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16 Places to Drink Craft Beer in Vancouver Right Now

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To celebrate Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2014, we asked Chuck Hallett, one of the province's finest craft beer experts, to put together your essential guide to drinking craft beer in the city.
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When not attempting to single-handedly financially support the local brewing industry through personal consumption, Chuck spouts off on his award-winning beer-themed blog: BarleyMowat.com. If you're in a good beer bar reading this, odds are he's sitting next to you. Be polite and say hi.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Parallel 49 Brewing Co.

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1946 Triumph St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 558-2739
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Such is the expansion in the local beer scene that P49 is both one of the older breweries on this list and only just recently celebrated its second birthday. A large welcoming tasting lounge lets you sample their regular lineup and several of the never-ending stream of oddities that burst forth from brewmaster Graham With's imagination on a regular basis. There's no kitchen, but food carts have a habit of showing up when you get hungry.

2. Storm Brewing

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310 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3V6, Canada
(604) 255-9119
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Also clustered near P49 and Powell Street is one of Vancouver's original craft breweries. Owner/Brewer James Walton has been producing high quality, no-comprise beer here since 1995. Storm also lacks a tasting lounge, but the sour barrel-aged Flanders Red is a must-try.

3. Bomber Brewing

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1488 Adanac St, Vancouver
BC V5L 2C3, Canada
(604) 428-7457
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Newly opened, Bomber Brewing's cosy tasting lounge lets beer fans sample their expanding West Coast-themed lineup. A pilsner, ESB and obligatory IPA comprise the core offerings, with a couple of one-offs usually available.

4. Biercraft Tap And Tapas

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1191 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
BC V5L 3X2, Canada
(604) 254-2437
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While BC beer is some of the best in the world, Belgium has been producing excellent ale since time immemorial. Biercraft's two locations offer up a mix of Belgian and BC beers on tap and knowledgeable, friendly staff provide guidance to both the taps and their deep cellar list.

5. Tangent Cafe

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Commercial Drive, Vancouver
BC, Canada
A recent addition to the BC craft beer scene, Tangent Cafe demonstrates that raw number of taps isn't all you need to contend. Ten carefully curated taps offer up a mix of rare beers alongside their more mundane brethren. Pair with an East meets West Malaysian/Canadian menu.

6. St. Augustine's Craft Brew House & Kitchen

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2360 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5N 4B7, Canada
(604) 569-1911
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Perennial winner of the silver medal for Best Beer Bar in Vancouver, St Augustine's actually boasts more taps than The Alibi Room and a similar lineup of rare ales. Its convenient location just off the Expo Skytrain makes this an ideal stop for an afternoon pint while out exploring Vancouver's eastern fringes.

7. Portland Craft

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3835 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5V 3N9, Canada
(604) 569-2494
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You don't have to travel all the way to Portland, Oregon to see what makes it the craft beer mecca of the world; Main Street's Portland Craft brings the best of the US to Canada. 16 taps of American craft beer (and one or two locals for good balance) play off a menu that takes food cues from Portlandia (e.g. "Put A Bird On It (Fried chicken and waffles)). Portland Craft can get quite busy in the late evening on Fridays and Saturdays, so go early or call ahead.

8. BierCraft

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3307 Cambie St., Vancouver
BC V5Z 1T4, Canada
(604) 874-6900
While BC beer is some of the best in the world, Belgium has been producing excellent ale since time immemorial. Biercraft's two locations offer up a mix of Belgian and BC beers on tap and knowledgeable, friendly staff provide  guidance to both the taps and their deep cellar list.

9. 33 Acres Brewing Company

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15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5Y 1M8, Canada
(604) 620-4589
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Imagine a sleek Scandinavian Coffee House selling solidly produced sessional ales and lagers and you might have pictured 33 Acres. A sleek white-and-concrete interior kept immaculately clean makes you wonder whether or not you've slipped into an art gallery by mistake, then you realize that you have... The beer is the art. Highlights include Merckx (Saison) and Sunshine (French Blanche).

