What are the best Vancouver Breweries to try? Well, we’ve sampled their brews, visited their taprooms, and read all the reviews to give you our take on the Best Vancouver Breweries you should try when visiting this bustling city!
With neighbours like Portland and Seattle so close, you know Vancouver is bound to have the same lively and tasty craft beer scene of the Pacific Northwest. Boasting more than 50 breweries all across the city, we’ve curated a list of ones you cannot miss out on.
Vancouver breweries are known for their great beers, ciders, and outstanding views of the city and mountains. If you’re looking for a place to relax with a cold one after exploring Vancouver, look no further than one of these 20 best breweries.
What are the top breweries in Vancouver?
Though breweries are spread out all across the vast city of Vancouver, there are conveniently located batches of craft breweries in a couple of main neighbourhoods that make it easy to brewery hop any day of the week. Whether you’re looking to explore Olympic Village/Brewery Creek or East Vancouver (appropriately nicknamed “Yeast Vancouver”), you won’t have to look far for a new brewery to sample.
Vancouver’s eclectic mix of craft beer brewers means you’ll find everything from classically brewed favourites – such as traditional Belgian Tripels – to some of the most unique brew recipes we’ve seen, Pizza Pilsner anyone? If you’re a beer traditionalist or you fancy yourself a savvy experimental sampler, Vancouver craft breweries have something for everyone. So try one or visit them all, we won’t judge, make sure you share your favourites with us!
How do we pick the best Vancouver Breweries?
With every ‘top breweries’ post we write, we do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the best breweries in Vancouver.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Vancouver brewery that you think should be on this list, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and we’ll do our best to include them!
The Best Breweries in Vancouver
This was a tough list to curate. With over 50 craft breweries in the Vancouver beer scene to choose from, we’ve picked 20 of our top favourites. Keep reading to see which ones we picked!
Steamworks Brewing Company
Steamworks Brewing is one of those “must visit” breweries if you’re doing any Vancouver brewery tours. They have two locations, a brew pub that has been serving tasty brews since 1995, and their newest location, the brewery & taproom where all the magic happens. As their name suggests, Steamworks is a one-of-a-kind steam generated brewery, the only one in Canada!
The Brewpub is right next to the Waterfront Sky Train Station and overlooking the beautiful North Shore Mountains. Here you can find everything from classic fish n’ chips to modern plant based creations. With 20 rotating taps and their famous 10 Tap Taster Paddle, you’re sure to find something up your alley.
Just outside Hastings Sunrise, Steamworks Brewery and Tap Room is where you can grab a pint straight from the source. Although they don’t have a huge selection of food, they invite you to bring your own munchies from local restaurants nearby or have them delivered right to your table.
Customer Review: The craft beers are literally to die for. Empress IPA has the most unique taste for a beer I’ve ever tried. Many different styles to try so there is definitely a beer for everyone.
- Phone: (604) 689-2739
- Address: Brewery & Taproom: 3845 William Street, Burnaby, British Columbia
- Brewpub: 375 Water Street, Vancouver BC
- Best Beers: Flagship Hazy IPA
- Website: steamworks.com/
Granville Island Brewing
The Granville Island Brewery was Canada’s first ever microbrewery, and is thus a craft beer pioneer in BC! They opened their doors in 1984 and they’ve been making a splash in Vancouver’s craft beer scene ever since. Their love for flavourful beer runs deep and they take their brewing very seriously, always creating new unique and innovative recipes for beer lovers.
Visit their taproom on Granville Island to sample their “Taproom Series” that features special one-off brews that are only available at this location!
Customer Review: Loved the staff and the beer selection here. Definitely coming back. The team is so friendly and attentive, it’s amazing. Burgers and BCLTs are great, so are the chicken wings. Did I mention tasty beer selection? Loved our visit – thanks team!!
