A GUIDE TO CRAFT BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES IN LANGLEY
In the past decade, craft breweries and distilleries have been a burgeoning industry, with a massive surge in the popularity of their products. Langley has been no exception – a number of breweries are in the works this year! Langley’s abundant farms and orchards are the perfect source for fresh local ingredients. Here’s a list of some local favourites you’re sure to love:
Camp Beer Co.
110-19664 64th Avenue
Camp Brewing Co. was founded by 100% local ownership with grassroots in the homebrewing community and a strong passion for craft beer. Camp is a community-based brewery and tasting room supplying the need for better beer and quenching the thirst of craft for their friends and neighbours. They strive to be inventive and collaborative with an ever-changing lineup of craft beverages. Whether you sit around the fire on their patio or bring a growler of their beer with you on an outing, they’re about experiencing good times together!
Trading Post Brewing
107-20120 64th Avenue
Trading Post believes that a warm and inviting place to gather and share a brew brings people together and forms a strong community. With three different locations – their brewery/tasting room in Central Langley, their rustic eatery in Fort Langley, and a large, 186-seat eatery in Abbotsford; there’s plenty of room to meet with friends. Their 60-seat tasting room in Central Langley opens to the brewery: you can watch beer being brewed as you sip a glass. Besides their 12 beer taps, they also serve local cider, wine, craft soda, and kombucha … something for everyone. The brewery also offers a kitchen menu with frequently rotating items.
Five Roads Brewing Co.
1-6263 202nd Street
Five Roads’ name is inspired by the historic Five Corners intersection in the Township of Langley, and reflects crossroads intersecting and bringing people together. One of the newest craft breweries on the scene, Five Roads believes in making well-rounded beer, combining both traditional and contemporary methods. Some of their tried and true favorites are Langley Gold (a delicate Kolsch-style lagered ale); Hello Darkness (my old friend) – Nitro Stout (with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and biscuit, on their Nitro tap); and Five Roads Pilsner (clean, soft malt character and crisp hoppy finish, with subtle citrus aromas). They also serve locally produced foods that pair perfectly with their beer.
Dead Frog Brewery
105-8860 201st Street
The longest running brewery on our list, Dead Frog opened in 2007 in Aldergrove and in 2018, moved into an expansive (nearly 13,000 sq. ft.) new location in Walnut Grove, that features a large tasting room and kitchen offering a wide variety of delicious eats. Many of their menu options even include their brews in the recipes. Their flagship beer is the Nut Brown Ale, which was followed by a wide assortment of fun and innovative beers with an unparalleled range of flavors – everything from Blueberry Blast Kettle Sour to their famous Nutty Uncle Peanut Butter Stout. They currently have over 20 taps of BC craft beer, featuring their own brews and a few guest taps. With such a large selection of choices, even your pickiest friend is sure to find a favorite. Dead Frog is all about fun: watch their calendar for trivia nights, cask nights, live music and specials.
Fraser Valley Cider Company
22128 16th Avenue
The Fraser Valley’s first cidery, Fraser Valley Cider Company was built on a 12-acre farm in 2015. Soon after, the owners planted 1,800 trees featuring 25 varieties of English and French cider apples. Their crisp and delicious ciders are crafted in small batches using freshly pressed apples blended with locally sourced ingredients to create varieties like Elderflower, Honey, and Rosy, as well as a wide array of unique seasonal favorites like Rhubarb, Plum Basil, and Ginger. If you’re not a beer drinker, a fresh, crisp apple cider is a most delightful alternative.
Roots and Wings Distillery
7897 240th Street
Langley’s first Craft Distillery, Roots and Wings produces a line of artisan spirits that includes vodka, whiskey, and gin, from quality ingredients grown on their own third-generation farm. Using their land’s natural spring water for distillation, and their own farm-grown potatoes and corn, results in a true farm-to-table, sustainable product. Visit their tasting room to sample spirits such as vodka, including their inaugural Vital Vodka, and coffee-infused Double Vice Vodka; gins such as their Jackknife Gin (featuring 14 botanicals); and whiskies such as Rebel Whiskey, (with honey-citrus notes); and Sidekick (cinnamon infused).
Fort Langley Beer + Food Festival
Saturday, May 16th
23433 Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley National Historic Site is excited to host the fourth annual Fort Langley Beer + Food Festival, where you’re invited to drink craft beer, eat local food, and celebrate history! This is your chance to try brews from over twenty different breweries, and with a pop-up liquor store on site, you can then purchase your favorites to take home. Food trucks will be there, local musicians will entertain, and costumed interpreters will connect you to BC’s history. Beat the crowds and purchase your tickets online.
Today’s craft breweries abound with choices, and fun and inventive flavors. Combine that with great eats and best friends in a comfy tasting room and you’ve got a great evening out! Learn more about these and other great gathering spots at Tourism Langley.