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7th Annual Father’s Day Brewery Tour

Father's Day Ideas - Vancouver Brewery Tours - Bridge Brewing

Make this Father’s Day one to remember by joining us for our 7th Annual Father’s Day Brewery Tour!

We’ve handpicked a few of our favourite local breweries to help celebrate our fathers, starting off at one of Vancouver’s most respected breweries, Brassneck Brewery. Your journey continues into the heart of Yeast Van to visit the team at Luppolo Brewery (of which 2 of the owners are recent parents!)  and finally, we finish the tour on a strong note at the impressive Steamworks Brewery in Burnaby.

Vancouver Brewery Tours 32oz Growler - Father's Day Brewery TourAND we even have a special gift for every Dad that joins us on tour – a free 32oz Vancouver Brewery Tours growler AND a free beer fill from any of the 3 breweries on tour. Pair that with the free beer glass that everyone gets at the end of the tour, and you’ve got a post brewery tour party ready to go!

What’s included? You’ll enjoy full transportation aboard the Vancouver Brewery Tours bus including pick up and drop off. Our knowledgeable and fun tour guide will take you behind the scenes at each brewery for tours where you’ll enjoy full flights of beer, VIP seating and a free Vancouver Brewery Tours 16oz beer glass to end a wonderful tour. And for all the Dads on tour, a free 32oz Vancouver Brewery Tours growler and beer fill.

Getting “stuff” for Dad is nice too, however we think spending time with the ones he loves over a few tasty beers is a really good life choice 🙂

Father’s Day Brewery Tour Details

Date: Sunday June 16th
Tour Time: 1pm-4pm
Meet Up Time: 12:45pm
Breweries Visited:
Price: $82.99 + tax

Ready to Book? Visit our online calendar here to book your seats.

Tour Features

  • ALL the Beer – 1 beer flight per stop
  • FREE Vancouver Brewery Tours Beer Glass
  • 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
  • Free 32oz Growler and Beer Fill for Dads on Tour

 

Sundown Brewing Company

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

www.electricbicyclebrewing.com

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 ( https://www.facebook.com/Electricbicyclebrewing/ ). 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

www.wildeyebrewing.ca

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

www.instagram.com/houseoffunkbrewing

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!

Brewhall

www.brewhall.com

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

www.facebook.com/goodbuddybeer

Good Buddy Brewing Company

 

 

 

 

Sundown Contract Brewers

www.sundownbrewing.com/

Sundown Brewing Company

 

 

 

 

Streetcar Brewing

www.facebook.com/streetcarbrewing/

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

TAP & BARREL TO OPEN VANCOUVER’S FIRST BREWERY BEER HALL CONCEPT

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 www.brewhall.com  

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 :

www.vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

For more information on VCBW event Gastown Pub Walks:

https://vancouvercraftbeerweek.com/venue/vancouverbrewerytours/

 

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: www.vancouverbrewerytours.com/tours/public-tours/gastown-pub-walks/

 

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: https://www.worldbeercup.org/winners/award-winners/

 

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

 

 

Darby's Gastown Beer Flight - Gastown Pub Walk

New Tour! Introducing Gastown Pub Walks

Steamworks Brewpub - Gastown Pub Walk

Experience Vancouver’s Original Ale Trail on a Gastown Pub Walk

We’ve been connecting our guests with Vancouver’s craft breweries for over 5 years and each one of these breweries has a story to tell. Every brewery is unique – from the beers they produce, the culture they create right down to the funky beer labels they design. But what happens to the beer after it leaves the brewery and where does it go? What about the top craft beer pubs in the city that support our brewery friends– where are they and surely they must have stories of their own? We looked around the city and found one neighborhood in particular with an abundance of great craft beer pubs and a century’s worth of compelling stories – Gastown.

Vancouver Brewery Tours is proud to present our newest beer tour – Gastown Pub Walks. These fun and informative craft beer walking tours journey through the historic streets of Gastown and feature a selection of the city’s best craft beer focused pubs including The Alibi Room – voted year after year as Vancouver’s best craft beer restaurant and 2nd home to all the city’s craft beer geeks.

