Luppolo Brewing – Vancouver

Luppolo Brewing is finally open and Vancouver is one brewery richer!  Owned by two couples Ryan and Eleanor and Anique and Frederico they hope to bring us an Italian brewery atmosphere.


When you walk in the front doors you are met with a very warm space. The lounge has lots of wood finishing and warm lighting that will make you want to stay for a beer or two.  The area behind the bar really has some personality with all of the triangle shapes making a mosaic as you get further down the wall.  I did not get a photo of what the flights look like but they used the triangle templates as the boards for the flights.  They launched with 7 really tasty beers including one fresh hopped option!  Unfortunately I was not able to stop in during their opening hours so the space is very empty but I am sure it looked great while full.

When you head to the back of the lounge near the washrooms you will find a half wall where you can look into the brewing space.  The brewery is a mish mash of brewing equipment.  They have both vertical and horizontal tanks and even a few barrels in the works currently.

Between the brewing space and the lounge you will find the cooler.  The cooler has serving tanks that feed right into the taps in the tasting lounge.

Once the lounge licence comes through they will have food options as can be seen from the make shift kitchen that is in the back.


I have been able to get to know both of the couples that opened this brewery and I can say beyond the beer they are great people and will kill it now that they are open.  If you have not stopped in to the brewery yet then you really need stop in soon.

Luppolo Brewing
1123 Venables Street
Vancouver, BC


Craft Beer Market Vancouver – November 5th, 2013

The newest Craft Beer bar in Vancouver has opened its doors as of November 7th, 2013!  Craft Beer Market is the new bar on the block.


Located in the historic Salt Building in the Olympic Village in Vancouver BC this bar boasts 140 taps of beer, almost all of them serving craft beer.  The look of the building has been preserved while a great central bar has been installed with lots of tables around it as well as two mezzanines one with a room and one with the kitchen below it.  From memory there are around 50 taps of local BC craft beer on tap with lots of other Canadian, USA and other great craft beer from other Continents.  One thing I hope changes is the very small amount of rotating taps that are found here.  Like many craft beer nerds locally in Vancouver I don’t like drinking the same beer often.  I want to be able to drink a different beer or different beers when I go out.  Other than the Bud light (sic) on tap I have had almost every beer on tap here.  An interesting feature of this bar is the location of the bathrooms as they are down in the basement down with all of the piles.  They have even installed a bank of windows so you can see down into this space.


I was lucky enough to be able to head out to a early opening party on November 5th to experience what Craft Beer Market was.  The event gave us two free drinks as well as lots of tasters of their many great appies.  Being on the coast many of the food options offered were very seafood oriented including muscles, tuna and scallops.  All of the food that I was able to sample was full of flavour and well worth the sample.  I look forward to having more in the future.  Glass sizes served range from around 0.25L to 0.5L so there are no proper pints being sold here but they do not claim this and tell you exactly how much beer you get in your glass on the menu.  The price of beer ranges from around $6.5 for local beer to around $10 for specialty beers.  With opening parties on both the 5th and 6th Craft was intent on showing off their new digs to as many people as possible.

Full Sized Photos found here

For anyone that wants to venture into the craft beer scene this is your pub to be sure!  There are 140 taps and many styles of beers to try.  For the hard core beer nerd like me I really hope they open up another 10 or more taps for rotating beer as I find this to be a very important part of the craft beer experience.   One very cool feature of this bar is the way the beer makes it to the bar from the keg room.  The keg room is located at the front door and is a fully glassed in room so you can see what is happening inside.  From here the beer runs through large metal conduit holding many beer lines all the way to the bar.  There are over 4 km of beer lines running above the seating area!  To be exact there are 439m of beer conduit which is over twice as long as the height of Vancouver’s largest tower the Shangri La Hotel.  The draft lines can hold up to 150 liters of beer at once.  I have to mention my one Gripe with this bar and it will be similar to many other people in the Craft Beer Scene locally.  Alexander Keiths can not be listed as an IPA as it is not an IPA!  Carry any beer that you want as it will be consumed (or not) by your patrons but it is false advertising. You will receive glasses of this beer back with demands for money back from people from out of town.  Call it an ale if you would like or give a disclaimer but don’t call it an IPA.

So run out to the Olympic Village and check out our new watering hole asap! I am sure you will enjoy the Staff, food and drinks!

Craft Beer Market
Salt Building85 West 1st Ave
Vancouver BC
604-709-BEER (2337)
Monday to Friday – 11am – midnight
Saturday & Sunday – 10am – midnight

CBC Music “Canadian Band Beer” 2013

In the fall of 2012 CBC Music (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio Host Grant Lawrence gave his listeners a challenge to come up with band inspired beer names.  This contest caused the hashtag #CDNbandbeer to trend in Canada for two days.  Eight of these inspired names were picked and labels were designed by CBC Music’s senior designer Ben Didier.  These labels are shown below courtesy of Canadian Beer News.


