History of Craft Brew in Vancouer

Last year Vancouver saw the opening of 9 microbreweries across the province, from Vancouver to Valemount. Within this year, there is expected to be a minimum of another 28 breweries either opened, or planning to be opened. With breweries that were already developed for many years, that would bring the number of microbreweries in Vancouver to 91, quickly approaching the hundreds.
With this quickly growing industry, is it time to say it is merely a trend, or will this widespread phenomenon last in the Lower Mainland? Let’s take a look of the history of microbreweries in our beer thirsty Vancouver.

Kinsmen-Carnival-CVA-586-2866-1944-editPhoto courtesy of www. spacing.ca depicting craft brew history in Vancouver.

Vancouver was later than most cities to arrive on the microbrew trend, with the Granville Island Brewing to be the city’s very first beer maker, opening its doors in 1984. It’s easy to see though, in comparison, that the phenomenon quickly took of afterwards with the many different kinds of beers being brewed all around the city today.

Stanley Park Brewery, which confusing enough is actually based in Delta, was evolutionary in the way it could be Canada’s first sustainable brewery. The 110-foot wind turbine is the sustainable energy source for the brewery, which uses less water and energy than most other breweries across the world. The brewery’s name refers to the original Stanley Park Brewery which was established on the parks’ Lost Lagoon shore many years before.

Despite the history, Vancouver has an exciting future in microbreweries, and it’s easy to see that many Vancouverites can’t wait to see what’s brewing in our city.

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