- Phone: (604) 687-BREW
- Address: 1441 Cartwright St., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 3R7
- Best Beers: Lions Winter Ale and Juice Box Hazy IPA
- Website: www.gib.ca
This brewery celebrates the strange and extraordinary. The brew masters delight in experimentation, diverse brewing techniques, and clever ingredients to create one-of-a-kind, limited-release beers. Strange Fellows is connected to an art gallery so expect to see beauty and creativity all around you when you pay this brewery a visit.
Customer Review: One of my most favourite tasting rooms in all of Vancouver. The staff are always welcoming and willing to share the knowledge and Fun!! Supportive of the local community and those who live and exist in it. True pillars of beer and humanity.
- Phone: (604) 767-2117
- Address: 1345 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3K9
- Beers to try: Madame Roxanne Black Raspberry Sour
- Website: strangefellowsbrewing.com
33 Acres Brewing Company
33 Acres is a beautifully designed brewery, but don’t spend too much time taking pictures because their beer lineup is not one to miss. With 11+ great beers on tap and limited edition brews available next door at the 33 Brewing Experiment, there’s always a reason to return for more.
Customer Review: Really enjoy coming here with friends. The beer menu is great (recommendation: my favourite so far is 33 Acres of Sunshine) and we love the neighbourhood vibe. Plus, for after-work gatherings, the easy snack selection makes for a good tie-over to dinner plans afterwards.
- Phone: (604) 620-4589
- Address: 15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1M8
- Beers to try: 33 Acres of Sunshine French Blanchè and 33 Acres of Darkness Schwarzbier
- Website: 33acresbrewing.com
With a food truck parked right inside the tasting room and some of the most unique beer recipes in Vancouver, what more reason do you need to pay Parallel 49 Brewing a visit? This brewery has been on an upshot in popularity with many people (and retail outlets) enjoying their cheeky brews. With over 40 beers and cocktails on tap, you’re sure to find something you love at this sought-after craft brewery.
Customer Review: The go-to for the most original craft beers. They have so many rotating beers, you’ll never get bored. Awesome patio space during Covid. Their Street Kitchen is good too! We love their waffle fries.
- Phone: (604) 558-2739
- Address: 1950 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1K5
- Beers to try: Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale and Trash Panda
- Website: parallel49brewing.com
Brass Neck Brewery
A Vancouver staple since 2013, Brassneck Brewery and growler shop are devoted to one thing: good beer. As they state, they have no grand plans to take over the world, just staying in a long, loving, committed relationship with craft beer. Though they don’t have a large food menu, they do have a thoughtfully curated assortment of snacks to go with their wide selection of tasty pints.
Customer Review: Nice brewery on Main Street. They have a variety of beers that rotate on tap and that you can take home. They also have a small snack food menu if you get hungry. Worth going to if your in the area. Friendly staff too.
- Phone: (604) 259-7686
- Address: 2148 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5
- Beers to try: Passive Aggressive Dry Hopped Pale Ale and Multweizen 5-Grain Hefeweizen
- Website: brassneck.ca
Brewhall Beer Co.
This craft brewery aims to bring the community together by serving up fresh beer, tasty food, fun games, and great vibes. Their “tank-to-tap” method connecting their brew lab to their tasting room ensures that you get the freshest beer tasting experience possible.
Located inside the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood of East Vancouver, you’ll find 22 taps of delicious craft beer, arcade games, local art, and great music. With so many other breweries around this Yeast Van neighbourhood, full day trips are highly recommended!
Customer Review: Great beer selection, good food and friendly staff. Also arcade games are pretty cool.Lucky to have you in the neighbourhood Brewhall 👌🏻
- Phone: (604) 709-8623
- Address: 97 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1B3, Canada
- Best Beers: Hall Pass IPA
- Website: brewhall.com/
Main Street Brewing Company
Main Street Brewing Co. captures the vibe of an indoor beer garden perfectly. With high ceilings, indoor trees, and the smell of fresh pretzels wafting through the air, it’s hard to find a better indoor space to enjoy a beer. And enjoy a beer you will! Whether you’re enjoying one of their regular beers or trying something on their experimental rotation, we can pretty much guarantee it’ll be impossible to have just one.
