I only had one full pint here. A nice large facility with lots of outdoor seating. The parking situation is currently a little weird, but I am sure that will get fixed soon. The beer I had was decent. They were nice enough to allow a few from the ATL crew to sample a few beers. Nice wait staff if not particularly attentive.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2009
Big, corporate brewpub. They had a wide range on tap, some of which was quite enjoyable. The staff seemed kind of tired, which was something of a downer. A decent stop.
RateBeer Tour Guideís Comments were not dated but the review made it sound like they had a lot of beers. Personally, I was disappointed. Nothing Hoppy. Bartender said one of the brewerís left to open his own brewery?? 5 Seasons might be an above average place for food but itís well below average for beer selection. Fortunately, I was able to make it to the Brick House. Brick House is right up there with Concordia Portland, Toronado SF, Flying Saucer Ft. Worth and Duck Island Seattle as an over-the-top venue for great beer.
I was here twice during the RB homebrewing competition. The food here is definitely upscale and pretty good. Itís not your normal "pub grub". The ambiance is nice too; itís a classy place. The beers are pretty much middle of the road. My only complaint was that the service was slow. Ordering a beer should not take 10 or 15 minutes. this happened twice! Maybe it was just bad luck for me.
I visited the Prado location on September 24th after a business meeting. After reading great reviews of the place, I have to admit that I was less than impressed overall.
First, I found the most lacking element was courteous service. When I enter a pub, especially one not overly busy, I expect to be greeted and asked my pleasure. I found my own way to the bar where there were only 3 or 4 other patrons, yet it took me 10 minutes to get a notice from the lady tending bar. She seemed unable to answer many questions about the beer but did give me a beer menu and a regular menu. Her replies seemed grudging and perfunctory, usually replying over her shoulder while walking away. It left me feeling unwelcome. I finally gave up trying to either ask her questions or give her orders.
But I came for the beer, and this is what the review is about, right? They have 5 beers on the menu, but one was not available and one extra was still around. Here are my impressions:
Copperhead ESB: Not an ESB. Lacking in almost every English character. Overly hopped with Cascade and so stuffed with caramel malts that it tasted like a Sugar Daddy dipped in pine tar.
Festbier: Their Oktoberfest offering was lacking in any melanoidin richness and had a strong soapy character and evident dicetyl notes. Perhaps it was forced and hasnít lagered long enough or maybe I just got a glass that hadnít had the dish soap rinsed off.
Helles: Finally a beer to style with strong Tettanang hop bite and just the right low malt breadiness and a slight melanoidin richness. Slight astringency in the finish. Their most mainstream beer, but a nice example.
Tripel: Not on the menu, never offered to me, but she poured it from a secondary set of taps and I spotted her doing it, so asked for a sample. 15 minutes later I got one. I shouldnít have bothered. It had a strong orange aroma, like Tang, and the flavor was of sour honey with distinct fusel high alcohols. Dark and still too sweet for the style. I didnít even finish my 1 ounce taster.
I also had the calamari appetizer. The food is not cheap here. A cereal bowl of calamari was $10 and 75% of the bowl is filled with fried onion bits. I had been planning on eating dinner here, but bailed after just the appetizer. It would have cost me at least $50 to eat here if I had a salad and an entree.