Last Updated on March 3, 2023 by Goya
Looking for the best breweries in Vancouver, BC? Check out this list with a handy map to help you plan your next visit to the craft beer capital of Canada!
If you’re a craft beer enthusiast on the hunt for new brews to try, Vancouver is your oyster! The city has experienced an explosion in craft beer breweries over the past few years, with hundreds of delicious beers being produced by local breweries across the city, turning the city into a craft beer mecca.
With dozens of independent breweries popping up across the city, it can be hard to know which ones are worth visiting. To make life easier, here’s an overview (and map) of 22 of the best Vancouver breweries that every craft beer enthusiast should check out:
- Downtown Breweries: Steamworks Brewpub, Stanley Park Brewing, Yaletown Brewing Company
- East Vancouver (aka Yeast Van) Breweries: East Van Brewing Company, Storm Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Andina Brewing Company, Powell Brewery, Strathcona Beer Company, Luppolo Brewing Co., Off The Rail Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Settlement Brewing
- Mount Pleasant Breweries: 33 Acres Brewing Company, Main Street Brewing Co., Brassneck Brewery, R&B Ale & Pizza House, Electric Bicycle Brewing, Faculty Brewing Co., Brewhall Beer Co., Red Truck Beer Company
- Granville Island Breweries: Granville Island Brewery
Without further ado, let’s explore some of the best places to go and sample some of Vancouver’s finest craft beers.
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Best Breweries In Downtown║Vancouver, BC
When it comes to exploring the best breweries in Vancouver Downtown, these three spots are certainly worth checking out! From Steamworks‘ signature Pale Ale and Stanley Park‘s award-winning brews served in an iconic setting to Yaletown Brewing Company‘s large events space and classic pub fare —each spot offers something unique that will make your visit unforgettable!
So grab some friends and head on down for an afternoon of exploration and relaxation at one (or all!) of these fantastic Downtown Vancouver breweries today!
#1: Steamworks Brewpub
Steamworks is a Vancouver institution that first opened its doors in 1995. It is located in the Gastown neighbourhood and is known for its unique steam-powered brewing process, which is the only one of its kind in Canada!
The brewery offers a variety of year-round and seasonal beers, as well as a rotating selection of small-batch brews. And if you want some nibbles to go with them, they got you covered with their extensive menu! The atmosphere of their brewpub is relaxed and inviting, and sitting at the expansive outdoor area overlooking False Creek Marina with a cold one in your hand is priceless. And in case you need more convincing, they also have great merch and more beers sold right next door!
Must Try: Time for one? Try the cloudy and juicy Flagship IPA. Looking for a little more? Their famous 4 or 10-Tap Taster Paddle is sure to hit the spot!
Did you Know?
You can have a taste of Steamworks Brewing Company‘s wonderful creations also at their:
- Mount Pleasant Kitchen & Taphouse in East Vancouver, the heart of Vancouver’s craft beer scene.
- Brewery & Taproom, which opened in the neighbouring city of Burnaby in 2013. Visitors to the brewery can tour the facilities, taste-test the beers, and purchase growlers or cans to take home with them.
#2: Stanley Park Brewing
With several award-winning beers under its belt, Stanley Park Brewing is an impressive testament to the city’s craft beer culture. Whether you’re exploring the many attractions of downtown or just looking for a spot to kick back and relax, this iconic brewery provides an ideal vantage point from which to take in the stunning vistas and unique urban energy that make Vancouver so special. Tapping into local flavours, history and passion, Stanley Park Brewing produces some of the highest quality beers around while honouring its namesake park with every sip.
Tempted to see it for yourself? You can join them in their Restaurant & Brewpub to discover a delicious new take on tradition at one of Vancouver’s most loved spots.
Must Try: Their award-winning Waypoint Hazy Pale Ale and Secret Cellar Bourbon Barrel Stout.
#3: Yaletown Brewing Company
Founded in 1994 with the vision of being a true neighbourhood pub, Yaletown Brewing Company is, in their own words, “Vancouver’s original and best Brewpub”. While the latter may be challenged by some of the new (and old)-timers of the city, there is no denying that it is indeed a true Yaletown classic.
