Looking to hop on a tour where you’ll meet new people and share a new experience while drinking fantastic craft beer and munching on some good eats? Try our *NEW* Tuesday Night Beer and Food Tour! A great option for visitors to Vancouver, couples, friends or just thirsty you! Open to the public, they fill up on a first come first serve basis. (We do require a minimum of 3 beer lovers on tour for the tour to run). While on tour, you’ll be visiting 3 breweries with a dinner in about 4 hours and get behind the scenes brewery tours. $85pp plus tax includes your tour, food and craft beer samples – lots of them! Our tours conveniently depart from and return to Waterfront Station downtown.
Brewery staff and our guides will introduce you to the brewing process where you’ll get to see how your favourite craft beers are made. Each brewery will show you something different and unique while you learn about their history and operations. No line-ups here! The brewery staff will be expecting you and will have plenty of craft beer samples for you to sip during your visit (and for this reason we highly recommend that you leave your car at home and take advantage of transit). Questions on tour are welcome and encouraged. Between each brewery, you’ll be on the road with our guides who will share fun facts about the Vancouver beer scene, and also about the iconic neighbourhoods you’ll be visiting.
To book yourself on a tour, head over to our “Book a Tour” page and select the date you’d like. Running Tuesdays starting June 9th.
Vancouver Brewery Tours is Hiring a Driver!
Do you love beer? How would you like to provide transportation for others who also love beer? If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!
About Vancouver Brewery Tours
Vancouver Brewery Tours is Vancouver’s ultimate craft beer brewery tour company and connects thirsty locals and tourists with the best craft breweries in Vancouver. We’ve introduced thousands of people from all over the world to our local breweries and take guests on a craft beer fueled adventure that includes behind the scenes tours and plenty of samples of beer!
The Opportunity: Transportation Driver
We are seeking individuals who currently hold a valid class 4 license for on call transportation opportunities. We require no experience in beer for these opportunities as this is not a tour guide position. We are seeking someone to provide transportation only for the numerous driving requests we receive. Shifts can be anywhere between 3-6 hours long, weekly or bi weekly. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Here’s the characteristics we’re looking for:
- Valid Class 4 license with clean driving record
- Comfortable driving a 15 passenger van full of beer enthusiasts!
- Positive and approachable personality
- Ability to be available for, and respond to on call transportation opportunities in a timely manner
How to apply:
Email a word or pdf resume, along with a brief cover letter outlining the following:
- A little about yourself!
- Why are you interested in providing transportation for Vancouver Brewery Tours
- What is your available during the week and weekends for driving opportunities
- If you hold a valid class 4 license and a clean driving record
Applications can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Vancouver Brewery Tours we like to keep our growlers filled with local suds and there is definitely enough to go around, and of the quirkier Vancouver breweries serving those suds is Strange Fellows. Combined with their industrial East Van location on Clark Dr and unique brand appeal, their Strange Days event series showcases the more adventurous side of the Vancouver beer scene.
The first time I heard about Strange Days was in the dead of winter when the brewery encouraged customers to arrive in kilts while they served milk stout and Scottish eats to celebrate ‘Up Helly Aa’, a Shetland tradition. It definitely sounded strange, but given the brewery’s name, the event showed that breweries like to have fun too!
The April 30th Strange Days event was ‘Walpurgisnacht’, a German tradition of figuratively burning your sins, evils, and fears through an effigy. The Fellows happily adapted the event by asking customers to write down their bad feelings and even had free psychic readings available.
After perfecting his sour beer at Yaletown Brewing, it came as no surprise when Strange Fellows Brewmaster Iain Hill announced he would be aging his trademark sour in wooden cask barrels right after the brewery began operations. You can also find a hint of funk in a number of their other beers like mainstays Bayard Farmhouse Saison and Jongleur Belgian Style Wit.
On this night though, I stuck with the seasonal offerings. Coming in at a refreshingly low ABV of 3% and marking the onset of summer, the Gertrude Grapefruit Radler—brewed specially for the event—was a true West Coast beer with a healthy balance of European flair.
As the branch with around fifty confessions hanging from it was prepped for immolation, I enjoyed the Framboise Noir, a mild and fruity Raspberry Hefeweizen. Watching the effigy go up in flames while enjoying a beer was a fitting way to cap off the Winter and I can’t wait to see what the Strange Fellows team has in mind for the next installment of Strange Days.
This past weekend the Vancouver Brewery Tours team got together to check out of the newest players in the Vancouver beer scene: Big Rock Urban Brewery. Just on the Western edge of Mt Pleasant, Big Rock Urban is the latest to join the Brewery Creek neighbourhood. With an aim to be more experimental in their Vancouver facilities, this is one brewery to keep your eye on this year.
