Old Yale Brewing is no longer located just off Highway 1 on Venture Place in Chilliwack (click here for old location). Not only have they moved but the new locations storage area is as large as the entire old location.
They actually now have a proper tasting room. Currently they are only licensed as a tasting room but they are in the process of getting their lounge license. There are lots of wood features with a forest looking wallpaper. The bar top is stainless steel and quite shiny. Like so many BC breweries there are windows into the brewing space. You are able to stop in for a glass of beer and take home bottles, cans or a growler fill to enjoy later.
I was lucky enough to get a tour of the brewery also when I stopped in to check out the new location. Located at the very back of the building you will find the grain milling room. The grain mill is able to pull grain from one of two silos as well as from a hopper meant for specialty grains. The first three photos show this room. Back from the gain milling room I headed back into the brewery to check out the brew house. The 4th and 5th photos are of the brew house itself. Photos 6-8 are their tanks farm with both fermentors and bright tanks. On the right side of photo 8 you will see the original tanks that they brought over from the old location. With the original tanks and all of the new tanks they have seriously increased their capacity to make beer. Photos 9 and 10 are the bottle labeler and bottling machine respectively. The photos 11 through 13 are of their cold room. This room is usually far fuller but their bottling machine had broken so they could not package products. Photo 14 is of the two silos at the back of the building. The last photo is of the storage bay they have next door that is larger than their previous location.
Next time you are in Chilliwack make sure to stop in for a visit!
Bridge Brewing Company has recently moved to a new and much bigger location. If this is what you think of when you dream of picking up beer from Bridge Brewing you need to update your address book.
No longer is Bridge Brewing a Nano Brewery as they have grown leaps and bounds with this brewery. They are now a full fledged Micro Brewery but even with this huge expansion they have not lost the feeling of the old location. From an open concept tasting room to a nice wood topped bar and wood topped tables you will still feel right at home. One thing that has changed though is that they already have a few brand new beers as well as all of their core beers. They have beer in glasses, bombers and growler fills.
So if you have not stopped by the new location yet it is time to change that! They are making the same great beer but can now create even more interesting brews.
Coming from Powell Street Craft Brewery’s brand new location comes their very first seasonal release out of the brewery. The “95 Pounds of Wet Hop Goodness” a wet hop pale ale comes out just after the hop harvest so that undried hops can be used in the brewing process. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of floral and earthy hops, citrus, malts and an overall freshness. The flavour was of earthy malts, hops oils, pine, citrusy lemon and malts. The beer tasted very fresh which makes sense as it was only release the day I purchased the bottle. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30. This was an awesome fresh hopped pale ale although I do think that this years hop harvest was not as good as previous years with less oils being released and thus less flavour being passed onto the beer. Never the less pick up a few bottles of this minimum and drink them up quick. Fresh hopped beer should never sit very long as the hop oils start to break down fast when they are not dried.