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Dine Out 2017 – Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery Tour!

New for Dine Out Vancouver 2017 – Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery Tour

It’s that time again! Now in our 4th year with Dine Out Vancouver, we’ve created a tour to celebrate the greatest pairing mankind has ever seen, Craft Beer and Tacos! We’ll take you on a culinary brewery tour journey and introduce you to the burgeoning craft beer scene in Vancouver, all while satisfying your craving for tacos. And not just any tacos, how does a sit down meal at Tacofino Gastown sound?

You’ll enjoy full transportation via the Vancouver Brewery Tours van where our knowledgeable and fun guides will introduce you to two of our most popular local craft breweries, Big Rock Urban Brewery and Strathcona Beer Co. At each stop you’ll enjoy behind the scenes brewery tours, learn about the brewing process and enjoy a wide variety of fresh craft beer samples complimented by snacks and you guessed it, tacos.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. Craft Beer and Tacos Brewery TourFor the grand finale we’ve partnered with Tacofino Gastown for a sit down meal of their famous tacos and even more local craft beer. The only hard decision you’ll have to make is what you love more, Craft Beer or Tacos!

Time/Duration/Location Details

Each tour is approx. 3.5 hours long and departs from inside Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver at 601 West Cordova. Please meet 15 minutes early as tours leave promptly on time. Your tour guide will meet you there, blue clipboard in hand, near the entrance of Starbucks and the cell phone kiosk located inside the station. Transportation provided with optional return to Waterfront Station. A reminder email will be sent 24 hours before your tour with final details.

January 20, 21 (SO),  26,27, 28 (SO)
2-Feb,3, 4 (SO)

(SO) is SOLD OUT

4pm-7:30pm

$98.25 (includes all tax and Dine Out ticketing fees)

All tickets are sold through the Tourism Vancouver – Dine Out Vancouver website. Please note while these tours are listed on the Vancouver Brewery Tours booking calendar, they cannot be purchased on our site.

Vancouver Brewery Tours - Brewery Creek Walking Brewery Tour

Paying Homage to Brewery Creek

If you’re like us and enjoy drinking a few beers out at one of our local craft breweries, you’ve probably noticed just how many different breweries there are to choose from these days. From North Vancouver to East Van to Brewery Creek and beyond, Vancouver has seen over 15 new breweries open up in the last 4 years alone!

No self-guided brewery tour would be complete without paying homage to the oldest brewing district in Vancouver, and that is the Brewery Creek district located in Mount Pleasant. A convenient 10 minute cab ride from downtown Vancouver, Brewery Creek is not only the most accessible neighborhood to visit to lift a pint of craft beer, but it’s also steeped in history for those who want to witness where it all started.

So how did the area get the sexy title of Brewery Creek? Well, glad you asked! Back in the late 1800’s the area was the first suburb built outside the downtown core. A creek that used to flow where what is now Main St. was a popular source of fresh water for not only local businesses, but also to the emerging beer industry in Vancouver. Many new breweries set up shop on the shores of the creek to take advantage of the free supply of fresh water, and Brewery Creek was born.

While all of the old original breweries have since closed down, the area is once again attracting new craft breweries looking to be a part of Vancouver’s unique brewing history. The area currently has 8 craft breweries making it the 2nd largest brewing district in Vancouver behind Yeast Van.

So whether you hop on one of our Vancouver Brewery Tours or venture out on a self guided tour on foot, here is a handy listing of all the craft breweries in Brewery Creek!

Breweries of Brewery Creek

Brassneck Brewery

Location: 2148 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

 

Main Street Brewing

Website: Main Street Brewing

Location: 261 East 7th Ave, Vancouver BC

 

Big Rock Urban Brewing and Eatery

Website: Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery

Location: 310 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC

 

Faculty Brewing Co.

Website: Faculty Brewing Co.

Location: 1830 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC

 

Red Truck Beer Co.

Website: Red Truck Beer Co.

Location: 295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC

 

R&B Ale and Pizza House

Website: R&B Ale and Pizza House

Location: 1-54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC

 

33 Acres Brewing Co.

Website: 33 Acres Brewing Co.

Location: 15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC

 

Listing Map of all the Vancouver Craft Breweries of Brewery Creek!

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours - East Vancouver Brewery Tour

East Vancouver Breweries

It wasn’t long ago when the words East Van conjured up something much different in the minds of locals than it does today. Traditionally the area was known as an affordable neighborhood for the working class with an abundance of industrial zoning. Let’s just say some were a bit nervous to walk alone at night!

