8 Awesome Craft Breweries to Check Out During Vancouver Craft Beer Week
Vancouver Craft Beer Week runs from Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 9. Here’s a list of events and Vancouver-based breweries you need to check out during Vancouver’s craft beer week.
By The Beer Community on May. 31, 2019
What is Vancouver Craft Beer Week?
Canada’s first craft beer week:
In the spring of 2010, a few craft beer enthusiasts gathered around a table over a pint and a timely idea: to create a week-long festival to showcase ‘real beer’ — and so, the first Vancouver Craft Beer Week was born. The first VCBW Festival started at a small venue hosting about 100 beer aficionados and 15 breweries. Over the past 9 years, it has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a multi-award-winning cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city, starting the last Friday of May. This year, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is running from Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 9.
Official Beer of Vancouver Craft Beer Week
We don’t know much about the official beer of VCBW, because Vancouver Craft Beer Week hasn’t made the announcement yet. Here’s a sneak peek at the beer.
Events During Vancouver Craft Beer Week:
There are lots of fun events happening during the Vancouver Craft Beer Week. Make sure to check out all events happening across the city in honour of VCBW.
Vancouver Craft Beer Week 10th Anniversary Kickoff Party
There are tons of events to attend during Vancouver Craft Beer Week. Start the week off right with the VCBW 10th Anniversary Kickoff Party at The Beaumont Studios on May 31st. Click here to purchase tickets to the kickoff party!
10th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival
To cap off Vancouver Craft Beer Week, the 10th annual VCBW Festival will take place on June 8th and 9th at the PNE Fairgrounds. Celebrating craft beer, music, food and art, the VCBW festival hosts 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring more than 300 beers and ciders, plus live music and entertainment, and 20+ food trucks serving up delicious local eats. Click here for tickets and additional information.
Vancouver Breweries You Need To Visit During Vancouver Beer Week
If you can’t attend any of the events happening during Vancouver Craft Beer Week, check out these great breweries local to Vancouver. Try their flagship beers and rate them on your JustBeer App. Cheers!
Located in the heart of the East Van brewing district, at the crossroads of the Mosaic and Adanac bike routes, the Bomber tasting room is always ready and pouring! Drop by for a pint, stock up on 6packs, fill your growlers, or just sit back and enjoy a board game or movie night!
Must-Try Brew: Park Life Passion Fruit Ale
Since Bridge Brewing Company opened in 2012, beer lovers in BC have discovered Bridge Brewing’s great tasting, high-quality craft beer. Once upon a time they began as Vancouver’s first nano-brewery – however, craft fans have voted with their mouths and Bridge Brewing has been working hard to keep up while remaining focused on brewing their line of top shelf beers.
Bridge Brewing Beer You Need To Try: Dark Rye Sour Saison
Electric Bicycle Brewing is bringing a completely different experience to the Vancouver brew scene. Think strange beer, great music, and fun people. They are bringing a brewery experience like no other! Electric Bicycle Brewing delivers a great combination of outrageously good beers with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, a great atmosphere and grooving music.
Must-Try Beer: The Mackinaw Peach Rested IPA
The brewers of Granville Island Brewing’s love of flavourful beer runs deep and is what inspired them to open Canada’s first microbrewery in 1984. Granville Island Brewing offers brewery tours and tastings every day at 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30.
Must-Try Brew from Granville Island: English Bay Pale Ale
Located in the heart of East Vancouver, Off The Rail Brewing Company features a cozy and bright brewery and tasting room where guests can enjoy their hand-crafted brews, fill growlers and purchase packaged beer.
Must-Try Beer: Raybuck Red Ale
Head over to Parallel 49 Brewing and visit their Street Kitchen. What pairs well with 40 taps? The creatively orchestrated menu available from Street Kitchen in our bright new restaurant. With seasonal ingredients rotating just as often as our tap list, Chef Aubrey Pingitore creates a selection of dishes to pair alongside your favourite Parallel 49 brews. After you’re done eating, check out their brewery and tasting room where Parallel 49 Brewing offers free tours.
Must-Try Beer From Parallel 49: Craft Pilsner
There’s always a time and a place for speed, but Red Truck Beer Company believe that having the patience to take things slowly is a virtue which still has a place in the modern world. It took Red Truck nearly 10 years of patient searching and work to find exactly the right spot, then plan and build the brewery and Truck Stop of their dreams in Vancouver’s Brewery Creek. Red Truck Beer thinks it was worth the wait. Now that it’s open, they invite beer lovers to get there quickly so that they can enjoy the company of friends, a brewery tour, or good times with delicious Truck Stop food and cold refreshing Red Truck beers as they were meant to be enjoyed…slowly.
Must-Try Brew: Red Truck Blackberry Bourbon Ale
Strange Fellows Brewing is a craft brewery, located in East Vancouver, that is inspired by tradition and creativity. Strange Fellows goes beyond the ordinary to celebrate that which is strange and extraordinary. They offer fun events all year round including art classes, bingo, and even spelling bees.
Strange Fellows Beer You Need To Try: Talisman
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