With its prime location just off Mainland Street in the heart of Yaletown, this brewery offers patrons more than just delicious craft beers; it’s also a full 160-seat restaurant serving up pub fare made with fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets!
And if you’re looking for something extra special, you can even book private events here—from corporate outings to birthday parties—and enjoy some of Yaletown’s best brews all night long!
Must Try: The Loading Bay IPA, Roundhouse Wheat and Mainland Lager are all worth a try.
Best Breweries In East Van║Vancouver, BC
When it comes to craft beer, East Vancouver, also known as Yeast Van, is the epicentre of craft beer culture in the greater Vancouver area. Whether you prefer local favourites to new micro-breweries, in the mood for hoppy IPAs or crisp pilsners – there’s something for everyone at Yeast Van’s finest breweries!
With so many amazing craft breweries located throughout East Vancouver, it can be difficult to decide where to start your beer-tasting adventure! So if you’re ever looking for an exciting way to spend an afternoon exploring all that Yeast Van has to offer – then don’t forget to check out these 10 amazing places first!
#4: East Van Brewing Company
A relatively new addition to the East Vancouver craft beer scene (despite what the name would suggest), this brewery has been at its forefront since it opened its doors in 2017.
They have a modern and sizeable tasting room inside and a patio on the sidewalk where you can watch the world go by with an ice-cold beer in hand. And as if good beer and atmosphere aren’t enough, they also have a fantastic food selection including delicious Italian treats and lobster rolls from Salty’s Lobster Shack.
Speaking of… Don’t forget that from Monday to Friday, between 12-3 PM, they have a $19 lunch deal which consists of a lobster combo by @saltyslobster (half a Maine lobster roll and 10oz lobster bisque) and a 16oz pint (Lager or Pale Ale). Yum!
Must Try: Their Unholy One Nitro Stout, Humble Hive Brown Ale and Wheelbite IPA.
#5: Storm Brewing
Innovative, unpretentious and bold are the first three words that come to mind when you think of Storm Brewing. A pioneer in Yeast Van’s craft beer scene since 1994, Storm Brewing has long been known for its innovative approach to brewing and its commitment to producing quality products.
Everything they do, they do it their way and with great passion. There are no chairs, no food, nor a tasting room in Storm Brewing. Well, not in the conventional sense anyway. It’s really more of a walk-right-into-my-garage-where-I-brew type of situation. But as Vancouver’s longest-running independent craft brewery, what they do have is a wide range of beers, with new crazy and bold combinations (called “brainstorm beers”) being added constantly. Think Vanilla Whiskey Stout, Mojito Pilsner, or Lavender Vanilla Ale. Or even Pizza Pilsner and Chicken Wing IPA. And yes… yes, you read that correctly.
Must Try: Whatever grabs your attention on their ever-rotating list of limited edition “Brainstorm” brews.
The brewer, James Walton, has been hailed a craft beer pioneer.
#6: Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Located not very far from our last stop is Parallel 49 Brewing Company. Founded in 2012 by three friends who decided to “go all in on their shared dream of opening their very own craft brewery” and three technical experts/craft beer aficionados, all passionate about making good beer accessible to everyone, Parallel 49 quickly gained a reputation for being one of the best breweries in East Vancouver — and beyond! Their promise is “exceptionally delicious beer with character” and boy, do they deliver!
They have an extensive selection of beers ranging from IPAs to sours and stouts, as well as a decent selection of food on offer in their Street Kitchen (in case you’re looking for something to pair with your beer). However, if it’s just beer you’re after, they also offer a range of tasting flights — perfect for exploring different flavours and styles of beer! And remember, you can always take a growler of your favourite back home with you!
Must Try: As a wheat beer lover, I am certainly partial to Jerkface 9000. However, Ruby Tears Northwest Red Ale and Trash Panda Hazy IPA are phenomenons in their own right.
#7: Andina Brewing Company
Founded in 2014 by two Colombian/Canadian brothers, Andrés and Nicolás Amaya (you can listen to their story here), Andina Brewing Company specializes in Latin American-style ales with a unique twist.