One local Craft Brewer caught wind of this contest and helped make it happen.  Jeremy Sibley of Old Yale Brewing recruited three other great BC breweries including Townsite Brewing, Cannery Brewing and R&B Brewing to bring the Canadian Band Beer Series to life!  Every Friday from May 17th to June 7th 2013 a new beer was released.  The series started with the Old Yale Brewing’s offering named the “D.O.Ale” inspired by D.O.A this was followed by R&B Brewing’s “You Say Party We Say Rye” inspired by “You Say Party” (Originally ‘You Say Party We Say Die’ but changed after the the drummer died after playing a show in Vancouver from a brain hemorrhage).  The next release was Townsite Brewing’s “Said the Ale” inspred by “Said the Whale” and finally Cannery Brewing’s “Pink Mountainhops” inspired by “Pink Mountaintops“.


Old Yale Brewing – D.O.Ale

From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes the “D.O.Ale” a classic brown ale.  The beer pours a brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweetness, chocolate, brown sugar  and coffee.  The flavour is of coffee, milk, roasted malts, chocolate, sweetness, bitterness and brown sugar.  The alcohol content of the beer comes in at 5% with an IBU of 28.  This is a great mix of flavours that come together and kick your but just like D.O.A does!

Old Yale Brewing
Our philosophy is that, when life gets too hectic, it’s sometimes best to take a step back and enjoy the simpler things in life. Since 2000 we’ve been dedicated to creating a true handcrafted beer, and we’re proud of what we do.

For more than thirty-five years, hardcore punk pioneers D.O.A. have been happily slashing away at all manner of philosophical enemies. They’ve travelled the globe almost continuously since they formed in 1978, always wearing their politics on their leather sleeves.


R&B Brewing Company – You Say Barley! We Say Rye!

From Vancouver’s R&B Brewing Company comes their “You Say Barley! We Say Rye!” a Dark Rye IPA.  The beer pours a dark copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of rye and barley malts, pine and floral hops.  The flavour is of rye and barley malts, pine, resin, hops bitterness with a semi sweet finish.  The alcohol content of the brew is 5.5% and the IBU is 55.  This is one tasty India Pale Ale and You Say Party would be proud to have this named loosely after them!

R&B Brewing
At R&B Brewing Co., we’ve been brewing finely handcrafted ales and lagers in the heart of East Vancouver’s historic Brewery Creek district for more than a decade, with a commitment to keeping things modest, independent and unique.

You Say Party
You Say Party (formerly You Say Party! We Say Die!) is a dance-punk band formed in Abbotsford, B.C., in 2003. Before their recent hiatus they toured extensively in support of their highly successful fourth album, XXXX.


Townsite Brewing Company – Said the Ale

From one of my favorite breweries Townsite Brewing tucked away in  Powell River comes their “Said the Ale” a Belgian Pale Ale.  The beer pours a deep red/copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consisted of fruit, yeast and some great floral hops.  The flavour was of pine and hops up front with some sweet fruits and yeast.  The alcohol content came in at 5.8% with an IBU of 28.  The beer was super tasty and I would pick this up if it was a normal seasonal brew!

Townsite Brewing
At Townsite Brewing, we’re passionate about sustainability and community, but more than anything we’re passionate about great craft beer. Frankly, we are ecstatic that we get to make it in this beautiful place along the shores of the Salish Sea. Why not come visit us?

Said the Whale
Their hook-heavy pop rock sound has landed them a national CBC documentary, a Juno Award and a seemingly endless series of tours. Theirs is a true grassroots success story that has allowed the group to take its place among the Canadian indie rock elite.


Cannery Brewing – Pink Mountainhops

From Penticton BC’s Cannery Brewing comes the “Pink Mountainhops” a maibock or strong golden lager.  The brew poured a light straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma was of sweet apples, grains and grass.  The flavour consisted of sweet fruits such as apples and a nice mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of this brew was 6.5% and the IBU was 40.  Not the best of the band beer but very worthy of being in this company of 4 great beer!

Cannery Brewing
A microbrewery that produces individually handcrafted fine ales and lagers of unmistakable complexity and balance. We pay unrelenting attention to every detail of the brewing process — and it shows. We are the Small Brewery with Big Flavour!

Pink Mountaintops
Stephen McBean formed Pink Mountaintops as the slightly mellower counterpart to psych-rock juggernaut Black Mountain. The Vancouver band has featured a host of prominent guest musicians over the course of three albums.


I would like to finish by saying this may have to be the best Collaboration between a brewery (or 4) and any corporation.  All the beer involved were great tasting and it also sounded like some of the bands were actually involved in some of the planning of the brew!  This just sounds so bloody Canadian I can not believe it!

