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

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Vancouver Craft Beer Week - Beer Fans

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Returns for 2017 – Tickets Still Available!

In two short days, Western Canada’s largest craft beer event the Vancouver Craft Beer Week returns to the sunny grounds of the PNE from May 26th to June 4th. Now in its 8th glorious year, VCBW kicks off a week of celebrating all things craft beer with numerous high profile events and ending with the always entertaining VCBW festival. Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together an outline of some of the most popular events this year.

Events

This year brings new variety and new locations for VCBW events. Here’s just a few of the top Vancouver Craft Beer Week Events being offered for 2017:

Brewers Row Block Party – Sunday May 28th
Head out of Vancouver and into the new craft beer mecca – Port Moody! This block party is one you won’t want to miss

Feats of Strength – Sunday May 28th
Keg stacking, push up competitions, phone book tearings and great beer – say what? That’s right, watch people test their strength all while sampling beer from local iconic breweries like Brassneck Brewing, Superflux, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Bridge Brewing and MUCH more.

Forbidden Fruit – Tuesday May 30th
For $40 sample a dazzling array of all things fruity and beer – from sour beers, Belgians, wheat and more from over 20 BC Craft Breweries.

Get your tickets for these great events and more at vancouvercraftbeerweek.com/events

THE Festival – Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th

If you’ve never experienced the VCBW festival at the PNE, do yourself a favour and by your tickets NOW. The grounds are the perfect location for a Vancouver craft beer festival – lots of shade, tonnes of food trucks, more breweries than you can handle (yes that is a challenge!) and the costumes are getting better each year.

Tickets are still available on the VCBW website.

Vancouver Brewery Tours - Brewery Tour Guide - Leigh

Meet Leigh – VBT’s Newest Brewery Tour Guide

Meet Leigh! Vancouver Brewery Tours’ newest brewery tour guide and no stranger to the craft beer industry. We first met Leigh at Parallel 49 Brewing Company in the taproom and leading their in-house brewery tours. Four years later she is still happily ensconced in the Vancouver brewing community and excited to share her passion with a whole new audience – YOU! 🍻 Great to have you on board Leigh and welcome to Vancouver Brewery Tours!

Born and raised in Greater Vancouver, Leigh explored several other potential paths (linguist, live VBT Staffer Leighmusic photographer, and makeup artist, to name a few) before settling into the brewing industry. A lucky glance at Twitter led her to a job in the tap room at one of Vancouver’s largest new craft breweries where she expanded her palate and applied her natural curiosity to the business of selling beer. Four years later, Leigh is still happily ensconced in the Vancouver brewing community and excited to share her passion with a whole new audience.

First Craft Beers: Pyramid Brewing Co. Apricot Ale and Granville Island Winter Ale

Current Go To Brew: Strange Fellows Talisman Pale Ale

Must Try Next: whatever new crazy thing Twin Sales has just released

Vancouver Brewery Tours at Off the Rail Brewing

Planning a Bachelor Party Brewery Tour?

In a few short months summer is finally coming back to Vancouver and with it the return of wedding season, or as it’s known to us at Vancouver Brewery Tours, Bachelor Party Brewery Tour season! With 4 years experience planning bachelor party brewery tours for literally hundreds of different groups of dudes, you could say we’ve seen it all and then some!

And while celebrating on a bachelor party is a tonne of fun, there is also a lot of work that goes into planning a successful day for the organizer of the group. And while our team takes care of all the details for your group and will make sure your crew has a successful tour, there a few things we recommend to help get the most out of your Vancouver Brewery Tour.

With that in mind, we’ve put together our top suggestions on how to make the most out of your Bachelor Party Brewery Tour with Vancouver Brewery Tours and ensure your man has a great time and leaves his tour ready to take on the next round of festivities!

1) Plan Ahead

Do you have a “must have” day for the bachelor party, or are you flexible on dates? Either way, put your request into us as early as you can. You don’t have to commit to booking your tour right away, but our tours can book up months in advance so it doesn’t hurt to fill out our Private Tour Online Request Form to first see if your date is available. If not, we’ll suggest other available dates that may work for your group. Once you’re ready to move forward with your tour, payment of a deposit will lock down your date and then the fun begins!

2) Choose your Tour Type

Our most popular bachelor party tour is our Vancouver Brewery Tour, which takes you to 3 breweries in just over 3 hours and includes free pick up and drop off, transportation, 1 beer flght per stop, behind the scenes tours and much more. We also offer lots of options for customization. Want to visit a distillery? How about adding a meal to your tour or get dropped off at your favourite restaurant (or the No. 5 Orange) afterwards? You tell us what you want and we’ll make it happen.