From the heart “¡hola!” you receive upon entry and the eclectic tunes filling the room, to the use of South American ingredients (not only for brewing but also in their food menu — think platachos, empanadas and arepas), everything here is the perfect amalgamation of the two cultures.
They also have:
- A good selection of ceviches on the menu, which is not only a refreshing change from all the burgers and carb-heavy beer nibbles but also what makes this brewery irresistible for a ceviche-lover like me!
- Some really cool merchandise, which you won’t be able to help but take home with you!
Must Try: Their smooth, creamy and spicy Jalea Guava Saison.
#8: Powell Brewery
Powell Brewery, run by the husband & wife team of David (Brewer) and Nicole (Operations), is one of East Van’s oldest and most celebrated craft breweries.
Starting its journey as a nano brewery in December 2012 with the simple mission of producing high-quality craft beers for locals to savour, Powell Brewery quickly became an iconic symbol within its community. By May 2013, it had received major recognition at the renowned Canadian Brewing Awards by winning “Beer of The Year” for its Old Jalopy Pale Ale – and was propelled into the national spotlight as demand soared far beyond what production capacity could meet.
It became apparent that staying “small” would no longer do as popularity surged exponentially, sparking an ambitious expansion project which captivated everyone’s attention through its completion… By late 2014, it had been transformed into a bona fide microbrewery buzzing with thirsty patrons coming to sample some true craftsmanship!
Must Try: The award-winning Old Jalopy Pale Ale, or Lazy D’Haze IPA, that is best enjoyed lounging on their pup-friendly heated patio.
#9: Strathcona Beer Company
“A community space where great beer, fresh locally sourced food and good friends come together”
Since opening in 2016, Strathcona Beer Company has established itself as one of the best breweries in Vancouver. Located in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood, this is a brewery that celebrates community pride through its craft beer and the space it creates for the locals.
Here you’ll find a wide range of classic and innovative beverages all brewed with premium quality ingredients and processes to create unique tastes and flavours for every palate.
Must Try: Popular offerings from Strathcona include their Big Sexy Funk IPA as well as their Premium Pilsner, and anything that comes out of their gourmet pizza kitchen!
#10: Luppolo Brewing Co.
Luppolo Brewery, which takes its name from the Italian word for “hops”, pays homage to the Italian heritage of its owners and celebrates the craftsmanship and the sense of community and family that is at the core of the culture.
Visitors to their inviting tasting room can sample beers that have an intriguing ‘Italian twist’, such as the Tart Wild Ale brewed with heaps of prune plums, and enjoy the treats from the brewery’s kitchen, which serves up delicious appetizers inspired by traditional Italian fare like cured meats, cheese plates, antipasti salads & focaccia for an authentic culinary experience that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. The freshly baked pizzas are courtesy of Luppolo’s partnership with Mordimi, an authentic Italian pizzeria from the area (previously a local outlet, now part of Luppolo).
Must Try: Some of Luppolo’s most popular brews include Tart Wild Ale with Plum (other flavours, such as quince or Naramata apricots, are also available) and Serie Selvatica: Gose with Black Lime. You should also keep an eye out for limited single-barrel specialities, such as Uva e Legna, a sour created using lightly pressed gewürztraminer grapes that captures the essence of a sunny day.
#11: Off the Rail Brewing
Off the Rail Brewing Co., nestled in East Van, is an award-winning brewery with an unpretentious atmosphere and a focus on British and West Coast styles of beer — with a couple of lagers thrown in the mix for good measure.
Regulars here can pull up a seat at the cosy second-storey tasting room and enjoy their favourite brew with views of cyclists speedily riding by on the Union-Adanac bikeway, one of the major cycling highways in the city. Meanwhile, hardcore local homebrewers may enjoy the opportunity to brew with the Off the Rail team, as part of their homebrew collab series!
Must Try: Their hoppy English-style IPA Crazy Train and their Psycle Path Lager… No pun(ch) intended.
