Granville Island Brewing

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1441 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R7
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Mitch Taylor didn't know much about making beer. What he did know was that the product he drank on a visit to Europe was better than anything he could find in Canada. So in 1984 he opened Canada’s first modern microbrewery on Granville Island.

Despite the modest intent — produce quality, natural, unpasteurized beer in the German tradition — the challenges were legion. Struggling to find brewing equipment and German-style bottles in an era of stubbies. Battling bureaucracy in the process of inventing an entirely new liquor business category. Persuading drinkers to try something unfamiliar.

Still, Granville Island Brewing’s first product — Island Lager — was a hit. Turns out BCers were ready for more flavourful beer. In the following years, the company’s beer portfolio expanded and its popularity increased. So much so that the limitations of the facility on Granville Island meant that the bulk of production shifted to Kelowna, and then later the Molson brewery on Burrard Street when the company was purchased by Molson Coors in 2009.

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    Located right at the main entrance to Granville Island sits the Granville Island Brewery. Due to their popularity I think it has been a long time since this location was their main production facility but that hasn't stopped them from turning this into a unique and fun tourist attraction on the Island. Offering tours daily, you can learn about how their beer is made and more about the history of this unique little piece of brewing history in Vancouver. Granville Island Brewery was one of the first microbreweries in Canada and obviously they did a great job because they started a revolution in the Canadian brewing industry and were even just acquired by Molson Coors earlier this year. After your tour you get to sit and enjoy a sampler tray of 3 different beers. Or, you can just skip the tour and belly up to the bar in the tasting room and try all of their great brews named after Vancouver neighbourhoods and landmarks. For a fun and interesting group outing hit the Granville Island Brewery and enjoy a taste of Vancouver History!

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    As Canada’s first microbrewery, Granville Island Brewing has brought local brews to thirsty Vancouverites (and beyond) since 1984. Located on Cartwright Street and across the street from the famous Kids Market, this brewery is a Granville Island icon. Visit the tap room to taste their original lager or to sip on their latest small-batch beers. Or, if you have some more time to spare, book a tour for a sampling of three tasters and a behind the scenes experience.

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    Vancouver’s premier brewing company offers tours of its impressive facilities most days of the week. Keeping in mind that tours are limited to 10 people, and are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis in the retail store, grab your friends and explore the more than 30-year-old building. The best part? In the taproom, you’ll be invited to sample three varieties of craft beer – all included in the $9.75 per-person tour cost.

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