Brewery

Our Story

Our Story

In 1995, Steamworks first took hold of their historic, Gastown brewpub location, only to discover the building had a rare steam heating system - a remnant from forward thinkers of a century past. Deep within the building’s core they found a network of underground steam pipes – the same pipes that run through Gastown’s historic steam clock.  Intrigued by the concept of direct steam powered brewing, something the brewmaster had only read of but never seen, they ventured forth and to create a one-of-a-kind steam fired brewery; the first in Canada.  To their delight, they found test brews to be distinctively fresh and flavourful.

For  nearly 25 years, beer aficionados have traveled to Steamworks famous brewpub to savor these unconventional and award winning brews. In 2012, Steamworks proudly launched their packaged products, adorned with distinctly whimsical branding and filled with delicious steam brewed craft beer. Under the auspices of  brewmaster Julia Hanlon and her brew team, Steamworks continue to produce the finest quality craft beers such as their Flagship IPA which was awarded ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Best IPA’ at the 2016 BC Brewing Awards.

Today the “little brewery that grew” sells bottles, tall cans, bombers and kegs throughout B.C., several Canadian provinces and U.S. states, central Europe and Hong Kong.  All the while, still brewing with the power of steam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

HEROICA RED ALE:  GOLD for "North American Amber Ale"
BC BEER AWARDS 2018

WINTER LAGER:  GOLD for "Amber German Beer"
BC BEER AWARDS 2018

FRAMBOZEN:  SILVER for "Fruit Beer"
BC BEER AWARDS 2018

BARREL AGED SCARLET: Silver for "Wood and Barrel-Aged"
WORLD BEER CUP 2018


HEROICA RED ALE:  GOLD for "North American Amber Ale"
BC BEER AWARDS 2017

Best Bottle Label Award
Best Taphandle Design Award
BC BEER AWARDS 2017

East of East Van Saison:  GOLD for "French and Belgian Style Saison"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2017

COMMONWEALTH ALE:  BRONZE for English Style Pale Ale"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2017

BLACK ANGEL IPA:  GOLD for "AMERICAN STYLE BLACK ALE"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2017

 


FLAGSHIP IPA:  BEST IN SHOW 
BC BEER AWARDS 2016

FLAGSHIP IPA:  GOLD for “NORTH AMERICAN IPA”
BC BEER AWARDS 2016

KOLSCH:  GOLD for “KOLSCH”
BC BEER AWARDS 2016

CLASSIC SCOTCH:  GOLD for "SCOTTISH AND IRISH ALES”
BC BEER AWARDS 2016

YVR ISA: BRONZE for "SPECIALTY IPA"
BC BEER AWARDS 2016

PILSNER:  BRONZE for “GERMAN PALE LAGER”
BC BEER AWARDS 2016

HEROICA RED ALE:  SILVER for “NORTH AMERICAN AMBER, RED OR BROWN”
VANMAG INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BEER AWARDS 2016

JASMINE IPA:  SILVER for “SPICED, HERB, FRUIT, OR VEGETABLE”
VANMAG INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BEER AWARDS 2016

PILSNER:  BRONZE for "EUROPEAN STYLE LAGER"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2016

BLACK ANGEL IPA:  SILVER for "AMERICAN STYLE BLACK ALE"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2016
 


HEROICA RED ALE:  GOLD for "NORTH AMERICAN STYLE RED"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2015

KÖLSCH:  SILVER for "KÖLSCH"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2015

BLACK ANGEL IPA:  SILVER for "AMERICAN STYLE BLACK ALE"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2015

IMPERIAL RED ALE:  BEST IN SHOW/ GOLD for "STRONG"
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BEER AWARDS 2015
 


PILSNER:  GOLD for "PILSNERS"
BC CRAFT BEER AWARDS 2014

KÖLSCH:  GOLD for "HYBRIDS"
BC CRAFT BEER AWARDS 2014

BLITZEN:  GOLD for "STRONG BEER"
BC CRAFT BEER AWARDS 2014

BLITZEN:  SILVER for "BELGIAN STYLE TRIPLE"
WORLD BEER CUP
The Blitzen went up against 59 entries including Tripels of Belgium itself to win a SECOND award abroad!