Fast forward to present day, and the area is undergoing a complete revitalization attracting new businesses and residents flocking to the character and energy in the area. Most notably is the rise of local craft beer in East Vancouver. With 10 craft breweries and many more new breweries coming, “Yeast Van” as it is affectionately now known has become the epicentre of the craft beer revolution in Vancouver.

The area has become a popular destination for beer lovers due to the abundance of craft breweries in close proximity to each other, many within walking distance making a self-guided brewery tour an easy venture  for locals and tourists. Counting the number of awards the breweries in the area have won, the real winner is the consumer who enjoys a wide variety of beer styles and flavours to choose from. From the Imperial Flanders Sour Ale at Storm Brewing, to the German inspired brews at Doan’s Craft Brewing to the ever changing list of beers at Callister Brewing, there truly is something for everyone in Yeast Van!

We’ve led hundreds of tours in the area and whether it’s by hopping on one of our Vancouver Brewery Tours or planning your own self-guided brewery crawl, we encourage you to venture out and get to know the breweries of Yeast Van today!

Strange Fellows Brewing Co.

Website: Strange Fellows Brewing

Location: 1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC

 

Luppolo Brewing Co.

Website: Luppolo Brewing

Location: 1123 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC

 

Off the Rail Brewing

Website: Off the Rail Brewing

Location 1351 Adanac St., Vancouver, BC

 

Bomber Brewing

Website: Bomber Brewing

Location: 1488 Adanac Street, Vancouver, BC

 

Powell St. Craft Brewery

Website: Powell St Craft Brewery

Location: 1357 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

 

Callister Brewing Co.

Website: Callister Brewing Co.

Location: 1338 Franklin St. Vancouver, BC

 

Doan’s Craft Brewing Co.

Website: Doan’s Craft Brewing Co.

Location:  1830 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

 

Storm Brewing

Website: Storm Brewing

Location: 310 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC

 

Parallel 49 Brewing

Website: Parallel 49 Brewing Co.

Location: 1950 Triumph St. Vancouver, BC

 

Coal Harbour Brewing

Website: Coal Harbour Brewing Co.

Location: 1967 Triumph Street, Vancouver BC

Strathcona Beer Co.

Website: Strathcona Beer Co.

Location: 895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver BC,

Coming Soon – New Vancouver Breweries

Check out these new Vancouver Craft Breweries coming 2017!

Andina Brewing Co.

Website: Andina Brewing Co.

Location: 1507 Powell St. Vancouver, BC

Coming 2017

 

East Van Brewing Co.

Website: East Van Brewing Co.

Location: TBD!

Coming 2017

 

Listing Map of East Vancouver Breweries

 

Vancouver Brewery Tour - Craft Beer and Food Tour

Top Suggestions for Pints and Bites

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Vancouver Brewery Tour guide is meeting beer lovers from all over BC, Canada and the rest of the world and introducing them to the vibrant craft breweries of Vancouver. For a few hours we get to know our guests well, hear stories about where they are from and of course talk about our mutual love for beer!

For many of our out of town guests, the first activity they do in Vancouver is our brewery tours! After the tour is over we get asked all the time about what else is fun to do in Vancouver and most importantly where they should go for a bite to eat and drink more beer!

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top places to go for a pint of craft beer and a bite to eat after one of our brewery tours. With our drop off locations in downtown Vancouver at Waterfront Station, and in Olympic Village near Main Street, many of our suggestions are within walking distance of these locations and, ahem, within stumbling distance after the tour is over!

TAP & BARREL CONVENTION CENTRE

Offering indoor and outdoor seating on Vancouver’s waterfront with 36 rotating B.C.craft beer taps and regional food.
76-1055 Canada Place / www.tapandbarrel.com

STEAMWORKS BREWPUB

Historic craft brewpub serving up award-winning steam brews and great food.
375 Water St / www.steamworks.com

ROGUE KITCHEN AND WETBAR

Offering a great happy hour and even better craft beer tap list.
601 W Cordova St / www.roguewetbar.com

DARBY’S GASTOWN

Gastown’s Craft Beer Destination offering 28 taps of the best selection of rotating local and import craft beers in downtown Vancouver.
16 W Hastings St / www.darbysgastown.pub

ALIBI ROOM

The place for local craft beer with over 50 taps oflocal & imported craft beer
157 Alexander St / www.alibi.ca

MALONE’S

Two minutes walk from Waterfront Station you’ll find Malone’s 38 rotating taps, pouring $3.91 craft draft from 3-6pm daily!
608 W Pender St / www.malones.bc.ca

SIX ACRES PUB AND RESTAURANT

Cozy, brick lined nook in Gastown’s oldest building with tasty rustic share plates and a top shelf craft beer selection
203 Carrall St / www.sixacres.ca

CENTRAL CITY BREWPUB BEATTY ST.