Customer Review: Cool location with a nice warehouse vibe inside. Clean, lots on tap, so there is something for everyone. Really good service and chill vibe! I recommend to people who want a chill atmosphere and good beer.
- Phone: (604) 336-7711
- Address: 261 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0B8
- Beers to try: Naked Fox IPA
- Website: mainstreetbeer.ca
Founded by 3 life-long friends and hockey teammates, this brewery offers brews for all palates. From locker room 6 packs, rich and tasty stouts, and flavour punching sours, they’ve got you covered. Bomber Brewing is located on the popular Union-Adanac bikeway, making this craft brewery the perfect rest stop for cyclists and outdoor lovers alike.
Customer Review: Another stop on our east Van brewery tour. Interesting selection of beer styles, with the usual pale ales, wits and lagers, and a few seasonals. We tried the pear and yuzu sour, and the salted lime lager, both were very good. Bonus points for serving proper 20 oz pints, at a fair price to boot.
- Phone: (604) 428-7457
- Address: 1488 Adanac st., Vancouver, British Columbia, V5L 2C3
- Best Beers: Parklife Passionfruit Ale
- Website: bomberbrewing.com/
Bridge Brewing Company
Bridge is obsessed with sustainability and they take a zero waste approach when it comes to beer making! They strive to be a zero waste brewery, proudly claiming to be 99% waste-free. Wow!
Inside their brewery and taproom you can hear the sound of grains milling and watch as the beers go straight to the fridge. This is an awesome brewery to check out on your next North Vancouver tour. Bonus: their patio is dog friendly!
They’ve recently opened up their newest location, the Lonsdale Bridge Deck. This newest addition features more food options than their taproom, making it a great option if you’re wanting dinner (or brunch) with your flight of beers!
Customer Review (Brewery & Tap Room): Friendly, great selection of on tap cold beers and food munching options (tacos!), what else could you ask for? Nice place to relax with some outdoors seating, or to fill up for the weekend from their wide offering of tall cans. But most importantly, the beers taste great!
- Phone: (604) 770-2739
- Address: Brewery & Tap Room: 1488 Charlotte Road, North Vancouver
- Lonsdale Bridge Deck: 1211 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
- Best Beers: Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Beer
- Website: bridgebrewing.com/
It’s time to go back to school with Faculty Brewing. Co-started by a former university professor, this brewery is passionate about educating people on how beer is made. Don’t worry, there are no tests involved but your inner student will enjoy the university course-level naming system of their beers. From 100-level easy-drinking brews to more complex 700-level flavours, you can work your way up or down through their “beer school”.
Customer Review: I always feel welcomed when I’m here. Really nice patios, good crowd flow control, the beer is fantastic, and they love dogs.
- Phone: (778) 716-6794
- Address: 1830 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5T 2W6
- Beers to try: London Fog Ale and Dirty Chai Porter
- Website: www.facultybrewing.com
Off the Rail Brewing Co.
Another brewery right off the Adanac bike path! If you’re traveling down this “cycling highway” make sure to stop at Off the Rail for one of their house made brews. If you love traditional English ales, German lagers, IPAs, this is the place for you!
While you’re there, check out their new project, Bine Sparkling Hop Water. This is a hop fuelled, sparkling, clean carbonated water drink. Give it a try! After all, you’ve got to try everything at least once right?
Customer Review: The Best beer in town, amazing and unique taste. If you’re visiting Vancouver or if you live here, this is a must to try. In the heart of East Van, great environment and super friendly staff.
- Phone: (604) 563-5767
- Address: 1351 Adanac St, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Best Beers: Crazy Train IPA
- Website: offtherailbrewing.com/
Powell Brewery has been recognized for their craft brewing skills with many awards under their belt, including “Beer of the Year” from the Canadian Brewing Awards for their Old Jalopy Pale Ale. They use all natural and local ingredients wherever possible and their dog friendly patio is a hit.
A must-visit on your next craft brewery tour! Conveniently located and walking distance from many other amazing breweries, this will make for a perfect beer tasting afternoon!
