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5 Years of Beers – Bridge Brewing Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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As brewery tour guides we visit a lot of breweries in our job! Each brewery has their own story, their own personality and each is unique in its own way – which is what makes the craft beer community so special in Vancouver.

While we all get to see the finished products; the new beers, the newest growler designs, the new beer labels, seldom do we get to hear the story behind the brewery and all the work and long hours that go into that delicious beer in our hands. And there are alot of very inspiring stories out there.

The Story Behind the Beer – Bridge Brewing Opens on the North ShoreVancouver Brewery Tours - Bridge Brewing - Women of Bridge

Perhaps one of the best stories in town comes out of North Vancouver’s very own Bridge Brewing. Celebrating their 5 year anniversary in July, owners Leigh and Jason Stratton had a passion for craft beer and a dream to open a brewery together. After many maxed our credit cards, Bridge opened in July 2012 as a modest 980sq. foot brewery with only 2 or 3 beers on tap at any time. Oh and the brew house kind of looked like a kitchen stove, because it basically was!  Leigh and Jason did not take on outside investors and decided to grow the business organically – funneling all their profits back into the business to support their own growth.

The Bridge Brewing brand was centered around the iconic North Shore and some of its most famous namesakes – the North Shore Pale Ale and play on words Hopilano IPA to name a few. They also built a brand around being family friendly and good stewards of the environment aiming for a nearly waste free facility.

A History of Innovation – What the Heck is a Canpedo?

Bridge brought alot of new things to Vancouver: they were Vancouver’s first nano-brewery, the 2nd Vancouver brewery to sell growlers (behind Parallel 49 by 6 weeks), first brewery in Vancouver to sell Canpedos (think 1L beer cans – also Moody Ales in Port Moody was the 1st in BC to sell them) and the list goes on. Fast forward 5 years and Bridge Brewing is easily one of Vancouver’s fastest growing breweries. The company now offers beer in almost every conceivable vessel – flights, glasses, growlers, cans, bombers, six packs, crowlers and maybe even into your hands if you ask nice enough!

Vancouver Brewery Tours owner Ryan had the opportunity to chat with Bridge Brewing owner Leigh to catch up and discuss some of the changes and successes Bridge Brewing has seen over the years.

What inspired you to open Bridge?

We drink a lot of beer! We are big believers in the local economy and food and there wasn’t much in the way of local beer.  We spent a lot of time researching craft beer and were told over and over again not to do it.  So of course we did.

Brewery Tour at Bridge BrewingHow is the Bridge of today different from when you first opened 5 years ago?

Many people wouldn’t recognize us from our original form, until you taste the beer.  Our first priority is to always produce the best beer.  We’ve never lost our focus on that and will never stray.  When we first started, craft beer wasn’t even a thing in Vancouver, so we weren’t sure if it would even take off.  That’s why we started so small, we didn’t want to be in a position that we had to make tough choices just to pay the rent.  Jason and I used to work in the brewery all weekend and now we are fortunate enough to have a great team taking care of our guests.  Our branding has evolved over time to hone in on who we are as a company.

When you first started Bridge Brewing did you ever think the company would grow to the size it is today?

It was always a hope that it would.  Our 5 year plan was to hire our first employee, we now have 22 all with benefits.

How important is the North Shore community to Bridge Brewing?Bridge Brewing - North Shore Pale Ale - Vancouver Brewery Tours

The North Shore is huge for us.  We were both raised here and are raising our family here.  Warehouse space is less expensive in East Van and further out, however we want to be in the community where we live.  We love having a tasting room so we can speak directly with our customers and get to know them.  We supports tons of local charities and school fundraisers.  It’s great to be able to give back to the community that supports us.

Who is your head brewer and what would you say his approach to brewing beer is?

Our Head Brewer is Kerry Dyson.  His approach to beer is always top quality with experimentations.  He brews with the freshest products and is always looking for new beers.  When he came to us with the Milkshake IPA, we were excited for something new.

What type of packaged product is Bridge currently offering? What is your fastest growing segment?

We offer lots of options.  Although it’s quite the planning nightmare, we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy our great Bridge Beer.  We have 3 different sizes of kegs as some restaurants have small fridges.  We have small and large bottles and cans.  Where ever you are, we want you to have the selection.  On a boat, hike or fine dining.

