If you’ve ever gazed too long at a drink menu, you’ll know how hard it can be to choose the perfect beverage. Are you in the mood for a hoppy IPA or a crisp chardonnay, or is a freshly-prepared fruit juice the perfect way to quench your thirst?

Luckily, several Richmond establishments offer the perfect solution: tasting flights that allow you to savour several drinks at once. They’re a great way to add some fun to your beverage order­­—and discover some drinks you wouldn’t otherwise have tried. Read on for our top flight recommendations in Richmond.

Britannia Brewing Company

Steps from the Steveston Village waterfront, this chatty taphouse of the popular Richmond microbrewery often has 10 or so draft beers to choose from. Select your own options for a $9, four-glass tasting flight—the detailed menu includes flavour profiles for everything from Riptide IPA to Wave Crusader XPA—or ask your server for recommendations based on your preferences for lighter beers, darker ales, or hoppy brews. On sunny days, consider adding Britannia Brewing Company's delicious fish and chips (paired with a crisp blonde ale) at one of the patio tables.

Flight tip: Don’t miss Britannia’s creamy, almost chocolate-y Sea Hound Oatmeal Irish Stout.

Britannia Brewing - Photo: John Lee
There are plenty of options for your tasting flight at Britannia Brewing. | Photo: John Lee

Porthole Steveston

This hidden gem in Steveston is ideal for a romantic evening of candlelit small plate dining (prosciutto flatbreads and Portuguese sardines recommended) alongside some delicious grape-based adventuring. With lots of wines on tap here, the best way to find your favourite at the Porthole is to order a $17 tasting flight, which includes four 2oz samples of your choice from their diverse draft program. You’ll find lots of recommendations from the friendly staffers here, often including intriguing options from cool BC wineries such as Joie, Liquidity, and Upper Bench.

Flight tip: Try the 2016 merlot from Liquidity, with its smooth, fruity plum and cherry notes.

Porthole Steveston
Don't miss the wine tasting flight at the Porthole in Steveston. | Photo: Porthole

Goodbowl

Tasting flights don’t have to be boozy, of course. This bright and welcoming spot specializes in health-forward juices and smoothies (they also serve hearty food bowls). But if you’re not ready to commit to a full 16-ounce juice serving, ask for Goodbowl's off-menu tasting flight ($10.49 for four tasters). Choose any juices for your sample selection or let your server concoct a well-rounded array of different flavours. Our luscious, rainbow-hued selection included a bright-red beet and apple juice as well as a neon-green spinach, kale, and apple—each made right in front of us.

Flight tip: The apple, carrot, and pear juice is a sweet (but not too sweet), orange-hued delight.

Goodbowl - Photo: John Lee
A colourful tasting flight at Goodbowl. | Photo: John Lee

Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

Over the years, this beloved Richmond microbrewery has poured beers with quirky names like Pixel Pils and Malty Towers in its cozy tasting room. Draft-wise, there are usually eight or so taps to exercise your palate, often including adventurous sours and intriguing collaborations with other breweries. But if it's your first-time at Fuggles & Warlock and you’re not sure what to dive into, a four-sample tasting flight is the perfect approach. The bar staff are always ready to guide your selection—or you can simply roll the dice on the coolest-sounding beer names and see what they’re like. Anyone for some Bean Me Up Espresso Stout?

Flight tip: The Destiny IPA is a classic Pacific Northwest beer full of aromatic hops.

Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks - Photo: John Lee
A tasty Bean Me Up stout at Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks. | Photo: John Lee

Monkey 9 Brewing 

With a menu of comfort food classics (chicken wings recommended), this popular Richmond brewpub also serves-up a tasty selection of house-made beers. But with lots of intriguing brews to choose from, their four-glass tasting flights (starting at $8) are the way to go if you’re keen to compare a diverse array of flavours. Flagship beers at Monkey 9 include the Silverback Stout and Primate Pale Ale but there’s also a highly active seasonal beer program with fresh brews that change all the time—recent libations in the program have ranged from a hoppy Mandarin IPA to a smooth Toffee Caramel Stout.

Flight tip: The James Brown Ale is a fusion of hops and chocolaty malt flavours.

Monkey 9 Brewing - Photo: BC Ale Trail
Monkey 9 Brewing has an active seasonal beer program. | Photo: BC Ale Trail