Vancouver Brewery Tours at Brassneck Brewing

New Brewery Partner – Brassneck Brewery

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Brassneck BreweryWe’re super excited to announce our new partnership with Brassneck Brewery for our brewery tours! They have joined our Saturday and Sunday rotations and will also be available for Private Tours.

In their own words:

Brassneck opened on October 2nd 2013. We’re a little neighbourhood brewery with a Growler Shop & Tasting Room servicing the good people of Mount Pleasant & the surrounding area. We like to keep things simple. We just serve the beer we brew & the occasional sausage.

There’s no kitchen here but we have a roster of Food Trucks serving goodies just about every night. Order outside & bring it inside to eat. Easy peasy.

Our brewing philosophy is also very straight forward. We like to experiment, not take ourselves too seriously and constantly try new things. The result is a busy, ever changing chalk board, full of choices showcasing a mixture of tried & true “dangerously drinkable” beers, Nano sized experiments & lesser known styles from all over Europe & North America.

Main Street Brewing Pilsner

New Brewery Partner – Main Street Brewing

We’re excited to be partnering with Main Street Brewing on our brewery tours starting mid October. They will be part of our Friday rotation and available for Private Tours. More details soon!

“Main Street Brewing resides in one of Vancouver’s few surviving industrial heritage buildings. The “Vancouver Breweries Garage” dates back to 1913 and sits in the historic Brewery Creek district, an area once dominated by tanneries & breweries and which we now proudly call home.”

The Main Street Brewing Team
Brewmaster: Jack Bensley
Operations: Nigel Pike and Cameron Forsyth

 

Main Street Brewing Tap Handles

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Vancouver Brewery Tours Hosts BC MLAs for Tourism and Health, and BC Brewers Guild

Yeast, Malt, Hops and a Story: Last month Vancouver Brewery Tours had the pleasure of hosting a brewery tour for local MLAs in support of BC Craft Beer. We visited Brassneck BreweryBomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer and Green Leaf Brewing Company. On board was BC Craft Brewers Guild‘s Ken Beattie, Government of British Columbia Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto and Minister of Health, Terry Lake.

 

 

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Owner Ryan Mackey

Brewery tour operator cashes in on microbrewery sales surge

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Owner Ryan MackeyBusiness in Vancouver is no stranger to microbrewing and its boom over the past few years. They have featured several articles recently on the industy’s rapidly increasing sales and market share over big breweries. As a small business, any time our company is mentioned in the media is a very exciting and rewarding experience for us.  When BIV contacted us to do a feature on Vancouver Brewery Tours and how the boom is impacting our business we were excited!

Written by Glen Korstrom and introduced as “Tourism operators thirsty to cash in on Vancouver’s burgeoning microbrewery sector have started to see success”. BIV reported earlier this month that sales for breweries that produce less than 1.5 million litres annually saw sales rise 43.4% in the year that ended June 30.

To read the entire article, click here.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Hiring Vancouver Brewery Tour Guides

We’re Hiring!

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Hiring Vancouver Brewery Tour Guides

Vancouver Brewery Tours is currently seeking brewery tour guides to join our growing and awesome team. If you have a passion for locally made craft beer and love talking about it, you could be our newest guide!

Either way, check out the Careers section of our website for more and how to apply.

Cheers!

 

Lead Tour Guide Rachel - Vancouver Brewery Tours

We’re Hiring a New Brewery Tour Guide!

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Hiring Vancouver Brewery Tour Guides

Are you passionate about craft beer?  Are you a natural leader who is comfortable entertaining and sharing your love of craft beer with those around you?  Well if so, do we have an opportunity for you.

About Vancouver Brewery Tours
Vancouver Brewery Tours is Vancouver’s premier craft beer brewery tour company and offers behind the scenes tours of Vancouver’s best craft breweries. What started as an idea in 2013 to share a love of locally made craft beer has turned into an exciting new industry in Vancouver. The company is growing rapidly and we are expanding our staff.

The Opportunity: Brewery Tour Guide
We are seeking a passionate and knowledgeable brewery tour guide to join our team.  The position is permanent, part time and on call with strong potential for growth. Our brewery tours run year round and are currently offered Thursday through Sunday with more tours coming soon. Weekend and/or weekday shifts will be available. Shifts are 5-8 hours long. Did we mention you get to talk about craft beer for a living and get paid well for doing it?

For more information about our tours and times, check out our website.

The Perfect Candidate
Think you’re right for the job?  Here are the characteristics we’re looking for:

  • Passion for locally made craft beer
  • Ability to command and captivate a crowd and lead a tour for up to 14 beer lovers
  • Sound knowledge of craft beer: Including beer styles, the brewing process, and the Vancouver brewery scene in general. Brewing experience is preferred.
  • Be 100% responsible for a positive and memorable experience for each and every guest
  • Ability to build instant rapport with 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!
  • Genuine, empathetic and patient personality
  • Reliable and prompt
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Acute time management skills
  • Ability to project your voice in loud spaces
  • Professional and goal oriented approach to your work

Requirements
Candidates must demonstrate these requirements:

  • Hold a valid BC Class 4 driver’s licence (no exceptions)
  • Experienced and comfortable driving a 10-15 passenger van or bus
  • Have strong knowledge of craft beer including:  the brewing process, different beer styles and the Vancouver brewery scene in general.
  • Have a smartphone with access to social media.  Expectation is you check your email multiple times a day even on non-tour days
  • Aged 19 or over
  • Please note a criminal record check and ICBC driver’s abstract will be requested from the successful candidates

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Have presentation or public speaking experience
  • Have brewed beer at home or at a brewery
  • Hold beer related certifications
  • Live near downtown Vancouver
  • Have a flexible schedule

Number of Available Brewery Tour Guide Positions
1-2

Training
We’ll make sure you get everything you need to be an effective brewery tour guide.  Training will be paid and last approximately 2-3 weeks.  Please note, training will not be provided for a Class 4 driver’s licence.

How to apply
1) Create a short 1-2 minute video of yourself speaking about any of the following:

  • Why you’ll make the perfect brewery tour guide
  • Tell us about your favourite Vancouver brewery and why you think others should support them
  • Or any craft beer related topic!
  • Upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo, etc and include the link in your cover letter. We’re not looking for production value here, no editing required. It’s your personality that should shine above all else.

2) Submit your resume (including 2-3 references) in Word or pdf format
3) Submit a brief cover letter in Word or pdf format that outlines the following:

  • How you meet the requirements and/or preferences of the position
  • Availability: Days and times of the week you are available and not available to lead tours.

4) Submit your application to careers@vancouverbrewerytours.com

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Welcome to the Boom Town

Welcome to the Boom Town

As a small business, any time our company is mentioned in the media is a very exciting and rewarding experience for us.  More people get to learn about our tours and about the abundance of brewery options available in Vancouver.  That’s why when SIP Northwest Magazine contacted us to do a feature on Vancouver’s burgeoning craft beer scene, we were super pumped!

Written by renowned beer writer Kendall Jones, Welcome to the Boom Town explores the explosion of interest in craft beer in our beautiful city, features Vancouver Brewery Tours founder Ryan Mackey, and highlights some of the better known breweries in town.

To read the entire article, click here.

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Welcome to the Boom Town

 

 

Lead Tour Guide Rachel - Vancouver Brewery Tours

Meet the Newest Member of our Team!

We are so happy to announce our newest team member and brewery tour guide, meet Rachel! Rachel brings her infectious laugh and warm personality to her new role, and also years of brewing experience both as an avid home brewer and as an assistant brewer at a local brewery. Rachel will be starting her new brewery tour guide role starting in June, and is looking forward to introducing our guests to the Vancouver craft beer scene.

Rachel grew up in the US midwest, then spent a decade in Brooklyn, NY, before doing a complete 180 and moving to BC, where she really developed her love for craft beer.  Though she loves to drink locally wherever she is and doesn’t discriminate when it comes to styles (with the one exception of smoky beers!), she has a passion for Belgian brews above all others.  When not guiding tours, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen with organic foods, and during winter falling down on the local ski hills as she learns to ski the beautiful North Shore mountains.

Lead Tour Guide Rachel - Vancouver Brewery Tours

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc. - Vancouver Brewery Tours Owner Ryan Mackey

Beer The Show Hops on Board with Vancouver Brewery Tours

Beer the Show is a local website dedicated to exploring and enjoying all things related to craft beer.  Known for showcasing some of the great stories coming out of the Vancouver beer scene, the thirsty Beer the Show crew has over 100 years of combined television experience and even more experience drinking craft beer. Sufficed to say, when they called us up looking to do a story on our brewery tours, we were humbled and excited to help!

We invited the Beer the Show crew to come along on one of our popular Saturday behind the scenes tours and join in on the fun. Not only did they capture some of the day’s highlights, they also got to speak to a few brave beer drinkers and ask them about their brewery tour experiences.  Check out the video below to watch the day unfold!

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Craft Beer and Food Tour

Vancouver’s food and craft beer tours aren’t just for tourists

Excerpt taken from the Georgia Staight

Ryan Mackey, who owns Vancouver Brewery Tours, cites similar reasons for why locals take his tours. The craft-beer scene is evolving so rapidly, he says, that many people simply haven’t had a chance to check out many of the city’s breweries. (The latest? In North Vancouver, Black Kettle Brewing Co. opened this month and Green Leaf Brewing Co. opened there in December.) His company, which launched last June, offers $69 tours every weekend that visit three breweries in three hours. He switches up stops between his eight partner breweries, which include Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, and Dockside Brewing Company. At each brewery, participants are offered three or four samples.

So why take a tour rather than visiting the breweries’ tasting rooms yourself? Mackey says that people enjoy taking a behind-the-scenes look at the breweries and the personal interaction with brewery staff. “When you meet the people who make your beer, you want to go back,” he explains. The tours include van transportation so that people don’t need to worry about drinking and driving. That makes them popular to book for private stag and staff parties.

The tours are also a great way to meet people in famously clique-y Vancouver. Each one starts off with participants introducing themselves, and the ice breaks quickly with the first beer poured. On the tour the Straight covered, the whole group went on to socialize at a nearby pub afterward.

Read the entire artlcle here.

 

Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Craft Beer and Food Tour