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You’ve recently added a taco menu into the brewery, how has it been received?Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Bridge Brewing - Tacos

Amazing!  Not only do our guests love it, but I don’t bring a lunch. ever.

Do you every miss working in a 980sq. foot brewery?

No. It was so tiny without any storage and we were so limited to the selection of beers we could offer.  Now, if we do a small batch of something and it flies off the shelves, we can brew it again.  We were too limited with the previous brewery.

If you could pour one beer off your taps right now, what would it be and why?

I love our Bourbon Blood Orange and have been drinking a lot of our Quaywi Sour, it’s only 4.6% alc/vol.

What does the future hold for Bridge Brewing?

Lots of great beer! We will keep our focus on brewing only the best beer and best customer service.  We are always growing, both in size and in unique brews.

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East Van Brewing Company – Yeast Van’s (Soon to be) Newest Brewery

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The East Van Brewing Company will be opening in a few short months in the heart of the East Vancouver brewing district known simply in some circles as “Yeast Van”. Vancouver Brewery Tours owner Ryan had the opportunity to visit with East Van Brewing Company Head Brewer James Labbe to talk about the progress and plans for the newest brewery to the Yeast Van craft beer community.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - East Van Brewing Company LogoWho is East Van Brewing Company?

The brewery currently has a trio of talented young professionals working behind the scenes to make this brewery a reality. Steve, the owner, has had great success with running pubs and restaurants around town over the years and always wanted to open his own brewery. James, the head brewer, will get to flex his creative muscles in a way he has always dreamed, and Lisa, creative director/social media guru/artist, has already started giving EVBC a presence with her unique style, drawing inspiration from the neighbourhood.

About the Head BrewerVancouver Brewery Tours Inc - East Van Brewing Company - new tanks

James brings years of accomplished commercial experience to the role having started delivering kegs and later working as the assistant brewer with Steamworks Brewpub to landing the lead brewing role at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. James is also a longstanding member of Van Brewers and an accomplished home brewer. It’s been both a dream and a natural evolution for James to take on the role of head brewer, which comes to fruition with EVBC.

What Types of Beers will East Van Brewing Company be Producing?

James and Steve are self-described hop heads who naturally prefer more hop forward beers. But on top of a few mainstay beers like a west coast pale ale and German style lager, James will focus on styles like farmhouse ales and sour beers to add depth and an ever changing line up. Drawing from exciting developments happening down the West Coast in Washington and Oregon and his New England roots, James is excited about new maltsters, hops varietals and yeast strains arriving on the market, which he looks forward to incorporating into his beers to show where the industry and its demand for creativity have led him.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - East Van Brewing Company - new signsWhere is the Brewery Located?

The brewery is located in East Vancouver at 1675 Venables Street, which is located less than a block away from Commercial Drive.

The Brewery and Tasting Room

When completed, the tasting room will seat around 60 people and will feature a full bar with a growler fill station, light food and merchandise.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - East Van Brewing Company - bar and growler stationWhen will East Van Brewing Company be open?

Work is well underway with plans for a late summer/early fall launch.

What types of packaged product will East Van Brewing Company be producing?

In addition to growler fills, beer will most likely be available in 650ml bombers and 6 pack cans to start.

We’re super happy for James and his new position, and we wish the team all the success in the journey to opening day. In the meantime, you can follow their progress here:

Website: (under construction)
Twitter: @eastvanbrewing
Instagram : @eastvanbrewing
Korz Creative:




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How About a Brewery Tour in Hong Kong?

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Local Vancouverite Launches Hong Kong’s First Brewery Tour

On our Vancouver Brewery Tours we get to meet a lot of interesting characters and beer lovers from all over the world. Sometimes we even have the pleasure of meeting other tour company owners in town to explore Vancouver and our craft beer culture.

So when Virginia Chan, proud owner of a tour company in Hong Kong called Humid With a Chance of Fishballs (yes, you read that right and awesome name right?) got in touch and expressed interest in hopping on our Vancouver Brewery Tour for “research” purposes for a new brewery tour in Hong Kong she had developed, we were all for it. Virginia visited Brassneck Brewery, Strange Fellows Brewing and the infamous Storm Brewing. After visiting some of our best craft breweries and writing an article on her  experience, she was ready to return home and put the finishing touches on her newest tour.

