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Craft Beer in BC

With close to 100 craft breweries throughout BC, many with tasting rooms that pour samples, you never have to go far to quench your thirst. Even more impressive than the number of breweries is the quality and diversity of the beers here. You will find everything from traditional ales, to sour beers aged in barrels, to fruit beers brewed with the bounty of a neighbouring orchard. After you spend your day exploring the wilderness or absorbing everything our multi-cultural cities have to offer, kick back and reward yourself with an award-winning local beer.

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Craft Beer in Vancouver

After exploring Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods, parks and museums, treat yourself to a local, hand-crafted beer. You never have to go far to find a brewery; there are over 40 breweries in the city and it seems like a new one is opening every month. Most have tasting rooms where you can try small samples of everything they have to offer. If you get overwhelmed by all the choices, there are local companies that offer tours featuring multiple breweries.

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Craft Beer in Victoria

Victoria was one of the pioneers of craft beer in BC. Spinnakers was the first licensed brew pub in Canada, serving traditional English ales since 1984.  Today there are close to a dozen breweries and brewpubs serving up everything from Belgian style beers to hoppy IPAs made with local hops. Most are located within walking distance of each other around the city’s picturesque Upper Harbour, which allows you to walk between breweries and pubs.

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Craft Beer in Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Craft beer isn’t just big in the cities, you can find breweries throughout the Vancouver Coast & Mountains region. North Vancouver alone boasts 6 craft breweries! Don’t miss Four Winds Brewing Company in Delta, who won Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards.  Head out to one of the local restaurants that use food from neighbouring fields and ask your server to pair your meal with the perfect local beer.

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Craft Beer on Vancouver Island

Need to quench your thirst after a day out on the water? Salt Spring Island, Duncan and Cumberland are just a few of the towns with their own breweries willing to help you out! Enjoy ocean views and a meal made with fresh local ingredients and paired with your favourite style of beer. It isn’t just the chefs here that use local ingredients. Tofino Brewing Co. uses harvested kelp in their stout!

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BC Beer Festivals

Craft beer isn’t just loved in BC, it is celebrated! Beer festivals take place year round throughout the province. There are festivals that cater to every type of beer lover: sour beers, casks and winter ales, just to name a few, and others that offer something for everyone. Don’t miss Vancouver Craft Beer Week for 10 fun-filled days of beer events in the city, or the Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria, which features over 55 breweries from across North America.

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Vancouver Brewery Tours

Our public tours which are offered daily, year-round, are some of the best ways to experience Vancouver's craft beer scene. Whether you are a thirsty local or a curious visitor, we've got a tour for you.

We offer 3 tours that run 3-4 hou...

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Vine & Hops Wine & Craft Beer Tours

Vine & Hops hosts unique wine and craft beer tours, pairing you with a customized public and private, behind-the-scenes tasting experience.

Explore Vancouver's backyard and connect to a wide array of sights, smells and tastes from the flo...

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Places to Eat

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Alibi Room

Lat: 49.284201944511
Lon: -123.1001915385
Pubs, Canadian (New), Gastropubs
430 reviews
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Garrick's Head Pub

Lat: 48.42554
Lon: -123.36799
Pubs
66 reviews
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

Lat: 48.42925
Lon: -123.38509
Gastropubs
132 reviews
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St. Augustine's

Lat: 49.2635479
Lon: -123.0695474
Grandview-Woodlands, The Drive
Pubs
211 reviews
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