Over the last 5 years the world has seen an explosion of craft breweries.
Whether that’s because folks are tired of the corporate labels or because
it’s part of a global movement towards supporting local, the craft brewery industry is unquestionably booming.
It turns out that Vancouver is particularly...well...hopping, when it comes to independent brewers. In 2013, the City of Vancouver changed licensing regulations to allow for “tasting rooms”.
Clearly that was a smart move. The craft brewery scene exploded.
Since then breweries are popping up everywhere including Brewery Creek
(Mount Pleasant), Yeast Van (Strathcona) and downtown. Many can be found
in Richmond, Surrey, New West and other outlying areas. Vancouver Island, Squamish/Whistler and the Sunshine Coast are also populated with unique, locally owned, craft breweries.
Heck, Kwantlen Polytechnic University even offers a Brewing & Brewery Operations diploma program – “the only brewing diploma of its kind in BC and the first brewing program in Canada to be recognized by the Master Brewers Association for offering a high standard of brewing education”.
Does all of this make Vancouver the brewery mecca of Canada? Turns out it does.
Maybe it’s because tasting rooms are legal and maybe it’s because craft beer has become a trend. Regardless, if you’re looking for something for your connoisseur palate, you’re tired of the big beer brands or you just want a place to connect with your community, the movement toward small tasting rooms attached to craft breweries in Vancouver is huge. In fact it's so huge that in 2015, Vogue Magazine published an article: “Is This City the New Craft Beer Capital of North America?” that examined (and praised!) the surge of craft breweries in Vancouver.
So if you’re looking for a different kind of experience in Vancouver, want to try an original beer like the seasonal Pumpkin Ale we saw in various breweries throughout October, or fancy something robust like Faculty Brewing’s Extra Special Bitter Malt, you will find it in one of Vancouver’s exciting brew pubs. Even if beer isn’t your thing, it’s an interesting historical and economic shift that is worth exploring if only out of curiosity. Most tasting rooms offer some light fare to go along with your beer and we even came across delicious, locally brewed (of course!) Kombucha on our exploratory tour!
The community vibe that’s resulting from local breweries and tasting rooms is a bit of an anomaly too. The rooms are designed to encourage engagement, children are welcome and the atmosphere, while unquestionably ‘trendy’, is designed to get people talking. Casual yet hip and fun this is not the place to look for a party scene. Rather you’ll discover a wonderful combination of locally sourced ingredients and a place to hang out that isn’t the coffee shop. It’s not hard to see why brew pubs and craft breweries are trending.
A tour of these small, local breweries is definitely something to experience. Join us and explore how beer is made in various quantities and with various ingredients. Explore one of the neighbourhoods that these quaint brew pubs are bringing together and see how they are changing Vancouver’s landscape both figuratively and literally.
Our Brewery Creek tours run Fridays from 2:00PM to 4:30PM, have 4 stops and include a 2 food pairings along with your flights. Tours also include a look at the behind-the-scenes brewing process. Private tours are available.