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

 

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Brewery Creek Walking Tours are Back!

Springtime

Sunshine. Warmer weather. Cherry blossoms. Spandex-clad cyclists. All of these mean one thing… spring in Vancouver has returned once again, and with it comes the return of Vancouver Brewery Tours’ own Brewery Creek Walking Tours! Head out with some family or friends on a lovely walk around the Brewery Creek area of Main Street. You don’t need a cicerone to tell you it pairs very well with: record crate digging at one of the city’s coolest record stores, vegetarian lunches at some of the best foodie stops Vancouver has to offer or trying on vintage threads in all the retro consignment shops.

Tour Details

Main Street Brewing Event

Brewery Creek Walking Tour – Main Street Brewing Company

These tours are held twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday’s tour meets at 2:00pm at Brassneck Brewery. We go over how beer is made before plunging into our first delicious flight! Breweries also visited on Wednesday include: Faculty Brewing Co. and Big Rock Urban Brewery. On Fridays we meet a bit earlier to ensure that everyone is getting their weekend started right! The tour group will assemble at 1:00pm at Faculty Brewing Co. for an academic start to this Brewery Creel walking tour. Afterwards, wade upstream to the area’s own historically situated Main Street Brewing and Brassneck Brewery.

For more details, or to book, please visit: https://vancouverbrewerytours.com/tours/public-tours/vancouver-walking-brewery-tour/.

Private/Custom Walking Tours

These are perfect for private groups as well. Grab your friends, coworkers, teammates or neighbours and bring them out to taste some of the freshest beer being produced right here in Vancouver, BC. In a private group tour you get to choose the breweries you visit (based on availability of course) and customize it any way you’d like. Custom groups can even head into East Vancouver (Yeast Van) for the tour. With a high concentration of breweries around the intersection of Commercial Drive and Powell Street, Yeast Van is a superb destination to stroll and sip your way through a local craft beer flight (or three).

Take a walk with Vancouver Brewery Tours; it’s the best way to earn those beers!

 

 

Electric Bicycle Brewing Opening Soon- Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc.

Now Open! Electric Bicycle Brewing

Electric Bicycle Brewing - Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc.The area known as Brewery Creek in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is steeped in beer tradition dating back to the 1800’s. The area was home to dozens of breweries who set up shop on the banks of a creek that famously supplied fresh water to thirsty breweries. Fast forward over 100 years and the area is experiencing a renaissance of new breweries and with it, a unique culture of new beer explorers. So when we first heard about a new brewery calling themselves Electric Bicycle Brewing with plans to set up shop on the banks of the creek (just kidding it’s been long paved over for condos and coffee shops!) we had to find out more. While details are still coming in, Leigh from EBB was kind enough to share some of their plans with us.

What is Electric Bicycle Brewing?

Electric Bicycle Brewing will be a brewery experience like no other! We’re delivering an ideal combination of outrageously good beers with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, a great atmosphere and grooving music. Elon Musk wants to go to Mars, but we want to take you the outer reaches of the beer universe. Electric Bicycle is a spot where your co-workers lose their inhibitions, your in-laws learn to love you, and boss finally gives you that raise. The tasting room has high tops, comfortable booths and long table seating for larger groups, even a few spots at the bar for you and your future ex-so-and-so.

Electric Bicycle Brewing Owners- Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc.Who is the Electric Bicycle Brewing Team?

We’re a team of young, passionate beer enjoyers that want to shake up the Vancouver brewing scene. We love discovering new music, local and innovative art and great beer! We’re currently hiring too, so you could be part of this great team. Drop us a line if you’re looking for the best job ever!

What was the inspiration behind starting Electric Bicycle brewing?

It started with the name; they used to build electric bicycles here.

We love all our friends and their awesome taprooms and great beers, but we also love our local record shops and art spaces and we are passionate about bring these great things together. We’ve developed a space with an electric atmosphere, loud decor, rotating art & local music with a beer list that will make your jaw drop & your mouth water.

What made you choose the historic Brewery Creek as your home?

