Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Richmond via Facebook
By Mary Ann Bell
Vancouver has long been recognized as the capital of craft beer in Canada, but the folks at Vogue Magazine (yes, that Vogue Magazine) think that it might actually be the best in North America. And we can’t help but agree. With over 130 craft breweries and brewpubs, it really is a great time to be a beer lover in British Columbia. It seems that every week an amazing new microbrewery is popping up to provide locals and visitors the opportunity to discover new styles of beer. Whether your taste runs to hoppy IPAs and dark, creamy Stouts or to mouth-puckering Sours and crisp Pilsners, there is a craft beer for everyone.
October is BC Craft Beer Month and in celebration of all things beer, we recommend heading off the beaten track, and out of the city, to try a few of the newer and more unique craft breweries. Be sure to bring your designated driver, take advantage of the public transit system or hop on a guided tour, and let someone else do the driving!
Trading Post’s slogan is “Tap Into The Local” and they apply that mantra throughout everything they do. Beer is brewed using local ingredients, like their Tart Cranberry Ale, a nod to the cranberry crops that dot Langley’s fields. The menu, in both the brewery and their newer eatery in Fort Langley, focuses on fresh, local ingredients and both establishments offer a friendly and inviting atmosphere for the community to gather.
Quite possibly the newest kid on the block, North Vancouver’s Beere Brewing, named for the family name (it’s true!) in North Vancouver hasn’t opened yet, but the word is that they’re going to be a worthy addition to the North Shore’s solid craft brewery scene. Rumour has it that they’ll be offering up brett beers blended with fruit and a dry-hopped saison. Watch for their opening in early October as part of Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week.
Opened in early-2017 by 3 friends, Gibsons Tapworks is located in historic Gibsons Landing on the Sunshine Coast. The tasting room is bright and airy and, in partnership with the Nomadic Kitchen food truck, they offer a limited menu so you can have a snack while you sample the beer. Dedicated to being an integral part of the community, Gibsons Tapworks puts on regular “Name that Tune”, trivia and movie nights.
According to the White Rock Beach Beer Company, “beaches and beer go better together!” Founded by a pair of secondary school teachers with no experience in brewing beer, White Rock Beach Beer has grown from a true nano-brewery to a microbrewery. Located on Russell Avenue in White Rock, visitors to the tasting room can sample the East Beach Nut Ale, West Beach Fruit Ale, the seasonal Border Porter or the monthly Pier IPA.
Keeping beer weird is Fuggles & Warlock’s motto and while their marketing is definitely on the “weird” side, there’s nothing weird about the beer – they won 1st place at the 2017 Master Crafters Sour Fest at the Whistler Village Beer for their Kiwami Plum Sour. Their tasting room in Richmond is open daily and they have a small, but tasty, menu of munchies to accompany your beer.
A foamer is a term used to describe someone who is obsessed with trains. And while Foamers Folly Brewing is near the train tracks in Pitt Meadows, the owners state, in no uncertain terms, that they are foamers when it comes to craft beer! And with 20 taps in the taproom it certainly looks like the work of someone obsessed. With so many taps, the choices are almost endless – try a Jalapeno Galaxy IPA or the Smoked Apiary Dunkelweizen. There’s plenty of seating, a limited menu of pizzas, pretzels & mac & cheese bites, board games and even a record player for all the nostalgic feels.
Located near the downtown historic core of Abbotsford, stepping into Fieldhouse Brewing feels like stepping into a cabin. It’s warm and welcoming and if you’re lucky, you can grab a seat by the fireplace! In the summer grab a spot on the Beer Lawn and enjoy live music all summer. With 10 taps, including a guest tap, adventure tap, a local cider and wine, there is something for everyone. And when it’s time for food, hit up the Canteen Menu for a selection of tasty treats.
Soaring ceilings and a warm, inviting atmosphere welcome visitors to Squamish’s newest craft brewery. This 6000 square-foot facility boasts a 50-seat taproom and a full kitchen serving a menu of unique pizzas, salads and snacks prepared by a Red Seal Chef. Try their Trailbreaker Pale Ale or the Rest in Peach Sour.
Dageraad Brewing, in Burnaby, is named after the Dageraadplaats, a neighbourhood square on the east side of Antwerp, Belgium and in keeping true to their name they brew only Belgian style beers. They’ve recently opened a new and improved tasting room and regularly have 10 different beers on tap! Try the Burnabarian, a Belgian session ale, brewed with oats and lightly spiced with coriander.
Mariner Brewing opened at the end of August to much fanfare and enthusiasm. Named “Mariner” in homage to Coquitlam’s Mariner Way and to NASA’s Mariner program, Coquitlam’s first craft brewery promises a range of modern and classic beers. A 45-seat tasting room provides the perfect setting for tasting a Sour Weisse or their flagship Northeast IPA while tucking into the gourmet hotdogs featured on their food menu.
For information on other craft breweries around British Columbia visit the map on Beer Me BC.
Published: October 4, 2017
As a tourism marketer and community manager for some of British Columbia’s most spectacular destinations, Mary Ann Bell spends her days writing, tweeting and posting! When she’s not online, Mary Ann can be found exploring Vancouver’s North Shore trails with her family and her camera, and trying new restaurants in the hunt for the best taco in Metro Vancouver.