Who doesn’t love a good microbrew? Whether you’re relaxing after a long day at work or enjoying a night out with friends, it’s necessary to find a top notch brew. Here’s a list of the top 10 BC breweries:
Swans Buckerfields Brewery, Victoria
Established in 1989, Buckerfields, a Victoria brewery consistently brews natural, healthy, award winning beers.They use nothing but the best in their 100% grain mashes—only barley and wheat malts, and oatmeal in their special stout—and never add sugars, syrups or adjuncts. The ales are naturally carbonated, and rather than being filtrated they’re left to settle at cold temperatures. Filtration removes the deliciousness, and Buckerfields prides itself on its deliciousness. If you're having a brewery craving, the Raspberry Ale is a must-have.
Tree Brewing Company, Kelowna
Tree Brewing’s name not only reflects the natural beauty of British Columbia, but also their passions for all things hand-crafted. Regardless of the style of beer, they use the 100% malted barley and the finest water, yeast and hops. Their Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale is the most popular, but their Kelowna Pilsner, Cutthroat Pale Ale and Hop Head India Pale Ale have all won awards.
Gastown Brewing Company, Vancouver
Steamworks, a Vancouver bar and restaurant named after the famous Gastown steam line, is home to the Gastown Brewing Company. Gastown brews all Steamworks beers on site and uses steam to fire its kettles. This instant steam results in better brewing, which means your beer will be spectacular
Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver
GIB, Canada’s first microbrewery, opened its doors way back in 1984 and has since becomeone of the most popular microbreweries in British Columbia. Since its inception, they have been dedicated to handcrafting all-natural beers with strict quality standards. Their award-winning beers include Island Lager, English Bay Pale Ale, Cypress Honey Lager, Brockton IPA, Lions Winter Ale...the list goes on and on.
Fernie Brewing Company, Fernie
This award-winning brewery is located in the perfect place for an apres-ski beer—the beautiful Rocky Mountain town of Fernie. They have a passion for creating unique, small-batch beers with all-natural ingredients. Whether you’re relaxing after a day on the slopesor just kicking back, FBC’s brews always hit the spot.
Howe Sound Brewing Company, Squamish
Howe Sound Brewery is located just minutes from the Squamish waterfront. It was designed in 1996 by John Mitchell, who is considered the “grandfather of micro-brewing in Canada.” Today, the brewery uses 100% unfiltered barley mash and brews a diverse selection of British-style ales.
Cannery Brewing Company, Penticton
The Cannery is a small microbrewery with big flavour. If you don’t believe me, check out their Maple Stout and Blackberry Porter. Their hand-crafted ales and lagers have always been popular, but thanks to their wins at 2011’s Canadian Brewing Awards, the demand for their tasty brews has skyrocketed.
Gulf Islands Brewing
Gulf Islands Brewing, maker of Saltspring Island Ales, is located in the island’s Fulford Valley. Likemost island businesses, it’s locally owned and operated and keeps production close to home. They partner with local hops farmers and beekeepers, grow some of their own organic hops, donate spent grain to local farmers and bakeries and brew with natural spring water from their backyard mountains. To add to the local focus of their company, the brewery is housed in a 2500 square foot barn built from trees fallen on-site.
Dockside Brewing Company, Vancouver
Dockside has the perfect blend of self-brewed treats and stunning scenery. While you sip your Jamaican Lager, Cartwright Pale Ale or Haupenthal Hefeweizen on the patio, you can watch the boats float by the world-famous Vancouver cityscape. If it’s raining, (which is often does in Vancouver), head inside for a cozy drink by the fireplace.
Dead Frog Brewery, Aldergrove
This independent microbrewery shows it’s possible to be both quirky and delicious. Established in 2006, it brings creativity to the industry through its unique brews and fun marketing. If you want to “do it froggy style,” check out the Pepper Lime Lager, Mandarin Orange Amber Ale and Limited Edition Chocolate Mint Brown Ale.