Celebrate premium BC craft beer, cider, and spirits with great food. Don’t forget to take home a growler!
871 Beatty St / www.centralcitybrewpub.com

BIG ROCK URBAN BREWERY AND EATERY

One of Vancouver’s most welcoming food and drink venues with friendly staff, inspired food, and our award winning microbrews.
310 W 4th Ave / www.bigrockurban.com

CRAFT BEER MARKET

Fresh local food served with your choice of over 100 beers on tap.
85 W 1st Ave / www.craftbeermarket.ca

Gift the gift of a Vancouver Craft Beer Adventure

Holiday Brewery Tour Gift Certificates

It’s that time of year again! Our super popular gift certificates make the perfect experience gift for the holidays. From friends, family, coworkers, your trusted mechanic or dog walker, giving the gift of a craft beer adventure to that hard-to-buy for someone special in your life.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Gift Certificates are conveniently available at the cost of a Vancouver Brewery Tour at $79.99+tax or in any denomination you’d like. Once purchased, the recipient then has up to 1 year to book a Vancouver Brewery Tour at their convenience on our easy to use online booking calendar.

Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Packs

Also back by popular demand are our Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Packs. Available for one or two people, these packs are only available for one month of the year and include:

  •     Gift Certificate valid for 1 or 2 seats on our weekly Vancouver Brewery Tour
  •     16oz beer glass (provided on tour)
  •     1 Growler of your choice (provided on tour)
  •     1 Growler Fill of your choice (provided on tour)

Visit our SHOP page for brewery tour gift certificates and other holiday gift ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Beer Me BC

Your Guide to the Best BC Craft Beer Festivals and Events

The craft beer revolution is in full swing in BC and no matter where you travel to in our beautiful province, new BC breweries are popping up to serve craft beer to thirsty locals. In fact, BC is expected to see over 120 craft breweries by the end of 2016, now that’s a lot of options for beer lovers! Even better, the amount of craft breweries opening in small towns across BC is quickly increasing and serving previously “dry” markets. With this growth also comes more BC craft beer events and festivals.

So what does all this mean if you love traveling across BC and love drinking local craft beer? It means that there is also an abundance of ways to celebrate including attending BC craft beer events and festivals. From Vancouver to Victoria, Prince George to Whistler and even the Okanagan, why not plan a craft beer vacation around some of the province’s top craft beer festivals?

So where are these events held? Check out our list below of some of the top BC craft beer events and festivals, and the great thing is there’s so many more out there than what we’ve got listed here. So check back often because we’ll be expanding this list as more pop up!

Great Canadian Beer Festival

When: September 2017
Where: Victoria
Website: Great Canadian Beer Festival
If you live in Canada and love craft beer, attending the Great Canadian Beer Festival is non-negotiable – book your ferry ride to Victoria NOW! Canada’s longest running beer festival and founded in 1993, this outdoor event is so much fun to attend with over 80 breweries in attendance.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week

When: June 2017
Where: Vancouver
Website: Vancouver Craft Beer Week
If Victoria started the craft beer revolution, the torch has certainly been passed to Vancouver. Vancouver Craft Beer Week is one of BC’s biggest craft beer festivals where events are held over an entire week with the premier event being held at the PNE. A must attend for BC beer lovers.

Victoria Craft Beer Week

When: March 2017
Where: Victoria
Website: Victoria Beer Week
Celebrate BC craft beer in the city where it all started, Victoria, BC. At Victoria Beer Week, this nine day festival sees lots of beer related events including tastings, educational events and more.

Whister Village Beer Festival

When: September 2017
Where: Whistler
Website: Whistler Village Beer Festival
Held in the beautiful and picturesque mountains of Whistler, the Whistler Village Beer festival is now in its 5th year and gets bigger each year. This 5 day event focuses on events, cask nights, parties and of course the main tasting event.

BC Beer Awards

When: October 2017
Where: Vancouver
Website: BC Beer Awards
Each year, certified beer judges gather to judge the best of the best of BC craft beers most of which you’ll get to sample at this hugely popular event. A unique one day event with over 65 breweries in attendance, this tasting event sells out fast each year.

Hopscotch Festival

Where and When: Vancouver in November 2017 and Kelowna in September 2017
Website: Hopscotch Festival
Celebrate the best of both worlds! Hopscotch Festival is held in Vancouver and Kelowna and brings Whiskey and beer lovers together in one must attend event.

