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A fab East Vancouver collab hits the streets! Beginning this Friday, six artisanal breweries and one small-batch distillery – all located in Vancouver’s most concentrated craft beer and spirits district – are hoisting their glasses to toast the launch of their self-guided tasting tour and passport reward program: The East Village Craft Brewery & Distillery Passport.

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The East Village Light Industrial Area, once known as Cedar Cove, has a longstanding manufacturing history dating back to the 1800’s. At the time, the area’s first and only brewery, Columbia Brewery, was located near the intersection of present-day Powell Street and Wall Street.

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The district was also home to several mills, a slaughterhouse and other resource facilities. Today this community is still a thriving manufacturing zone and is quickly evolving into a hub for craft breweries and distilleries.

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Craft beer and spirits lovers can pick up a passport and map at any of the participating breweries and distilleries located within an easy beer-hopping distance of one other and begin exploring.

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Tasting a variety of award-wining microbrews and craft spirits is the priority on this tour but there are also many popular East Van eateries to discover.

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You may want to plan a day out and dig into some Bavarian pretzels and grainy mustard from Kessel & March, coffee and pastries from JJ Bean, awesome Mexican eats from Tacofino or brunch beforehand at The Red Wagon.

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Participants are encouraged to approach the tour at their own pace, either visiting all seven stops in one day or taking in a few over the course of time. Once all seven stamps are collected, you’ll get a spiffy East Village-branded growler to add to your collection.

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Taking part in The East Village Brewery & Distillery Passport will be the area’s oldest brewery (established in 1995) Storm Brewing, as well as Parallel 49 Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Doan’s Craft Brewing Co., Callister Brewing Co., Bomber Brewing, Andina Brewing (soon to open!) and Odd Society Spirits.

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The East Village Craft Brewery & Distillery Passport was created in partnership with The Hastings North Business Improvement Association to promote the area as a destination for craft beer and spirit lovers. The East Village is located within two historic neighbourhoods situated in the heart of East Vancouver: Hastings Sunrise and Grandview-Woodland.

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