#12: Strange Fellows
Strange Fellows is an East Vancouver brewery that is known for its sours and barrel-aged beers, but its extensive collection also includes a variety of ales, stouts, pilsners, seasonal fruit beers and some traditional Belgians.
It also features a rotating selection of art in the Charles Clark Gallery tucked in alongside the tasting room and often hosts events such as live music events.
For those feeling peckish, Top Rope Birria Food Truck parked outside is sure to tantalise tastebuds.
Must Try: Strange Fellows’ most popular beer is their Talisman West Coast Pale Ale.
#13: Settlement Brewing
While technically part of the Yeast Van Brewery District, this brewery is located in Railtown, Downtown Eastside. While we can debate whether it belongs more on the ‘Downtown Breweries’ list or ‘East Van Breweries’ list, one thing is for sure: They have some great beers!
Launched in 2014 under the Postmark Brewing name, following a rebranding, the brewery finally opted for the name Settlement Brewing in 2020. A decision that does not come as a surprise given that it is part of the Settlement Building Brand Collective, alongside siblings Belgard Kitchen and Vancouver Urban Winery. The space is shared between this trio, which means you can enjoy the best of all three worlds in one place. A dimly lit hall with high ceilings and wooden tables, nestled between a cool bar and wine barrels, is quite a backdrop!
Must Try: Their ‘Mood Lighting’ Oatmeal Stout is the equivalent of a hug in a glass, while the ‘Good News’ Hazy Pale Ale, is a classic. If in doubt, go for a flight of 4 to discover your new favourite(s).
Best Breweries In Mount Pleasant║Vancouver, BC
Nestled on the banks of the Fraser River lies Mount Pleasant, a bustling and vibrant area where you can find some of the best breweries in Vancouver. From traditional craft beer to experimental brews, these local breweries are sure to please even the pickiest beer lover’s palate. Whether you’re looking for a cosy spot to hang out with friends or an adventurous evening filled with craft beer tasting, here are your top 8 choices for the best breweries in Mount Pleasant!
#14: 33 Acres Brewing Co.
Located in Mount Pleasant, 33 Acres Brewing Co. offers a unique space that features rustic accents with clean whitewashed interiors for an inviting atmosphere seeped in natural light, and of course, an impressive selection of beers.
Take a look at their Instagram feed to get a feel for their impeccable esthetic and drop by the brewery to enjoy some delicious food (including café fare, pizza & snacks, plus a memorable weekend brunch) and outstanding brews that will leave you wanting more!
Must Try: Their signature 33 Acres of Life lager is a refreshing choice for those who prefer something light and easy-drinking, while their 33 Acres of Ocean is the perfect Pale Ale for hop heads. Don’t forget to check out their more experimental brews, including the latest obsession Mezcal Gose!
#15: Main Street Brewing
Main Street Brewing is located in the Vancouver Breweries Garage, a heritage industrial space that was originally built in 1913. One of the few remaining remnants of a number of breweries that operated in the Brewery Creek, today it has been transformed into an inviting and creative atmosphere with exposed brick walls adorned by murals and strings of bulbs between beams holding long tables – perfect for large groups or intimate conversations over beers that range from Pilsner, Session IPA to Brown Ale – not forgetting its impressive daily rotating cask selection!
As if spoiling your taste buds with great beer wasn’t enough – there are also gorgeous eats on offer like hot dogs, subs and nachos.
Must Try: The eponymous Main Street Pilsner, and the Naked Fox IPA.
#16: Brassneck Brewery
Brassneck Brewery is located in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood and is the place to be for lovers of both classic and adventurous beer styles. The brewery offers a variety of year-round and seasonal beers, as well as a rotating selection of unique small-batch brews. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting, making it a great spot to hang out with friends or enjoy a solo pint after work… and perhaps purchase some growlers, cans and merchandise to take home with you.
Feeling peckish? Pair your selections with snacks available on order from sister restaurant Magnet and get ready for an unforgettable drinking experience. Because, not only one of the best breweries in Vancouver but also a personal favourite, Brassneck Brewery sure ticks all the boxes!
