Winter Beers in Vancouver are Still Pouring Strong - West Coast Food

By Kristi Alexandra

Though the holidays have passed, winter doesn’t officially end until well into March, and nor do the city’s seasonal brews. While it may be too late for that craft beer advent calendar, the seasonal suds are still flowing with these Vancouver-based beers. We suggest you run, don’t walk, to find the following beers in the city before they stop flowing (and most definitely, don’t drive after).

Postmark Brewing

55 Dunlevy Ave.

Winter Warmer
Bring it in for a classic, with touches so subtle you could drink this all-year-long. Dark, rich malts find themselves in a warming ale with refreshingly minimal spices.

Parallel 49

1950 Triumph St.

Broken Resolution Cherry Baltic Porter

Finally, a winter beer that looks beyond December 25th. For when you give up on sober January, grab a hold of Parallel 49’s twist on the classic English Porter. Chocolate, plum, and a bright tart, cherry flavour pop out from a roasted malt base.


Rock The Bells Cranberry Sour

Rock the Bells is a Sour Cranberry Ale that harkens back to your Christmas dinner. A tart, crisp cranberry flavour permeates this brew, which is the perfect accoutrement to any comfort food fare.



Strange Fellows Brewing

1345 Clark Dr.


“Rich, sweet, and with a hint of Red Twizzler” is how Strange Fellows describes their holiday beer named after a European goat-demon meant to scare “bad children” on Christmas. Warm, malty, and hints of chocolate, cherry, and toffee permeate this pale Canadian brew. Trust us, this tastes a lot more delightful than its semi-evil folkloric title would suggest.

Bomber Brewing

1488 Adanac St.

Choqlette Chocolate Porter
If chocolate over the holidays is your weakness, this brew is for you. Tons of cocoa with a toasty black malt take over this beer. Find hints of banana with a healthy amount of yeast, harkening back to the most comforting chocolate chip banana bread you’ve ever tasted.


Granville Island Brewing

1441 Cartwright St.

Lions Winter Ale

Vanilla, cocoa, and caramel are the spotlight for the city’s most ubiquitous seasonal beer. Year after year, Granville Island’s Lions Winter Ale gives you the cozy comfort of winter that deserves a spot on your Hygge Pinterest board.

Stanley Park Brewing

New location coming soon!

Mandarin IPA

Reminisce about the oranges in your Christmas stocking by kicking back with this citrusy brew. Freshly peeled mandarin citrus, lemon, and grapefruit punctuate each sip of this winter IPA.

Strathcona Beer Company

895 E Hastings St.

Brrr! Winter Radler
For those who love the refreshing citrus of holiday flavours with a little less yeast. This winter radler blends beer, fresh cranberry and mandarin juice. Light, effervescent and easy-to-drink – the perfect beer to transition into spring.

Want more winter craft beer? Check out the seasonal winter beer in Vancouver’s North Shore, Surrey & Coquitlam, and New Westminster & Richmond.

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