Brewing up a bigger beer scene in Vancouver requires a bit of strategy, and what the public demands most, especially in the Pacific Northwest, is variety.
"In this area, you expect change all the time," said Larry Pratt, owner and brewmeister at Salmon Creek Brewery. "To me, if I had to brew the same thing every day, I'd get bored."
One of the drivers behind Pratt's experimentation is Vancouver's weather, he said.
There's a seasonal rhythm to brewing at your own pub, and odd as it might sound, regional climate can subtly change the taste of your beer, he said.
"Everything affects the beer -- we're talking about chemistry and microbiology," Pratt said. "You have to keep your micros working, and they only work at certain temperatures."
Pratt's summer ale, called Hellas, can only be made if the outdoor temperature is lower than 80 degrees, he said.
If it ferments at a higher temperature, it doesn't taste right.
His Octoberfest is brewed in August, when outdoor temperatures slowly start to cool down, he said.
"I have to be careful when I brew it," Pratt said. "But in August, the days aren't quite as hot."
The delayed seasons this year have altered the beer lineup at Salmon Creek, he added.
He's been able to brew more Hellas than he usually does, because the spring temperatures have stuck around longer.
Other brewers use technology to create strict indoor temperature controls when they brew, which lets them make any beer they want at any time of year. But Pratt said he prefers to work with Vancouver's weather and use local ingredients, when possible, mostly just because it feels right.
Phil Stein, the brewmeister at Hazel Dell Brewery, said he also tries to create as much variety as possible in his beer lineup.
"We have a lot of IPAs, a lot of high alcohol beers," Stein said.
His most unusual beers are his Hazel Dell Summer Ale, which he brews with honey, his Imperial IPA, which uses 14 pounds of hops and has a high alcohol content, and his Steinbock, which is a high alcohol beer that is dark, sweet and smooth.
One benefit to brewing in Clark County is that you don't have to go far to get ingredients, Stein said.
Great Western Malting, the biggest seller of malt on the West Coast, is in Vancouver, and farmers in Yakima grow some of the best hops in the world, he said.
"We have real good ingredients, real close," Stein said.