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The Story Behind Humid With a Chance of Fishballs Tours

Virginia was born and raised in Vancouver and moved to Hong Kong around 5 years ago. After launching her own very successful tour company in Hong Kong, she saw an opportunity to introduce her guests to the emerging craft beer scene in Hong Kong, and the rest is history. Virginia’s Local Craft Beer Brewery Tour in Hong Kong is a 1st of its kind in the city and looks like a lot of fun- Salted Lime Soda beer anyone? Yes please!

If you find yourself in Hong Kong and love craft beer check out Virginia’s tours!

Read Virginia’s experience on her Vancouver Brewery Tour

Website: Humid with a Chance of Fishballs Tours

Vancouver Brewery Tours - 4th Anniversary

Vancouver Brewery Tours Turns 4!

It’s hard to believe that 4 years ago this month we opened our van doors and welcomed our very first guests on tour!

To say that a few things have changed in the last 4 years in the craft beer community is a massive understatement. When we ran our 1st tour on June 15th, 2013 the owner Ryan and his wife were the only employees, and we had 1 van and 6 breweries available on our tours. Fast forward 4 years and we have a growing staff of 7, 3 brewery tour vans and over 20 breweries on tour.

Some things haven’t changed however, we’re still fierce advocates for supporting local craft beer and LOVE introducing our guests to our local breweries and to their next favourite beer. We’re also still incredibly thankful that we get to live our passion every day and work in a job that rarely feels like a job. This is a fun industry to be a part of.

We’d like to thank all our past guests, our past and current staff, our friends families and loved ones, our brewery partners and more for their incredible support these past 4 years. It’s been quite the ride so far, and watch out for next year’s 5th anniversary party!

Lots of love,
The Vancouver Brewery Tours Team




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Andina Brewing Company – Now on Tour!

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Andina Brewing - Outside BuildingWe are proud to announce that Vancouver’s newest craft brewery Andina Brewing Company, is now one of our brewery partners.

Opening in March 2017, Andina Brewing Company was started by brothers Nicolas and Andres with the goal to bring a truly unique experience to the Vancouver craft beer community. Drawing upon their Columbian roots, the pair aim to offer South American sourced ingredients and inspired craft beers to the city. Located in the heart of East Vancouver, Andina Brewing Company calls Powell Street home and resides in an unmistakable and vibrant yellow building adorned with a large and beautiful “La Polo” mural.

Andina Brewing is available now on request for Private Tours and is sure to be a hit with our guests!

The Vancouver Brewery Tours team.


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The Big List of New Vancouver Breweries – Opening Soon

 New Vancouver Breweries Set to Open in Late 2017

We’re always excited to learn about new breweries opening up in Vancouver, and we’re pretty sure you are too! With that in mind we’ve put together a list of a few new Vancouver breweries (that we know about!) to keep an eye on in 2017. With only 6 months of the year remaining, and barring any unforeseen delays, the following new breweries are expected to open soon:


Vancouver Brewery Tours - Night Owl Brewing LogoNight Owl Brewing – Now Open!
The team at Callister Brewing welcomes its newest contract brewery to the team, Night Owl Brewing. Head down to Callister on Thursday June 15th to sample their 1st beer the Side Hustle IPA.



Vancouver Brewery Tours - Morning Star BrewingMorning Star Brewing – Now Open!
Another new addition to Callister Brewing, Morning Star Brewing began pouring on Friday June 9th and sold out within a few hours! Watch for more beers coming soon.



Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - East Van Brewing Company LogoEast Van Brewing Company
That’s right, East Van is getting its own namesake brewery. Located at 1675 Venebles street and expected to open in late summer, early fall, this new Vancouver brewery is one to keep an eye thanks to a beautiful space and skill of head brewer James Labbe. Watch for an interview with head brewer James Labbe coming soon.



Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Beere Brewing Company - Beere Brewing Company LogoBeere Brewing Company
Could this be the best ever name for a brewery? Beere Brewing Company Owner and head brewer Matt Beere is excited to bring his family business to 312 Esplanade E. in North Vancouver. Read our interview with Matt here.



