Five Local Beer Staples for Patio Sipping - West Coast Food

By Joyce Chua, Vancouver Foodie Tours

If you don’t mind a light jacket and a slight chance of needing to move inside while a shower passes through, there’s still time to soak up British Columbia’s stunning vistas outside with a cold beer in hand this year. For the sunny days still to come, take note of these five local beer staples – easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing, ultra-refreshing – that you can find almost anywhere.

33 Acres of Sunshine

33 Acres Brewing, Vancouver

This French Blanchè beer is inspired by the sun.  Fruity, orange-like, with a slightly sweet aftertaste, you’ll easily spot it on the shelves from its minimalist white label.

Destiny IPA

Fuggles and Warlock, Richmond

Let’s say you’re the kind of person who picks beer by the label. You might already be familiar with Fuggles and Warlock for their whimsical illustrated labels and quirky names. The Destiny IPA has the hoppiness that West Coast’ers love, with a bitter kick that comes from seven kinds of hops.

Red Truck Classic Lager

Red Truck Brewing, Vancouver

Light and easy drinking, the Red Truck Classic Lager is a quick pick for a backyard barbeque. The grassy aroma, slight malty-slightly sweet notes are kind of what you’d expect from a lager, and that’s kind of the point.

Red Racer Northwest Pale Ale

Central City Brewers + Distillers, Surrey

Affectionately known as a “big, bold, pale ale,” Red Racer’s Northwest Pale Ale is malty, light, and hoppier than most in the category. It’s an ideal pairing for pub foods like burgers, pizza, and mac and cheese, so you’ll find it by the pint at many local bars and taprooms.

The Bright Side Saison

Dageraad Brewing, Burnaby

The quirkiest of this list is Dageraad’s tart table saison. Traditional saisons were brewed in the cooler winter months, stored, and saved for summer. The Bright Side Saison is finished with lemon zest and lemon juice, giving this refreshingly light beer a gentle tartness.


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