(Be Right Back Brewing has been closed due to unpaid lease. It is unknown if they will reopen.)
Big River Brewing in Richmond is no more as it has rebranded as Be Right Back Brewing or for short BRB Co.
I was lucky enough to get an invite to the relaunch party on September 30th, 2015. Not only has the name of the brewery changed but there have been lots of renovations to the space as well. The hardwood flooring is gone as well as the decorations like boats hanging from the ceiling. The section of the pub closest to the bright tanks might even become the house to more fermentors and canning.
If you have ever been to the brewery and pub you will know that the brew house and fermentors are housed in a different location than the bright tank farm. Starting with the brewery itself it is located beside the pub seating behind a glass door and wall. The brew house was built years ago by Specific mechanical in Victoria BC. To say this brewery is shoe horned into its space would be and understatement. The grain mill and grain storage is located on top of a cooler meaning all grain is hand loaded onto a second level.
Over on the far side of the bar backing on the bowling alley you will find the room housing the bright tanks. Again this room is closed off by a glass door and glass wall so you can see what is going on behind the scenes. The beer in these tanks is directly tapped into the bar so there is no changing kegs.
Either for your first time at this location or your first time since the rebrand it might be time to check out BRB Co! They are brewing some good beer and looking forward to having you in to try it.
From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “Sunni Dee” originally planned as a variant of Acid Trip Soured Wheat Ale but renamed. The beer pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of oranges, orange peel, coriander and wheat. The flavour is of orange, tangerine, coriander, citrus, citrus rind, tartness, wheat and a nice sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 3.4% with an IBU of 3. Much like the Acid Trip this beer is amazingly sessionable while still having small notes of sour that will make sour beer fans happy.
From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “ZZwickel Lager” a German style Zwickelbier or Kellerbier Lager. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, earthiness and some sweetness. The flavour is of big grainy and bready malts, a fruity sweetness, some earthiness and mild hops bitterness. This lager has a quite a bit of body. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 48. I don’t run to lagers as a rule but this beer has a ton of flavour and would be a great beer to sip on a patio in the sun or trowing bowling balls down a lane. Luckily you can do both if you head to the brewery!
Commercial Description: Unfiltered and hoppy with a mixed strain of fermented lager. This is not your Dad’s lager (unless Dad is seriously cool!). A mix of classic European noble hops and NZ Wakatus make this lager unique.
From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “Naughty Nicky’s Nectar” a Peach and Apricot Wheat Ale. The aroma consisted of Peaches, Apricots, yeast and wheat. The flavour was of Apricots, Peaches, yeast, wheat, tart and a hint of hops bitterness. The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 4.7%. This is a great summer seasonal to sip while sitting on a patio!
From Richmond BC’s Big River Brewing Company located inside the Zone Bowling Centre comes their “Nut Brown Ale”. This nut brown poured a deep dark brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consisted of roasted malts, nuts and some mild coffee. The flavour was of roasted malts, coffee, nuts and some slight hops bitterness. This is a well balanced, medium bodied ale that is quite tasty. The alcohol content of this beer is 5%.