Vancouer Brewery Tour Inc - Mariner Brewing Logo - Coquitlam's 1st Craft BreweryMariner Brewing
Coquitlam residents rejoice! Coquitlam’s first craft brewery Mariner Brewing is set to open in late 2017 and work is very much underway in this much anticipated new brewery. Read our interview with owner Byron here.



Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Factory Brewing LogoFactory Brewing
Factory Brewing is the answer many local breweries have been looking for. Factory Brewing is a full on contract brewery poised to produce beer for breweries seeking to increase capacity or production. Breweries like Doan’s Craft Brewing Company have already signed on, and we’re sure many more will do the same.



Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Streetcar BrewingStreetcar Brewing
North Vancouver’s craft beer community continues to strengthen with the addition of Streetcar Brewing. Expected to open in late 2017, Streetcar Brewing is located on Lower Lonsdale on the North Shore.



Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Electric Bicycle BrewingElectric Bicycle Brewing
Details on this new Vancouver brewery are slim, however construction is underway in Mount Pleasant at 20 West 4th Avenue located a few doors down from R&B Brewing. Follow Electric Bicycle Brewing on their Instagram for progress updates.





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Beere Brewing Co. – Meet North Vancouver’s (soon to be) Newest Brewery

While Vancouver’s craft beer scene seems to get all the attention, North Vancouver has been steadily building a healthy craft beer community of its own for many years. Between Bridge Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, Green Leaf Brewing, Black Kettle Brewing and Hearthstone Brewing, there are plenty of reasons to #crossthatbridge and head over to the North Shore for a few beers, and some much deserved fresh air of course! And now, we’ll soon have one more great reason to go play on the shore.

Opening soon, Beere Brewing is poised to be the next addition to the BC craft beer community, and VBT owner Ryan had the chance to catch up with Beere Brewing owner and head brewer Matt Beere to find out more about the plans for his brewery:

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Beere Brewing Company - FamilyWhat is Beere Brewing?
Beere Brewing Company is about building from the ground up. It began with a passion for making good beer and it has grown into the start of a family business. We love staying true to the explorative nature of brewing, constantly improving our craft, and creating the kind of beer that we enjoy. We are excited to open a space in North Vancouver for craft beer lovers to gather and try what we’ve been working on.

When is your expected open date?
We’re aiming to have the brewery and tasting room open in August 2017. The brewery construction is well underway, with most of the major project milestones complete. Our tanks and brewhouse are almost ready to roll out of Ripley Stainless in Summerland, BC.

What is the story behind the name Beere Brewing?
My dad and I have talked for years about opening up a brewery named Beere Brewing Company. When we finally decided to go for it, we thought we’d go with the obvious choice – our family name.

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Why did you choose North Vancouver as a home for Beere Brewing, and where is the brewery located?
We have great history on the North Shore, and we’re looking forward to adding a little more funk to the area. We’re located at 312 Esplanade E – a short walk from the Quay, in the developing industrial area of Lower Lonsdale.

Who will be making beer for Beere Brewing? Do you have a head brewer?
I am very excited to be taking on the role of the head brewer. We will also be bringing some of the passionate people on board that I’ve been brewing with over the years. We’re all very keen to make the jump up and brew on our new 15hL system.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Beere Brewing Company - Working BeersWhat beer styles will you be focusing on initially and what would you like to do in the future?
Our primary focus will be drinkable hoppy beers, saisons, and some funky styles on a steady rotation. As we grow, we plan to experiment with a lineup of wild and sour beers that incorporate a variety of seasonal fruit, flowers, and wood. Long term plan – barrel aging.

How will we be able to get Beere Brewing Beer? Do you have plans for a tasting room, packaged product, growler fills, etc?
We will be opening a bright south facing tasting room and patio where we’ll offer glasses, flights, growler fills, cans, and bottles. We will also have our beer in four-packs at local liquor shops.

How can people follow your progress?

Follow us online at:

Instagram: @beerebrewingco




From all of us at the Vancouver Brewery Tours team we wish the team at Beere a successful journey to opening day!

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What Makes Vancouver Beertopia?

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Why is Vancouver’s Craft Beer scene exploding? How come so many breweries are opening up around town? What the heck is going on up here?

We get these questions all the time from our out of town guests when they learn of the explosive growth of Vancouver’s craft breweries. The answer to our success isn’t always so simple and can depend on who you talk to and their relation to the craft beer community.