While we were looking at few different locations, we knew this was the spot when we saw it. We love all of the new (and old) local businesses in the neighbourhood and decided it was the exact spot we wanted to be. Close proximity to the other breweries makes it easy to tour from spot to spot, you could say we did it for the people. It is also great that it’s located right off the bicycle route at 20 East 4th.

What beer styles are you initially going to start with?

We’re currently in the middle of super secret recipe development, but we can tell you that our focus is on pushing stylistic limits and delivering flavor forward thirst quenching beers. We’re also going to be launching a rotating line called “Think Tank” based on customer suggestions so send us your wildest desires and hopefully we’ll make your dreams come true!

How can we stay in touch and follow your progress?

If you want to hear about out what we are up to, make sure to follow us on Instagram @electricbicyclebrewing, on Facebook  at /Electricbicyclebrewing and on twitter at @ebbeervancouver.

UPDATE May 2018

Electric Bicycle Brewing is now open!

 

Electric Bicycle Brewing Tasting Room

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Andina Brewing Company Celebrates 1st Anniversary

¡ Salud mis amigos !

Beer is too often associated with only a handful of European countries: Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Somehow these players have become the most well-known in the game, however, beer has been enjoyed for millennia all over the world. Canada, Japan, Spain and New Zealand are examples of countries with booming beer industries and surprisingly, the Seychelles and Namibia are in the top 5 countries internationally in terms of per consumption per capita (114.6 liters/year and 104 liters/year respectively).

Enter the Andina Brewing Company!

Andina Brewery Mural

On March 2, 2018, the Andina Brewing Company celebrated their first anniversary of being open for business in the giant, yellow building on Powell Street. They bring a refreshing take on brewing to Vancouver’s craft beer scene with flavours, music and influences from South America. The Andina Brewing Company was started by two Colombian brothers (Andrés & Nicolàs Amaya) who named the brewery after a typical woman from the Andean mountain range, an Andina. You can see a mural of their heroine La Pola (a Colombian slang term for beer and a reference to revolutionary folk hero Policarpa Salavarrieta) painted on the outside of their building and on all of their canned products. If you enjoy Latin music, come in on Thursdays to hear local band Cumbia Galera groove the evening away (one of the many reasons we love sending private groups here on Thursdays!).

Andina Brewing Company - La Pola

If you think you’ve tasted all that beer has to offer, we highly recommend a trip to this brewery. They are busy brewing quality beers with all sorts of South American ingredients and we don’t just mean the Chilean Patagonia malts.

  • Lulu, or ‘little orange’: Currently being used in their Agria sour, lulo is a beautiful fruit. Often described as tasting like a hybrid citrus fruit with kiwi, pineapple and rhubarb flavours.
  • Guava: Canadians may have heard of guava, but few know it well. The Jalea is a guava saison which perfectly showcases the potential between European and South American flavours.
  • Passion fruit: What a pairing! The Maraca Black IPA balances passion fruit’s sweetness with the floral hops and dark malts of this American-style dark IPA.

Don’t worry; there isn’t fruit in all of their products (although their Conchita Kölsch uses Colombian coffee). They also brew more traditional beers such as a pale ale, milk stout and blonde IPA. Another delicious reason to visit Andina’s tasting room is the food! Such incredible and unique offerings to snack on while sampling their brews. Their take on nachos, or pachos, uses plantain chips instead of corn chips and of course you can find classic Colombian arepas, ceviches and empanadas. If you’d like to visit the Andina Brewing Company then book a spot on our Wednesday tour, we’re there every week OR request a tour on your next Priavate Tour.

 

Motorhome Republic

Explore Vancouver with Motorhome Republic

Motorhome RepublicHere’s a tough question – what’s the best way to do a brewery tour? Walk, bike, run, by motorhome? We’re partnered with our friends at Motorhome Republic, the world’s largest online Motorhome and RV rental agency to promote our brewery tours and Vancouver as a craft beer destination for thirsty road travellers.

Not only is Vancouver a renowned destination for travelers with a mix of scenic mountains, abundance of outdoor activities, world class cuisine and more, the city is also considered one of the top craft beer destinations in North America. Vancouver is also a short distance from beautiful Whistler, the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island making it a perfect launching destination for RV and motorhome enthusiasts.