3) Breweries to Visit

So many options! You can either leave the planning to us, or we can choose the breweries for you, totally up to you. Choose from 19 of our brewery partners, including Storm Brewing, one of the most popular stops on any of our bachelor party brewery tours.

4) Customize your Experience

Once you’re on tour with us, our experienced guides will work with your group to make sure you get the experience you’re looking for. Want brewery tours at every stop? None of them? Want the focus to be more on tasting beer and getting a few tasting notes for each one? Maybe you’d like to totally geek out and pepper your guide with tough questions? We’re ready!  We’ll also work with your group to put some of your favourite craft beers in front of you and will offer a few suggestions for must try beers at each stop.

5) Take Care of Your Man

The most important tip of the day! While every group wants to have a good time, the best bachelor party brewery tours we’ve seen are the ones that take care of the bachelor and ensure he’ll be in good shape after the tour is over.  How much fun is it really if you feed the bachelor so much beer that they feel sick afterwards? Punishing the bachelor with too much to drink is not fun for anyone! Brewery tours are the lead up to a great evening, not the end of it. Our suggestion? Pace yourself yo! Drinking is fun, laughing hard is fun, going home at 6pm because the bachelor drank too much on tour is NOT fun.

Request a Bachelor Party Brewery Tour

If you’re ready to put a request in, click the online Private Tour Request Form button below.

If you have questions, call 604-318-2280 or email info@vancouverbrewerytours.com.

 

Thanks for reading!
The Vancouver Brewery Tours Team

 

Hop Circuit 2017

Yeast Van Brewery Districts Presents Hop Circuit 2017

Walk, skate, or bike over to East Van’s Brewing District for our second annual HOP CIRCUIT – the day Hop Circuit Craft Beer Open House 2017 when we throw open our back doors to welcome one and all for free behind-the-scene tours, and the chance to taste some really fresh craft beer and spirits.

  • Sunday April 30th
  • 1pm – 5pm

Take a self-guided tour or hop on the shuttle service provided by Vancouver Brewery Tours. We’ll be offering a FREE hop on-hop off shuttle service. See the schedule below for pick up times and routing.

The breweries participating include: Postmark, Strathcona, Luppolo, Strange Fellows, Off the Rail, Bomber, Callister, Powell, Andina, Doans, Odd Society Spirits, Storm, Parallel 49, and Coal Harbour.

Maintain your strength with grub from the many food trucks scattered around the neighbourhood.

Hop Circuit Craft Beer Shuttle Schedule

Big Lebowki Tour

The DUDE is back! Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour

Lebowski-themed Tour Includes Custom Beer Samples, Costume and Trivia Contests at Local Breweries and Bowling at Grandview Lanes

Ever wanted to wear your housecoat in public? Thanks to Vancouver Brewery Tours, fans of the cult classic movie The Big Lebowski will get their chance at the 2nd annual Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour.

  • Saturday May 6th
  • 11.30am to 3.30pm
  • $79.99pp plus GST

Tour includes Lebowski-inspired craft beers, or “oat sodas” at each brewery stop. Beginning at Callister Brewing, an all new trivia contest will be held in the brewery that will separate the little Lebowskis from the big Lebowskis. Next on down the line is Storm Brewing for the judging of the costume contest and more Lebowski inspired ales. The tour will end at Grandview Lanes Bowling Centre, where participants better hope their toes don’t go “over the line” in their bid to strike it big as the day’s bowling champ.

 

Tour includes:Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour

  • ALL of the Beer – 1 beer flight per brewery and your first beer at Bowling
  • Bowling fees including shoe rental
  • Vancouver Brewery Tours Beer Tasting Journal
  • Pick up, drop off and transportation to and from the breweries
  • VIP access and entrance fees
  • Behind the scenes brewery tours at every brewery
  • Passionate and knowledgeable brewery tour guides
  • From Grain to Glass – an introduction to the brewing process

Prizes will be awarded throughout the day, with the winner of the trivia contest taking home the coveted custom made Big Lebowski growler designed by our friends at Sigil and Growler – while the winners of the costume contest take home other great prizes.

As with all of Vancouver Brewery Tours’ public and private tours, its Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour includes pick-up and drop-off from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver, as well as transportation to and from each of the breweries in its comfortable 14-passenger van. During the ride, guests will enjoy a selection of songs culled from The Big Lebowski soundtrack – everything except The Eagles, of course.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Operations Coordinator - Monica Frost

A Decade of Community Service: Our Very Own Monica Frost

Vancouver Brewery Tours Operations Coordinator - Monica FrostCraft beer is our passion at Vancouver Brewery Tours, and every single member of the team applied for a job with us because they wanted to not only express that passion, but also to support the growth of our local craft beer community. As a result we’re lucky to have some serious experience and firepower on the team!

