R&B Brewing has gone through some major changes in the last year. There was an Ownership Change (Howe Sound Brewing), a new Head Brewer (Rodney Hughes) and now an Ale & Pizza house on site. For all the parents out there this Ale & Pizza house has a food primary license so children are allowed.
When you walk in the door the first thing you will be greeted with is the Growler bar. They fill growers, sell bombers and also swag here. If you are looking to get in and out quickly this will be your destination.
If that is not your plan to just pick up beer to go you will turn right towards the Ale & Pizza house.
The Ale & Pizza house has a great feel. The whole room was brought together with all kinds of interesting bits and pieces. There is a neat sitting area with lots of books to read. The majority of the seating is on long shared tables. They have amazing pizzas as well as other tasty looking food on their menu. I had the bacon, mushroom and green onion pizza and it was great. I think my favourite touch with this space though is the functional reel to reel music player and the walls of speakers.
They are still using the same brew house but they are making lots of other changes in the back. They have been slowly phasing out the original horizontal dairy tanks that have been using forever. They now use a mix of conical fermentors as well as three dairy tanks. Otherwise the bottling line has not changed and they are still using Frankenstein for the bombers. They also have a great little test batch system to play with.
If you have not checked out R&B Brewing since the Ale & Pizza House opened up then it is time for you to check it out!
Hearthstone Brewing has been brewing since late 2014 in North Vancouver and has been selling kegs and now cans for some time in Metro Vancouver. Check out my old post on the brewery tour I did (Click Here).
One thing that has been in the works for a long time is a tasting lounge. Sadly things have been going very slowly to everyone’s dismay. If you have worked in the construction industry you will understand construction delays and being at the mercy of other people. When I stopped in the other day I was able to take a look into the tasting room and can share the progress to this point.
Photo one shows where the bar will be located. The beams above will actually carry the pipes that will bring the beer from serving tanks in the brewery to the taps in the tasting room. Photo two displays the lounge space in the foreground with the retail area being at the far end. Photo three shows the pony wall divider between the lounge and the kitchen area where you will find the two pizza ovens on the left side of the photo. This place has a food primary license. Photo 4 and 5 show where the patio will be located!
Last time I stopped by R&B Brewing they had just finished doing the demolition for their new Food Primary what I will be calling a Brew Pub even if it allows children. To see what it looked like click on the following link and scroll to the bottom (Click Here).
Things are really taking shape now thought with the washrooms built, offices under way, growler bar partially built and other miscellaneous things coming together.
Photo 1 is the new temporary door to block the new entrance way. Photo 2 is the new raised platform where there will be tables with views out to the street. Photo 3 is the area that will host the growler bar. Photo 4 shows the bathroom area of the pub. Photo 5 shows the floor area. Where the two guys stand is where the bar will begin.
R& B Brewing hops to have this space open in January and I am really looking forward to this!