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The Best of… Beer Confusion

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WE, the weekly formerly known as the West Ender, recently published its ‘The Best of the City’ readers choice awards. In their After Dark section, they had a couple of categories covering beer, so fewer issues for me to have than with the Georgia Straight‘s ‘Best of Vancouver‘ awards. Nevertheless, it is another canary in the coal mine to judge how beer-savvy their readers are. The verdict? Not terribly.

WE had two categories devoted to beer —Microbrewery and Brew Pub. What were the picks?


  1. Dockside Brewing Co.
  2. Steamworks Brewing Co.
  3. Granville Island Brewing

Brew Pub:

  1. Yaletown Brew Pub (sic)
  2. Steamworks Brewing Co.
  3. Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Co. (sic)

Problem? Dockside and Steamworks are not microbreweries They produce beer solely for sale on their premises, hence the term ‘brew pub.’ Microbreweries produce beer for sale outside of their premises. They’ve been allowed to have tap rooms to offer visitors a sample of their brews, but full pub service is not available.

So for next year’s ‘The Best of the City’ awards, let’s get what we’re voting on straight. In Vancouver proper, there are three microbreweries — Granville Island, R&B, and Storm — and four brew pubs — Coal Harbour, Dix, Dockside, Steamworks, Yaletown. If the boundary is actually Metro Vancouver, then the options extend from Lions Bay to Delta, Bowen Island to Abbotsford. That excludes Howe Sound Brewing, Whistler Brewhouse, Dead Frog, and Mission Springs. It also doesn’t include Whistler Brewing which doesn’t even brew in Whistler. Granville Island is a bit of an anomaly because the only beer they brew at the island is their seasonal releases. Anything that’s sold in a six-pack is made in Kelowna.

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  1. Hey Rick,

    What is up with Coal Harbour Brewing, is that new?




    March 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

  2. Coal Harbour Brewing is just a fancy name for a brewpub operation in a Chinatown dive bar on the corner of Main & East Georgia. As far as I know, they’ve been making cheap suds for their customers for a couple of years. I included them to be comprehensive (and accurate), but I don’t think I would recommend stopping by and trying a sampler. For that matter, I think they’re only brewing a lager.


    March 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    • bcbrews, you should really do you homework before opening your mouth ! mainand east georgia has NOTHING except a new “yuppie bar wanna be beer geek establishment. PAT’S PUB on east hastings used to have a functioning Brewery, in their basemant.. Coal Harbour is quite a ways down East Hastings !! Hope that kinda clears things up


      May 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      • Three years on? Not really. I know the brewer, which means I know a bit more now than what I got from the secretive owner.


        May 17, 2011 at 12:14 am

  3. Shoot, I was excited. I thought there might be something new in town.


    March 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

  4. […] The majority of people still need to discover R&B and Storm, it seems. Sorry, folks, per a previous post, Steamworks is not a microbrewery; they are a brewpub. Outside of this category, only one craft […]

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