A few of our guides are commercial brewers, homebrewers, Cicerones, advocates, volunteers and much more. Even with all this talent, there is one team member that clearly stands out for not only her experience, but also for her contribution and continued dedication to the community as a whole, and that is our very own Operations Coordinator Monica Frost.

Monica works hard behind the scenes for us coordinating all aspects of our Public and Private Vancouver Brewery Tours, social media, customer service and much, much more. If you’ve ever booked a Private Brewery Tour with us chances are you’ve either spoken to or received emails from Monica as the voice of our tour program. Monica has been with us for over 2 years and continues to not only further our own interests but also the craft beer community as she plans brewery tours with over 19 breweries on our tours.

That is why we were thrilled to see Monica receive much deserved recognition in the most recent edition of What’s Brewing Magazine. Monica was profiled for her “Decade of Community Service” which mentions the various roles she’s held in the community and acknowledges her for her continued contribution.

The full article can be found in the most recent edition of What’s Brewing Magazine here https://issuu.com/whatsbrewing/docs/2017-01/10

Cheers,
Ryan Mackey

Owner | Vancouver Brewery Tours

 

 

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. The boys at Brassneck Brewery

Brewery Feature: Brassneck Brewery

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Brassneck Brewery Head Brewer Conrad GmoserWhat happens when two of Vancouver’s biggest craft beer pioneers get together and decide to open a brewery? In the case of Brassneck Brewery, nothing short of something special. This week we shine the craft beer spotlight on not only one of Vancouver’s best craft breweries, but also one of the most popular on our Vancouver Brewery Tours, Brassneck Brewery.

The Idea

The brewery was founded by Alibi Room owner Nigel Springthorpe and long time Steamworks Head Brewer Conrad Gmoser. Nigel built his reputation by showcasing and pouring a large selection of local craft beers as well as quality international craft beers at the Alibi Room since 2006. Co-owner Conrad first met Nigel through the Alibi Room, who before opening Brassneck was the accomplished head brewer at Steamworks Brewing and  would recommend speciality beers for Nigel to pour at the Alibi Room. Fast forward a few years, Nigel approached Conrad with the idea of opening a brewery together to which he immediately said yes, and the rest is history.

The Beers

Located on Main Street in the heart of the vibrant and historic Brewery Creek district, Brassneck Brewery opened its doors in October 2013 and in less than 4 short years Brassneck has gained a reputation as one of the leaders in the craft beer craze currently pouring through Vancouver and BC. That reputation has been earned by producing an eclectic and abundant mix of quality beers; since opening day Brassneck Brewery has produced over 100 unique craft beers, a massive feat considering the size of their brew house and tasting room.  At a time when most new Vancouver breweries would open their doors to a taplist consisting of mostly Pale Ales, IPAs, Stouts and more, Brassneck started with arguably the strongest opening beer line up the city has ever scene. With beers like the now famous Inertia Russian Imperial Stout, No Brainer Corn Lager, Mulitweizen 5 Grain Hefeweizen, Passive Aggressive Dry Hopped Pale Ale and much more, let’s just say the bar had been set very high!

The Vibe

Everyone’s got their opinion about their favourite brewery right? Well one of the coolest parts of being a brewery tour guide is hearing first hand from thousands of people a year what they have to say about our craft breweries and what they like about them. In the case of Brassneck, our guests have come to appreciate not only the ever changing taplist, quality brews and comfy tasting room, but also the vibe. Yes, the vibe. Every business works hard to create a culture that is not only a great place to work for its employees, but also a welcoming space where customers can just hang out and enjoy time with friends away from home, and Brassneck has got this dialed in. Filled with some of the most sincere, helpful and knowledgeable staff (and customers!) in town, beer somehow tastes better when you’re surrounded by good company, and good company is always available at Brassneck Brewery.

Brassneck is a regular stop on our tours and can be found on our Walking Vancouver Brewery Tour of Brewery Creek, Craft Beer and Food Brewery Tour every Tuesday night, on our Saturday and Sunday Vancouver Brewery Tours and by request private group tours.

Thanks for reading!
The Vancouver Brewery Tours Team.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. Official Pinterest Account of Vancouver Brewery Tours

Vancouver Brewery Tours Now on Pinterest

Vancouver Brewery Tours Now on Pinterest!