But just because “it may be complicated” didn’t stop Vancouverite Shaun Robertson from This Life in Trips from digging a little deeper. We had the pleasure of hosting a brewery tour for Shaun and he’s put together a nice article on the success of our local breweries, and what makes Vancouver Beertopia.

The following paragraphs are from the full article “What Makes Vancouver a Beertopia“.

Straight to the Source

Vancouver-Brewery-Tours -Welcom-to-beer-topia-tour-guide-LeighWhen asked what’s behind the surge in local craft breweries, Ryan Mackey, owner of Vancouver Brewery Tours, points to a combination of factors. “Relaxed import laws saw really interesting beers from Oregon and beyond start to flow into Vancouver for the first time, which created an opportunity for new breweries to open up and cater to this demand.” Mackey continued “thanks to liquor laws being reviewed and updated, brewery tasting rooms also started popping up.”

Good to know I was on the right path. My hometown was starting to offer everything I fell in love with in Portland without the six-hour drive.  Well played, Vancouver.

Ryan also points to local consumers waking to the idea of supporting locally made craft beer. Their pallets were challenged and along with that came a willingness to experiment and try new beers. The result of this appetite for better beer and a refreshed take on liquor laws created a new type of drinking experience that was very different from the usual pubs and restaurants. This is the culture I loved in Portland, but found lacking from the early breweries in Vancouver. This is not lost on Ryan.

“Before our scene exploded in popularity, many small independent and local breweries slogged it out for many years and in a sense paved the way for the success of so many new breweries. Breweries like Storm Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, R&B Brewing and many more deserve a lot of credit in fostering this new environment.”

Read the full article here.

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Total Domination: BC Breweries Clean Up at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards

This past weekend Canadian Breweries gathered from all over the country in Ottawa to celebrate the best of Canada Craft Beer at the Canadian Brewing Awards. The big winners of the awards? BC Breweries! BC totally dominated this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards winning 1/3rd of all awards, with the coveted Brewery of the Year award going to Mt. Begbie Brewing Company.

And a special congratulations to all the breweries on our Vancouver Brewery Tours!

Here are the winners for each category at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards:

