Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall has been brewing up a storm since late 2015 but with some changes they invited me out to try some of their brew beer and share the fact they have finally begun filling growlers! Located in Vancouver’s Brewery Creek district and on the edge of the Olympic Village you do not have to venture far to check out this brewpub.
I still find it amazing that this building was saved after it lost its historical status back in 1997. Nothing usually sticks around when it is left to fall apart like this building was. Luckily the developer saw the value of the history and saved this building.
I have enjoyed myself every time I have stopped in to Steel Toad Brewing. The bar area is located in the middle and is a wrap around style. On all sides you will find seating also. There are now two different patios with one located out front and one in the back. To the far left and up the stairs you will find a nice mezzanine seating area that can be used for private events. On the right side you get to see the brew house behind a glass wall. The beer here is very fresh as they pour directly off of serving tanks for their own brews. But if you are looking for something else they also have guest taps and other bar drinks.
mezz area seating
mezz area seating
view of brewpub from mezz
Behind the glass wall you find the brewery. As far as I can tell they still use a mobile grain mill that they wheel outside to do all their milling. The brewery uses a 10 barrel brew house that consists of a two part vessel that is comprised of a mash tun and hot liquor tank. The other part of the two vessel brew house is their kettle. Once they have finished making the wort it is moved over to the fermenters on the far side. Once the beer is finished it is moved into one of 10 serving tanks. The brewery has a capacity of 1000 barrels a year. The photos below are a mix of old and new photos.
If you have never been here you are doing a disservice to yourself. If you have been its time to go back for a nice meal and to take home a growler of your favourite beer. The brewery does not purge their growlers with CO2 at this point so they recommend you drink it as soon as possible. This is a nice first step and hopefully in the future they can start purging the growlers with CO2 so that the beer will last longer.
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.
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.
I spend a lot of time in breweries and especially in breweries that are under construction. My interest comes from the fact that I work in the structural engineering field. Even with the craft beer blog and working in engineering this is only the second time in 10 years that I have actually worked on a brewery project.
Beere Brewing Company is located on Esplanade in the Southern portion of North Vancouver. Beere Brewing will be found beneath the affiliated Beere Timber Company.
Along the front wall the footings are being beefed up so that the front wall of the masonry building can be upgraded to have new large overhead doors as can be seen in the first photo. The second photo is located on the left side of the building from the street and will be the location of the tasting room at the front. At the back of that photo there will be a bank of fermentors. Photo three is on the right side of the building and will house the brew house at the back and storage at the front. Photo three is of the slab cut out for the new enterance for Beer Timber Company. Photo 5 is on the right hand side of the building and shows a mix of original and new framing (renovations of buildings can be interesting). Photo 6 is from the right side of the building standing right where the brew house will be located looking to the fermentor tank farm. The framing on the left side will be the cooler.
I really look forward to watching this old space transform into a brewery! It doesn’t get much better than when your full time job blurs into your craft beer blog. If you need a Structural Engineer for your brewery project take a good look at Weiler Smith Bowers.
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.