BLITZEN:  SILVER for "BELGIAN STYLE ABBEY ALE"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2014

PILSNER:  SILVER for "EUROPEAN STYLE LAGER"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2014


PUMPKIN ALE:  GOLD & "BEST FRUIT BEER"
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2013


PILSNER:  GOLD & "BEST CRAFT BEER IN BC"
BC CRAFT BEER AWARDS 2011 & 2012

PALE ALE: GOLD
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2012

PILSNER: BRONZE
CANADIAN BREWING AWARDS 2012
 

Gallery

Blog

2017.12.12

We were recently featured in Flights Series season 2. Check out the video below, in which the Flights team took a tour around our brewery and sat down to chat with our owner Eli and brewmaster Julia. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXMrusNWe3w

2016.11.04

We’ve been really thrilled with the launch of our new Flagship IPA! From it’s 2 BC Brewing Awards (1st Place IPA and Best in Show) to the great feedback from craft beer lovers across the province. The beer has been very popular, so much so that we’re having some trouble keeping it in stock at government and private stores. Good news is we’re continuing to brew more so that people can get their hands on some fresh 6-packs.

On top of that, the beer will be $1 off for the month of November at all BC Liquor Stores. We like to offer a promotion on new products to encourage people to try them out, despite the inventory shortages, we’re honouring the promotion in hopes that even more people will be encouraged to try our new IPA, 4 years in the making!

Thanks for the support and to all those that have been trying to #CaptureTheFlagship online in hopes of winning $1500, check out www.capturetheflagship.com for more info. 

 

 

Our Beer

FLAGSHIP IPA

At last this steam-powered flagship has sailed into port. This Northeast style IPA is generously hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy & Citra and pours cloudy with an intense juicy, tropical fruit aroma that gives way to a balanced bitterness. Steamworks Flagship IPA is a confident and powerful brew perfect for discerning hop-heads and casual drinkers alike. This Flagship IPA recently picked up Gold for North American IPA as well as Best in Show from the 2016 BC Beer Awards.

Malts:
Premium 2-Row, Caramalt, Carapils & Oat Malt
Hops:
Mosaic, Galaxy & Citra
Colour:
Golden
Ibus:
65
Alc/Vol:
6.7%
Available:
6 X 330 mL, 8 Pack Tall Can Mash Up
CLASSIC 8 TALL CAN MASH UP

This Steamworks Classic 8 Tall Can Pack Mash-Up Is Now On Shelves! This year's Mash-Up features our newly released Flagship IPA. This Northeast style IPA is generously hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy & Citra and pours with a slight haze and an intense juicy, tropical fruit aroma that gives way to a balanced bitterness. Alongside the Flasgship IPA, you will find our highly coveted Heroica Red Ale, our Award Winning Pilsner, and the fan favourite, Pale Ale.  A Perfect Take Along to Sample & Share With Friends.

 

 

Malts:
Hops:
Colour:
Ibus:
Alc/Vol:
Available:
8 x 473 mL
Black Angel IPA

Pours near black with a thick white head.  Massively dry hopped, giving off huge floral, tropical fruit & spicy aromas exciting even the biggest of hop heads.  A healthy dose of caramel malt gives balance and a delicious finish.

Malts:
Maris Otter, Cara 8, Munich & Midnight Wheat
Hops:
Nelson Sauvin, Ella & Centennial
Colour:
Nearly Black
Ibus:
70
Alc/Vol:
7
Available:
On Tap & Winter Mash Up
Pilsner

The most popular beers in the world call themselves Pilsners, but they barely resemble the original from the city of Pilsn in the Czech Republic that gave its name to the style in 1842. Steamworks’ version comes close, which explains why it has won Best Beer in BC for two years running. It is a rich, malty lager with a spicy, floral hop character – crisp, complex and delicious.

Malts:
Pilsner
Hops:
Magnum, Tradition, Tettnang, Spalt select, Saphir
Colour:
Golden
Ibus:
30
Alc/Vol:
5%
Available:
6 X 330 mL, 500 mL can
Heroica Red Ale

This Gold Medal award winning, robust Red Ale has beautiful citrus and pine notes that come from our generous additions of Centennial, Citra & Simcoe hops. It is smooth and velvety in the mouth with the toasted malts giving it a medium body with hints of roasted hazelnut, toffee and caramel malt flavours.