10. Brassneck Brewery

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2148 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3C5, Canada
The cosy, wood-lined tasting lounge is owner Nigel Springthorpe's way of encouraging you to say "Well, okay, just one more" a few more times than you might otherwise. Since he also owns the Alibi Room, you could say that Nigel knows a thing or two about running a bar. Luckily, Brewmaster Conrad Gmoser also knows a thing or two about brewing beer. A constantly changing array of quality taps is backed by one or two regulars offering something for everyone. Definitely try Passive Aggressive (NW Pale Ale)

11. Tap & Barrel

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1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
BC V5Y 0B1, Canada
(604) 685-2223
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Boasting not one, but two locations on Vancouver's iconic seawall, Tap & Barrel might very well lay claim to the best patios in town on which to consume craft beer. The broad-not-deep selection of all-BC beer (and wine) on 20+ taps should have something for everyone. Expect a long wait on sunny weekends but there are worse places to hang out than the Sea Wall.

12. Alibi Room

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157 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1B8, Canada
(604) 623-3383
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This is where craft beer in BC started. Back in 2006, owner Nigel Springthorpe converted a down-market after-work hangout for the city's film industry set into a temple to All Things Beer. Boasting over 50 taps plus 3 permanent casks, if you're looking for a rare beer in BC, this is where you'll find it. Go early, as it can become crowded within an hour of the 5pm opening.

13. Wildebeest

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120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada
(604) 687-6880
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Good beer and fine dining DO mix. Wildebeest's meat-focused, seasonally-directed menu offers up the best of the beast, while a well-curated six tap list, which frequently features rare Quebecois beer, compliments the heavy sustenance. Don't miss the bottle list which includes several of BC's best - and hardest to find - vintage beers. Reservations are recommended.

14. Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar

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601 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G1, Canada
(604) 678-8000
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Some bars have great beers, some have a great view, but few are worth visiting simply for the room. Rogue is the exception to that rule. Lofty 30 foot ceilings and an ornate interior hark back to the days when the room was part of a train station. The excellent beer and well-executed American menu only add to the charm.

15. Steamworks Brewing Company

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375 Water St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5C6, Canada
(604) 689-2739
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One of Vancouver's original brewpubs, Steamworks has been serving up good beer at the corner of Cordova and Water since pawn shops were more common in the area than high-end boutiques. While most of the beer is no longer produced on site (Steamworks recently opened a massive brewery in neighbouring Burnaby), the recipes haven't changed.

16. Tap & Barrel

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1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 235-9827
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Boasting not one, but two locations on Vancouver's iconic seawall, Tap & Barrel might very well lay claim to the best patios in town on which to consume craft beer. The broad-not-deep selection of all-BC beer (and wine) on 20+ taps should have something for everyone. Expect a long wait on sunny weekends but there are worse places to hang out than the Sea Wall.

1. Parallel 49 Brewing Co.

1946 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Such is the expansion in the local beer scene that P49 is both one of the older breweries on this list and only just recently celebrated its second birthday. A large welcoming tasting lounge lets you sample their regular lineup and several of the never-ending stream of oddities that burst forth from brewmaster Graham With's imagination on a regular basis. There's no kitchen, but food carts have a habit of showing up when you get hungry.
1946 Triumph St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

2. Storm Brewing

310 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3V6, Canada
Also clustered near P49 and Powell Street is one of Vancouver's original craft breweries. Owner/Brewer James Walton has been producing high quality, no-comprise beer here since 1995. Storm also lacks a tasting lounge, but the sour barrel-aged Flanders Red is a must-try.
310 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3V6, Canada

3. Bomber Brewing

1488 Adanac St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2C3, Canada
Newly opened, Bomber Brewing's cosy tasting lounge lets beer fans sample their expanding West Coast-themed lineup. A pilsner, ESB and obligatory IPA comprise the core offerings, with a couple of one-offs usually available.
1488 Adanac St, Vancouver
BC V5L 2C3, Canada

4. Biercraft Tap And Tapas

1191 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2, Canada
While BC beer is some of the best in the world, Belgium has been producing excellent ale since time immemorial. Biercraft's two locations offer up a mix of Belgian and BC beers on tap and knowledgeable, friendly staff provide guidance to both the taps and their deep cellar list.
1191 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
BC V5L 3X2, Canada

5. Tangent Cafe

Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada
A recent addition to the BC craft beer scene, Tangent Cafe demonstrates that raw number of taps isn't all you need to contend. Ten carefully curated taps offer up a mix of rare beers alongside their more mundane brethren. Pair with an East meets West Malaysian/Canadian menu.
Commercial Drive, Vancouver
BC, Canada

