5 Great Places To Enjoy a Beer In The Fraser Valley

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Great weather and great craft beer go hand in hand – especially when we have so many fantastic local beer and brewery destinations to choose from. If you are new to the craft beer world, this list of 5 great places to enjoy a beer in the Fraser Valley is sure to get you started in the right direction. With selections from restaurant, pub and brewery atmospheres, there is something on this list for every beer drinker, and their friends!

Mission Springs Brewing Company

7160 Oliver Street, Mission | 604.820.1009

With a huge patio overlooking the Fraser River, Missions Springs is a natural choice for enjoying a cold brew on a hot day. Its park-like atmosphere (they have volleyball nets in their front yard!), kid-friendly restaurant and great beer selection, it’s no wonder they are a top destination for all kinds of gatherings during the summer months. Ask for a complimentary flight of 6 of the Spring’s most popular brews to give you a taste of what they have to offer and don’t forget to take a tour of the brewery before you leave!

 

 

Big Ridge Brewing Company

5580 152nd St, Surrey |604.574.2739

After relocating back in 2010, Big Ridge Brewing Company boasts new separate dining areas (restaurant and pub settings) as well as a patio that seats over 100 people! Even though they are a brewery, Big Ridge only serves their creations to patrons of their restaurant and pub – which means your beverage experience truly is one that you can’t get anywhere else! Be sure to ask about their featured beer and feel free to ask questions about the brewery, the craft beers they offer and which ones you might like best!

Kingfishers Waterfront Bar & Grill

23840 River Road, Maple Ridge | 604.463.0094

As a proud supporter of BC craft beers, Kingfishers has been offering an incredible selection of BC’s micro brewed beers since 2008. Their menu shares selections such as Cannery Naramta’s Apricot Wheat Ale and Howe Sound’s Pumpkineater, both of which are on our must-try list this year. The Kingfishers serving staff are very knowledgeable about craft beers and will help make recommendations based on your preferences. Feel free to bring the kids along until 8:00pm or make use of the heated patio on a sweet summer night.

Dublin Crossing

18789 Fraser Hwy #101, Surrey | 604.575.5470

A great meeting place and stomping ground for friends, Dublin Crossing on the Surrey/Langley border offers up delicious food with a beer menu that has something for everyone. From the classic Irish ales (Guinness and Kilkenny), to the lesser known micro brews (Maudite from Quebec) to the mainstream bottling companies (Kokanee, MGD & Corona), Dublin Crossing carries a great selection of brews. Throw in a few live Celtic tunes and you’ve got yourself a great way to unwind after a long week at work (or the beach!). Be sure to check out their events page ahead of time to see who’s playing throughout the week and learn about any special events coming up (next Saturday, August 27/’11, they are having a pig roast).

Duke of Dublin

33720 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford | 604.746.2000

9254 Nowell St, Chilliwack| 604.392.2000

Like most traditional Irish pubs, the Duke of Dublin was built with numerous nooks and crannies throughout to allow for privacy between parties. Whether you’re looking to have a rowdy night complete with live music (they have it 7 days a week!) or a chatty night out with friends, there is surely a nook at the Dublin that is calling your name! When it comes to beers, not only do they have 16 kinds of draught, but the serve up true pints too! You can always expect to find your favourite Irish brew (think Strongbow and Harp), but don’t forget to ask about their rotating features as well!

If you are a beer lover in the Fraser Valley, this month we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try a new brew or pub!

Where do you like to go for an ice cold pint of beer?  We’d love to hear your BC craft beer and local pub/restaurant favourites!



Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan



One Response to “5 Great Places To Enjoy a Beer In The Fraser Valley”

  1. BeerLearner says:

    I like the article! Those are all some of my favorite haunts. Shannon, if you’re going to promote an event for Dublin Crossing then it’s only fair that you also promote the following:

    Mission Springs – when their next cask night is. These guys are doing one for Oktoberfest in September. Words don’t cover how much I love this place. The staff & food are great! Two words: Wood Oven!

    Big Ridge – The Brewmaster Tariq Kahn puts a lot of passion into the weekly Friday cask night every Friday @ 4 pm. It’s a great opportunity to try some of his creations! Not only that but he’s having a Cask off w/ the brewmaster of Mission Springs on September 30th. For craft beer consumers in the Valley, this is a must attend event.

    Kingfishers – they have a Beer Club of their own that offers discounts. Talk to the owner Ted or the Bar Manager (I think it’s Andrew) for more info. It’s also the unofficial “home base” of CAMRA Fraser Valley. I agree the food is amazing. They ONLY have craft brews on tap. They also have blankets to use on their patio in case it gets a bit cold (which I think is a brilliant idea).

    Dublin Crossing – It’s worthy of note that they have a lager brewed just for them by the local Russell Brewing Company called Trinity Lager. It’s a fine place to merge this offering with the overseas Emerald Isle hospitality and decor.

    Duke of Dublin – I believe these guys are the brother / sister pub of Dublin Crossing. They do mixed Irish beer drinks as well (think Black & Tan, Black Velvet & Shandy just for starters) – where the staff do their utmost to ensure the pour, layering, & look of the beer is perfect before bringing it to you.

    Another place worthy of note is: Billy Miner Pub & AleHouse. Over 24 craft beers on tap is a sure fire draw. The team there has worked hard to bring in all those selections. Couple that with upcoming cask nights (check their website) and it’s a worthwhile place to enjoy a premium craft brew.

    Thanks for reading,
    BeerLearner

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