To learn more about how Motorhome Republic can help you plan your next RV adventure, visit their website here:

https://www.motorhomerepublic.com/canada/vancouver-rv-rental

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Beers on Tour

Latest List of Vancouver’s Best Breweries

Best Breweries Latest Rankings

The latest list of the best breweries in the city was recently released by our friends at TripSavvy (www.tripsavvy.com). These lists are published fairly often by all sorts of different websites, magazines, social media influencers and of course, from within the local beer community itself. Do we happen to like this list in particular because we work with 9 out of the 10 breweries listed… you bet it is! Tourism is a big industry in this city, and if tourists are using this list as a starting point, they’re doing pretty great!

Breweries

A lot of the usual suspects are on the list, Brassneck, Strange Fellows Brewing, Parallel 49 and Main Street Brewing of course. We are also delighted to see our other good friends up there: Vancouver legend Steve Forsyth’s Off the Rail Brewing, the always cool Postmark Brewing, a personal fave Powell Brewery, every cyclists favourite Bomber Brewing and of course, the perennial local rock stars at Storm.

We are very luck to live and drink in such a rich community of amazing breweries. While this list is hardly exhaustive of the amazing beer that is being brewed here. We are okay with the word getting out a little bit! The sun is shining, and that means summer is here. Grab some friends and join us on a Vancouver Brewery Tour. We visit all of these breweriesBeer Pour and more!

Read the whole article here: https://www.tripsavvy.com/vancouver-breweries-and-tasting-rooms-3955014

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New Vancouver Brewery - Phantom Beer Co.

Peak Beer and New Breweries for 2018

Peak Beer and New Breweries for 2018

Recently an article on the CBC website caught our eye, more like raised a few eyebrows. The article claims that Vancouver has hit “peak beer” and is the opinion of the article that the BC market is becoming saturated with craft breweries, is considered a mature market, or in other words, continued growth is not sustainable. Funny!

Cautionary click bait terms like “peak beer” can be damaging to the perception of an industry that shows no signs of slowing down – in fact the opposite is true if you look at recent numbers coming from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and Beer Me BC – craft beer sales and consumption continue to rise in BC year after year. One needs only look to our Cascadian friends to the south in Portland Oregon for inspiration on what is truly possible for the BC craft beer market, where a whopping 67% of draught beer consumed in the state is produced by local, Oregon breweries. Not to mention that Portland has almost 3 times the amount of breweries as Vancouver. So are we hitting “peak beer” or just getting started? We’ll leave that to the consumer to decide.

While the doomsday crowd can have their peak beer, we’d rather focus on some exciting new additions to the Vancouver craft beer community expected to open in 2018. Plenty of rumours are swirling and here’s a list of some new breweries to watch for, and some to hope for!

T&B Brewing Co.

We first launched this story last month and anticipation continues to rise for what promises to be an exciting new concept in the historic Opsal Steel Building. With the news that ex-Bridge Brewing Head Brewery Kerry Dyson will lead brewery operations for the newest addition to Tap & Barrel’s line up of restaurants, you can expect some fantastic beers from this new Vancouver brewery.

www.vancouverbrewerytours.com/blog/tap-and-barrel-launches-tb-brewing-co/

Electric Bicycle Brewing

It’s no secret the brightly coloured building on 4th Ave. is getting ready to open their doors to the thirsty Brewery Creek crowd. Watch for a unique space and interesting beers, and a welcomed addition to walking brewery tours in the area.

www.electricbicyclebrewing.com

Wild Eye Brewing

The North Shore craft beer community continues to grow with Wild Eye Brewing. Currently with 6 breweries to call their own, it’s been many years since shore folk needed to cross a bridge into Vancouver to get great beer. Located just over the 2nd Narrows, follow their growth and watch for updates on their Instagram account

www.wildeyebrewing.ca

Phantom Beer Company

Spooky! Announced just 2 months ago, another brewery is coming to East Vancouver called Phantom Beer. Details are mum for Phantom Beer Company, so follow their Instagram account and sign up for their newsletter for updates

www.instagram.com/phantombeer

Kitsilano Brewing Co.

