Vancouver is known for having beautiful views. There's water everywhere, which adds a natural touch to the cityscape. Why not take advantage of Vancouver's unique geography and enjoy a beer on an island?
Granville Island is a sandbar located just south of the Downtown Vancouver peninsula. While it was an industrial area back in the early 20th century, it's now a tourist attraction with many theaters, shopping centers, and restaurants.
There's a bridge that connects the island to the mainland. But perhaps you're looking for something a little more interesting? If so, consider taking one of the tugboat ferries that take passengers to Granville Island.
The founders of Granville Island Brewery opened up shop on this lovely island in 1984. They claim to be Canada's first microbrewery. The brewery prides itself on crafting small-batch, delicious, and local beer that it's proud to share with the community.
The brewery has a wide variety of beers available, each of which is brewed with high quality, natural ingredients. Granville has five "core beers" in its arsenal, as well as many other small-batch beers. The core beers include two pale ales, a pilsner, an IPA, and a raspberry ale. One of the specialty beers is an IPL (India Pale Lager). You won't find an IPL at many breweries!
The brewery offers tours and tastings daily at 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00, and 5:30. To book a tour, visit the retail store next to the taproom. Tours are on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure not to get there too late. As a side note, the brewery requires that you wear close-toed shoes. You don't want to get rejected just for wearing sandals to a brewery.
Cover photo: "Granville Island Brewing" by Adam Barhan is licensed under CC BY 2.0.