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10 Breweries in Vancouver That Offer Tastings

Posted on December 23, 2016

CityMash.com - Are you getting tired of going to the same bar every week? A great way to enjoy a beer with friends is trying out one of the many breweries in Vancouver.

They vary in size and offerings but you’ll find anything from a quaint place to enjoy a beer tasting to a full restaurant where you can have a bite to eat along with your drinks. Here are 10 different breweries you can enjoy, check it out!

1. Brassneck

For an intimate, exclusive experience you need to check out Brassneck. The tasting room only serves 50 people and it’s all first come first serve so it can be difficult to get in depending on the time of day you visit.The beers on tap are always changing as they’re frequently experimenting with different styles. They also suggest not bringing large groups as it’s a pretty small space and they don’t want to have to turn you away.

2. Parallel 49 Brewing Company

The tasting room at Parallel 49 offers the opportunity to have a beer on tap, fill your growler, or purchase bottles to take with you. They have some beers that they call “always around” so you know can count on them being available. You’ll also find some great seasonal options infused with ingredients related to that season. They also have a limited menu so you can enjoy something to eat with your beer.

3. Steam Works

If you’re interested in the brewing process Steam Works is a great place to visit because it’s the only brewery in Canada that uses a steam powered brewing process. They’re open everyday for tours and tastings. This is a great place to try some unconventional beers and experience something new. There’s also a retail area so you can buy the beers you like to take home with you.

4. Off The Rail Brewing Company

The tasting room here has 10-12 different beers on tap available most days. There’s 3 nitro taps that provide beers you’ll likely only ever find on site. The sizes available include 6oz tasters and 12oz glasses. The tasting room has a clean modern feel and while you won’t find a kitchen, you can get snacks to go along with your beer. With all the different options, you’re sure to find a beer you’ll love!

 5. Red Truck

When you visit Red Truck you’re in for an experience, not just a quick beer and you’re done. They’ve fully committed to the name and designed their brewery and accompanying diner to showcase it. You can tour the brewery and taste their delicious beers, then go grab dinner in the restaurant. Even the bathrooms aren’t missed, with their tire shaped sinks. It’s well worth the experience and you get to enjoy beer while you’re at it!

6. Steel Toad

You’ll find more than just beer at Steel Toad, it’s a full dining experience. The beautifully restored building was once the site of the Opsal Steel building. It’s a gastropub fusion fare and has menu options with a lot of local ingredients. This place is truly unique as the entire brewery is surrounded by glass so you can watch the process without having to enter!

7. Faculty Brewing Co.

Faculty Brewing Co. has a very small tasting room at Faculty of only 28 seats. There’s 4 taps to choose from and they’re changed weekly so flavours are always changing. You can fill your growler while you’re there and there’s even a growler cleansing system so you don’t have to worry about it being cleaned before you visit.

8. Powell Street Craft Brewery

This brewery started off small but quickly grew after winning Beer of the Year from the Canadian Brewing Awards for their Old Jalopy Pale Ale. They focus on creating high quality beers with local ingredients. There’s six different beers on tap for you to enjoy. After deciding which is your favourite you can get a growler filled so you can enjoy it at home too!

9. Bridge Brewing

Bridge Brewing started off as Vancouver’s first nano brewery and have since added onto their brewery. You’ll discover they have a passion for the environment and currently claim to be 99% waste-free. On your visit you’ll have to try the North Shore Pale Ale as it won Gold at the Vancouver International Craft Beer Awards.

10. Big Rock Urban Brewery

Big Rock Urban Brewery is a relatively new brewery to Vancouver, originating in Alberta. Along with brewery tours they have the Urban Eatery where you can get some food. As you dine you can watch the brewery process as there’s a glass wall shared with the restaurant. You can choose from a wide variety of beers, and it you’re not in the mood for beer they also make a few types of cider!

Know of any other breweries offering tastings? Leave your suggestions below…

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