1.    European Style Lager (Pilsner)Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Canadian Brewing Awards 2017
Gold: Big Rock Brewery, Pilsner
Silver: Brewsters Brewing Company, Original Lager
Bronze: Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault inc., La Kedwick Pilsner
2.    European Style Amber to Dark Lager
Gold: Junction Craft Brewing, Junction Black Lager
Silver: Silversmith Brewing Company, The Black Lager
Bronze: Bomber Märzen, Bomber Brewing
3.    Bock – Traditional German Style
Gold: Boxing Rock Brewing Company, Stayin’ Alive
Silver: Tooth and Nail Brewing Company, Invigorator
Bronze: Central City Brewers and Distillers, Red Racer Dopplebock
4.    Kellerbier/Zwickelbier
Gold: Moon Under Water Brewery, POTTS PILS
Silver: Riot Brewing Co., Good Vibrations Classical Pilsner
Bronze: Hopfenstark Brewery, Helles
5.    German Style Kölsch
Gold: Mt. Begbie Brewing Company, High Country Kolsch
Silver: Axe & Barrel Brewery, King Kolsch
Bronze: Abe Erb Brewing Co., 1857 Kolsch-Style Lagered Ale
6.    Wheat Beer – Belgian Style (Wit)
Gold: les 3 Brasseurs, La Blanche
Silver: Brasserie Artisanale La Korrigane, Mary Morgan
Bronze: Market Brewing Co., Flee to Pennsylvania
7.    Wheat Beer – German Style (Weiss)
Gold: Uncle Leo’s Brewery, Uncle Leo’s Vohs Weizenbier
Silver: Side Launch Brewing Company, Side Launch Wheat
Bronze: Les Trois Mousquetaires Microbrasseurs, Blanche
8.    Baltic Porter
Gold: The Cannery Brewing Co., “Kiek in de Kök ” Baltic Porter
Silver: Ferme Brasserie Schoune Inc,, Encre des Ténèbres
Bronze: StoneHammer Brewing, Continuity Baltic Porter
9.    Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadrupel
Gold: Railway City Brewing Co, The Strongman
Silver: Townsite Brewing, Biere d’ Hiver
Bronze: Frampton Brasse, Nuit d’automne
10.    Belgian-Style Tripel
Gold: New Limburg Brewing company, Tripel
Silver: Four Winds Brewing Company Ltd, Triplicity Belgian Tripel
Bronze: Village Brewery, Village Friend
11.    Belgian Style Abbey Ale/Pale Ale
Gold: North Brewing Company, Gus’ 65m Ale
Silver: Dageraad Brewing inc., Burnabarian
Bronze: Gladstone Brewing Co., Gladstone Single
12.    Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
Gold: Publican House Brewery, Eight or Better
Silver: À la Fût, Cowsûre
Bronze: Strathcona Beer Company, Strathcona Belgian Gold
13.    French and Belgian Style Saison
Gold:Steamworks/Dageraad Collaboration, East of East Van Saison
Silver: Winterlong Brewing Co., Mountain Hero
Bronze: Stone City Ales, Chloé
14.    Belgian-Style Brett Beer
Gold: Le Trefle Noir Microbrasserie, Surelevent
Silver: PEI brewing Company, Patience
Bronze: Luppolo Brewing Company, Luppolo Wild Saison with Pear
15.    German-Style Sour Ale
Gold: L’Espace Public, Bière de Coin d’Rue
Silver: Collective Arts Brewing, Prophets & Nomads
Bronze: Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Raspberry Uber
16.    Belgian-Style Sour Ale
Gold: LTM – Les Trois Mousquetaires Microbrasseurs, Ceci n’est pas une gueuze
Silver: Stone City Ales, Conundrum
Bronze: Strange Fellows Brewing, Reynard
17.    Porter
Gold: Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co., Blacksnake Porter
Silver: Yaletown Brewing Company, Valley of the Monks Porter
Bronze: Propeller Brewing Company, Porter
18.    Brown Ale
Gold: Corsaire Microbrasserie, Corsaire Brown Ale
Silver: Corsaire Microbrasserie, Dark Mild
Bronze: Powell Brewery, Dive Bomb
19.    Scotch Ale
Gold: Farnham Ale & Lager, scotch ale
Silver: Common Crown Brewing Co., Andy’s Wee Heavy Scottish Ale
Bronze: Mt. Begbie Brewing Company, Brave Liver Scotch Ale
20.    English Style Pale Ale
Gold: R&B Brewing Inc., Red Devil pale ale
Silver: Off The Rail Brewing Co., Off The Rail Classic Pale Ale
Bronze: Steamworks Brewpub Gastown, Commonwealth Pale Ale
21.    English Bitters
Gold: Off The Rail Brewing Co., Off The Rail Belt Up ESB
Silver: Powell Brewery, Old Jalopy Pale Ale
Bronze: MacLeans Ales Inc, MacLean’s ESB
22.    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
Gold: Microbrasserie St-Pancrace, Pointe-Noire
Silver: Wellington Brewery, Chocolate Milk Stout
Bronze: Troubled Monk Brewery, Milk Stout
23.    Oatmeal Stout
Gold: FRANK Brewing Co., Simple Man
Silver: Bushwakker Brewing Company, Pickard’s Oatmeal Stout
Bronze: Hopfenstark Brewery, Stout Black Francis
24.    Dry Stout
Gold: Pump House Brewery Ltd., Muddy River Stout
Silver: Granite Brewery, Keefe’s Irish Stout
Bronze: Microbrasserie Riverbend, Stout
25.    Imperial Stout
Gold: BLACK BRIDGE BREWERY, Folklore Imperial Stout
Silver: Le Trèfle Noir Microbrasserie, Chernoe Pivo
Bronze: Bomber Brewing, Bomber Russian Imperial Stout
26.    English Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Strathcona Beer Company, Strathcona British IPA
Silver: Off The Rail Brewing Co., Off The Rail Crazy Train IPA
Bronze: Amsterdam Brewing Company, Rocks and Shoals
27.    North American Style Lager
Gold: Great Western Brewing Company, Brewhouse Pilsner
Silver: Great Western Brewing Company, Great Western Classic
Bronze: Cool Beer Brewing Company, Cool Beer Lager
28.    North American Style Premium Lager
Gold: HogsBack Brewing Co, Vintage Lager
Silver: Red Truck Beer Company, Red Truck Lager
Bronze: Moosehead Breweries Limited, Moosehead Lager
29.    North American Style Amber Lager
Gold: Trading Post Brewing, Smuggler’s Trail Rye Amber Ale
