One of the top microbreweries around, North Vancouver‘s Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers offers a warm atmosphere, good food and a variety of great beers.
The brewery is based on the North Shore, on Dollarton Highway, not far from the Second Narrows Bridge. Its beers though are sold at liquor stores and bars all over the Lower Mainland.
The brewery gets exceptional reviews, with average ratings between around 4.0 and 4.8 on sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google Reviews and Facebook for their food and their beers. Not many places get reviews as consistently high as that!
For Deep Cove Brewing’s website visit deepcovecraft.com.
North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewery
Located at 2270 Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver, Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers is a top independent brewery. There is an on-site focus on what they create, using primarily BC-sourced ingredients.
The brewery is owned by the Gibbons Group which is a local company based in Whistler. They also operate The Raven Pub in Deep Cove and Norman Rudy’s in Squamish. Other popular venues under the Gibbons brand include the Longhorn Saloon, FireRock Lounge, Buffalo Bills, Stonesedge Kitchen, Garfinkel’s and a couple of other places in Whistler.
In BC the legal age to drink alcohol is 19. In Alberta it’s 18. Why the difference? We’re guessing Albertans think they’re more mature than us (and they’re probably right)! That’s okay though because British Columbia has better craft beer!
Where is Deep Cove Brewery?
The brewery’s address is Unit 170 – 2270 Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. It’s about a kilometre east of the Second Narrows Bridge and a kilometre west of the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area.
Note: The brewery isn’t super close to the seaside village of Deep Cove. It’s actually about 7 km away. Much closer to Deep Cove (but still not right in the village) is the brewery’s sister drinking establishment, The Raven Pub, which is located at 1052 Deep Cove Road.
BEER IN PARKS
Did you know that, as of the summer of 2021, you can drink alcohol in public at a number of parks in the Lower Mainland? You can also consume alcohol in a couple of areas at the Shipyards in North Vancouver and Waterfront Park near Lonsdale Quay. And did you know that locally-made craft beers are the best tasting beers to enjoy at alcohol-friendly parks? It’s true, or at least we think so!
Hours of Operation and Events
The brewery is open seven days a week. As of June 2021, from Mondays to Thursdays the hours are 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays the hours are 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. On Sundays the place is open from noon until 10:00 pm.
There are fairly regular live music performances and other events at the brewery (on weekends especially). Sadly, COVID-19 halted them for a while, but they have started back up again.
The brewery has a large outdoor patio and a cozy inside area. During non-pandemic times, the brewery offers tours around the establishment.
The patio at the brewery is a great one. It has a mix of circular tables and rectangular wooden picnic tables. They all have umbrellas for shade in the summer.
As you would expect, the main selling point for Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers is their wide range of on-tap beers. But while that is certainly the case there is also more on offer. The brewery also serves craft cocktails and spirits, meaning that drink-lovers of all kinds can find something they enjoy.
There is plenty of food available as well. The fare is what you’d expect from a brewpub, with plenty of sandwiches, meat, some salads and dishes like nachos and pretzels. Each day has a different food special which includes things like pierogis, lobster rolls and Aussie meat pies.
When we last went to the brewery we had the Reuben sandwich. It was delicious! It came with a giant pickle (which is one of the venue’s signature side options). We also had the lobster roll which was like a lobster salad sandwich on a bun. It was also excellent! The restaurant is also especially well-known for its pulled pork sandwiches. For vegetarians, the Halloumi gyro is a cheese-based item that’s highly recommended.
For Deep Cove Brewing’s website visit deepcovecraft.com.
While Deep Cove beers can be found at BC Liquor Stores, retailers sometimes don’t have a huge variety on offer. This means that if you’re looking for the full selection of Deep Cove’s craft beers it’s best to go directly to the source.
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers offers two ways of purchasing drinks on their website. The first is scheduling an order for pick-up. With this method you pre-pay on their website and then drive to their building to grab your order there. Along with beverages you can also purchase gift cards and hand sanitizer made on the premises.
You can sometimes have the beers delivered to your home through Uber Eats. Depending on how close you are to the brewery this might be a nice option. If you live farther away, however, then you might be out of range, or it might be noticeably more expensive. (Note: Unfortunately, as of June 2021, Deep Cove Brewers’ food and drinks are temporarily unavailable via Uber Eats.)
There’s the option to rent a keg from the brewery. They offer both 30-litre and 50-litre sizes. As of the last time we checked, the first costs around $130 to $140 depending on the beer while the second costs around $210 to $220. The kegs have to be picked up on-site, and you need a credit card to purchase them as well.
If you just want a small amount of beer, you can purchase six packs from the brewpub’s fridge. They also sell growlers which are bottles you can get filled with their draft beers.
About Deep Cove’s Beers
Deep Cove Brewery makes some of the best craft beer in the Lower Mainland. Their pale ale, in fact, has won a number of awards. As of the summer of 2021, one of their most popular is their Pineapple Brut.
When we last visited, other beers in their fridge included their Screamin’ Zealand Wild IPA (7%), the Crawl Stout (5%), a Hazy IPA (6.8%) and their Deep Cove Lager (5%). They also had a variety of fruit infused brews including ones with hints of raspberry, pomegranate, mango, coconut and ginger. They even have a Coffee Dopplebock and a Cucumber Pilsner!
A great way to try out the beers is to order a flight. Beer tasting flights come in 3 taster, 4 taster and 5 taster sizes with each glass being 5 ounces. We had a flight with the White Tropical IPA, New Zealand IPA, Hazy IPA and Nitro Crawl Stout. Loved them all! Our favourites though were the New Zealand IPA and the stout.
If you drink, drink responsibly (and don’t drink and drive).
For more information visit the Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers website.
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