Malts:
2-Row, Cara 20, Cara 45, Munich, Chocolate
Hops:
Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, Amarilloe
Colour:
Crimson Red
Ibus:
40
Alc/Vol:
5.6
Available:
6 X 330 mL, 500 mL can
Pale Ale

This northwest style pale ale combines hints of lightly toasted malts with a beautiful  floral & citrus hop aroma that tingle the senses. Undertones of malt sweetness & a balanced hop bitterness make for a very refreshing  finish.

Malts:
2-Row, Cara 20
Hops:
Cascade, Chinook
Colour:
Light Copper
Ibus:
40
Alc/Vol:
5.2%
Available:
6 X 330 mL, 500 mL can
Pale Ale

FIND IT AT BC LIQUORSTORES

 

Kölsch

Kölsch-Style Ale is fermented like an ale but matured like a lager, it goes down very easy, dry with a low but balanced bitterness and a light to medium body with a very delicate flavour. Our Kölsch has a clean, malty, chardonnay-like aroma with a dry, refreshing finish.

Malts:
Pilsner, Carapils & Wheat
Hops:
Magnum, Tettnang & Celeia
Colour:
Light Gold
Ibus:
20
Alc/Vol:
4.8%
Available:
500 mL can, Summer Mash Up
Hoppy Mash Up

Our Hoppy Steamworks 8 Tall Can Pack Mash-Up Is Now On Shelves!  In our latest release, you will find our highly coveted Black and White Angel IPA, our Award-Winning Flagship IPA, and Fan Favourite Session IPA.   A Perfect Take Along to Sample & Share With Friends this season.

Malts:
Vary
Hops:
Vary
Colour:
Vary
Ibus:
Vary
Alc/Vol:
Vary
NITRO STOUT

This interstellar stout has been generously nitrogenated resulting in an out-of-this-world drinking experience. It pours a cascading jet black with a signature tan head. Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate give way to a perfectly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkers, we have lift-off. 

FOR OPTIMAL ENJOYMENT: Invert can into a glass, pouring hard as the beer cascades out. Tiny nitrogenated bubbles will release leading to a perfectly smooth and creamy interstellar Stout. We have lift-off, enjoy. 

 

Malts:
Premium 2-Row, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley, Roasted Malts, Golden Naked Oats
Hops:
Magnum
Unique:
Nitrogenated
Colour:
Jet Black
Ibus:
30
Alc/Vol:
4.5%
Available:
4 Tall Can Pack
Premium Craft Lager

Steamworks Premium Craft Lager has been steam brewed and deliberately aged to be distinctly flavourful and exceptionally easy-drinking. By sourcing the highest quality ingredients and obsessing over the art and science of lagering, we’ve created a crisp, clean and refreshing beer perfect for any occasion.

Malts:
Premium 2-Row
Hops:
Tradition, Saphir
Colour:
Straw
Ibus:
15
Alc/Vol:
4.8
Available:
6 Pack 355 mL, 12 pack 355mL
NxNW IPA

Our North by North West IPA pays tribute to the famous craft brewing region we call home, featuring malt and hops sourced from the Pacific Northwest. This clean hop intensive brew features strong dank, pine and citrus notes up front and finishes dry with a moderate bitterness. 

Malts:
Premium 2-Row
Hops:
Simcoe, Amarillo
Colour:
Golden
Ibus:
60
Alc/Vol:
6.8%
Available:
Single Tall Cans, Hoppy Mash Up 8 Tall Can Pack
WINTER LAGER

This comforting brew pours a deep copper and combines a rich toasted malt flavour with a restrained hop bitterness to create a well balanced, versatile beer. Our winter lager is a highly drinkable, yet complex beer with a rich aftertaste that will leave you yearning for another. An elegant lager perfect for longer nights. 

