The ultimate guide to Vancouver’s craft beer scene

by Jennifer Foden

If you’re unaware of B.C. and the Lower Mainland’s obsession with craft beer, it’s likely you’re living under a rock. Here at YP, we’ve contributed to that obsession – we’ve written a lot about beer, and by that, I mean a lot. So, we thought we’d round up all our awesome Vancouver beer content in one ultimate guide. Cheers! [Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/The Nickersons Photography]

The ultimate guide to Vancouver’s craft beer scene

The good stuff
First things first, an ode to the folks who make all the beer – the breweries. Vancouver proper has 23 craft breweries, concentrated along Main Street and in East Van (affectionately known as “Yeast Van”) around Commercial and Hastings. We’ve interviewed many of these breweries – 13, to be exact (with more interviews to come) – about why they decided to get into the beer-making biz. Click on your favourite to find out more. Fun fact: one of these businesses started after two brothers began brewing beer in their Vancouver home. [Map created by Jennifer Foden at mapcustomizer.com]

A 🍕 indicates the brewery has a kitchen and serves food; a 🍷 indicates the brewery also serves wine or cider in their tap room.

1) 33 Acres 🍕🍷
2) Andina 🍕🍷
3) Big Rock 🍕🍷
4) Bomber
5) Brassneck
6) Callister 🍷
7) Coal Harbour
8) Doan’s 🍷
9) East Van Brewing
10) Faculty
11) Granville Island 🍕🍷
12) Luppolo 🍕🍷
13) Main Street
14) Off The Rail
15) Parallel 49 🍕🍷
16) Postmark 🍕🍷
17) Powell Street
18) R&B 🍕🍷
19) Red Truck 🍕
20) Storm
21) Strange Fellows 🍷
22) Strathcona 🍕
Not on map: Dogwood (Knight and SE Marine Dr.) 🍕🍷

Brew pubs and tap rooms
In addition to the craft breweries, Vancouver boasts five brew pubs (a restaurant that sells beer made on the premises) and 17 tap rooms (restaurants selling exclusively local craft beer on tap).

Brew pubs

23) Dockside
24) Hastings Mill
25) Steamworks
26) Steel Toad
27) Yaletown

Tap rooms

28) 12 Kings
29) Alibi Room
30) BierCraft Bistro
31) BierCraft Tap & Tapas
32) The Blackbird
33) Central City on Beatty Street
34) Craft Beer Market
35) Darby’s Gastown
36) The Devil’s Elbow
37) The Lamplighter
38) Portland Craft
39) The Railway
40) Rogue Broadway
41) Rogue Convention Centre
42) Rogue Gastown
43) Six Acres
44) St. Augustine’s
45) Tap & Barrel, Olympic Village
46) Tap & Barrel, Coal Harbour
47) Tangent Café

Local bars
Did you read our article on the 10 best neighbourhoods in Vancouver? Well, surprise, surprise, we have a list for the best bars to grab a beer in each of these neighbourhoods as well.

Coal Harbour/Downtown
Gastown
Kitsilano
Granville Island
West End
Chinatown
Mount Pleasant
Commercial Drive
Strathcona
Yaletown
Bonus: Cambie Village

Beyond Vancouver

You don’t have to stick to Vancouver to get good beer. There are breweries (as well as brew pubs, tap rooms and local bars) to grab a pint in cities all over the Lower Mainland and across B.C. Here are our favourites from the Lower Mainland. [Map courtesy of WestCoastFood.ca]

Beyond Vancouver
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