Reasons to Love Vancouver: Everyone's A Beer Geek

From chocolate stouts to extra special bitters to hoppy IPAs, you're never far from a local craft brew in Vancouver


(From Left) Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale: Deep dark and delicious, this ale is from Paralell 49, the city’s most prolific small brewery; 22 Acres of Nirvana: Try this classic hoppy IPA by 33 Acres Brewing, the city’s most stylish purveyor of beer; Bike Route Best Bitter: This low-alcohol sipper from Bomber Brewing makes it easy to ride your bike back to refill your growler (Photo: Grant Harder)

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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