East Van—They drive while you imbibe. That's what Vancouver Brewery Tours aims to offer as an easy primer into Vancouver’s bustling craft beer industry for a night out. (Architect turned Steamworks then Brassneck brewmaster Conrad Gmoser, above.)
Guests are packed into a comfy passenger van as they are guided around to tour three of Vancouver’s finest craft breweries usually from Mount Pleasant to East Vancouver (mostly around the historical Brewery Creek district and the area dubbed "Yeast Van") for a glimpse behind the scenes while enjoying a sample of hoppy beverages at each stop.
On this night, our first stop on the tour was the amiable nano-brewery Brassneck Brewery for its no-nonsense, serious neighbourhood beer action. A visit behind the scenes revealed Brassneck's penchant for experimentation and dedication to local influences.
Next, we enjoyed the welcoming vibes over at Off the Rail Brewing on Adanac amongst the hive of craft breweries just off Clark Drive. (Georgia Straight staff writer Lucy Lau, above.)
Last, we hit up Big Rock Urban Brewery. One of the newer industrial brew pub varieties, the initially Alberta-based brewery is now placing firm roots in Vancouver with its operations making ales specially for our local market.
VBT also offers themed tour nights throughout the year including an annual Valentine's Day tour and a The Big Lebowski themed one—sadly, no white Russians though.
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