Farmhouse Festival

When: June 2017
Where: Vancouver
Website: Farmhouse Festival
Perhaps the most unique BC craft beer festival, Farmhouse Festival focuses on unique beer styles like wild and sour ales, farmhouse and Saisons. Held in the scenic grounds of the UBC farm, you need to check out this BC craft beer festival as it sells out fast each year.

Beerlesque

When: October 2017
Where: Vancouver
Website: Beerlesque
Beer and Burlesque? If you answered hell yes then you need to check out this event. From craft beer tastings to unique performances, all proceeds go to charity programs.

BC Hop Fest – Fresh Beer Celebration

When: October 2017
Where: Abbotsford
Website:  BC Hop Fest – Fresh Beer Celebration

If fresh hop beers are your thing, then this is one festival you will want to check out. Held in Abbottsford, the event focuses on the recent fresh hop harvest in BC and all the beers that pay homage to the style.

Fresh to Death – Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Beer

When: October 2017
Where: Victoria
Website: Fresh to Death – Victoria’s Harvest Celebration of Fresh Hop Beer
Fresh hop beers are an annual treat for hop heads, and thanks to the good folks at Fresh to Death, Victoria has a unique event to help beer lovers celebrate the hop harvest.

Okanagan Fest of Ale

When: April 2017
Where: Penticton
Website: Okanagan Fest of Ale
This 2 day event is one of the largest and longest running BC craft beer festivals. From entertainment and food options and the opportunity to sample beer from over 50 breweries there’s something for everyone at this event.

Great Okanagan Beer Festival

When: May 2017
Where: Kelowna
Website: Great Okanagan Beer Festival
Celebrate BC craft beer on the shores of the Okanagan Lake in this annual 3 day beer festival. It offers beer lovers unique cask events, beer and brewing seminars and of course the main event which sees over 3,000 attendees.

Vancouver Brewery Tours - Strange Fellows at the 2016 BC Beer Awards

And the Winners Are…

Steamworks Brewing Awards BC Beer AwardsLast weekend the 2016 BC Beer Awards came to Vancouver in what proved to be one great year for BC craft beer. This year the event saw 30 categories of beer styles and over 750 beer submissions from breweries all over BC. While Vancouver Brewery Tours attended the event, our friends at the BC Beer Awards compiled their annual list of all the winners, see below for the full list.

What was your favourite beer of the year? Did it win any awards?

The following list can be found at the BC Beer Awards website at the BC Beer Awards Website

 

 

2016 BC Beer Awards Winners
Best in Show
Flagship IPA
Steamworks Brewing Company

This is the 3rd time Steamworks has won BIS and Brewer Julia Hanlon is the first female brewer to win!

Dan Small Homebrew Award
Sho Ogawa & Novia Chen (2nd year in a row!)

Richards Buell Sutton LLP – Rookie of the Year Award
Field House Brewing Co.

CBC People’s Choice Award
Pablo Esco Gnar IPA – Boombox Brewing Company in collaboration with Machine Ales

Timber Brewer’s Challenge
Old Money Mild – Brassneck Brewery
International Lager – 32 entries
1: 33 Acres of Darkness – 33 Acres Brewing Company
2: Vienna Lager – Moody Ales
3: Red Racer Pils – Central City Brewers + Distillers

German Pale Lager – 22 entries
1: Red Racer Old School Lager – Central City Brewers + Distillers
2: Keller Pilsner – Persephone Brewing Company
3: Steamworks Pilsner – Steamworks Brewing Company

Kolsch – 19 entries
1: Steamworks Kolsch – Steamworks Brewing Company
2: High Country Kolsch – Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
3: Arctic Kolsch – Swan’s Brewery

German Amber Beer – 21 entries
1: Gladstone Altbier – Gladstone Brewing Co.
2: Vienna Lager – R&B Brewing Co.
3: Potts Pils – Moon Under Water

European Dark Beer – 15 entries
1: Dark Lager – Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
2: Baltic Porter – Cannery Brewing Company
3: Red Racer Dopplebock – Central City Brewers + Distillers
HM: Brewmaster’s Black Lager – Okanagan Spring Brewery

German Wheat Beer – 14 entries
1: Demimondaine Dunkelweizen – Barkerville Brewing Co.
2: THIS IS HEFEWEIZEN – Moon Under Water
3: Weizenbock – Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

British Bitter – 20 entries
1: English Bitter – Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.
2: Red Devil Ale – R&B Brewing Co.
3: Beacon ESB – Lighthouse Brewing Company

British Pale Ale – 17 entries
1: Clover IPA – Big Ridge Brewing Co.
2: Paddywhack Organic IPA – Nelson Brewing Company
3: English IPA – Strathcona Beer Company

British Brown Ale – 30 entries
1: After Dark Ale – Nelson Brewing Company
2: Tall Timber Ale – Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
3: Aethelred the Mild – Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

Scottish and Irish Ales – 12 entries
1: Classic Scotch – Steamworks Brewpub Gastown
2: Irish Stout – Raven’s Brewing Company
3: 1880 Export Stout – Moody Ales

British Stout – 10 entries
1: 52 Foot Stout – Barkerville Brewing Co.
2: Perfect Storm – Townsite Brewing Inc
3: 710 Oaked Stout – Faculty Brewing Co.