Our passionate brewery tour guides know beer and will introduce our guests to the city’s vibrant craft beer community. At each pub, guests will enjoy VIP access and seating and also some brewing 101, beer tasting tips and share laughs with new friends all while sampling a generous variety of BC’s best craft beers. Not a fan of beer? We won’t judge! Wine is available as an alternative at each stop.

Gastown is steeped in history and in between pubs the adventure continues in Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. Stroll through cobbled streets, learn about the nefarious characters who founded Gastown and leave with a new appreciation for Vancouver’s history. Come experience Vancouver’s original ale trail on our new Gastown Pub Walks.

For more information OR to book a Gastown Pub Walk visit our website here.

Gastown Pub Walks

  • Tour Schedule: 3 craft beer pubs in 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Tour Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Tour Times: 3pm-6pm
  • Tour Sizes: 3-12 guests
  • Meeting Location: 2:45pm inside Waterfront Station at 601 West Cordova St.
  • Tour Price: $69.99 + 5% GST

Tour Includes:

  • All the beer –pint or beer flight at each pub
  • Choice of craft beer or wine
  • Appetizer at one of our stops
  • FREE Vancouver Brewery Tours Beer Glass
  • Vancouver Brewery Tours
  • Beer Tasting Journal
  • VIP access and seating
  • Behind the scenes brewery tour with an introduction to the brewing process
  • Passionate and knowledgeable beer tour guides
Gift Certificate

Brewery Tour Gift Certificates

Vancouver Brewery Tours Gift Certificates… Not just for Christmas anymore!

Do you remember seeing the joy and pure happiness on the faces of your loved ones when they saw that you had given them a Vancouver Brewery Tours gift certificate? Wasn’t it the best moment from your Christmas morning? Why not bring some of that magic back, now that warmer weather has returned! Summer birthdays need some love as well, and love beer as much as the next person. Heck, if your family celebrates half-Christmas (June 25), why not a repeat performance!

Vancouver Brewery Tours gift certificates do not expire and come in adjustable denominations. They can be used on our Vancouver Brewery Tour, Craft Beer and Food Brewery Tour, the Barrels and Behind the Scenes Tour (one distillery and two breweries), Brewery Creek Walking Tour and any future tours we may think up. The only exception to the gift certificates is that they cannot be used towards Private or Custom group tours. 

If you’d like to purchase a gift certificate for your spouse, family member, co-worker, friendly dog walker or neighbourhood good deed doer, you can head to the Vancouver Brewery Tours store: https://vancouverbrewerytours.com/shop/gift-certificate-79/ and click the growler icon that reads Buy Now.

While the default gift certificate is set for $79.99, the amount is completely variable and up to you. Buy one for one person or have it be good for the whole office! You can always contact info@vancouverbrewerytours.com if you have any questions. They are easy to use and easy purchase and a perfect stocking stuff, even a summer stocking!

Cheers to summer finally arriving and we can’t wait to see you out on tour!

Yeast Van Brewery District - Hop Circuit

The Infamous Hop Circuit Returns!

Yeast Van Brewery District Presents the 3rd Annual Hop Circuit

Yeast Van Brewery District - Hop CircuitApril 22nd, 2018 – Save the date beer lovers because the 3rd Annual Hop Circuit has returned! Each year the breweries and distilleries of “Yeast Van” host and open house and invite the public to join them in celebrating the unique craft beer and spirits community that call East Vancouver home.

Brought to you the Yeast Van Brewery District, each business offers free behind the scenes brewery and distillery tours, a scavenger hunt to keep things interesting and of course tonnes of food trucks to keep you fuelled for the day’s adventures. The event take place from 1-5pm.

Our tips for a successful day? Start EARLY and learn to like line ups! Each year most breweries are full to capacity with line ups waiting to get in. Also be kind to the brewery staff and show your appreciation with tips – it’s like the Super Bowl of craft beer events at the breweries and staff work very hard to keep you hydrated!

