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!
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!
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!
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.
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).
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!