East Vancouver Itinerary
1830 Powell Street, Vancouver
Doan’s, located on Powell Street, is a family run brewery in the heart of YeastVan. They offer a Rye IPA, Kolsch and Altbier. They don’t have a paddle to put the tasters in, which I found inconvenient, but nonetheless we are there for the beer and not the paddle itself. They have an awesome display of growlers from craft breweries around BC which was added a funky and local feel to the décor. They also offer snacks like peanuts, pizza and samosas to compliment your beer tasting. Word on the street is that there is one guy, who the East Van breweries call the “food guy”, who provides food to every brewery in the area. Must be a busy man! What I loved about this brewery is the community table they have in the center of the tasting room. It provides ample opportunity (aka no excuses) not to chat with your neighbor over a pint or a flight! Face it, you share a passion for craft beer (or feeding your addictions), so spread the love and strike up a convo!
2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
A short drive up the road on Commercial Drive is the perfect place to fuel up. While St Augustines isn’t a brewery, we needed a solid place to stop for some grub. We got the best of both worlds as St Augustines has 60 rotating taps, making your decision nearly impossible. A good chunk of the beers they offer are from local Vancouver breweries. With some deep fried pickles and fish tacos, you should be all fueled up to endure the rest of the brewery tour!
Callister Brewing Co.
1338 Franklin Street, Vancouver
Callister Brewing is a nano-brewery that specializes in small batch craft beers. This is probably my favorite brewery of the day because it operates as a communal space. Callister owns the space and rents out leases to other brewers annually. The tasting room therefore has four different brewers operating under one roof, offering ample selection. To top it off, the walls are covered in local artwork for sale, offering a art gallery type feel.
1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Strange Fellows was co-founded by two strangers with a common passion for craft beer. They have an awesome atmosphere, a large community table which we love and a killer Equinox IPA. This funky, inviting space is definitely worth a stop on the East Van brewery itinerary. They also have an entire room dedicated to photos of facial hair which is enough in itself.
1950 Triumph Street, Vancouver
Parallel 49 is one of our all time favorites. It was the first craft brewery we ever went to and since then, has found its spot in the Vancouver craft beer scene. Their beers are consistent and unique, and their tasting room is always busy. Some of our favorites from Parallel 49 are the Filthy Dirty IPA (another IPA, shocking) and the Gypsy Tears Ruby Red Ale.
310 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Storm Brewing is the 'longest running independent craft brewery in Vancouver. With its humble, barely there tasting room, you would never know it. The tasting room is beside the casks, which gives it a rustic and more personal feel. Last season, we tried a Cinnamon Bun Ale here which was to die for. What we love about this brewery is their originality and creativity with their beers. All of their beers are made in small batches, are unfiltered and additive free. Their staff is killer to top it off.
Some other breweries in the area we have yet to try out are Powell Street Brewing, Bomber Brewing and Off The Rail. East Vancouver is a craft beer lover's paradise, and accessible enough that you can stumble from joint to joint.
“Thank you, craft beer breweries, for making my drinking problem seem like a neat hobby” - Jimmy Fallon
**Stay tuned for upcoming craft beer itineraries in Fairview and Burrard Inlet**