Friday, 12 December 2014

The Best Beer Bars in Vancouver: Part 2

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Seeing as there are so many great beer-centric pubs in  town, I figured the previous list wasn't nearly finished with just five pubs on it.

Thanks to everyone who commented and shared their thoughts on which local pubs deserved a shoutout. It was great to hear from you and get a discussion about craft beer and the local pub scene going online!

Here are five more craft beer spots that you should definitely check out!

With three locations around town, you're never far from this Belgian beer mecca. Their beer list boasts over 120 Belgians and craft beers. Good luck finding anywhere else with Chimay Red and St. Bernardus ABT 12 on tap! BierCraft takes their beer seriously and they've got something for everyone. Whether you're a beer geeks, a newbie to beer or somewhere in between, you will be happy if you stop by BierCraft.

A snug Gastown spot with nine rotating taps and an exceptional bottle list; Find them right behind the Gassy Jack statue. If you're feeling adventurous order the bottle of Driftwood's Lustrum Sour Ale for $22.75.

Howe Sound Brewing's newest venture; This pub is located just a block from Rogers Arena which makes it an ideal spot for pre and post-game pints. With sixteen taps of Howe Sound's beer and six more guest taps of six different local breweries, you can't go wrong here. As a final note, the food is top notch.

Another group with three locations, you can view their "Live Tap List" on their website. They've got 26 taps which regularly rotate and offer excellent Happy Hour deals on their drinks. My current favourite that they're pouring right now (This will be rotate through soon, I'm sure) is Hoyne's Voltage Espresso Stout. Give it a try if you get the chance, if you miss out, there will undoubtedly be something on the beer list that you'll enjoy.

Over 100 beers on tap. Where do you even start with that many beers? That's the best part, you have so many options that you don't have to have the same beer twice. As a fun change, they offer beer blends; "The Great Ape" blends Pyramid's Apricot Ale with Storm's Black Plague Stout. Make a reservation as the wait can be long at times. 

There you have it, five more craft beer oriented pubs for you to check out. Are there more pubs that I've missed out on? Let me know in the comments or on twitter at @VancityBeerGuy. Cheers!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Best Beer Bars in Vancouver Not Named Alibi Room or St. Augustines

By now you know that there are two clear cut answers when it comes to the question "Which is the best beer bar in Vancouver?" It's either Alibi Room or St. Augustines. Everyone knows those are the top locations to imbibe at that aren't tasting rooms or brewery lounges, and that's the reason they're full all of the time!

The question has now become "Which are the best beer bars in Vancouver that aren't named Alibi or St. Augustines?".

Here are some recommendations for you.

Tap & Barrel

Best known for their amazing patios, the two locations each carry a tap list of 28 BC craft beers. Sit back and enjoy the views with a pint of something local. If you're feeling adventurous, try their unique food menu. PB&J burger, anyone?

The Donnelly Group's newest location, it recently grew its tap list to 48 beers. The list is BC heavy with new guys like Barkerville and Yellow Dog available, they also offer a nice selection of American beers such as Stone Brewing. Every day from 3-6pm all craft beers are $5 for 18.5oz during Happy Hour. I'll drink to that!

Kitsilano's main craft beer hangout, this pub is serving up full 20oz pints from 30 taps and a regular cask program. If you're anywhere out near Kits, this is the place to have a beer. Check out what's coming up on their cask list HERE.

Another Donnelly spot, this Gastown pub boasts fifty taps. They've got everything you need from Red Truck Lager to Central City's ISA to the 82 IBU Star Struck Rye IPA from Deep Cove. Stop in on Wednesday evenings and join the Vancouver Facial Hair Club for a round of Bourbon & Bingo. It's a great time.

Portland Craft

Looking to get away from BC beers? Head to Portland Craft on Main Street for a taste of what's going on South of the 49th Parallel. The 16 tap list is always rotating and always top notch.

Bonus: 12 Kings

Vancouver's newest craft beer bar, these guys are on my radar to check out. With the president of CAMRA on board, you know that they'll be serving up great brews!

Next time you're hitting the town and looking for somewhere new to go for a beer, give these spots a try. Surely I didn't get all of the best craft beer bars in town on this list, share your recommendations in the comments or tweet me at @VancityBeerGuy