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New Breweries Coming to Vancouver in 2018

Tap and Barrel - Brewhall - New Vancouver Brewery

Newest Kids on the Brewery Block (NKOTBB)

This city’s thirst for beer has yet to be quenched and new breweries are still opening up at an impressive rate. A lot of work goes into a new brewery, and we at Vancouver Brewery Tours are all very thankful for it. Brewing and serving the beer (the best part!) often only comes after years of paperwork to ensure permits are in order, marketing and branding meetings, sourcing ingredients, community meetings, construction and renovation and an endless amount of re-configuring plans.

Let’s take a look at what new Vancouver breweries we can expect in 2018. Some are already open for business, while others will have us waiting just a little while longer.

Electric Bicycle – Now Open!Electric Bicycle Brewing - New Vancouver Brewery

Electric Bicycle finally opened for business during the May 4th weekend. The colourful, almost Willy Wonka-inspired brewery looks to be an incredible addition to Vancouver’s craft beer scene. Stop by and say ‘hi’ to their Green Man mascot who is usually hanging out outside while listening to all the great tunes (they’ve been championing album releases on their Facebook page ( ). We predict their Think Tank series is going to produce some amazing beers; why not suggest a brew idea next time you are in for a growler fill. So far we’ve seen Dig Dug – a refreshing and crispy beet pale ale with orange peel, Citra and Mandarina Bavaria and sorbet IPA!

Wildeye Brewing

Wildeye Brewing - New Vancouver Brewery

Our latest friends on the North Shore, Wildeye Brewing is already shipping cans of their ‘Black Label Core’ out to private liquor stores around the Greater Vancouver Area. You can also find their beers on tap at quality establishments around town such as Suika (great Japanese snack bar) and Chickpea on Main Street (vegetarian comfort food). Their tasting lounge is slated to open at some point in autumn of 2018, but in the mean time why not grab some cans of their traditional Czech-style Pilsner (very traditional, as in, 1842 traditional), mouth-watering Pale Ale or aromatic IPA.


House of Funk Brewing Company

Not much out there yet on this up and comer also on the North Shore; in fact, they will be located right beside the relatively new Beere Brewing Company. As the name implies, they will be focusing in on the funkier side of brewing. Sounds fun!


We recently blogged about Brewhall but we thought it worth mentioning again. Moving into the now vacant Steel Toad Brewpub, Brewhall will be a really cool new addition to our craft beer community. Brewhall is bringing the idea of a traditional German beer hall to Vancouver. A place where you can drink local, delicious beer, snack down on some tasty food in a collective hang out space and play vintage arcade games in their Beercade! Brewhall will also serve as a collaborative and experimental brewery with lots of creative beers. Check out their website, they’re hiring.

Callister Brewing Contract Brewers

Our friends at Callister Brewing are always working on something new and this time it is a full swap out at their amazing collaborative brewing space. Long time tenants Real Cask Ales, Night Owl Brewing and Morning Star Brewing are moving on. While we will miss them, the collaborative space is meant to be shared so we eagerly welcome the new brewing tenants. Two have been confirmed so far:

Good Buddy Contract Brewers

Good Buddy Brewing Company





Sundown Contract Brewers

Sundown Brewing Company





Streetcar Brewing

Another new brewery in the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver keeping a relatively low profile. Not 100% open for business yet, but we believe there is some wonderful beer to come! If you were lucky enough to try the North Shore collab brewed Triple IPA produced for Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week, you tasted some of their handiwork.



Tap and Barrel - Brewhall - New Vancouver Brewery

Brewhall Is Coming to Olympic Village

Tap and Barrel - Brewhall


Exciting news today from the people who brought you locally owned and operated Tap and Barrel Restaurants. Anticipation has been high for the opening of a new brewery in the former Steel Toad Brewing space on East 2nd in Olympic Village, and today it was announced that BREWHALL will be the new tenant opening in late June of 2018.

For more information, see below for the official announcement from Tap and Barrel. We’re looking forward to introducing our guests to the new brewery!


VANCOUVER, BC, MAY 23, 2018 – Tap & Barrel Restaurants has announced that its new concept, opening in the former Steel Toad Brewery space, will be called BREWHALL – the first and only place of its kind in Vancouver incorporating a brewery and a large-scale beer hall. The name and concept of the new location has been highly-anticipated since the company announced possession of the heritage Opsal Steel Building located at 97 East 2nd Avenue earlier this year.

BREWHALL is “a collaborative craft brewery and food hall that brings the community together in one space and encourages our inner child to play and explore,” states Tap & Barrel Founder, Daniel Frankel. He adds, “it has been a dream to take our brewing collaborations to a whole new level, and to create a community hall where people can inspire and be inspired.” Whether it be for a meeting, celebration, or catch-up with friends, the space has something for everyone from its quiet section with outlets and USB plug-ins to its games area, the Beercade, with arcade favourites.

BREWHALL is a 10-tank brewery, where Head Brewer, Kerry Dyson, will focus on collaboration beers that push the boundaries on small-batch product innovation in BC’s burgeoning beer scene. Currently, the tanks hold a signature Pale Ale, IPA, and Saison along with a Rye Lager brewed in collaboration with Doan’s Craft Brewing Company. On May 23, 2018, BREWHALL is hosting a private pioneering event, where behind closed doors, eight Brewmasters from Vancouver’s Brewery Creek neighbourhood will create a unique collaboration for craft beer lovers, a White IPA. The following local breweries will be represented at this very special inaugural collaboration event: Faculty, Main St., Brassneck, 33 Acres, Red Truck, Electric Bicycle, R&B and of course, BREWHALL.