Silver: Bad Tattoo Brewing Co., Los Muertos Cerveza Negra
Bronze: Old Flame Brewing Company, Old Flame Red
30.    North American Style Dark Lager
Gold: Old Flame Brewing Company, Old Flame Brunette
Silver: Tree Brewing Co., Red Lager
31.    Light (Calorie-Reduced) Lager
Gold: Corsaire Microbrasserie, Anne Bonny Pils
Silver: Great Western Brewing Company, Great Western Light
Bronze: Moosehead Breweries Limited, Moosehead Cracked Canoe
32.    Cream Ale
Gold: Mt. Begbie Brewing Company, Begbie Cream Ale
Silver: Anderson Craft Ales, Cream Ale
Bronze: Cameron’s Brewing Company, Cameron’s Cosmic Cream Ale
33.    North American Style Amber/Red Ale
Gold: Bobcaygeon Brewing Company, Dockside
Silver: Cowbell Brewing Co., Doc Perdue’s Bobcat
Bronze: Torque Brewing Inc., Red Line IPA
34.    North American Style Blonde or Golden Ale
Gold: Amsterdam Brewing Company Natural Blonde
Silver: Henderson Brewing Company, Food Truck
Bronze: Troubled Monk Brewery, Golden Gaetz Golden Ale
35.    American-Style Black Ale
Gold: Steamworks Brewing Co., Steamworks Black Angel IPA
Silver: Bomber Brewing, Absolute Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale
Bronze: Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Raiden Black Rye IPA
36.    North American Style Pale Ale
Gold: Rouge River Brewing Company, Beneath the Planet of the APAs
Silver: Collective Arts Brewing, Rhyme & Reason
Bronze: Cameron’s Brewing Company, Cameron’s 12 Mile India Pale Lager
37.    Wheat Beer – North American Style
Gold: Brewsters Brewing Company, Wild West Wheat Ale
Silver: Big Rock Brewery, Grasshopper Kristallweizen
Bronze: Publican House Brewery, High Noon
38.    American Style India Pale Ale
Gold: Powell Brewery, Lazy D’Haze IPA
Silver: Bridge Brewing Company, Side Cut IPA
Bronze: Lagabière, Ta Meilleure
39.    Session India Pale Ale
Gold:Collective Arts Brewing, State of Mind
Silver: Microbrasserie Moulin 7 Inc., Ciel Ouvert
Bronze: PEI brewing Company, Vic Park APA
40.    American Style Imperial India Pale Ale
Gold: Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Immodest
Silver: Deep Cover Brewers and Distillers, Dry Dock Double IPA
Bronze: Muskoka Brewery, Muskoka Twice as Mad Tom
41.    American Belgo-Style Ale
Gold: Elora Brewing Company, Wandering Monk Belgian IPA
Silver: Phillips Brewing & Malting Co, Electric Unicorn White IPA
Bronze: Brasserie Dunham, Saison du Pinacle
42.    American-style Brett Beer
Gold: Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Uncommon Element
Silver: Tooth and Nail Brewing Company, Streif
Bronze: Redline Brewhouse, Series 1
43.    American-style Sour Ale
Gold: Townsite Brewing, Blackberry Sour
Silver: Four Winds Brewing Company Ltd, Nectarous Dry Hopped Sour
Bronze: L’Espace Public, Bière de Driveway
44.    Special Honey/Maple Lager or Ale
Gold: Microbrasserie Siboire, Imperial McMaple
Silver: Fernie Brewing Co., Fernie Brewing Co. Sap Sucker Maple Porter
Bronze: Brasserie Artisanale La Korrigane, Croquemitaine DC
45.    Fruit Beer or Field Beer
Gold: Blood Brothers Brewing, Fall of Thebes – Cherry
Silver: La Chouape, Allis Saison Argousier
Bronze: Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Ceres
46.    Gluten Free Beer
Gold: Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Glutenberg India Pale Ale
Silver: Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Glutenberg Rousse
Bronze: Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Glutenberg Pale Ale Américaine
47.    Session Ale
Gold: Ribstone Creek Brewery, Ribstone Creek English Mild
Silver: Railway City Brewing Co, Express ISL
Bronze: Blindman Brewing, Blindman River Session Ale
48.    Experimental Beer
Gold: Burdock, BUMO
Silver: Brasserie Vrooden Brewery, Doppelsticke Altbier
Bronze: Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Glutenberg Rotundone Noire
49.    Herb and Spice Beer
Gold: Whistler Brewing Co., Whistler Chestnut Ale
Silver: Brasserie Artisanale La Korrigane, Amaruq
Bronze: Garden Brewers, Saison Sixième: Collaboration with Block Three Brewing Co.
50.    Smoked Beer
Gold: Coal Harbour Brewing Co., Smoke & Mirrors Imperial Smoked Ale
Silver: Microbrasserie du Lièvre, La phénix
Bronze: Yellow Dog Brewing Company, Shake A Paw Smoked Porter
51.    Barley Wine-Style Ale – English-Style
Gold: Central City Brewers and Distillers, Thor’s Hammer
Silver: les 3 Brasseurs, Chaufferette
Bronze: Cameron’s Brewing Company, Cameron’s Where The Buffalo Roam Barleywine
52.    Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer – Dark Beer
Gold: Calabogie Brewing Company, Grassy Bay Farmhouse Ale
Silver: Powell Brewery, Ode to Wallflower
Bronze: Innocente Brewing Company, Drunkard’s Cloak
53.    Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Gold: North Brewing Company, Midnight- Glenora Barrel Aged Strong Dark Belgian
Silver: Great Lakes Brewery, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Solstice Stout
Bronze: PEI brewing Company, Hell Street
54.    Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Gold: Indie Ale House, Spadina Monkey – CHERRY
Silver: À la Fût, Co-Hop V – Rouge de Mékinac
Bronze: Calabogie Brewing Company, Downstream #1
55.    Flavoured Stout/Porter
Gold: Hastings Mill Brewing Company, Griswold Winter Ale
Silver: Deadfrog Brewery, Reina de Fuego
Bronze: The Cannery Brewing Co., Thornless Blackberry Porter


