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PUBS & PATIOS: Patio perfection on BC Ale Trail

The motto of the BC Ale Trail is “arrive thirsty, leave inspired.” We’ll assume that’s based on the province’s beautiful natural setting, not any sense of inflated insight after a brew or two too many. At any rate, organizers of the Trail point out that there’s no better place to visit during the pandemic than one – or some – of its many patios.

That’s because as part of Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, the provincial government has allowed many breweries to expand outdoor patios or even add new outdoor spaces — ensuring that visitors can enjoy summer patio season on the Trail while staying safely distanced outside, says Trail members.

“The patio expansion has been a saviour for us this season,” says Michael Lewis, GM of Three Ranges Brewing in Valemount. “We can accommodate our customers; they love the changes and feel safer with more outdoor space available.

“We trust patios at breweries across the province will be one of the silver lining legacies that remains as we move forward,” adds Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild.

With that in mind, here is a BC Ale Trail Top 10 list of patios and picnic areas at craft breweries located all around BC:

Three Ranges Brewing (Valemount) – Picnic tables and other lawn furniture give this patio the feel of a beer garden. Although food isn’t available on site, customers are welcome to bring their own food or grab a wood-fired pizza from the pizzeria across the street. Three Ranges Brewing can be found on the Northern BC Ale Trail.

Canoe Brewpub (Victoria) – Canoe has the best patio in Victoria, if not all of BC, full stop, thanks to its setting next to the Inner Harbour below the new bridge. Add to that food from an excellent kitchen and delicious craft beer brewed on site. Canoe Brewpub can be found on the Victoria Ale Trail.

Howe-Sound-Brewing, Squamish

Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish) – The breathtaking backdrop of The Stawamus Chief has made this patio one of the best spots to sip a beer in BC since this brewpub opened in 1996. Howe Sound Brewing can be found on the Squamish Ale Trail.

Wildeye Brewing (North Vancouver) – In addition to its large indoor tasting room, Wildeye recently opened an outdoor patio with picnic tables, shrubs and even a palm tree. Wildeye Brewing can be found on the Vancouver’s North Shore Ale Trail.

Parkside Brewery (Port Moody) – Most of the breweries on Brewers Row in Port Moody have outdoor spaces, but the biggest is the patio at Parkside Brewery. Now this brewery has added a second side patio for ever more outdoor seating. Parkside Brewery can be found on the Port Moody Ale Trail.

Cannery Brewing (Penticton) – Cannery already had a patio set up, but it recently added The Backyard, a comfortable space behind the brewery designed to make patrons feel at home. Cannery Brewing can be found on the Penticton Ale Trail.

Over Time Beer Works (Kimberley) – Over Time took advantage of “time off” during the pandemic to add a comfortable patio beside the brewery, complete with a bocce pit. Over Time Beer Works can be found on the Kootenay Rockies East Ale Trail.

Tapworks Brewing (Gibsons) – Tapworks’ rooftop patio offers a spectacular setting to enjoy food and beer with views of Howe Sound. Tapworks Brewing can be found on the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail.

Field House Brewing (Abbotsford) – Field House has a covered patio along with a 289-sq.-m. beer lawn in front of the brewery. Field House Brewing can be found on the Fraser Valley Ale Trail.

Dog Mountain Brewing (Port Alberni) – This brewery, which opened late in 2019, has a rooftop patio with stellar views of the Alberni Inlet.

Dog Mountain Brewing in Port Alberni, BC

For more information on the BC Ale Trail, visit HERE.

For more Pubs & Patios check HERE.

First published at Travel Industry Today

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