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.
The Olympic Village area of Vancouver is getting its own brewpub! I Was lucky enough to get an invite to special preview of the soon to open Steel Toad Brewpub on October 2nd, 2014. The brewpub is only weeks away from opening so they have opened the space up to an invite only crowd to get their staff going so they know the ropes.
This brewpub is a fairly large space with a ton of seating and a large central bar with bar seats running around the whole bar. There are a few TV’s above the bar but I am unsure if these will show bar info or sporting events and the like. To the far side of the building you are able to look into the brewery as it is behind a large glass wall and is very nice new and shiny. I was quite happy to see that the bar has two cask engines that pump out some great real ale! For this event they had 5 beer on tap including an American Blonde, Saison and a Rye IPA on their standard taps and a Best Bitter and Oatmeal Stout from the Cask Engine (remember cask beer is nowhere near as cold as tap bear by design). They also had a really interesting menu for the event although I am unsure if these items will be on the final menu. The menu included small plates like Chicken Wings, duck rillettes, romaine wedge and nicoise salad. The Big plates included beef tenderloin, roasted chicken breast, shepherds pie, the burger, margherita pizza and speck pizza. There was one dessert and it was a butterscotch pot de creme. Everyone seemed to be very excited about the beer and food options and I was one of them. I look forward to the grand opening of this brewery as it will be a great new addition to the local scene. One note is that they are not planning to do growler fills currently and will only be serving their beer on site. I really do think that the renovated (rebuilt) heritage building is the star of the show though. They may well have replaced every beam and board on this building but it has that heritage feel that Vancouver is loosing these days.
keep your eyes peeled on social media to find out when the brewery opens but from what I understand it is very close to opening now!