Best new craft breweries in Vancouver

It seems there’s always a new brewery popping up in Vancouver. And, it seems like we’re always writing about them – no complaints, here! With summertime here (as well as the season of patios and backyard barbecues), we give you the best new craft breweries in Vancouver. [Photo credit: Parkside Brewery/Caroline Courage]

Andina Brewing Co Inc

1
1507 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 5C3

In March 2017, Andina opened their doors on Powell Street, within walking distance of other popular East Van breweries – Storm, Doan’s and Powell Street, to name a few. The brewery – a big yellow building with a mural on the side – stays true to its Andean roots in terms of décor and flavour profiles. They focus on unique, flavourful beers, incorporating fruits from South America, as well as panela (cane sugar).

Luppolo Brewing Co Ltd

2
1123 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2E3

Luppolo – which means ‘hops’ in Italian – opened in October 2016 on Venables just west of Clark. Two of the four owners have Italian backgrounds and this helped influence the menu and vibe of the overall space. Beer options include an IPA, saison, sour, farmhouse ale and more. As for the food? Think Italian flatbreads, charcuterie boards and antipastos.

Faculty Brewing Co.

3
1830 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5T 2W6

Faculty, tucked away on Ontario Street, between 2nd and 3rd, opened in August 2016 and is Vancouver’s first open source brewery. Faculty – a name play on one of the owners' experience as a professor – aims to be an open environment where patrons can ask questions about craft beer. They also share their recipes online. The brewery serves up pale ales, stouts, saisons and more.

The Parkside Brewery

4
2731 Murray St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1X1

In June 2016, in Port Moody, 20 km east of Vancouver, a new brewery – Parkside – was born. It’s located on Brewery Row – a street in Port Moody lined with breweries – a must-visit for any beer lover. Their busy tasting room serves flights in an oh-so-adorable mini park bench. Their core beers include a pilsner, IPA and pale ale. They also offer growler fills and pints.

Britannia Brewing Co.

5
250-12240 Second Ave, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8

In August 2016, Britannia Brewing in Richmond opened their doors. The brewery itself is in Eastern Richmond, whereas the restaurant and tasting room is in Western Richmond in the Village of Steveston. Due to the restaurant’s location on Richmond’s waterfront, the menu has a seafood focus and the décor is nautical-inspired. Beers include a blonde ale and pale ale.

Strathcona Brewery

6
895 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1R8

Strathcona Beer Company opened in July 2016 at Hastings and Campbell. The owners have lived in the neighbourhood for a long time – and aim to create the friendly, community vibe that Strathcona is known for. They’ve got fun merch, a fridge of 40 oz bottles and a pizza oven. Oh, and let’s not forget the beer: mainstays include a pilsner, porter, golden ale and IPA.

Hungry? Le Burger Week – a nationwide burger festival that started in Montreal in 2012 – is happening in 11 cities across the country from September 1st to 7th. Head to one of these participating Vancouver restaurants (or order online), devour a burger and vote for your favourite! [Photo courtesy of Le Burger Week/ShuRaku Sake Bar + Bistro]
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