Over the past few years, Vancouver has gone through a beautiful (and weird) craft beer renaissance. Thanks to new breweries popping up across the city, creating micro-beer districts like Yeast Van and Brewery Creek, there’s never been a more interesting time to do a Vancouver beer crawl, sampling everything from barrel-aged sours to wild yeast hybrid brews.
Opened by father-son duo Brian and Josh Michnik in 2013, 33 Acres Brewing Co. has quickly become one of the city’s most popular breweries, inadvertently beginning one of Vancouver’s most famous craft beer districts: Brewery Creek. Housed in a small converted storefront, this beautifully minimalist brewery serves up ice-cold pints, bottles and growlers of small-batch beers like their West Coast-style pale ale, 33 Acres of Ocean, or their beautifully grassy India Session Ale, 33 Acres of Echo. Besides a great menu for brunch and late-night noshing, you can also find rotating food trucks parked outside, depending on the day. Want to bring your kids along? They’re totally allowed.
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While Brassneck Brewery makes a range of delicious beers worth checking out at their rustic, industrial space on Main Street, what sets them apart is their experimental small-batch stuff. Check the rotating chalkboard for little-seen styles and taste their latest experiments, like the tart Viognier Changeling made with grape must, for example. Because production is so small, you’ll likely have to head to the tasting room to give yourself a try. Luckily there’s a growler shop, as well, so you can take some to go just as easily.