Believe it or not, I hated beer… couldn’t stand the smell, taste, I was not a beer person… until Cuski showed me the light and I was exposed to high quality local craft beer, as well as Belgian and German beer. I had a sip and never looked back. For Cuski’s annual birthday date, I decided to take him on a brewery tour. Vancouver Brewery Tours offers daily tours (see schedule here) which could be a walking tour, a beer and food tour or the standard tour with transportation to and from the breweries. We opted for the latter and at $75 per person, we visited 3 breweries and got a ride in an air-conditioned van with an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tour guide. Here’s how it all went…
Registering was very easy and I got an email confirmation right away. They make it clear that if they don’t get the minimum number of people for the tour, it gets cancelled so I was hoping that it wouldn’t. Luckily the email that they sent the day before the tour confirmed that there will be one. All the details were in there including the meeting time and place (Waterfront Station, not Centre 😉 ) and what breweries we’d be going to. Brassneck Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, and Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers were all on the schedule.
David, our tour guide, was right on time at the designated meeting spot. He checked everyone’s ID’s and then off we went to the Vancouver Brewery Tours van. He had water bottles in the cooler available for those who needed them. He also said that there would be room in the cooler for any beer that we buy from the breweries. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a growler but in the end… we didn’t really need to buy any. On the way to each brewery, David was a wealth of information about the craft beer industry, told us stories and answered questions as we went along.
The Breweries: In Photos
So I can’t remember what beers were served (and with the rotating beer menus, it’s a little tough)… let me just show you the photos that I took so you can get a sense of how much beer there was 😛
I love these little glasses. The red one on the right is a hibiscus beer, very very refreshing and a great summer beer. I also loved their stout (second from the left). It had a very strong coffee taste which I really liked.
I’ve never had Powell Street beer before and I loved this little tasting room. My favourite was their Czech Style Pilsner, which is the one on the far right. I believe we had the Ode to Citra too which was also quite tasty. They also had these honey garlic pepperoni sticks too which were great to snack on. Delicious!
So much beer! We had a taste of their radler, grisette, a stout and I can’t remember the other. I wasn’t too crazy about the radler but loved the grisette. It was very smooth. Also loved their stout.
To cap off the tour, they gave each of us this awesome souvenir glass. Thanks so much for a great time! If you’re interested in booking a tour, check out their website here.