Who is the Yeast Van Brewery District?

Made up of owners, brewers and key staff of all the breweries and distillers of East Vancouver, the the Yeast Van Brewery District gets together regularly and discusses how to market and attract more people to this truly one of a kind craft beer destination.

 

Andina Brewing
www.andinabrewing.ca

Bomber Brewing
www.bomberbrewing.com

Callister Brewing
www.callisterbrewing.com

Coal Harbour Brewing
www.coalharbourbrewing.com

Doan’s Craft Brewing
www.doanscraftbrewing.com

East Van Brewing Company – New for 2018

http://www.eastvanbrewing.com/

Hastings Mill – New for 2018

http://www.patspub.ca/

Luppolo Brewing Company
www.luppolobrewing.ca

Odd Society Spirits
www.oddsocietyspirits.com

Off the Rail Brewing co.
www.offtherailbrewing.com

Parallel 49 Brewing
www.parallel49brewing.com

Postmark Brewing
www.postmarkbrewing.com

Powell Street Brewery
www.powellbeer.com

Resurrection Spirits – New for 2018
http://resurrectionspirits.ca/

Storm Brewing
www.stormbrewing.org

Strange Fellows Brewing
www.strangefellowsbrewing.com

Strathcona Beer Company
www.strathconabeer.com

Beards Brewing Co

Drinking Locally in the Great White North

Brewery Tour Guide Gone Wild

Recently our very own brewery tour guide Cyndi took a trip up North to her hometown of Fort St. John and of course, had to discover what the craft beer scene had to offer! Turns out it’s really cold, and really good. 🙂

Beards Brewing Co., Fort St. John

Brewery Tour Guide - CyndiIt’s Easter, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. It’s -22C and the snowbanks are still piled high over my head. I’m in my hometown for Easter weekend and hopping at the chance to warm up with a cold brew! My brother invited me to check out the very first craft brewery Fort St. John has to offer, Beards Brewing Co. (https://www.beardsbrewing.ca/).We loaded up the trucks with all the beer lovers in the family and headed out. On the way to the brewery we spotted a moose in the schoolyard in the middle of town. That’s when you know you’re in the north!

“Well it’s 22 below and I don’t give a #*%&, got a heater in the truck, just saw a moose, and I’m up for a brew-e-o”….. OK you gotta be from the north to think that’s funny.

Upon arriving at the brewery, set up in the industrial park at the south end of town, we were happy to see their open and airy tasting room, flooded with warm bright sunshine streaming in the windows. If you close your eyes you could almost think it was summer in here. We were lucky enough to be treated to a behind the scenes tour by the brew-master himself, Ryan Nosek. The space is tiny but efficient and they produce enough beer to keep thirsty locals coming back for more.

Opened in November of 2017, their approach to brewing is to keep it fresh and local. They use barley malts grown at local farms from the Peace River Valley. Their production is super small, making several batches from a teeny tiny mash tun and kettle to fill the fermenting tanks to a max of 1200 litres at a time. No wonder several of their selections were already sold out!

Favourite Beer

Beard's Brewing coMy favourite was the Alaska Highway IPA which was smooth and nicely balanced, with a fruity aroma, tasting notes of peach, apricot and citrus all wrapped up with a grapefruit finish. Pretty darn good for a self-taught brew master! Beards Brewing Co. is also big into building community. They host games nights, bingo + pizza nights and support the Fort St. John Firefighters Association. That might be because owner Stephen Beard is a firefighter with the city of Fort St. John. Nope, that’s not hot.

If you’re ever in the north or planning a trip up the Alaska Highway, I highly recommend a stop at Beards Brewing Co. Soon you will also be able to combine it with a trip to the Mighty Peace Brewing Company which is slated to open just around the corner from Beards in the spring of 2018. That is, if spring ever arrives!

Written by: Vancouver Brewery Tours Special Northern BC Correspondant and Tour Guide Extraordinaire, Cyndi Dallow