I love craft beer! Visiting British Columbia, knowing the craft beer scene there is great was amazing. In this craft beer guide to Vancouver my favourite taprooms and bars are listed. Next to that, I’ll share my favourite beers from those different breweries. All highly recommended!
Alibi Room is no taproom/brewery, but a great bar with many craft beers on tap (you’ll find around 50 local and imported beers on tap). A cosy and popular bar close to the ‘center’ of Vancouver. Be prepared, it gets busy, so get here early and prepared to wait for a seat.
This bright yellow building will definitely draw your attention when walking on the side of the road. It wasn’t my favourite brewery in terms of beers, however the beer I liked best was the Lemon Drop (a sour beer).
Storm Brewing is a little bit more alternative and rough than the other breweries above, but this only adds to the craft beer vibe!
The last night of our 3-week Canada holidays we stayed in Yaletown before we flew out the next day. There are many nice places for food and drinks in Yaletown and as craftbeer fans we of course couldn’t skip Yaletown Brewing. To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed as the place is huge and not as authentic as some of the craft beer places more towards the west. I just like taprooms better! I liked the Party in the Back Hazy IPA best.
Brassneck Brewery is the first in line around Main Street, where you can also find several craft beer breweries. It was the first one we visited when in Vancouver and didn’t realize this one was as good as it is!! We wanted to go back later to take some beers with us on our camper trip, but unfortunately couldn’t find the time to do so.
My favourite beers at Brassneck were Echolocation (Double IPA, rated with a 4.09 on Untappd) and Synesthesiac (New England IPA).
Next on the list is Main Street Brewing Co. You might have to queue a bit and wait for a table, but fortunately you can do so in the waiting room for the tours – with a beer! The beers aren’t outstanding – however my favourite beer was Naked Fox IPA.
Four Winds is far out – really far out. We got to know Four Winds in the liquor shops when we were getting craft beer for our road trip and along the way we tried to find new Four Winds beers in shops. It is fair to say that this is our favourite brewery. When we returned our RV, we quickly drove by the taproom to see whether they had beers we hadn’t tried.
My favourite beers of Four Winds were Nectarous and Phaedra – but they are almost all truly amazing. Definitely a must for a craft beer lover.
This brewery is located near Main Street as well. The place is rather small and looks very clean and bright for a taproom. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get in as it was too busy, but it can’t miss on this list as we heard good stories about it.
When in Vancouver, one of the main places to visit is Granville Island and its market. Though, there is a brewery as well! Crazy thing is that right after opening hours it gets busy and within 15 minutes a queue starts lining up.
We did a little tasting to try several beers of the brewery but unfortunately I wasn’t to impressed with all of them. Granville Island is in my opinion quite a basic brewery but worth a stop when on Granville Island.