Maybe it’s because the country’s big brewers—Labatt, Molson and Carling O’Keefe—all started out East, but when Vancouver’s rainy coast brethren in Portland and Seattle started fermenting their own beer in tiny batches, the city’s beer makers immediately got on board.
At last count, there were over 35 craft brewers in every corner of the Lower Mainland from Bridge in North Van to Four Winds in Delta to seemingly one on every block in the East, meaning that you’re never far from a chocolate stout, an extra special bitter or the area’s stalwart, an IPA (the hoppier and boozier the better).
The city is so committed that even its craft brewers are spinning off their own niche labels, like pioneer Granville Island Brewing’s acclaimed small-batch Black Note Book Series. If you want to nerd out on suds, this is the place.
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