Must Try: Everything, starting with their flagship beverage Passive Aggressive, a dry-hopped pale ale, as well as Inertia II, an imperial stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels, which set their unique flavour profile apart from other breweries, and ending with their Robo-Gose, a non-traditional sushi rice hose collaboration with Gladstone Brewing.
#17: R&B Ale & Pizza House
R&B Brewing has been a staple in the area since its founding in 1997 by Rick Dellow (R) and Barry Benson (B). The brewery quickly found a loyal following among local beer enthusiasts that only grew exponentially as more breweries began opening up around their Mount Pleasant location — leading to the duo being called the grandfathers to the booming craft beer scene that would take hold of Van City soon after.
In 2015, a change in ownership led to the revamp of both the menus and facilities — now boasting a cosy ambience full of knick-knacks, along with affordable pizzas & bar snacks — with the exception of their award-winning classics that all remained untouched. Today, the brewery continues to produce the brews that it’s so well known for, while also experimenting with new styles.
Must Try: Their flagship IPA, Vancouver Special IPA.
#18: Electric Bicycle Brewing
Electric Bicycle Brewing, named after the building’s previous bike manufacturing residents, brings together unique branding, delicious beer and a great atmosphere in the vibrant district of Brewery Creek.
It offers guests an unforgettable experience with its inviting tasting room featuring a top-notch design that won at the 2019 BC Beer Awards: eye-catching high tops, comforting booths for larger parties as well as cosy bar spots perfect to unwind after a long day’s work or catch up over gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with friends.
The brewery also has two patios outside offering fantastic views too!
Must Try: The answer is a no-brainer: It’s No Game Hazy IPA.
#19: Faculty Brewing Co.
Faculty Brewing, the brainchild of a husband-and-wife team — food engineer/head brewer Mauricio and architect Alicia — is taking craft beer education to new heights.
Named in tribute to Mauricio’s experience as a professor, this brewery has opened its doors not only for good times but also knowledge sharing; from brewing process insights all the way down to publicly publishing their recipes.
Faculty actively encourages collaboration with other local breweries and home brewers alike — creating an open platform where ideas are freely experimented upon and shared among peers.
The brewery, which recently merged with Oddity Kombucha, has a small tasting room and patio where you can enjoy their beers and selection of snacks (or, you can bring your own take-out food if you are craving something a little more filling). Growler fill and keg sales are also offered on location.
Must Try: Smooth 418 Citra Pale Ale, hazy 241 Minzeweizen, and exotic 250 London Fog Ale
#20: Brewhall Beer Co.
Brewhall serves up more than just fresh beer and tasty eats — the two-level space is akin to a bustling and vibrant community centre that invites guests to explore, craft their own experiences, and connect with each other… Offering an exciting environment for patrons to explore.
From eight taps of house beer directly from the tanks in their brewery, plus fourteen guest options featuring craft brews from around BC (and elsewhere!), wine, cocktails on tap, nostalgic comfort foods like burgers and pizza graced with build-your-own bowls – there’s something here that everyone can enjoy!
If gaming is your pleasure then you won’t be disappointed either; they have a variety of arcade games as well as pinball machines so get ready for some high scores!
Must Try: The tropical Neon Lights Hazy Pale Ale, cloudy gold goodness Hall Pass IPA and refreshing Köl Story Bro Kölsch.
#21: Red Truck Beer Company
Established in 2005, Red Truck Beer Company has emerged as one of British Columbia’s most acclaimed craft breweries. Built on honesty and hard work, the brewery began its journey with modest facilities located in North Vancouver before expanding to a state-of-the-art site near downtown Vancouver in 2015. Their current 34,000-square foot building is packed to the brim with brewing equipment and of course their crown jewel: Old Weird Harold, the iconic 1946 Dodge pickup parked outside.
At this new facility lies the Truck Stop Diner; offering some classic comfort food – from hot dogs and burgers to tacos –, as well as a peek behind-the-scenes of this mammoth of a brewery and its sleek machinery at work through its back windows.
