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.
BNA Brewing in Kelowna is the new kid on the block in the Okanagan Valley. Located in the historic British North American Tobacco Company building. Tobacco leaves have not been dried here for years and the building has been vacant for most of its time since the 1960’s.
Luckily for the Okanagan things have changed and BNA Brewing was born! BNA Brewing consists of a restaurant, small tasting room and a small brewery. It is a brew pub that also has lots of other craft beer on tap (mostly probably because their system is so small! Starting in the restaurant I met up with a friend who lives in town and had a beer. The restaurant is gorgeous with the base building barley being touched from its original state and great old school and new school touches. There are two levels to the pub with a shuffle board table on the main floor and an indoor lawn bowling or boccie on the upper level!
Once finished inside the brewery we were lucky enough to have a personal tour of the brewery by Jill. On the way to the brewery we walked through the tiny tasting room as it leads into the brewery. Man was this a tiny space. It reminds me of many of the nano breweries I have visited!
Walking through the door at the back of the tasting room we entered the brewery. Well I think it is only mildly bigger than the tasting room (ok not quite but close). I think they underestimated the popularity of their beer when they put in the brewery as it is already full and they can not keep up with demand. They have rented brewing space at a different local brewery to keep up with their demand! Its a great problem to have to be sure.
I have now had samples of 4 different brews from BNA Brewing and have to say that I am quite excited to see what comes next from them! Kelowna needed some competition in town when it came to craft beer and these guys have brought it!
If you are in and around Kelowna and you do not check out BNA Brewing you are doing yourself a disservice!