6. St. Augustine's Craft Brew House & Kitchen

2360 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B7, Canada
Perennial winner of the silver medal for Best Beer Bar in Vancouver, St Augustine's actually boasts more taps than The Alibi Room and a similar lineup of rare ales. Its convenient location just off the Expo Skytrain makes this an ideal stop for an afternoon pint while out exploring Vancouver's eastern fringes.
2360 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5N 4B7, Canada

7. Portland Craft

3835 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N9, Canada
You don't have to travel all the way to Portland, Oregon to see what makes it the craft beer mecca of the world; Main Street's Portland Craft brings the best of the US to Canada. 16 taps of American craft beer (and one or two locals for good balance) play off a menu that takes food cues from Portlandia (e.g. "Put A Bird On It (Fried chicken and waffles)). Portland Craft can get quite busy in the late evening on Fridays and Saturdays, so go early or call ahead.
3835 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5V 3N9, Canada

8. BierCraft

3307 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC V5Z 1T4, Canada
While BC beer is some of the best in the world, Belgium has been producing excellent ale since time immemorial. Biercraft's two locations offer up a mix of Belgian and BC beers on tap and knowledgeable, friendly staff provide  guidance to both the taps and their deep cellar list.
3307 Cambie St., Vancouver
BC V5Z 1T4, Canada

9. 33 Acres Brewing Company

15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1M8, Canada
Imagine a sleek Scandinavian Coffee House selling solidly produced sessional ales and lagers and you might have pictured 33 Acres. A sleek white-and-concrete interior kept immaculately clean makes you wonder whether or not you've slipped into an art gallery by mistake, then you realize that you have... The beer is the art. Highlights include Merckx (Saison) and Sunshine (French Blanche).
15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5Y 1M8, Canada

10. Brassneck Brewery

2148 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5, Canada
The cosy, wood-lined tasting lounge is owner Nigel Springthorpe's way of encouraging you to say "Well, okay, just one more" a few more times than you might otherwise. Since he also owns the Alibi Room, you could say that Nigel knows a thing or two about running a bar. Luckily, Brewmaster Conrad Gmoser also knows a thing or two about brewing beer. A constantly changing array of quality taps is backed by one or two regulars offering something for everyone. Definitely try Passive Aggressive (NW Pale Ale)
2148 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3C5, Canada

11. Tap & Barrel

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1, Canada
Boasting not one, but two locations on Vancouver's iconic seawall, Tap & Barrel might very well lay claim to the best patios in town on which to consume craft beer. The broad-not-deep selection of all-BC beer (and wine) on 20+ taps should have something for everyone. Expect a long wait on sunny weekends but there are worse places to hang out than the Sea Wall.
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
BC V5Y 0B1, Canada

12. Alibi Room

157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B8, Canada
This is where craft beer in BC started. Back in 2006, owner Nigel Springthorpe converted a down-market after-work hangout for the city's film industry set into a temple to All Things Beer. Boasting over 50 taps plus 3 permanent casks, if you're looking for a rare beer in BC, this is where you'll find it. Go early, as it can become crowded within an hour of the 5pm opening.
157 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1B8, Canada

13. Wildebeest

120 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
Good beer and fine dining DO mix. Wildebeest's meat-focused, seasonally-directed menu offers up the best of the beast, while a well-curated six tap list, which frequently features rare Quebecois beer, compliments the heavy sustenance. Don't miss the bottle list which includes several of BC's best - and hardest to find - vintage beers. Reservations are recommended.
120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada

14. Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar

601 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1, Canada
Some bars have great beers, some have a great view, but few are worth visiting simply for the room. Rogue is the exception to that rule. Lofty 30 foot ceilings and an ornate interior hark back to the days when the room was part of a train station. The excellent beer and well-executed American menu only add to the charm.
601 W Cordova St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G1, Canada

15. Steamworks Brewing Company

375 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6, Canada
One of Vancouver's original brewpubs, Steamworks has been serving up good beer at the corner of Cordova and Water since pawn shops were more common in the area than high-end boutiques. While most of the beer is no longer produced on site (Steamworks recently opened a massive brewery in neighbouring Burnaby), the recipes haven't changed.
375 Water St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5C6, Canada

16. Tap & Barrel

1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Boasting not one, but two locations on Vancouver's iconic seawall, Tap & Barrel might very well lay claim to the best patios in town on which to consume craft beer. The broad-not-deep selection of all-BC beer (and wine) on 20+ taps should have something for everyone. Expect a long wait on sunny weekends but there are worse places to hang out than the Sea Wall.
1055 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC, Canada