks will include Tacofino, Vij’s Railway, Via Teverre, Feastro, and The Reef. See the map below for more details. Beer enthusiasts are invited to walk, skate, or bike their way through the neighbourhood. Those interested in a guided tour can sign up with Vine & Hops or Cycle City Tours.

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