Malts:
Vienna, Munich, Pilsner
Hops:
Hallertau Tradition
Colour:
Orange-Amber
Ibus:
30
Alc/Vol:
5.4
Available:
4 x 473 ML TALL CANS
WINTER MASH UP

Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the return of the Winter Mash-Up. This year's Mash-Up features our award winning Black Angel IPA.  Massively dry hopped, this IPA gives off huge floral, tropical fruit & spicy aromas exciting even the biggest of hop heads. Supporting the Black Angel IPA is the Heroica Red Ale, Pale Ale, and newly released Winter Lager. The Heroica Red Ale is smooth and velvety in the mouth with toasted malts giving it a medium body with hints of hazelnut, toffee and caramel malt flavours, while the Pale Ale showcases undertones of malt sweetness and a balanced hop bitterness that makes for a very refreshing finish. 

 

Malts:
Hops:
Colour:
Ibus:
Alc/Vol:
Available:
12 X 330mL
Session IPA

A taste of Vancouver has landed. This IPA packs all the bold hop flavour and aroma of an IPA in a deliciously drinkable package.  Brewed and dry hopped with a trio of southern hemisphere hops, this juicy IPA offers tropical flavours of passionfruit, citrus and crushed gooseberry, balanced with a clean malt profile allowing the hops to shine through. Some call it sessionable, smashable, quaffable or approachable, we just call it a Session IPA. 

Malts:
Premium 2-Row, Cara 20, Carapils & Munich
Hops:
Galaxy, Orbit, & Nelson Sauvin
Colour:
Golden
Ibus:
40
Alc/Vol:
4.4%
Available:
473ml Tall Can, Hoppy Mash-Up

Taproom

  • Opening Hours:

  • Sun-Wed 12-10pm 
  • Thurs-Sat 12-11pm
  • Location

  • 3845 William Street, Burnaby
    ~East Entrance~
  • Keg Rental Menu

 

Contact

 
 

The BREWERY & TAPROOM
is located at 3845 William Street,
near the Vancouver/Burnaby Border.
Just east of East Van. 

3845 William St.
Burnaby, BC

General inquiries and events - beer@steamworks.com

TAPROOM & TOUR INQUIRIES
604.620.7250 press 1

BREWERY & ORDER DESK
604.620.7250 press 2

Keg Rental Menu

News

Great food, great beer, and great service.
Lobster ravioli was awesome! Followed by the brownie sundae :)
Easy to spot and grabbing a table is pretty easy.
— Dianne H.

The house-made quinoa burger is possibly the best veggie burger I've ever had. (That is saying something; I live in So Cal.) It's stuffed with smoked cheese, and even if you're not a vegetarian, you'll like it. My husband enjoyed his food also. Service was friendly & attentive. The view is kind of cool; it's by the docks.
— Christina S.

I had the Stilton Steak salad, mmmm good! Steak was rarey and covered in cheese 5/5 for meatiness, and 3/5 for saladyness (just typical lettuce and stuff, would have higher for spinachy goodness), and it was a big portion. I was fuuulll.
— Sara D.

I took my parents for lunch here because of the location and because I heard it was great. It was really nice outside and we managed to snag a table on the patio. I really enjoyed the beer selection. The waitress recommended the Nirvana Nut Brown Ale for a medium beer, and it was fantastic. The nutty aftertaste is great. I also tried the Raspberry Frambozen seasonal beer which was excellent (and con

2017.12.12

We were recently featured in Flights Series season 2. Check out the video below, in which the Flights team took a tour around our brewery and sat down to chat with our owner Eli and brewmaster Julia. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXMrusNWe3w

2016.11.04

We’ve been really thrilled with the launch of our new Flagship IPA! From it’s 2 BC Brewing Awards (1st Place IPA and Best in Show) to the great feedback from craft beer lovers across the province. The beer has been very popular, so much so that we’re having some trouble keeping it in stock at government and private stores. Good news is we’re continuing to brew more so that people can get their hands on some fresh 6-packs.

On top of that, the beer will be $1 off for the month of November at all BC Liquor Stores. We like to offer a promotion on new products to encourage people to try them out, despite the inventory shortages, we’re honouring the promotion in hopes that even more people will be encouraged to try our new IPA, 4 years in the making!

Thanks for the support and to all those that have been trying to #CaptureTheFlagship online in hopes of winning $1500, check out www.capturetheflagship.com for more info.