A visit to Surrey isn’t complete without sampling some of the region’s libations! The city is home to a diverse collection of breweries, distilleries and wineries, each with their own unique offerings and all definitely making their mark on BC’s craft beverage scene.
Central City Brewers & Distillers
Enjoy a flight or sip on an original cocktail featuring their own spirits, at the Central City Brew Pub. Located in North Surrey, Central City Brewers + Distillers is a BC craft brewery pioneer. (11411 Bridgeview Drive)
Russell has been creating some of the best craft brews in Metro Vancouver since 1995; forging the way for the craft movement by making small-batch unpasteurized “Real Beer” with natural ingredients. With a diverse lineup, any beer lover is sure to find their new favourite. The tasting room features four core beers and all sorts of delicious seasonal brews, with a special love for a milkshake IPA. Don’t worry if you don’t have a taste for the bitter hops; Russell Brewing offers some mighty stouts and saisons, awesome ales and pilsners. (13018 80 Avenue)
Way Back Brew Co.
Way Back Brew Co. draws inspiration from 1970s and early ’80s California, infusing retro vibes into its marketing and ambiance. Think roller skates, surfboards, and the iconic Farrah Fawcett on a skateboard. The brewery currently offers five different beers ranging from lagers to IPAs, accompanied by craft cocktails showcasing librations from Vancouver-based partner Resurrection Spirits. (116 – 15063 54A Avenue)
Explore the vineyards of Vinoscenti all the way into the winery and wrap up by tasting the (literal) fruits of the winemaker’s labour. With flights of varying blends, you’re sure to find your new favourite bottle of red, white, or rosé. (15560 Colebrook Road)
Hand-crafted, made in small batches and never chill-filtered, Surrey’s newest distillery, Mainland Whisky honours traditional moonshine practices, and their unique recipes highlight British Columbia organic corn and barley. (107 – 3425 189 Street)
Dragon Mist DistilleryAs the producer of the only Canadian-made baijiu, the most consumed (by volume) spirit in the world, Dragon Mist Distillery is a must-visit, if only to try this pungent spirit. They also make craft vodka, gin and liqueurs using local BC ingredients. Contact the distillery to arrange a tasting. (213 – 19138 26 Avenue)
Cavallo’s wines have been produced using grapes from select vineyards in California, including some located in the much-coveted Napa Valley. The result is full-bodied wines with ripe fruit, lush tannins that are very approachable … and drinkable. Tours and tastings are available by reservation. (150 – 19288 22 Avenue)
Surrey’s newest winery, Storehouse Winery, prides itself on sourcing grapes from the most prolific wine-growing regions in the world. The grapes are processed, aged and bottled locally and the results are rich, bold and fruit-forward which translates into highly drinkable wines like their Smooth Red, Reisling and Reserve Barrel 84. (103 – 8484 162 Street)
Photo Credit: Mainland Whisky