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

 

Dine Out Vancouver - Vancouver Brewery Tours - Dine Out 2018

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

Dine Out Vancouver - Vancouver Brewery Tours Inc - Andina Brewing Beer Flights

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

Motorhome Republic

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Beers on Tour