Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall is one of the newest brewpubs in the province of BC and is located in Vancouver’s Brewery Creek district and Olympic Village.
The brewpub is located inside the historical Opsal Steel Building built in 1918. The building was taken apart, restored and then put back together a surprising thing as it lost its Historical Status in 1997. Below is a historical photo of the building. It is always nice to retain some history of a city as it densifies.
Photo from Vancouver Real Estate Direct.
I recently stopped by the brewpub for a weekend brunch. The pub has a central wrap around bar with seating all the way around it. The space is wide open with very high ceilings and feels great. No matter where you sit in the bar you can see the brewery behind the glass wall on the far side of the pub. The actual stacked tanks in the photos below are the serving tanks that are tapped right into the bar taps. There are no kegs being used to serve this beer. You really can not get much more fresh than that.
Google has a great 360 degree immersion that you can explore the pub in as seen below.
Behind a glass wall you find the brewery itself. The grain mill is mobile and is moved outside when brewing to keep the grain dust out of the brewpub. The crazy part is that the brewers actually have to carry the milled grain from outside up the stairs of the brew house to get it in the mash tun. One of the cool things about the mash tun here is that it is a two part vessel. The top part is the mash tun but the bottom part is the hot liquor tank. Once the beer is finished in the brew house the beer is moved into the fermenters on the left hand side of the brew house. When the beer is finished fermenting the beer is moved into serving tanks on the right side of the room.
If you have never checked this brewpub out then it is time to take a trip there. Their beer is only available in house as they do not keg their beer
or do growler fills but they do now fill growlers!