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5 Breweries to Visit on a Trip to Vancouver

If you’re planning a journey from Victoria to Vancouver (or vice versa) why not do it in style? The luxurious 242-seat V2V Empress has scheduled daily departures between Victoria and Vancouver. And whether you’re just about to head off for a trip to Victoria, or you’re planning to spend the weekend in Vancouver, these five Vancouver-based breweries are a must-try.

1. Parallel 49 Brewing

Visitors to this bright and modern pub will be treated to a craft beer selection including Cowboy Crusher Session Ale, Craft Lager Munich Helles, and Tricycle Grapefruit Radler. The brewery’s Street Kitchen boasts a seasonal-ingredient-heavy menu with traditional and off-beat pub fare (think hand-cut fries, burgers, bratwurst and Korean ribs). 1950 Triumph Street,

2. Postmark Brewing

Located in the Settlement Building, a visit to this brewery includes convenient access to the Urban Winery and the Belgard Kitchen, which provide snacks and desserts for the brewery. High ceilings and an industrial theme create a welcoming space for small or large groups. Look for favourites such as the Sevens IPA, PSF Lager and Pineapple Ale. 55 Dunlevy Avenue,

3. Main Street Brewery

Modern brewing meets Vancouver history in this early 1900’s-era building. The family-friendly atmosphere includes open high-beam ceilings, exposed brick, wood counters and sleek black stools. Customers can take in the view of the brewing tanks while downing Pilsner, Saison, Pale Ale and Brown Ale, as well as seasonally brewed beer, and while nibbling on nachos and tacos. 261 East 7th Avenue,

4. Steamworks Brewing Company

This microbrewery adapted the building’s old steam heating system to power its beer making. Views of British Columbia’s stunning coast fill the large windows while the fireplace revives travellers on chilly days. Expect standard brews like Pilsner and Pale Ale along with unexpected choices such as Pumpkin Ale or the brewery’s trademark Lions Gate Lager flavoured with Czech Saaz hops. There’s also a menu boasting hearty burgers, pasta and seafood. 375 Water Street,

5. Hearthstone Brewery

This darkly decorated, intimate space boasts lots of natural light, and a patio is available during warmers months. Seasonal beers support a line of signature brews like a Chocolate Milk Stout and Rice Lager, while generous portions of comfort food, like forno pizzas, sandwiches and pasta, await hungry patrons. 1015 Marine Drive, Vancouver stands ready to satisfy your thirst and appetite after a cruise in the fresh air of the Salish Sea. Book a breathtaking voyage today!