Customer Review: Loving the new patio set-up! So cozy with the heaters now 🙂 Tried the new cherry sour the other eve – amazing! Always such a pleasant atmosphere & vibe from staff. Can’t wait to try some of the other new beers soon!
- Phone: (604) 558-2537
- Address: 1357 Powell St, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Best Beers: Old Jalopy Pale Ale
- Website: www.powellbeer.com/
Luppolo Brewing Co.
This Italian-inspired brewery (Luppolo – pronounced “loop-o-low”- means hops in Italian) is a small but noteworthy brewery. Luppolo has a number of different brew styles on tap with new experimental rotations always popping up. Fan favourites include their barrel aged beers and flavourful sours.
Customer Review: The beers were always outstanding here. With the addition of the patio seating and this new gorgeous quality pizza Luppolo just took a next level step up.
- Phone: (604) 255-4997
- Address: 1123 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2C6
- Beers to try: New World Sour and Tart Wild Ale with Plum
- Website: luppolobrewing.ca
Strathcona Brewing Company
Located in Vancouver’s oldest and most diverse residential neighbourhood, Strathcona Beer Company produces a modern style of traditional beer coupled with other unique additions. They have a 12,000 square foot building which means ample room to gather, enjoy a fresh-made pizza (some say it’s the best in town), and knock back a few pints.
Customer Review: Absolutely love this beer company for the passion and creativity they put into every flavour selection they produce and the alcohol content levels they can achieve without ruining the flavour of the beer truly amazing 😋
- Phone: (778) 379-9050
- Address: 895 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1R8
- Beers to try: “Beach” Lemon Mandarin Radler and Big Sexy Funk Hazy IPA
- Website: www.strathconabeer.com
R & B Ale & Pizza House
Prepare yourself for a blast from the past when you enter R&B Brewing. With its 70’s vibe, vinyl records, and laidback atmosphere, it feels like you’re hanging out in your best friend’s basement. Delivering fantastic German and Belgian brew styles, this brewery has been around for a while and is definitely not going anywhere soon.
Customer Review: Been a supporter of R&B when they were one of the original crew of craft breweries in Vancouver. Great selection of beer. Great atmosphere. Nice little patio too. Key part here is also the & pizza. Great pizza , perfect to go with a few drinks. Whether it’s a pregame to the Canucks or a stop among other breweries, this place is always on the top of the list
- Phone: (604) 336-0275
- Address: 54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1E8
- Beers to try: Stolen Bike Lager
- Website: www.randbbrewing.com
Whatever you think you know about craft breweries and what they should be like, forget them all when you go to check out Storm Brewing. This small warehouse is about creating great beer, and not much else. Brewer James Walton is the mad scientist behind this operation and he has created hundreds of unique beers he calls “brainstorm” beers. Using 30+ mason jars with various tinctures, herbs, and spices, he’s able to release something new every single week!
With no chairs, food, or conventional “tasting room”, all of your focus will be on the beer lineup. Their unique and innovative beers are only available in small batches so you’re always in for a surprise when discovering what’s currently on tap.
Customer Review: Great place! Don’t let the great aesthetics scare you away. The art is badass, and the beer even better. If it’s sunny, the outdoor area will let the sun shine on you will you enjoy some tasty beer and grab some artful cans to go.
- Phone: (604) 255-9119
- Address: 310 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3V6
- Beers to try: Vanilla Whiskey Stout and Pineapple Paradise Pilsner
- Wesbite: www.stormbrewing.org
East Van Brewing Co.
East Van Brewing Company is named after it’s vibrant and diverse community and they brew up some vibrant and diverse beers to match! They love to support local businesses and often collaborate with local makers, musicians, artists, and fellow brewers.
If you’re doing a beer crawl in East Vancouver, you have to stop at this local favourite. They have a great tasting room and patio, delicious beers, and a beautiful view of Downtown Vancouver, what’s not to love?