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Official Pinterest Account of Vancouver Brewery ToursDo you like pictures of Vancouver Craft Beer? How about folks having a good time on our tours? We’re happy to announce Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. now has a Pinterest account full of great photos of the Vancouver craft beer community. From photos from our three different public brewery tours – our Vancouver Brewery Tour, Brewery Creek Walking Tour and Craft Beer and Food Brewery Tour, and plenty more beer-y-licious photos.
You can find Vancouver Brewery Tours on Pinterest here, and make sure to follow us to keep up to date with all things craft beer in Vancouver!
Cheers,

The Vancouver Brewery Tours team.
 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Mariner Brewing Coquitlam

Introducing Mariner Brewing – Coquitlam’s 1st Craft Brewery

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Mariner Brewing CoquitlamBeing a brewery tour guide has its perks. We get to regularly visit 19 unique craft breweries on tour, talk shop with the brewers, sample limited release beers and get the inside scoop on all the exciting beers and projects coming soon to market. Basically craft beer geek heaven. We also hear whispers of the plans for new breweries, which is always very exciting to learn about new additions to the craft beer community, and with that in mind we’ve got some big news to share with you.

Vancouver Brewery Tours is excited to announce that a new brewery is coming to the Tri-Cities in 2017, Mariner Brewing. Mariner is positioned to be Coquitlam’s first craft brewery, which is kind of a big deal for the growing suburb. With the huge success of the near-by breweries of Port Moody’s Brewers Row, some may say it was only a matter of time until Coquitlam got its very own craft brewery, and now thanks to pioneer and Mariner Brewing Owner Byron Vallis, the time has come.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Byron (pictured here) and learn about his plans for the brewery, and why he chose to bring craft beer to Coquitlam.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. Our interview with Byron and Mariner Brewing will be the 1st in a series of interviews with the owners of new Vancouver breweries poised to open their doors in later 2017/2018.

What is Mariner Brewing?

Mariner Brewing is Coquitlam’s first brewery and is our vision to explore territory unknown and make new discoveries in craft brewing! This concept guides our brewery and everything we do – from the 50 person tasting room and 23hL steam-fired brewhouse to our range of beers in development.  We are very excited to be amongst great company locally and regionally in craft beer in BC and look forward to showing everyone what we are up to!

What is the story behind the name Mariner Brewing?

For us, craft beer is about exploration, great discoveries, and the stories that come from it. Besides being a major road in Coquitlam where we grew up, the name Mariner is tied to navigation, exploration, and living for the journey and the unknown. It was a natural fit and guides us in our development of new flavours and styles of beer but also in our desire to keep evolving and improving our offer.

Why did you choose Coquitlam as a location for Mariner Brewing?

Growing up in Coquitlam, it has always been our home turf. When we saw Coquitlam City Council moving to allow craft breweries, it all made sense. Given the chance to be the first in the city and also close to so many other amazing breweries in other neighbourhoods, Coquitlam was exactly what we were looking for.

When is your expected open date? How is your progress coming along?

We’re working hard to be open Summer 2017! Progress is steady and we’ve been having a lot of fun preparing to make beer for everyone. We’re working through our permits now and are eager to be #buildingabrewery soon. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of Mariner Brewing as things develop through our social channels in the months to come.

Do you have plans for a tasting room, what about growler fills and food?

We have tons of plans for a tasting room! We’ll be opening with a full lounge license with space for 50 people, growler fills, a food menu, and much more. We’ve teamed up with Ply Architecture and the Glasfurd & Walker design team to make Mariner a great place to relax, socialize, meet with friends, and meet new people.

Who will be making beer for Mariner Brewing?

We struck gold with our brewer! We can’t tell you who it is just yet, but they are an experienced local brewer and have won several major awards. We couldn’t be more excited about the person behind our beer!

What beer styles will you be focusing on initially and what would you like to do in the future?

Rather than focus on specific styles our approach is to focus on making beer that is flavorful and has a balanced profile. We can’t reveal our opening lineup yet but it will be a mix of progressive takes on traditional and popular styles. We’re also planning a couple sours, some barrel aged beers, and some bottle-conditioned specials. Look out for more details as we get closer to opening. If it’s delicious we want to make it!

How will we be able to get Mariner Beer? Any plans for packaged products or draught accounts?

We’ve been having vivid dreams/nightmares about packaging for months now. Mariner Beer will be available on draft, in growlers, and in carefully boxed cans. We’re also planning some bottle-conditioning and limited edition seasonal releases as well.

What else would you like people to know about Mariner Brewing?

Every year we see new great beers being produced in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and we can’t wait for Mariner to be in the fray, venturing to bring great beer to everyone and offering something unique to the craft beer market.

How can people follow your progress or get in touch?

We can be found at Mariner Brewing and on social @marinerbeer at the following:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/marinerbeer/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marinerbeer/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marinerbeer

Direct inquiries can email Mariner Brewing owner byron@marinerbrewing.ca