Is This the Most Picturesque Spot Currently Brewing Beer in Canada?

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Any brewery would be so lucky as to have a hotel and full-service restaurant umbilically connected to it. Such is the case with Dockside, a veteran in Vancouver’s craft brewing scene.

Launched in 2001 and situated on the eastern extreme of Granville Island in arguably one of the best brewery locations in Canada (sandwiched between the waters of False Creek and the green of Ron Basford Park), the multi-purpose place has given us such interesting brews as their odd, hibiscus-infused Jamaican Lager (people either love it or loathe it), delicious Haupenthal Hefeweizen and, rather refreshingly, the juicy Strawberry Blonde.

The brewing program and signature line-up have been maintained under the guidance of talented brewmasters like long-time fixture Peter Haupenthal and, most recently, the restaurant’s former bar manager (and certified Cicerone), Craig Ludtke.

Bonus: stunning patio.

There are 4 comments

  1. Lowkey best brewery location in town, virtually unknown, patio almost never full, great views.

    Terrible beer.

  2. Yes, I agree with Skookum Jim, the beer is bad which is a shame because it really is a great spot.

  3. Hi Jim and KWL,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment and forgive me for dropping in on your conversation. Dockside heard all the feedback about the beer program and appointed a new brewmaster this spring.

    The new brewmaster and Cicerone Craig Ludtke has reformulated all the recipes and is offering a rotating selection of new seasonal beers as well.

    We hope you’ll be able to stop in sometime and give the new beer list a spin–the views are still as great as you remember.

  4. Paul,

    Good to hear that the beer program has been reformulated. Next time I am in the City I will have to stop in.

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