East Vancouver is no stranger to change. The area has had a long manufacturing history that goes as far as the 1800’s.  Home to diverse ethnic groups, the area has its own fusion of flavours when it comes to food, and spirits.

So it’s not surprising to me, that East Van pioneered the micro-brewery and distillery culture we are enjoying in Vancouver.  As we all know, nothing goes better with a bite than a cool beer or cocktail.

Expedia.ca asked me to share some spots not to miss while visiting the Vancouver East Side:

Parallel 49 Brewing Co.

Mike, Nick and Anthony all grew up within 10 minutes of each other in East Van. The three friends had a passion for craft beer and they turned that passion into the thriving business that it is today.  Their craft room is open from 11am -11pm daily.

One of their staple beers, The Gypsy Tears, is a staple here in Vancouver, and a good one to sample first. It’s a hoppy ale with a creamy caramel finish.  If looking for something a little lighter, the Jerkface 9000 (not making up the name here, honest), is a lighter American-style wheat ale that is easy to drink and ends with a clean citrus finish….

This is an excerpt from the article Breweries and Distilleries not to Miss in East Vancouver which originally appeared on Vancouver Bits and Bites.