Local Craft Beverages to Taste or Take Home
Here beneath the protection of Mt. Benson, locally grown grapes, hops and botanicals thrive. Brewers, winemakers and distillers have taken advantage of our city’s natural abundance to create delicious and award-winning beverages.
Each stop on this craft beverage trail offers a unique experience you don’t want to miss.
A Nanaimo legend, this brewpub is a local go-to for craft beer, pub fare and entrees. Order a pint of the signature Berried Alive raspberry ale and take in views of Mt. Benson from the restaurant patio (family-friendly) or pub patio.
Here’s an authentic behind-the-scenes craft beer tasting room experience. Sample a flight and learn about Longwood’s blend of hops, barley and other ingredients grown almost exclusively on the island.
After a seawall stroll or afternoon of shopping, walk to this West Coast style taproom and brewery to enjoy a laid-back vibe with live music, board games, a full coffee bar and locally sourced food.
Kick back along a country road to sample the diverse lineup of European-inspired beers in this brewery’s casual taproom: Sample the British black and tan, German sour or an ale brewed with local raw honey.
In this craft distillery’s intimate cocktail lounge, try the single malt whisky or the small-batch gin, absinthe, vodka and liqueur infused with local botanicals like lavender and lemon verbena.
Summers are glorious at this six-acre riverside vineyard and winery that produces Ortega, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir. Enjoy a glass around the patio firepit or a tasting in the wine shop.
This well-established vineyard, known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, spreads across a sunny slope with stunning mountain views. Don’t miss the port-like 2016 Rouge paired with dark chocolate.