Faculty Brewing Co (Pre Construction)- Vancouver

With word of many new breweries coming in early 2016 I thought it would be a good idea to collect some information where I could.  Recently I was able to connect with Mauricio Lozano of Faculty Brewing at an event at Big Rock Urban Brewery.


After a few conversations I was invited out to his future brewery to discuss his plans for the space.  Being only blocks from the Olympic Village and short walks from two different skytrain stations and on a bike route this will probably turn out to be a very popular location for a brewery.

The brewery plans to open in the spring of 2016 and is about to begin construction on their space.  Constriction will begin with the concrete slab being ripped out as it must be sloped to drains when it is finished.  In the first photo below against the very back wall will be where the brewhouse is located.  The door on the right hand side at the back is where the grain room will be located.  The pile of metal in the foreground is about where the bar will be located in the end.  In the second photo running along the wall behind the columns will be the tank farm.  As of the current plans right against the wall will be a line of six fermentors.  With enough space to make a hallway between those tanks there will be 6 bright tanks lined up.  To ensure these will be visible from the tasting room there will only be a half wall separating the tanks from the tasting room.  In the third photo you see the tasting room area as seen from the back of the brewery near the brewhouse.  The tasting lounge room will seat up to 33 people.  The tank farm in photo two will be located just to the left of the window at the front of the space.  About where the metal scrap is located will be the bar and growler filling stations.  There will be an exit door to back of the photo and to the right so that you can come in the front door to get growlers and just continue out the back door (even with your bike).

Mauricio currently plans to have 4 different beer on tap at a time with beers always changing as there will be 6 beers on the go at all times in bright tanks.  The beers will be named much like College and University courses with a numbering system that will help to specify the flavour intensity.  The plan is also to have symbolic graphics for the beers also with the intensity of the design to increase as the intensity of the beer does.  One really cool idea that Faculty Brewing is planning on doing is they plan to display their beer recipes to the public.  Mauricio hopes to inspire people to brew just like he was inspired imitating his favourite craft beers.  They will also invite home brewers to submit their own creations as well.  This sure seems to all tie back into the name Faculty Brewing that would suggest education in Craft Beer.

Keep your eyes peeled for news on when this brewery opens in the new year as it promises to be quite the hangout!

Full sized photos found here.

Faculty Brewing Co
1830 Ontario
Vancouver, BC

Antidisestablishmentarianism Amber Ale – Dead Frog Brewery

From Aldergrove BC’s Dead Frog Brewery comes the “Antidisestablishmentarianism Amber Ale” a brew made as a Memorial to Colin Jack a local teacher and co-creater of Just Here For The Beer  and the Canada Cup of Beer.  Colin passed away suddenly on February 26th, 2011 at age 40.  Being a fan of local craft beer and Caribbean rum it was decided these would be the backbones of his memorial beer.  The ale pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of fruits, spices and some Caribbean rum.  The flavour was of malts, tropical fruits, spices, Caribbean rum, oak and a nice mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of this beer comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 15.  I may not have ever met Colin Jack but from the sounds of it he would have loved this beer just as much as I do.  It seems like a ton of thought was put into bringing this beer to life and it shows!  Memorials like this are only made for people that make differences in peoples lives, be it spreading the good word of craft beer or bettering the children of the future (especially bettering the children of the future!).

$4 per bottle sold goes to the Colin Jack Scholarship Fund. 

This fund was set to help deserving students achieve their post-secondary education goals.

Commercial Description:  A smooth amber ale enhanced with rum soaked oak.  This unfiltered, malt forward amber ale has a slightly sweet finish with a hint of fruit & spices from rum barrel twists soaked in Barbados rum.  Colin loved beer and Caribbean rum, so we thought it would be a good idea to combine the two in his first memorial brew.

Malts:  Black, Cara 30, Chocolate, Munich, Wheat
Hops: Perle, Willamette
Special Features: Rum barrel twists soaked in Barbados rum

A note from Colin’s family:  Colin was passionate about family, education and beer, with an emphasis on local craft beer.  His background is a fusion of Caribbean & Canadian cultural values.  He was able to immerse himself in the Canadian lifestyle where his brother, sister and mother were born and in the culture of Trinidad & Tobago where his father was born.  Thus a beer produced in Canada with a Caribbean flair is a wonderful tribute to Colin & his enthusiasm for local suds.

A Note From Me: I have so many fond memories of the Canada Cup of beer back when it was at UBC with great friends.  I am happy that I was able to take part in one of Colin’s labors of love!  I also have huge admiration for people who choose to teach children.  It can be a thankless job but without these people out world is hooped!  There is nothing more people want to do with their lives than make a difference and this is what Colin did!  Please raise your glass to Colin!  Cheers


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