Central City Brewpub was at its time a pretty big brewpub but now that the brewery has moved to a different location in Surrey it is now one of the biggest breweries in BC if not the biggest.
Not only are they a brewery now but also a Distilling company and thus the name has been changed from Central City Brewpub to Central City Brewers & Distillers. When you walk into the brewery there is a big store area selling their beer and also an area selling all kinds of swag and growler fills.
They offer tours of the brewery on the weekends if you are lucky enough to get a spot on them. They fill up very fast and are a first come first serve basis although you can book ahead of time. Taking a tour of this brewery is quite amazing as the scale is huge compared to most BC breweries. There is a huge amount of brewing equipment and a decent amount of stills also.
Once finished on the brewery side we moved onto the packaging and cold storage side. This area alone is bigger than most BC breweries. It is beyond comprehension for most local brewers. It is quite impressive with both a massive bottling line and canning line. From the sound of it these canning and bottling lines are very automated and take very little people to run. For the most part people are only there to make sure that there are no jams. Central City Brewers & Distillers use a very high tech way to ensure that all cans and bottles are perfectly filled. They use x-ray technology to ensure perfect fills. This is important as it is not legal to sell bottle that are under filled.
After finishing up in the brewery and packaging area we all headed back out to the tasting room to sample a selection of their beer. I was lucky enough to be able to take this tour with a great group of people so the tasting portion of the tour was great. We had a great time talking and drinking the beer being served.
If you would like to check out the new location for Central City Brewers & Distillers don’t hesitate. This is a great brewery with a beautiful building and a location that is very close the the skytrain. Don’t forget though that the Pub is still there at Central City mall it just is not a brewpub anymore. They still serve all of their own great beer and serve great food.
Central City Brewers & Distillers
11411 Bridgeview Drive
Tel: (604) 588 BEER (2337)
Fax: (604) 677 5173