On Saturday May 16th, 2015 I was able to check out the Burnaby Tours & Charters Craft Brewery Tour. Much like many other brewery tour operators the bus stops at multiple breweries within Metro Vancouver. Unlike most other tour operators though this tour did not have one brewery inside the city of Vancouver. Another difference from other tour companies there are 17 different locations that you can choose from to be picked up from Canada Place to Lougheed Mall’s parking lot and all kinds of places in between.
The tour took approximately 4 hours and began for me at Canada Place at 1pm. From there we picked up a hand full of people along the way to our first brewery destination.
Our first of 4 destinations was a local favourite for many but also a place less of the Vancouver craft beer fans get to. That brewery is Yellow Dog Brewing in Port Moody.
Once we arrived we were directed to find a seat in the brewery and our samples of beer would be brought to us. The lot of us made out way through the taproom, brewery and onto their patio (Probably cause of many jealous breweries in Vancouver). One thing you will realize right away is that this brewery is very dog friendly which makes sense as it is in the name of the brewery. The patio on this day felt more like a dog park than a brewery patio. I also love the tasting tray at this brewery as it is in the shape of a dog bone! It is a very nice touch. I just think that they should also have some done up as fire hydrants.
Once our time was up at Yellow Dog Brewing we piled back onto our bus to head to the next stop on our tour. In reality we could have walked but it was probably easier to wrangle everyone up and make sure we all made it to Moody Ales down the street.
Again we were asked to find ourselves seats in the brewery so that the samples could be brought to us. This time the brewery was quite busy so we all split up into smaller groups. My small group sat at the far end of the bar. When we got out tasters we got a nice surprise in that we got a sample of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. Once our samples were consumed we were given a tour of the brewery that included a discussion of their brewing system. It was also great to see the new tanks in place that were delivered only days before!
After our time at the brewery we left Port Moody and made our way to Burnaby to visit Dageraad Brewing. Located in a Commercial Park this brewery is a little hidden. Don’t let this stop you from coming in and checking out this awesome little brewery.
Dageraad Brewing specializes in brewing Belgian style beer. The tasting room here is tiny with a small bar and a beer fridge with bottles for sale. They have also added a pick-nick table inside the front part of the brewery space to add capacity. We were given 4 samples of great beer.
After a nice stop at Dageraad we were back on the road this time heading to New Westminster to check out Steel & Oak Brewing.
With the tasting room hopping we were invited to step into the back to the brewery itself to enjoy our samples at get a little talk from on of the brewery staff. Our makeshift table on the palate lifted by the forklift was great. Like always I had a great time while at Steel & Oak Brewing.
Once finished up at the brewery we all headed back to the bus for our ride back to Canada Place.
I had a great time on the tour and it sounded like everyone else did also. Like all tours if you purchased any beer on the tour they had a cooler with ice so you could keep your beer chilled for later. So remember to bring your empty growlers with you! I would really recommend this tour to people that don’t get around as much as I do be it not having a car or just wanting to sample more beer and not have to drive. So keep your eyes peeled for the next tour.
Burnaby Tours & Charters