Strong Ale – 17 entries
1: Thor’s Hammer – Central City Brewers + Distillers
2: Wee Heavy – Persephone Brewing Company
3: Wobbly Bob – Red Collar Brewing Company

Fruit Beer – 50 entries
1: Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde – Tin Whistle Brewing Company
2: Red Truck Raspberry Ale – Red Truck Beer Company
3: Tropic Vice – Dead Frog Brewery

Spiced Beer – 35 entries
1: Jackline Rhubarb Grissette – Lighthouse Brewing Company
2: Spruce Tree Ale – Tofino Brewing Company
3: Hibiscus Wit – Brassneck Brewery

Smoke and Wood Aged Beer – 22 entries
1: Entropy Series No. 1 – Dageraad Brewing
2: Inertia II – Brassneck Brewery
3: Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Aged – Central City Brewers + Distillers

Specialty Beer – 28 entries
1: Roggen Weizen – Steel & Oak Brewing Co.
2: Londen – Dageraad Brewing
3: Sour Wheat Gose – Field House Brewing Co.

North American Light Beer – 19 entries
1: Hooligan Organic Pilsner – Nelson Brewing Company
2: Jerkface 9000 – Parallel 49 Brewing Co.
3: Cypress Honey Lager – Granville Island Brewing

North American Blonde Ale – 17 entries
1: Organic Wild Honey Ale – Nelson Brewing Company
2: Postmark Blonde – Postmark Brewing
3: Dutch Pale Ale – Field House Brewing Co.

North American Pale Ale – 45 entries
1: Chase My Tail Pale Ale – Yellow Dog Brewing Co.
2: One Hop Mind – Callister Brewing Company
3: East Side Bitter – R&B Brewing Co.

North American Amber Ale – 23 entries
1: 33 Acres of Life – 33 Acres Brewing Company
2: Troller Bay Ale – Howe Sound Brewing
3: Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale – Tree Brewing Co.

North American Brown Ale – 13 entries
1: Bandit Brown – Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.
2: Slipstream – Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
3: Kim-Ach-Touch Ale – Tree Brewing Co.

North American Porter & Stout – 21 entries
1: Commander Imperial Stout – Dead Frog Brewery
2: Stag and Pheasant Imperial Stout – Main Street Brewing Company
3: Russian Imperial Stout – Moody Ales

North American IPA – 58 entries
1: Flagship IPA – Steamworks Brewing Company
2: Play Dead IPA – Yellow Dog Brewing Co.
3: The Ultra Deluxe – Boombox Brewing

Specialty IPA – 41 entries
1: Blonde IPA – Dageraad Brewing
2: White ISA – Red Truck Beer Company
3: YVR ISA – Steamworks Brewing Company

Imperial IPA – 10 entries
1: 187 On An Undercover Hop – Parallel 49 Brewing Co.
2: Cosmic Wave Double IPA – Tofino Brewing Company
3: Second Anniversary Double IPA – Main Street Brewing Company

Belgian Ale – 16 entries
1: Jongleur Wit – Strange Fellows Brewing Company
2: Bier de Garde – Old Abbey Ales
3: White Gold Witbier – Barkerville Brewing Co.

Belgian Strong Ale – 31 entries
1: Dageraad Blonde – Dageraad Brewing
2: Saison #7 – Main Street Brewing Company
3: Old Barn Saison – Fernie Brewing Company

Trappist Ale – 15 entries
1: 33 Acres of Euphoria – 33 Acres Brewing Company
2: Central City Belgian Strong – Central City Brewers + Distillers
3: 10 Degrees – Dageraad Brewing
HM: 8 Degrees – Dageraad Brewing

European Sour Ale – 16 entries
1: Raynard – Strange Fellows Brewing Company
2: Cantus Fermus – Main Street Brewing Company
3: Bizarro – Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

North American Wild Ale – 60 entries
1: Bodhisattva – Parallel 49 Brewing Co.
2: Sour Raspberry – Old Abbey Ales
3: Little Red One – Strange Fellows Brewing Company