White Sails Brewing Taproom
Since opening our doors in 2015, our large open concept Taproom has grown into a fixture of Downtown Nanaimo where the heartbeat of our city can be felt.
We strive to provide an inclusive, dynamic and collaborative space to embrace the uniqueness of our city and celebrate the passion of our community… while enjoying our delicious beers and bites of course.
The White Sails Taproom is a collaborative project, with our tap list showcasing our award-winning flagship beers and rotating seasonal releases, along with guest taps from our industry friends, a selection of wines and ciders, and a large selection of non-alcoholic options with a full coffee bar (thanks Regard Coffee)
Our food program is ever-changing and hyper local, curating a community-sourced menu from local butchers, bakers and food providers showcasing some of our favourite elements of our city.
The ambiance combined with great craft beers is what White Sails is all about!
Our Taproom has a large, open concept west-coast design and is the perfect backdrop to connect and engage.
With over 100 seats, board games, locally sourced menu, full coffee bar, weekly events and features, and a relaxing, laid back vibe, the White Sails Taproom invites you in to experience what Nanaimo is all about.
At White Sails, we’re passionate about showcasing and celebrating our community. That’s why we showcase delicious selections from our favourite local producers on our in-house menu wherever we can!
To accompany our amazing craft beer, we’ve curated a large selection of bites from local bakeries, butchers, cheese-makers and restaurants, supporting our local economy and bringing fresh, delicious food options to the Taproom.
Check out our current menu, and keep an eye on our social media to see which local partner we’re featuring today!
Events and Happenings
Part of the White Sails experience is connecting with the community around you in the Taproom.
Our Taproom plays host to a number of events and happenings, from our weekly #SmallBatchFridays where a new, unique, beer is launched on tap, to our popular Open Mic nights and our monthly Trivia on Tap. At White Sails, the Taproom is always a great place to engage with our local community.
Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for our Event Schedule.
Trivia on Tap
Join us every month for Trivia on Tap, hosted by Sam and Tim!
Gather your brainiest buds and compete for prizes, bragging rights and an immortal(ish) spot on the Whtie Sails Trivia Wall of Champions… champions… champions. Trivia on Tap runs from 7pm to close, with registration starting at 6:30. Check out our Facebook page for more details, come early as space is limited.
Here are the answers to some of our frequently asked questions.
Do you allow minors into the Taproom?
White Sails is proud to hold a Family Endorsement, which allows children to enter the Taproom with a parent / guardian until 8pm for in-house service or until 10pm for offsales
P.S. We have a selection of bites and non-alcoholic drinks in the Taproom that are perfect for little ones!
Can I bring outside food into the Taproom?
While we love supporting our local restaurants and eateries (and highlight many of them on our menu), we don’t allow outside food into the Taproom.
That said, if you are looking to bring in somthing to celebrate a special event (ie. cake, cupcakes etc), reach out to our Taproom team and we’d be happy to help you out.
Do you have to-go beers available?
Yes! We have a large variety of take-home options available in the Taproom. Mix and match a wide selection of cans to bring your Taproom favourites home with you. Growler and Squealer fills are available on our core beers and certain seasonal offerings.
How many beers do you have on tap?
We have a large tap list in the Taproom with 10-14 beer taps available at any time. To complement our own beers, we often select guest taps from our friends in the industry to ensure there’s a beer for everyone in the Taproom!
Do you have any non-beer options?
Absolutely! Outside of our beer list, we keep two rotating draught ciders, a house red and white wine, and a rotating list of feature cocktails available year round. Our Taproom team loves to play around and create, so we always have something new and exciting available in the Taproom.
Don’t feel like an alcoholic drink? We’ve got you covered with a large selection of non-alcoholic drinks, including 0% abv craft beers, a full coffee bar, kombuchas, Italian Sodas, mocktails and much more!
When can I get food at White Sails?
Our food service ends one hour prior to closing Sunday – Thursday, and one-and-a-half hours prior to close Fridays and Saturdays.
Is your Taproom accessible?
You bet! Our Taproom features a single-level floorplan and accessible washroom, with a large selection of low-top tables. Our Taproom crew is always there to help out with any accessibility requests.
Bookings and Reservations
Looking to book a reservation in the Taproom or inquire about a group booking?
Our spacious Taproom is the perfect place to meet and connect. With the ability to host groups up to 50 people, White Sails is the perfect venue for your next event!