If you live in Vancouver proper, you are no doubt spoiled for choice when it comes to craft beer. Between Mount Pleasant and East Van, plus some singles in between (Brewing August, we’re looking at you, cutie), it is extremely easy to stay within city lines for your hop fix.
The point of the BC Ale Trail, which was created by Destination British Columbia and the BC Craft Brewers Guild, is to encourage people to check out craft breweries throughout the entire province. And while a weekend trip to Penticton or Cumberland isn’t always possible for a Vancouverite, a day trip to Abbotsford or Delta certainly is.
If you need an extra reason to venture out, Delta’s Barnside Brewing was just given the Ale Trail’s sixth-annual Best Brewery Experience Award, which recognizes excellence in not only beer, but in service, and in story, and in vibe.
“We have worked hard to show that at Barnside, the beer you’re tasting isn’t trying to be anything else but an expression of the land that you’re standing on,” says Ken Malenstyn, hop farmer and general manager at Barnside, in a statement. “Our terroir, our farming practices, our ingredients.”
Founded by three farm families with deep roots in Delta’s agricultural community, Barnside’s “one-mile” beers are made with 100 per cent locally-grown ingredients, including many from its onsite farm.
It also has a kitchen serving up real food (not just, you know, pepperoni sticks), and a casual but welcoming tasting room, including a great outdoor picnic area that is perfect in the warmer months.
Cheers to that, mates.