Yes, it has been a while between posts. For that I apologize, but becoming a new Dad and working in Vancouver’s booming craft beer industry is making blogging more of a forgotten pastime.
But, within that time off, the beer scene in Vancouver has kept moving forward. We’ve had more brewery openings: Strange Fellows opened, Off the Rail opened, and Moody Ales opened their doors. We’re finally seeing sour programs coming out of the city’s top breweries such as Four Winds, Parallel 49, Powell Street kicking things off and even Central City is gearing up for a sour beer program.
And the new breweries are starting to make big waves, competing with some of the veterans of Vancouver beer. Most notably, Yellow Dog is really coming into their own, and they’ve only been open like 7 months. And Fuggles & Warlock released their concoctions to retail, causing the rabid beer-brained nerds of Vancouver to start hollering for them to open their own brewery already!
Remember when only Vancouver Brewery Tours and Wildside Tours offered craft beer tours? Well now throw Vine & Hops Tours and Terminal City Tours into the mix, as they’ve taken on beer touring Vancouver breweries, including ones outside of the city core, like Steel & Oak, Four Winds and Central City.
Our stadiums now have craft beer. As reported earlier, Rogers Arena finally got craft beer. BC Place is next, with Steamworks, Parallel 49 and Central City reported to be available during the upcoming sports season.
Tide houses are popping up downtown with Howe Sound Brewing’s Devil’s Elbow opening in the stadium district. And Central City is getting set to open a tied house near BC Place sometime this year too. And yes, craft taps are now staples in mainstream restaurants like Cactus Club, Earls, Joeys and Milestones.
Now where do we go from here? Well Red Truck’s tasting room should be open soon, and there’s imminent openings with Doan’s and Hearthstone; even Callister is getting closer to opening. And while new breweries continue to open, the current breweries refine their craft with new releases. Look for sours and more barrel-aged varieties from our seasoned breweries, and more experimentation with Brett beers too.
So that is just a glimpse of what’s been going on in the almost 4 months I’ve been away from The Hoppy Ending.