Powell Street Craft Brewery Banner Hanging/Brewery Tour – Vancouver

With only days until Powell Street Craft Brewery opens to the public I was given the opportunity to help hang the breweries banner and take a tour of the brewery!  Freeking kid in a candy store!!!  Sign me up any day.

This was the brewery building before the banner was hung.


Due to the fact that both David and Nicole (the owners) are so busy getting the finishing touches of the brewery done they asked it Pete of and I could help hang their banner on the front of their building.  Both of us jumped at the opportunity to help out a new local business.

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Photo 1 by Nicole.  Pete is on the left and I am on the right.
Photo 2 Myself.  Pete Left and Nicole Right.
Photo 3 Myself.  The sign is hung!

This is the second Nano Brewery to open up in Metro Vancouver and as such is a pretty small operation.  They have only one fermentor so only one beer can be fermented at a time!  Lets hope they have the same success as Bridge Brewing over in North Vancouver and have trouble just keeping beer in stock! You know as long as I can still buy their beer that is!  Brewery tours will most likely not be done for the public so here is a good way to see what is behind the scenes.

Powell Street Brewing have hired some great artists to create their labels including both their Old Jalopy Pale ale and Dive Bomb Porter which will be available on opening day!

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They also have a tasting room that will be doubling as an art gallery.  Galleries will run for around a month and submissions are open to any and all local artists!  I even have a photograph that will be on display at the opening Gallery.


Beer will be available in 650ml bombers as well as 1L refillable Boston Rounds and 1.89L refillable Growlers at the brewery.

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So come by Saturday December 15th 2012 or any day after that when they are open and pick up some amazing beer and check out some great local art.  Maybe even purchase a t-shirt.

To Check out one of their first brews the Old Jalopy Pale ale Click Here.

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Powell Street Craft Brewery
1830 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 3V9

Marketing & Public Relations
President & Founder

Dead Frog Brewing, Brewery Tour/Tasting – Aldergrove

On October 27th 2012 my Girlfriend and I headed out to Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove for a brewery tour and tasting.  We had purchased a groupon which got us both a tour, tasting, t-shirts and coasters as part of the package.  When we arrived Tiffany the Marketing Coordinator and amazing tour guide welcomed us.  She then showed us to the tasting room to wait for the rest of the group to arrive.


Once everyone arrived the beer tasting started.  The first beer to be sampled was their lager.  This is a nice lager that actually has some flavour unlike some many lagers on the market!  We then moved onto the Pepper Lime Lager one of my favorite lagers with just the right amount of bother pepper and lime to make it exciting.  The next brew was the Mandarin Orange Amber Ale a nice flavourful ale and the first beer to explore the ale lineup they produce.  Once we were primed up we hit the brewery for our tour.

The brewery was set up like many other working breweries with the Mash Tun and Kettle on one side with the raw materials.  The other side held the fermentors and bottling line.  Tiffany did a great job explaining to the group how the brewing process worked.  I peeled off at this time to have a quick chat with Tim Brown the newest brewmaster at Dead Frog and one of the two masterminds behind the new Fearless IPA.  Tim is a great guy that I would love to sit back and just share a pint and shoot the breeze with!

Once our brewery tour was done we headed back into the tasting room to finish our tasting!  The next beer to be tasted was the Pale Ale.  Starting in 2012 the recipe for this beer has been changed to more resemble other craft pale ales on the market.  What a great move as this beer is amazing!  We then moved onto their top-selling fall/winter beer the Nut Brown Ale.  A great well-balanced nutty ale that goes down well on a rainy Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley day!  Once the Nut Brown was finished we moved onto their brewmaster series beer.  The first of these was their Toasted Coconut Wit.  This was a hit at the tasting.  Wheat beer are always popular but you put in the taste of coconut and people seem to love it!  We then moved onto my new favorite beer in the dead from lineup.  The Fearless IPA is a beer to be feared by the Lager only crowd.  This is a beer that packs a real punch.  With a high hops content and a high alcohol content it is not for everyone although it is for me!

I am happy I headed out and did this tour as I had forgotten how much I liked their lagers.  With my current love of craft beer I had moved more to ales as most people do.  Make sure you check out these beer it is worth your while! This tour/Tasting is worth paying for to both learn their beer lignup and see where the magic happens.

Thanks Dead Frog and Tiffany!

Dead Frog Brewery
Unit 1 – 27272 Gloucester Way,
Aldergrove, BC
Ph. 1-888-856-1055
Fx. 604-856-9803

All tours are done by appointment only so make sure you call or email ahead!

Dead frog Brewing is currently running at 100% capacity as they recently signed a contract to brew all Steamworks Brewing beer destined to be bottled and sold in stores.  With Steamworks Brewing’s brewery so small it only made sense to license the brewing out to a brewery that could handle the volume.  All of their beer is brewed to a strict recipe and guideline to ensure the beer is to the same standard you have come to expect out of their Gastown Brewpub!