Backcountry Brewing – Squamish


Backcountry Brewing is the newest brewery to open up in town of Squamish.  From the outside it just looks like anouther commercial building that has very little that stands out.

As you arrive at the door they currently just have a banner hanging in the window.

Now once you walk through the doors you are transported to a totally different place.

When you are inside it both feels like a ski resort bar on the one side and like your sitting outside of a backcountry building.  You almost feel like you are outside drinking with the decor.  This is one of the more intricate builds for a brewery in BC and I really like what they have done.  It is really welcoming!

Behind a big of a keg wall to the far back of the brewery you find the brewing equipment.  The brewhouse comes in at 25HL and they have 3 25HL fermenters and 3 50HL fermenters.  They also have a canning line for when they are ready to start packaging their beer for sale.  For now you can pick up growler fills at the brewery.

If you have not been up to check out the brewery its time to go.

Backcountry Brewing
https://www.backcountrybrewing.com/
#405-1201 Commercial Way
Squamish B.C. V8B 0V1
604 567-BREW (2739)

 

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Silver Valley Brewing Co (Under Construction) – Maple Ridge


Maple Ridge now has a third brewery in the works.  This new brewery will be known as Silver Valley Brewing Co.


Thanks to Silver Valley for this photo.

Located only a short drive from the other two breweries this is shaping up to make a brewing district in Maple Ridge.

The following are photos of their current state of construction.

Photo one is from the brewery looking back towards the tasting room.  To the right hand side of the photo you will find a bar along the far right wall as well as tables.  The bar will be on the left.  Photo two is from the lounge looking towards the bar.  The bar will wrap around the cold room that has been framed up in the foreground.  To the right side of the photo you will find the bar and the growler filling station.  Wrapped around the left hand side of the cold room will be the food prep station.  They will be panini sandwiches.  The third photo is from the tasting room looking back towards the brewery itself.  In the 4th photo along the right wall you will find the washrooms.  The 5th photo is of the cold room behind the bar.  Photo 6 is of the elevated slab where the brew house and fermentors will be located.  The last photo is of the same area with more detail.  Behind the brewery will be an office.  In the back right of the photo there will be a large door for deliveries.

This is an exciting new Nano Brewery coming to BC and if you want to try out their beer right now you can head over to Ridge Brewing and try their Collaboration The Lion ESB.  I had a quick sample and it was really easy drinking and refreshing.

Keep your eyes here for more updates.

Silver Valley Brewing
https://silvervalleybrewing.com
Silver Valley Facebook
104-11952 224th Street
Maple Ridge, BC

Mariner Brewing (Construction Begins) – Coquitlam


Coquitlam is finally getting its own brewery!  The city might have dragged its heals compared to most of Metro Vancouver but they have finally lifted the red tape and made it possible to open a brewery.

Mariner Brewing is located just off of Barnet Highway close to Coquitlam Centre and not far from Port Moody’s Brewers Row!

From the middle of the brewery looking towards the front you can see where the tasting room will be located.  The slab portion cut out should be at the bar area.  At the location of both of those windows there will be a roll up door to the parking area.

Turning around from the spot I was standing in the future location of the cooler you can see the area that will house the brewery itself.  On the right side against the demising wall you will find the brew house.  On the Left side you will find the Tank farm.

This photo is taken from the very back of the brewery.  I am standing between where the brew house and tanks will be located.  Where the little trailer is located will be the cooler.  Then beyond the trenching is the tasting room.

I am really looking forward to this brewery opening up!  I will do my best to write about every step of their construction.

Mariner Brewing
https://www.marinerbrewing.ca/
@marinerbeer

 

Red Truck Beer launches craft beer floats and new menu items at The Truck Stop Diner


I was recently invited out to Red Truck Beer in Vancouver with some other media members to check out some of their new menu Items.

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I have a bad habit of always being early to events and this was no different so I sampled their new Dry Nibbed Stout.  While I didn’t take any notes on this beer I did quite enjoy it and it was probably my favourite of the ones I sampled.

Once the small group was rounded up we were taken on a short tour of the brewery.  I was less interested in the technical side of the brewery as I have both done the tour and also know more about the brewing process than the rest of the group.  I took the chance to take more photos.

Once the tour was done we headed up to a private room that can be rented for events to taste some of their beer and their new food.

They started the tasting off with their 3 core beer and one winter seasonal.  The beers were 1st the Lager, 3rd the Ale and 4th the IPA that rounded out their core lineup and 2nd their Pilsner their winter seasonal.  Their mandate is to make flavourful but accessible beers.  While I am not a big drinker of Lagers and Pilsners personally there is not doubt that they are making their mandate with well crafted easy drinking beers.

The new food includes their new Fish Sandwich that is battered and has fried tortilla’s making it almost a fish and chips sandwich.  The next sample was a pulled pork sandwich that had nice ranch slaw on it.  Next up was the pulled pork tacos a great tasting treat.  The last thing we were able to sample was the bone out dry ribs.  They were great with the spicy sauce they were served with.  Even though I expected to like one of the pork dishes the best for me it was the Fish Sandwich that really hit the spot.  It had everything you would want in a sandwich and more.  Not to say anything bad about the other options as there were all really tasty and I would love to eat more of all of them.

Now they were not done with the great samples.  The next thing they brought us was a sample of their brand new beer floats.  This one used their Blackberry Bourbon Ale and some really tasty ice cream.  They also gave us a sample of the Blackberry Bourbon Ale without ice cream to compare.  Personally I cant wait to get back and try a full sized beer float!  This little sample was to die for. 

Now while we where up in a private room for this tasting the Truck Stop Diner got really busy and shows just how popular a spot this is to hang out.  They also have a growler bar and off sales location at the front door.  If you have not made it out to Red Truck Beer yet what are you waiting for?

Dageraad Brewing (Expansion Continues) – Burnaby BC


Things are slowly coming along with the expansion of Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby.  The following photos are of the expansion.

The first photo is looking back towards the brewing space from the current tasting room.  At the far back right there used to be a cooler that has now been removed to make more room on the brewery side as it has been moved into the new unit next door.  The second photo is of the finished floor at the new bar location.  It is all ready for the bar to be built.  The last two photos are of the mezzanine that has been upgraded and seems to be ready to have the drywall and finishing touches added.  Things should start picking up here now.

Hopefully next time I write there will be more to share but I thought it worth sharing that things are moving along.

Dageraad Brewing
http://dageraadbrewing.com
#114 3191 Thunderbird Crescent
604 420 2050
Burnaby BC
V5A 3G1
ben@dageraadbrewing.com