The thirst for locally made, small-batch brews has just been getting thirstier and Richmond is meeting the demand by serving up unique beers in various communities across the island city. Take a look at our top five places to get your craft beer drink on in Richmond, BC.
Fuggles and Warlock
Fuggles and Warlock is known for keeping beer weird and is the only craft brewery in Richmond’s with an onsite tasting lounge. Pushing the traditional styles of beer to the limit by adding West Coast flair to their ales, Fuggles and Warlock has some adventurous brews aimed toward adventurous palettes. This full production brewery is tucked away in an industrial office park just off Highway 99, making it the perfect place to stop for a pint on your way to Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Be sure to check out their full tasting room and hot-food menu.
Our top picks at Fuggles & Warlock:
- The Last Strawberry Wit, brewed with fresh strawberries from Abbotsford
- Beam Me Up Espresso Milk Stout, brewed in collaboration with Salt Spring Coffee
Britannia Brewing Company
Located on the main waterfront stretch of Steveston Village, Britannia Brewing Company is Richmond’s newest craft beer destination with a full-service restaurant. Serving up catch-of-the-day fare such as fish & chips, ceviche, and poke bowls, Britannia Brewing rounds off its menu with bar snacks and a killer selection of juicy burgers. Finish off your meal with a flight of Britannia Brewing Company’s beers, all brewed in Richmond, BC.
Our top picks at Britannia Brewing Company:
- Britannia Rye Porter
- Britannia Adrift Hot Blonde
Just a bit further down the street from Britannia Brewing is Hog Shack, Richmond’s only American-style BBQ restaurant, serving up meaty plates of ribs, brisket, pulled pork and much more. They pair their meat with a thoughtful selection of craft beer from the lower mainland, so if you’re looking for a decent selection, and craving some seriously delicious double-smoked brisket ends, this is the place to go.
The beers on tap change on the regular, but some favourites of ours are as follows:
- Driftwood Amber Ale
- Howe Sound Lager
Jetside Bar at Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is just steps away from the international departures terminal at the Vancouver International Airport. It’s also home to Jetside Bar, the most popular lounge within the airport itself. Exclusive to the Fairmont hotels is the Fairmont Honey Lager, made with honey harvested from the hotels’ beehives and brewed by Whistler Brewing. Treat yourself to a flight of local craft beers that offer a taste of BC’s local craft brewing scene.
Our top picks at Jetside Bar:
- Fairmont Honey Lager by Whistler Brewing
- Driftwood “Fat Tug” IPA
FRESH Restaurant and Lounge at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel
A quick walk north of the Canada Line Aberdeen Station takes you to the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel, where you’ll find FRESH Restaurant and Lounge. Serving up Korean street tacos to a low-fat umami turkey burger served with double cooked fries, you’ll find an extremely tasty menu featuring west coast fare with a twist. Not only that, you’ll also find the full lineup of Phillips beers from Victoria, making FRESH Restaurant and Lounge one of the best places to taste the lineup of beers outside of the company’s tasting room in Victoria.
Our top picks at FRESH Restaurant and Lounge:
- Phillips Blue Buck Ale
- Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter