The craft beer scene in Vancouver is flourishing. There are not only many microbreweries in the area to choose from when stocking the fridge, but also an amazing amount of venues to consume select beers along with some decent bites in places that have taken pub food to the next level. Here’s a couple you might want to head to the next time you’re thirsty
At the end of Gastown at 157 Alexander, the Alibi Room has been serving up craft beer from local and international breweries since 2006. The food menu focuses on local products though, and the cuisine is created with beer-pairing in mind. Here you’ll find kegs created solely for the restaurant as well as a solid wine and cocktail list, along with a hip crowd who’ve been sipping craft brew long before it became mainstream.
Tap and Barrel
The Olympic Village on False Creek got a huge lift this summer when the Daniel Group opened Tap and Barrel. They’ve got two levels and an endless patio where you can choose from 79 taps of beer, cider and wine. With private dining and over 400 seats both indoors and out, this is a place where you come for a drink and accidentally settle in for the night. All the pub regulars are on the food menu plus twists such as excellent poutine and burgers such as the chipotle peanut butter and bacon jelly. It’s hard to get bored with this amazing selection.
If you are looking for a place that taps a good cask regularly, East Van’s The Whip is a must. Located in Mount Pleasant at 209 East 6th, this is a popular place for both beer and art lovers as the loft showcases rotating local art work. Sit at the communal table and get to know your neighbours while sipping on their vast selection of brew and snacking of bites that range from fish and chips to bouillabaisse.
Eclectic Commercial Drive is home to St. Augustines where forty ever-changing brews are on tap. Sip your brew with Fried tasty accompaniments such as chicken, pulled pork, wings and poutine and don’t miss their legendary weekend brunch. The website lists how much of each keg is left for those who want to be sure their favourite is on tap and the staff actually know the vast difference in beer styles and are happy to recommend their favourites.
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