BREWHALL’s fast-casual menu will shine a spotlight on local ingredients and healthful options, sectioned into shareables, bowls, handhelds, pizzas, and desserts. The food menu, available for both eat-in and take-out, complements the beverage program that puts an emphasis on west coast craft beer. BREWHALL also offers a carefully curated selection of premium local wines on tap along with innovative cocktails, both on tap and handcrafted.

BREWHALL is set to open late June; however, the company is excited to launch its proprietary BREWHALL beer at its existing Tap & Barrel locations by early June.

About Tap & Barrel Restaurants

Daniel Frankel opened the first Tap & Barrel in mid-July 2012 in Vancouver’s Olympic Village. Feeling that too many restaurants provide the same experience, Frankel wanted to curate a platform offering the best of local purveyors, where guests can always try something new. Tap & Barrel is heavily focused on a sustainable beverage program, exclusively serving local independent craft beer and premium BC wines exclusively on tap, along with a strong emphasis on artisanal food producers from around the province. Driven by passion, this Vancouver company has grown to six locations, which includes two TAPshack concepts, and its newest BREWHALL brewery and beer hall opening early summer. More information on BREWHALL can be found at  

Tap and Barrel - Brewhall logo


Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2018 - Beer Festival

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Returns!

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2018 - Beer FestivalVancouver Craft Beer Week started in 2010 and has quickly grown into one of the biggest and most popular craft beer events in BC. On the heels of their 10 year anniversary, VCBW returns to the historic PNE for the 9th year of celebrating all things craft beer in BC and this year promises to be one of the biggest.

Featuring over 100 breweries pouring a selection of over 300 beers and ciders, Vancouver Craft Beer Week also celebrates music, food, art and more and is one of the best parties of the year.

Vancouver Brewery Tours is proud to support VCBW with a feature event – the launch of our Gastown Pub Walks. Happening Thursday May 31st, the tour runs from 3pm-6pm and showcases not only some of our best local pubs, but also the historic Gastown neighborhood – birthplace of BC’s original ale trail!

For more information on Vancouver Craft Beer Week :

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Darby's Gastown - Gastown Pub Walk

Gastown Pub Walks – More Than Just a Pub Crawl!

Recently we launched our newest tour and for the first time some of our destinations are not breweries! With the addition of our Gastown Pub Walks, we now get the exciting opportunity to support an entirely different segment of Vancouver’s craft beer community – our local pubs.

But what exactly is a Gastown Pub Walk? How are they different from say a Vancouver Pub Crawl? Most people have already heard of a pub crawl and probably have an understanding of how they work, which goes something like this – visit as many pubs as possible in one night and get hammered. Done! A Vancouver pub crawls usually happen later in the evening, are a great way to meet new people and can be a lot of fun.

By comparison, a Gastown Pub Walk is a much different experience than a pub crawl. While the tours also offer a geVancouver Brewery Tours - Gastown Pub Walknerous amount of craft beer samples, the focus is more on an appreciation for craft beer with plenty of opportunities to learn more about it. Our knowledgeable brewery tour guides know beer and take guests through the brewing process to how to taste beer to pairing beer with food and more. In short, guests will leave having learned a few new things!

Another benefit of our newest tour is the neighborhood we’ll be visiting. Gastown is rich in history and between pubs we’ll introduce our guests to the history of the area and some of its most iconic landmarks.

So there you have it, Gastown Pub Walks are more than just a Vancouver pub crawl and combine a love of craft beer with an opportunity to learn about our city’s oldest neighborhood. For more information, visit our website here:


World Beer Cup Awards 2018 - Powell Brewery

And the Winner Is…

Each year breweries from all over the world send in submissions to compete in the prestigious World Beer Cup Awards. For 2018 the awards show was held in Nashville Tennessee and featured over 8,000 beers across 101 different beer style categories. 295 judges from 33 countries were tasked with sampling this mountain of beers which included submissions from numerous BC breweries.

World Beer Cup Awards 2018 - Steamworks Brewing Co.The result? British Columbia breweries came away with some big wins at the World Beer Cup Awards and took home 9 of the 14 prizes awarded to Canadian breweries. Vancouver’s very own Steamworks Brewing Co. and Powell Brewery, also popular stops on our brewery tours took home a pair of gold medals and more, nice work! See below for a list of all the winning BC Breweries.

For a full list of the winners check out the World Beer Cup website:


Silver     Scarlet                                                 Steamworks Brewing Co.                             Wood&Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Gold      Night Train                                         Steamworks Brewing Co.                             Dark Lager

Gold      Old Jalopy Pale Ale                          Powell Street Craft Brewery                         Extra Special Bitter

Silver     Smoke & Mirrors                              Coal Harbour Brewing Co.                           Smoke Beer

Silver     Juxtapose                                           Four Winds Brewing Co.                               American Belgo-Style Ale

Silver     33 Acres of Euphoria                       33 Acres Brewing Co.                                     Belgian-Style Tripel

Bronze  Breakfast of Champions                   Riot Brewing Co.                                            Coffee Beer

Bronze  Black Tusk Ale                                    Whistler Brewing Co.                                    English-Style Mild Ale

Gold      Working Class Hero Dark Mild      Riot Brewing Co.                                             English-Style Mild Ale

World Beer Cup Awards 2018