Drink Up Some Winter Cheer with These Local Beers

These beers taste like your favourite holiday treats—with flavours like cinnamon, caramel, chocolate and even toasted coconut

Chill out this season with a cool beer that reflects the feelings and flavours of winter


1. Toasted Coconut Black Lager by Field House Brewing

Abbotsford’s Field House Brewing bring a sweet addition to our holiday beer roundup. This lager uses toasted coconut to bring out the complexity and character of the traditional German schwarzbier. Sip carefully to taste the subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. Bring this beer to a party this season in lieu of holiday baking.

2. Roggen Weizen by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This seasonal offering by New West’s Steel & Oak Brewing Co. smells like a slice of banana cream pie. The malty finish comes with notes of clove and banana bread. This cold-weather beer is a delicious addition to your festivities.


3. Winter Lager by Steamworks Brewery

Expect a rich toasted malt flavour from this elegant Winter Lager. Be sure to drink it from a clear glass to let the deep copper hue shine.

4. 710 Oaked Stout by Faculty Brewing

Faculty Brewing is a trendy brewery and tasting room tucked into the pseudo-industrial part of False Creek. Their favourite winter beer is their 710 Oaked Stout. American oak gives this award-winning stout an aroma of sweet vanilla and wood.

5. Winter’s Own Weizenbock by Longwood Brewery

This German-style wheat bock is made to reflect the refreshing nature of a crisp winter snowfall. Fruity and spicy notes are combined with an all-over malty taste to warm you up. Pair this beer with rich and indulgent winter meals.

6. Naughty & Spiced Porter by Russell Brewing Company

Treat yourself to a porter spiked with Christmas pudding spices. The Naughty & Spiced Porter is aged in oak and vanilla beans to give it a balanced flavour profile.

7. Winter Dunkel by Whistler Brewing Co.

Ever wanted to drink a Terry’s Chocolate Orange? You might get your wish with this Winter Dunkel by Whistler Brewing Company. Organic chocolate mingles with wheat malts, orange zest and coriander.

8. Father John’s Winter Ale by Howe Sound Brewing

Named after John Mitchell, the original brewer at Howe Sound, this seasonal ale is brewed especially for the winter months. Its tasting notes read more like a cookie: brewed with vanilla, nutmeg, ginger and molasses. Pair it with dessert, cheeses and chutneys for maximum cheer.

9. Con Leche Horchata Style Milk Stout by Twin Sails

This award-winning British stout takes its flavour inspiration from Mexican horchata. The beer is unbelievably creamy, smells like coffee and has hints of cinnamon and chocolate—it’s a can’t-miss for lovers of stout.

10. Midnight Run Dark Lager by Red Truck Beer Company

This bittersweet lager smells a bit like iced coffee and will go well with a box of chocolates this season. Clean and crisp, it has a great roasted malt flavour. 

11. 33 Acres of Darkness by 33 Acres

We love the minimalist moon design on this beerand 33 Acres of Darkness has the substance to back up its style. This lager features hoppy flavours, combined with toasted sugar and rich coffee undertones. Pair it with comforting winter fare like a bowl of chilli or mac and cheese.

12. Biere d’Hiver Beligan Dubbel by Townsite Brewing

Get your hygge on this winter with your friends at Townsite Brewing. They’re bringing us their Winter Belgian Dubbel. Spiked with coriander and star anise, you’ll taste Christmas flavours of plums and currants while you sip.

13. Hermannator Ice Bock by Vancouver Island Brewing

This is the 30th anniversary of the Hermannator Ice Bock, created by the orignal brewmaster, Hermann Hoerterer. Aged in red wine barrels, the beer has rich notes of sherry, wine and plum. Fruity and chocolatey, this one-of-a-kind beer is perfect for celebrating this season!

14. Dive Bomb Dark Ale by Powell Street Craft Brewery

A favourite brew at wintertime, this beer won the bronze medal for brown ales this year at the Canadian Brewing Awards. The Dive Bomb Dark Ale has a background of nutty notes accompanied by caramel roasted goodness. Pair this beer with your chocolatey desserts or serve it alongside some blue cheese. 

15. Lions Winter Ale by Granville Island Brewing

Find comfort in this delicious winter ale from Granville Island Brewery. The sweet flavours of vanilla, caramel and cocoa are subtly balanced to perfection.

16. Mapalé Milk Stout by Andina Brewing Company

Andina Brewing Company is a vibrant addition to the Vancouver craft-brewing scene—you can’t miss their bright yellow tasting lounge on Powell Street. This milk stout takes its name from a dance and musical rhythm from the Afro community on the Colombian coast. This stout is creamy like a milkshake with flavours of nuts, cocoa and coffee.

17. Krampus Abbey Dubbel by Strange Fellows Brewing

Named after a demon from European folklore who punishes bad children at Christmas, this Krampus Abbey Dubbel by Strange Fellows Brewing is a wicked addition to our list. Malty and spicy with notes of pepper and chocolate, this beer has a distinctive dark cherry flavour and a sweet start.

18. Touques of Hazzard by Parallel 49 Brewing

This double IPA is scented with gooseberries and tropical fruit. The strong hoppy flavour and goofy Canadian design on the label make it great for bringing to a low-key holiday get-together.

19. Blackstone Porter by Driftwood Brewery

This easy-drinking porter features a hint of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavours. Topped off with a roasted, dry finish, this is the perfect porter for those unaccustomed to dark beers.

20. Dawn Patrol Coffee Porter by Tofino Brewing Co.

This season, Tofino Brewing Co. is offering up a rich porter made with bourbon-soaked vanilla beans and locally roasted coffee beans. The adorable burlap design on the bottle plays up the artisanal coffee theme of this craft beer.

21. Winter Warmer by Postmark

This spicy Winter Warmer ale by Postmark has all the richness that the holiday season demands. With a complex and balanced taste, this is a beer sure to pique the interest of every craft beer enthusiast.

22. Stag & Pheasant Imperial Stout by Main Street Brewing

Aged in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels, this stout has a deep and earthy taste with a hint of pine and smoke. The sweetness of coffee and chocolate notes are rounded off nicely to make a fine stout made for sipping as the snow falls.