When Granville Island Brewing opened our doors in 1984, we believed that British Columbia was ready for a premium, natural, unpasteurized beer. And with our first release that same year, Island Lager, that belief was confirmed.
A few years later we took the same desire to locally handcraft premium beers with all natural ingredients and applied it to the creation of Lord Granville Pale Ale, which soon after was re-christened English Bay Pale Ale. Thus began our tradition of naming our beer after local neighbourhoods.
It didn't take long for local beer drinkers to embrace our creations and establish us (unofficially, of course) as the city's own local favourite. Our growing popularity spurred us to keep celebrating more neighbourhoods and expand our customers' palates with even bolder, more unique flavours. With Cypress Honey Lager, Gastown Amber Ale and Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale, the great tastes just kept on rolling.
In 2004, a tour of other breweries in the Pacific Northwest inspired Robson Street Hefeweizen. We knew that BC beer drinkers didn't want us to compromise our unique style and great taste just to create a lighter beer, and ‘Hef' became an instant summer hit. That same year we put four popular flavours into one variety pack and The Mingler was born. It became so successful that we had to release a Winter Version as well. You could say that '04 was a pretty good year for us!
And just as Vancouver has been so great to us, we try to be there for the city as well, doing whatever we can to make it an even better place through sponsorship and community involvement. We proudly sponsor theJazz Festival, Dragon boat Festival, Celtic Fest and Greek Day. Most recently, we dedicated a portion of all sales to the Stanley Park Restoration Project.
It's Good to be Here. At Granville Island Brewing we believe it and we live it.
1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, V6H3R7