Customer Review: Great selection of beers and a fantastic atmosphere… what’s not to like?? Make it a must stop on your next craft beer crawl!!
- Phone: (604) 558-3822
- Address: 1675 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H1
- Best Beers: Wheelbite IPA
- Website: eastvanbrewing.com
Neighbours with R&B Brewing, Electric Bicycle Brewing is a rather new brewery on the scene but it’s entered with a bang. Bringing quirky beers to the table and pairing them with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Electric Bicycle is definitely worth the visit if you’re brewery hopping down Main Street.
Customer Review: The only thing better than the beer here is the phenomenal staff. Every last beer we had was packed with multidimensional flavours and totally enjoyable. We tried every beer on tap and could easily drink a pint of any one. Absolutely worth going out of your way to stop here! Definitely a Vancouver gem!
- Phone: (604) 709-9939
- Address: 20 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1E8
- Beers to try: Atomic Jame Raspberry Sour and Yes! Hazy Pale Ale
- Website: electricbicyclebrewing.com
Yaletown Brewing Company
Established in the heart of Vancouver’s warehouse district in 1994, Yaletown Brewing Company (YBC) stands as the city’s original and most cherished brewpub. Born with a vision to serve as a genuine neighborhood pub, YBC has consistently offered a welcoming ambiance to everyone, no matter if you come in a business suit or flip-flops.
Boasting a 160-seat restaurant and a dynamic pub equipped with TVs, a pool table, a cozy fireplace, and an outdoor patio, this venue is popular any time of year.
Customer Review: We had HappyHour with thin crest pizza and nachos. Food is very delicious. Friendly waitress and spacious settings. Very enjoyable.
- Phone: (604) 681-2739
- Address: 1111 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9
- Beers to try: Loading Bay IPA
- Website: mjg.ca/yaletown/
Red Truck Beer Company
With its striking aluminum-and-wood color scheme, Red Truck Beer Company stands as a testament to honesty and hard work in the dynamic Vancouver brewery scene. Guided by a philosophy that the best experiences in life, like enjoying the company of friends over cold, refreshing beers, should be savored slowly, Red Truck has carved out a unique space for itself among beer aficionados.
The Red Truck team is committed to brewing simple, honest, and independent beers, steering clear of preservatives, pasteurization, and shortcuts. While they may not meet every person who savors their handcrafted brew, they firmly believe that each sip of Red Truck will reveal their unwavering commitment to brewing the right way – with honesty and dedication.
Customer Review: Awesome food, great beer (can’t beat their original lager) and service. One of my favourite breweries in BC!
- Phone: (604) 682-4733
- Address: 295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1A7
- Beers to try: Wild Thing Blackberry Bourbon Ale
- Website: redtruckbeer.com
Enjoy the Best Craft Beer in Vancouver!
Make sure to go and check out Vancouver’s best craft breweries, grab a locally brewed pint (or 2) and support your local brewers!
Let’s raise a glass of appreciation for these brilliant brewers who create such great beers and experiences in this lovely city. Here’s cheers to all things craft beer related while exploring what Grand Rapids has to offer!
Legacy Brews: Gone But Never Forgotten
As the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end,’ and sadly, the same holds true for some of our favorite local breweries. This section is dedicated to those beloved institutions that have closed their doors but left behind a frothy legacy in our hearts and palates.
Each provided unique flavors and experiences that made this city’s brewing scene richer and more diverse. While they may no longer serve their signature drafts, the memories and taste impressions they’ve left behind continue to inspire and influence the craft beer community.
Join us in raising a virtual toast to these establishments – gone but never forgotten.
Andina Brewing Co.
Where Colombian culture meets British Colombian craft beer. Andina Brewing Co. infused the vibrant flavours and aromas from South America and British Columbia into their beer for an experience like no other. The culture, passion, and love of life at this craft brewery changed the way we thought about craft beer.
More British Columbia Breweries
But wait! There are more great breweries to discover in BC! If you happen to find yourself on a road trip around British Columbia, make sure to check out some of the following cities for delicious craft beers.