Meet the nine new craft breweries opening in Vancouver.
It’s been in the news over the last year that many new craft breweries are opening Vancouver. At least 5 have opened up since 2011, joining the stalwarts Granville Island Brewing (est 1984), Yaletown Brewing (1994), Steamoworks Beer (1995), Storm Brewing (1995), and R&B Brewing (1997). If you like craft beer, its never been a better time to visit Vancouver. A traveler could enjoy a excellent weekend visiting and sampling Vancouver craft beer.
Many of the new breweries are close to downtown, occupying east of Main, an area with affordable warehouse spaces suitable for such liquid endeavours. And lucky for us Vancouverites, cheaper rents plus a growing demand for craft beer is yielding the new crop of friendly neighbourhood breweries.
Here, for those of you keeping track, are the breweries operating (or about to open) in Vancouver. As they are all stumbling blocks away from me, this might just be a good list for me.
Please let me know if I am missing any? I don’t mind further research!
Brassneck (Opened October 3, 2013)
Brewery, Glowler Shop & Tasting Room.
2148 Main Street
This much anticipated brewery from the partnership from Conrad Gmoser (Steamworks) and Nigel Springthorpe (Alibi Room) is offering some truly magnificent flavours in the craft beer market and a take-away-only storefront brewery that relies on heavy pedestrian traffic along funky and popular upper end of Main Street. And yes, I am a fan of the ‘purse pop’ bottles!!
Coal Harbour Brewing (2012)
Brewery location and keg pick up.
1967 Triumph Street near Victoria Dr.
Parallel 49 Brewing (2012)
Tasting room, Bottles and Growlers fills.
1950 Triumph St. at Victoria Dr.
Brought to us by three East Vancouver sons, they are turning out some excellent brews. The tasting room has a neighbourhood feel, plenty of affectionados, and I always feel welcomed.
Powell Street Brewery (2012)
Tasting room, Bottles and Growler fills.
1830 Powell St near Victoria Dr.
Powell Street Craft Brewery, opened by husband & wife team David Bowkett and Nicole Stefanopoulos in late 2012, is one of Vancouver’s newest nano-breweries. They focus on brewing small handcrafted batches (nano), using all natural ingredients, as much of it local as possible.
33 Acres (New: Opened July 27 Summer 2013)
15 West 8th Avenue, just behind the Anzac Club, and near the new HootSuite offices. This new endeavour from Josh Michnik is located in fermenting ‘Brewery Creek’ neighbourhood area of Mount Pleasant.
Bomber Brewing (New: Opened February 2014)
1488 Adanac Street near Clark St, East Van, co-owners Don Farion (BierCraft & Incendio) and Dean Mallel. Blair Calibaba, Head Brewer. Smallish Taproom but big flavour beer! Free bike pump outside.
Main Street Brewing Company (New: Opened May 2014)
4210 Main St, in Mount Pleasant
Main Street Brewing is a creation from Main Street restraunteurs who also own the Main Street Pilsner label. Plenty of great food served, daily sandwiches, to accompany the great beer!
Red Truck Beer (Vancouver)
East 1st Avenue in ‘Brewery Creek’ neighbourhood area of Mount Pleasant.
Mark James’ Red Truck is opening a new $20-million brewery that will include a ‘Red Truck Stop’ pub and restaurant. (and save us from the trip to North Van). Check out the construction photos on RedTruckBeer Facebook Page.
Steamworks Beer opened a new production brewery in Burnaby at 3845 William Street in May 2014.
Their Taproom is now open! More info on SteamWorksBeer Facebook Page or follow then on Twitter: @Steamworksbeer.
Are we lucky to be in Vancouver, or what?! #beerrich