If you’ve travelled around Western Canada in the past couple decades, you’re probably familiar with the Big Rock brand. If you’re a homebody, maybe you’ve seen their Grasshopper Wheat Ale, Saaz Republic Pils, or simply their Traditional Ale pouring off a few taps around town. Maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about.
As a long-time West Coaster and Vancouver beer nut, I wasn’t too familiar with their lineup until last night’s visit either. But now I think the whole team can say we’ve become pretty well acquainted!
Walking through the tasting room, we admired the sparkling new tanks and an abundance of brew toys (hint: they have a super Canadian paddle for stirring their mash – you’ll just have to come on a tour to find out what it is)!
Although we were left to our own devices, we learned that Brewmaster Jody Hammell, who attended the reputable Versuchs und Lehranstalt für Brauerei, has some exciting beers on the go and also that Big Rock is celebrating three decades of brewing this year. The story of the brewery’s name came as no surprise when we learned that it is, in fact, literally named after a massive rock in the middle of the Alberta flatlands.
But no tour is complete without some samples. They had a Mosaic lager, red ale, stout, and rauchbier on offer but the roggenweizen was sold out! As for food, a couple of us went with the server’s suggestion of a smoked duck panini with cabrese salad, which paired nicely with the rauchbier. And a note for all you cask fans out there: I did happen to spot an Angram at the bar on the way out.
Between the adventurous beers on tap and top notch bistro food, it was and a great introduction to what will surely be a summertime hotspot among Vancouver breweries.
We’re expanding again! Do you love craft beer? Do you love talking about craft beer to anyone who will listen? Well how would you like to get paid to talk about beer and join the best team in the industry! We’re looking for 2-3 new guides to join our expanding team. Check out the job description below and apply now!
About Vancouver Brewery Tours
Vancouver Brewery Tours connects both residents and visitors alike to Vancouver’s burgeoning craft-beer community via daily Public Tours, Beer and Food Tours, and completely customizable Private and Corporate Group Tours. While on tour, guests ride comfortably in our fleet of vans and enjoy VIP, behind-the-scenes access to a host of local breweries as well as samples of iconic local craft brews as a team of friendly and knowledgeable tour guides take them through the brewing process from grain to glass.
The Opportunity: Brewery Tour Guides
We are seeking 2-3 passionate and knowledgeable brewery tour guides to join our team. The positions are for on call, part time and potentially full time. The successful candidate must be available every Saturday, potentially Sundays, with other weekday shifts available upon request. Shifts are 5-8 hours long.
Think you’re right for the job? Here’s what we’re looking for:
• Passion for locally made craft beer is a MUST
• Sound knowledge of craft beer, or be willing to learn: Including beer styles, the brewing process, and familiarity with the Vancouver brewery scene in general.
• Ability to command and captivate a crowd and lead a tour for up to 14 beer lovers
• Be 100% responsible for a positive and memorable experience for each and every guest
• Captivating storytelling and sales abilities
• Outstanding customer service skills
• Skilled conversationalist
• Clean and professional appearance
• Respectful sense of humour and a laugh that lights up a room!
• Positive and enthusiastic attitude
• Acute time management skills
• Ability to project your voice in loud spaces
• Professional and goal oriented approach to your work
The Successful Candidate
We are searching for 3 types of candidates
1) Holds a Class 4 driver’s license and a passion for Vancouver craft beer (beer experience not necessary)
2) Experience in the beer industry, and willing to obtain a Class 4 license.
3) Holds a Class 4 License AND strong craft beer experience? Skip the interview you’re hired!
We provide a competitive base salary, and 100% of the tips earned on tour are yours. Comensurate with experience.
• Experience as a tour guide an asset
• Have a smartphone with access to social media
• PC or Mac with access to the MS suite of products
• Aged 19 or over
• Please note a criminal record check and ICBC driver’s abstract will be requested from the successful candidates
How to apply:
1. Email a PDF or Word document of your resume along with a cover letter. In your cover letter show us a little personality! Tell us:
• Why you’ll make the perfect brewery tour guide
• Your beer experience
• If you hold a Class 4 License
• About your favourite Vancouver brewery and why you think others should support them
2. Submit your application to email@example.com
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Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for your “hard to buy for” craft beer geek? Look no further! We offer brewery tour gift certificates for sale for our tours. Guaranteed to add that WOW factor to your gift. You can purchase them either any denomination or simply gift a tour. Email us to purchase yours! More information can be found here.
Mike Garson aka Mike’s Craft Beer Blog joined us for our Friday November 14th tour and it was fantastic to have him along. If you haven’t visited Mike’s blog you should! He regularly updates the craft beer community with reviews of various craft beer releases and events. Cheers Mike!
“For a while now I have been pondering checking out one of the tour companies that offer tours to Metro Vancouver’s breweries. Luckily things fell into place on November 14th, 2014 and I was able to finally take a tour with Vancouver Brewery Tours…”