Where to Find Local Beer in Campbell River
“A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.”
There are few better things in this world than kicking back and relaxing with a cold beverage… make that beverage a cold beer, now you have our attention! In recent years the craft beer scene on Vancouver Island has been exploding with new breweries popping up all over the Island, Campbell River is no exception. Admittedly, while we can’t be entirely persuaded to give up our Lucky Lager, (some call it Island Champagne) we have certainly taken a shine to craft beer! So grab your growler and read on, for our top places to sample local craft beer (and other tasty treats) in Campbell River.
A local favourite known for their creative brews and communal atmosphere. The heart of it all, Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House is the only craft brewery in CR.
Local Tip: Go on Tuesdays when they serve up their small specialty batches. These delicious concoctions are always a hit and sell out fast, so be sure to arrive early if you want a taste!
The newest spot in town Sessions Bistro and Spin Room offers rotating taps of beer (and cider) from all over British Columbia. We recommend pairing your brew of choice with one of their signature hand-stretched pizzas.
Local Tip: If you’re up for it, work up a thirst with one of their spin classes before indulging in your choice of local beer.
Located as close to the water as you can get without being in it. Dockside Fish and Chips offers beer from Beach Fire Brewing, paired with fresh local fish and fresh-cut chips.
Local Tip: Their batter is light and crisp, making this easy fair; gluten-free batter is also available for those of us who have to refrain. While at Dockside, keep an eye out for their adopted Mascot, Richard the Seal!
Riptide Pub offers a great patio with a view over the Discovery Harbour Marina. Kick back with a beer from Beach Fire Brewing and watch the marine traffic pass by. Coming to CR in the fall, no problem, these guys have an inside fire feature that makes for a cozy setting while enjoying what they have on tap.
Local Tip: Visit on Thursday night for local live music.
Located in the Willow Point neighbourhood SoCal offers beer from Gladstone brewery in Courtney and a rotating seasonal tap that always features local Island breweries.
Local Tip: Plan to treat yourself twice. In addition to the local brews, SoCal is well known for their killer Ceasars!
For the true beer, enthusiast check out the BC Ale Trails Vancouver Island part two itinerary to help plan your ideal trip! You can also download their app to get rewards along the way, we’d call that a win-win!