Will this brewery open or is it still in the dream phase? Who knows, but either way we wish the team behind Kitsilano Brewing all the best, and please, please make this happen!

www.facebook.com/Kitsilano-Brewing-Co-1867795466870101/

Superflux Beer Co.

Ok we don’t know for sure but rumours are out there, one could say it’s only a matter of time until Vancouver’s most popular contract brewers find their own space. This wouldn’t be a big deal right??

www.instagram.com/superfluxbeer

 

Do you have the inside scoop of any new breweries coming to Vancouver? If so leave a comment below!

 

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Proud Sponsor of The Lotus Cycling Club

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Vancouver Brewery Tours Joins with The Lotus Cycling Club

Vancouver Brewery Tours is excited to announce our sponsorship of The Lotus Cycling Club for 2018. As a Service Sponsor for the upcoming riding season, club members have access to discounts on all our brewery tours, because what goes better than a well-deserved beer (or a few) after a long ride?

We’re proud to partner with one of Vancouver’s premier cycling clubs which include over 100 cycling enthusiasts. The Lotus Cycling Club has been promoting healthy and active lifestyles in the community for the last 4 years and 2018 promises to be the club’s biggest year yet.

Want to join? Registration is now open and can be found here: www.lotuscyclingclub.com/join-lotus-cycling-club

The Lotus Cycling Club
contact@lotuscyclingclub.com
604-619-8101

 

Love at 1st Flight - Valentines Day Graphic

Valentine’s Day Brewery Tour – Love at 1st Flight

This year we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day the only way we know how – with lots of beer! Our 5th annual Valentine’s Day Brewery Tour “Love at 1st Flight” takes you on a tour of our most romantic breweries and includes an evening of beers over candlelight, a full meal and a special sweet treat made just for you.

The romantic, beer fueled adventure begins at Postmark Brewery to learn about all things beer while enjoying the comforting ambience of the Settlement Building. The journey continues to Luppolo Brewing for more beer and an Italian inspired meal to be enjoyed with your new tour friends. The journey ends on a sweet note in North Vancouver at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, where the chef has a custom made brownie dessert to compliment some of the beers you’ll be drinking.

A limited number of tickets to the ‘Love at 1st Flight” tour are available for $89 plus tax per person. Seats can be booked online HERE, and may be reserved by phone at 604-318-2280, or by email to info@vancouverbrewerytours.com.

Tour Details

Love at 1st Flight – A Valentines Day Brewery Tour
Wednesday February 14th
4pm-8pm
Meet Up: 3:45pm inside Waterfront Station
Transportation Included
Includes full meal, all beer and dessert
$89.99+tax

Buy your tickets here:

 

Love at 1st Flight - Valentines Day Graphic

 

Coquitmal Craft Beer Festival

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival

If you’ve been looking for the next amazing beer festival to attend, look no further than The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival! Set to take place on March 9th and 10th, 2018 the popular annual event will be held at the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club. 40+ local BC breweries will be participating, which means more than 120 unique beers will be offered! Food from some of the best local restaurants and caterers will also be included in the ticket price.

Vancouver Brewery Tours VanVancouver Brewery Tours will be providing a free shuttle between the event and the Lafarge Lake-Douglas skytrain station on both dates, so leave the car at home, and no need to worry about a designated driver!

New to the festival this year will be a Cask Corner with a select number of unique casks. Confirmed casks as of January 10th include; A Frame Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Coal Harbour Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock, Off the Rail, Stanley Park, Strathcona Beer Company and Twa Dogs.

Coquitlam got its first craft brewery in September of 2017 when Mariner Brewing opened their doors. Opening soon will be Port Coquitlam’s first, Northpaw Brew Co. Neighboring Port Moody has seen a recent burst of four new breweries since 2014, and the area they reside in is now referred to as Brewers Row.

The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival is proud to partner with Team Taylor of the The Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. There will be a silent auction, as well as a grand prize draw, with 100% of proceeds raised going to Team Taylor, plus different gifts and merchandise from the breweries.

Details:
Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival 2018
Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club
3251 Plateau Boulevard, Coquitlam
Friday March 9, 7pm-9:30pm – $59
Saturday March 10, 12pm-2:30pm – $49

Buy Tickets Here