Are you on vacation in Nanaimo, BC, and looking for the perfect spot to grab a drink? Nanaimo is home to a range of local craft breweries and distilleries, each offering its own unique and award-winning signature flavours. From thirst-quenching brews to delicious eats and warm, welcoming taprooms, what better way is there to spend a night out with friends? A visit to Nanaimo is not complete without a trip to one of these local craft breweries and distilleries:
Established in 2010, Wolf Brewing Company leans into a traditional European brewing style while combining West Coast creativity and offers a diverse range of flagship beers – including a Golden Honey Ale, Indian Pale Ale, German-Style Pilsner, Black & Tan, and Dark Malt Porter. Stop by to fill up your growler, grab a case to-go, or enjoy a flight or pint at The Wolf Den, their on-site lounge.
Nanaimo’s longest-standing microbrewery, Longwood Brewery sources its ingredients from local farmers and offers six award-winning core beers – including Stoutnik (Russian Imperial Stout), Berried Alive (Rasberry Ale), The Big One (IPA), Steam Punk (Dark Ale), Island Time (Pilsner), Honey Hop (Pale Ale).
If you’re looking to grab a bite with your beer, then look no further than Longwood Brew Pub where you’ll find fresh, locally sourced West Coast cuisine paired with in-house handcrafted ales and lagers, all served in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Located in downtown Nanaimo, White Sails Brewing is an award-winning brewery with a large, west-coast-inspired taproom that brews a mix of modern and traditional flagship brews inspired by Island Living—including Baston Blonde Ale, Mount Benson India Pale Ale, Circle Route Hazy Pale Ale, Snake Island Cascadian Dark Ale, and Regardians Coffee Ale.
Nanaimo’s newest microbrewery, Cliffside Brewing has a cozy tasting room where you can enjoy delicious chicken wings with one of their signature beers—including Lemondrop (Pale Ale), Plateau (West Coast IPA), Luna (Porter), Ultimate Smash (Pale Ale), Plaid Jacket (Red Ale), Leisure Suit (Lager), Heat Wave (Hazy IPA), and Cosmic Sessions (Pale Ale).
Home to award-winning spirits brewed, fermented, distilled & bottled on-site, Arbutus Distillery offers unconventional, truly unique, and flavour-forward spirits & cocktails. Sourced from 100% BC-grown fermentables, sip and savour one of their flagship spirits in their tasting bar & cocktail lounge – including Baba Yaga Genuine Absinthe, Coven Vodka, and Elderflower Liqueur.
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