Not only are visitors wowed by what’s inside but also impressed by Red Truck’s growing portfolio offering award-winning beers including ales, lagers, and IPAs. Not to mention they also have live music events in the summer, called Truck Stop Concert Series, making this an even better spot to grab a pint or two!
Must Try: Go for a Red Truck Lager, Red Truck IPA and Red Truck Amber Ale.
Best Breweries In Granville Island║Vancouver, BC
Granville Island is a haven for foodies, artisans, and beer lovers alike. Whether you’re looking to try some traditional ales or experiment with sour beers, Granville Island has something for everyone’s palate!
#22: Granville Island Brewing
Founded in 1984, this brewery is a staple on the island and one of the most popular choices for craft beer fans. They produce an exciting range of IPAs, stouts, lagers, and other unique specialities, but it is their traditional ales that have become iconic favourites among locals and visitors alike.
Open 7 days a week, with a bar stocked with the best brews and merchandise heaven right next to the taproom, it’s a beer lover’s dream. They also have a private event space to hire for up to 80 guests, should you choose to go all out.
Must Try: Be sure to try their signature Lion’s Summer Ale if you’re looking for an easy-drinking summer ale with hints of citrus! Too cold outside? Opt for Lions Winter Ale instead. Looking for something more traditional? The English Bay Ale is sure to hit the spot.
The Map of Best Breweries in Vancouver, BC
Vancouver’s craft beer scene is booming right now — and for good reason! From classic pilsners to experimental sours and everything in between, these 22 breweries offer something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Round up your friends (or go solo!) and explore all that Vancouver’s craft beer scene has to offer!
Looking for More Beer?
#1: Vancouver Brewery Tours
With the emergence of popular craft beer culture, exploring the unique breweries within Vancouver has become a favourite weekend activity for locals and tourists alike.
Vancouver brewery tours offer participants the chance to experience award-winning craft beer made with hard work and passion. With beer tastings tailored to suit individual palates, you can find everything from sweet stouts to sour saisons on these Vancouver brewery tours. The knowledgeable tour guides make sure each guest has an enjoyable and educational experience. At the end of your tour, you will leave feeling satisfied that you’ve experienced some of Vancouver’s finest craft beer offerings!
If you’re interested in taking a Vancouver brewery tour, then you can check various tours on offer and their availability here:
- Vancouver Behind-the-Scenes Brewery Tour
- Vancouver Craft Brewery Tour Led by a Local
- 3-Hour Street Art Tour of Vancouver with Craft Beer Tastings & Art Studio Tour
- Craft Beer Revolution and Tasting Tour
- Private Vancouver Craft Beer Tasting Tour
- Vancouver Brewery Tours, BC’s first brewery tour company, also has a range of tours on offer (both public and private).
Or, if pub crawls are more your thing, then you may want to check this out.
#2: BC Ale Trail
Looking for more than just a tour? Then take a sip of adventure and get ready to explore British Columbia’s glorious craft beer scene! The BC Ale Trail is the ultimate way for beer connoisseurs to taste their way around this magnificent province. With over two hundred breweries, each unique in the way it brews its beer, the ale trail provides visitors with an incomparable opportunity to sample some of BC’s best-crafted brews. Wherever you go throughout the BC Ale Trail, you’re sure to find great beer with a unique story to tell.
So whether you want to pack your hiking boots or fill up your tank and hit the open road, embarking on a journey through one of Canada’s most enchanting regions is truly an experience that will be remembered for years to come. Bon voyage!
#3: Beer Subscription in Vancouver, BC
Beer lovers in Vancouver, BC are certainly in luck. With a number of great beer subscription options, they can stay stocked up on the best craft brews from across the city and beyond!
The Hops Collective, The Beer Box, and Canada Craft Club provide monthly, quarterly or annual delivery of the most delicious local suds, allowing connoisseurs to sample a range of flavours from various producers from the convenience of their own homes.
#4: BeerVan Collective
If you live in the area, you can also get your favourite brews signed, sealed and delivered to you by the BeerVan Collective of small family-owned Vancouver craft breweries and beverage producers, including Luppolo Brewing Company, Dominion Cider Co., Dickies Ginger and Oddity Kombucha, among others.
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