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In the last few years, Nanaimo has accumulated some truly great craft breweries! There’s nothing quite like enjoying a singularly unique beer in the lush green of Vancouver Island, watching the waves of the Pacific crash against the shore. Here are some of our favourite breweries in the area!


This is one wolf you don’t have to worry about letting in – even by the hairs on your chinny-chin-chin! Wolf Brewing is a newer addition to the Vancouver Island brewing scene, but they’ve already made a big splash! Their selection of beers is constantly revolving, but stalwarts like their Scotch ale, which features “hints of toffee, dried fruits, and British tea biscuit” are well worth trying!


Longwood Brewing was founded in 2013, but has since become a major part of brewing in central Vancouver Island and BC! Boasting bold designs and even bolder tastes, Longwood’s Stoutnik Russian Imperial Stout, Steam Punk Dunkel, and Honey Hop Pale Ale are all local favourites.

Even better, they have two locations! If you want a tour of the brewery and to fill a growler, then hit up their brewery and tasting room. If you want a great meal paired with even better beer, check out their restaurant and brewpub!


White Sails austere branding conjures the clean decks of a majestic ship sailing out for riches and adventure. Fortunately, their beer lives up to that excitement! Their brewery and tasting room is located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo and is a great place to hang out, relax, and hoist a pint (or three) with good friends. HIGHLY recommended.
Can’t wait to taste the best that Nanaimo has to offer? Then book a room at the Best Western Dorchester Inn. Start your evening out at our onsite Oasis Lounge & Bar for a truly great evening!
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