The Olympic Village area of Vancouver is getting its own brewpub! I Was lucky enough to get an invite to special preview of the soon to open Steel Toad Brewpub on October 2nd, 2014. The brewpub is only weeks away from opening so they have opened the space up to an invite only crowd to get their staff going so they know the ropes.
This brewpub is a fairly large space with a ton of seating and a large central bar with bar seats running around the whole bar. There are a few TV’s above the bar but I am unsure if these will show bar info or sporting events and the like. To the far side of the building you are able to look into the brewery as it is behind a large glass wall and is very nice new and shiny. I was quite happy to see that the bar has two cask engines that pump out some great real ale! For this event they had 5 beer on tap including an American Blonde, Saison and a Rye IPA on their standard taps and a Best Bitter and Oatmeal Stout from the Cask Engine (remember cask beer is nowhere near as cold as tap bear by design). They also had a really interesting menu for the event although I am unsure if these items will be on the final menu. The menu included small plates like Chicken Wings, duck rillettes, romaine wedge and nicoise salad. The Big plates included beef tenderloin, roasted chicken breast, shepherds pie, the burger, margherita pizza and speck pizza. There was one dessert and it was a butterscotch pot de creme. Everyone seemed to be very excited about the beer and food options and I was one of them. I look forward to the grand opening of this brewery as it will be a great new addition to the local scene. One note is that they are not planning to do growler fills currently and will only be serving their beer on site. I really do think that the renovated (rebuilt) heritage building is the star of the show though. They may well have replaced every beam and board on this building but it has that heritage feel that Vancouver is loosing these days.
keep your eyes peeled on social media to find out when the brewery opens but from what I understand it is very close to opening now!
Steel Toad Brewpub
97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
(Between Ontario & Quebec)