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Vancouver Brewery Tours Founder Ryan Mackey

Craft Beer Tourism Hits it Big With Curious Imbibers

At Vancouver Brewery Tours, we’ve seen first hand how big craft beer tourism has become in Vancouver. The city’s craft beer scene continues to grow and evolve, and with it an increasing amount of national and international recognition is being bestowed upon the city. Our recognition as a vibrant beer city has also attracted an increasing number of curious imbibers traveling to Vancouver seeking to sip and spend their way through our breweries and ale houses.

Vancouver Brewery Tours founder Ryan Mackey was recently interviewed by the Georgia Straight and asked his opinion on what makes Vancouver such a hot destination for craft beer tourism right now.

Below is a snippet of a featured article in the Georgia Straight, you can read the full article here.

World turns its attention to B.C. thanks to brewery boom and events like Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Vancouver Brewery Tours Founder Ryan MackeyEven though Vancouver came considerably later to the microbrew party than Seattle, Portland, and pretty much all of Europe did, our city has started to position itself as a bona fide mecca for those whose sightseeing starts on the craft-beer scene. If you brew it, they will come.

“The word has been getting out, especially over the last couple of years,” Vancouver Brewery Tours founder Ryan Mackey tells the Straight in a phone interview. “More and more articles have led to more and more exposure around the world. We really have started to get that reputation as a craft-beer destination. We’ve got people from all over the world doing our tours. The coolest one for me was someone from Iceland who came on our tour with his buddy from Sweden. They went to Bomber Brewing, and the guy from Sweden said, ‘That pilsner is exactly what it tastes like back home.’ ”

Over the past half-decade, British Columbia has exploded with craft-beer businesses like Bomber. Over 70 breweries have opened up in the province, with new ventures joining the boom seemingly on a monthly basis. That’s attracting beer-loving tourists who, in the past, might have thought of heading to well-established hot spots like Oregon or Washington state. Earlier this spring, Vogue ran a story on Vancouver titled “Is This City the New Craft Beer Capital of North America?”…

Read the full article here