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Award-winning East Van brewery closed permanently due to landlord dispute

The business is for sale now
Andina Brewing was launched in 2017 by a pair of Colombian brothers who wanted to bring a taste of South America to Vancouver's beer scene.

Vancouver has lost one of its popular craft breweries.

Andina Brewing Company closed down in the spring; at the time it was announced as a temporary closure, but one of the owners has confirmed that the business has since permanently closed.

"We had a dispute with the landlord and the business was shut down on April 7, 2023," Andres Amaya tells V.I.A. in an email. "We were hoping to resolve these issues but we were unsuccessful."

Amaya and his brother Nicholas founded the brewery at 1507 Powell St. in 2017; it brought a distinctly South American style to the Vancouver craft brewing scene. The Colombian brothers celebrated the country's flavours in Andina's food (including plantain nachos called "platchos" and arepas) and beer. They even imported malts from Chile, the first brewery in Canada to do so.

The brewery's brand was also pulled from Colombia, with Andina referring to women from the Andes and their logo a representation of La Pola, a slang word for beer in the country and the nickname of a heroine from the country's fight for independence.

Over the six years it was open Andina racked up several awards at the provincial and national level.

Amaya says the brewery is now for sale.

With files from Lindsay William-Ross