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Beer Available At Bitter Tasting Room (arranged by most recent)
Hearthstone Red Rye Ale , Fernie Quiet Ryeít Rye IPA 63, Big River French Tart Sour Peach Saison , Hearthstone Chocolate Milk Stout , Hearthstone American Pale Ale , Hearthstone Azacca Pale Ale , Hearthstone Bohemian Pils , Dead Frog Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock , Fernie First Trax Brown Ale 37, Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA 86, Four Winds IPA 77, Townsite Cardena Belgian Quad , Hacker-Pschorr Dunkle Weisse 88, Driftwood Singularity Russian Imperial Stout 98
brokensail (1014) Orange County, California | September 2, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Stopped in on a Wednesday night. Completely dead. Not in an "oh, thereís not that many people here" sort of way...as in there was literally no one here except for one employee who was sitting at the bar reading a newspaper.
Cool, modern vibe to the place. Very, very dark though. Sort of a small horseshoe shaped bar and a number of tables around the perimeter of the space. Kind of a cool illuminated glass backing to the bar where you can see the bottles and kegs.
Selection is certainly dominated by local beers, but they have a decent enough variety. They also do flights here, but I just opted for the Four Winds IPA (a bit of a mistake in retrospect). They also serve food, but itís more of snack sort of stuff, which wasnít what we wanted.
Iíd like to give this place a higher rating, but the experience was a bit depressing.
GothGargoyle (17) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 19, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Bitter claims to have "scoured the province & the globe for interesting, unique and favourite beers". Despite this claim the beer selection was fairly lacklustre, more along the lines of "the usual fare". The draught beers were served in shaker glasses despite their claim of "proper glassware". The food was alright - typical pub fare, mostly pre-made and assembled to order rather than being cooked on demand.
On the positive side, the service was excellent and the staff were pretty knowledgable about their beers. The ambience is decent, with the beers on display in glass fridges behind the bar.
Their beer list and menu in the room bore very little resemblance to the one they post online.
nate2g (902) Boomtown!, Australia | October 5, 2013| Updated October 6, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Stayed not far away so made a couple of visits. A nicely layed out bar with large fridges lining the side wall full of bottles. The bartender was great, chatty and recommended beery stuff to do around town. Not sure how often the taps change but was hoping to see some new stuff a few days later but not to be. Minor quibble though, worth a look in for sure.
mnurda (68) Winnipeg, Manitoba | May 18, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited in February 2013. Great wide open place with good selection of beer. Food was awesome. Good for them for gentrifying
Knappster (1) , | March 13, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Vancouver trip- Mar 2013 - Reid
Great joint, semi suspect location because of gastown dist- staff is tops, knows a whack load on beer - food was dynamite ! Cheers
JoeMcPhee (515) Toronto, ON, Ontario | June 21, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Wow - a damn cool space in the middle of a not so cool stretch of Hastings. Flights appear to be well-constructed, the bottles are all in coolers and the servers are quite knowledgeable. Food is simple but designed to pair well with beer. Excellent and attentive service as well - which is always a pleasant surprise. I like that itís short - theyíre not trying to do too much. A few classics and a few interesting taps as well. Yup - not a whole lot to complain about.
stantheman (32) British Columbia | May 25, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
December 9, 2011 [ Updated December 13, 2011 ]
Just opened a week ago. A bit early to rate meaningfully, but initial indications are very positive. Not open for lunch. Opens at 5. Decent selection of bottled craft beers and 8 taps. Upscale pub food. Open kitchen. Very busy!
mcberko (460) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 26, 2012
38 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 4/20
Good service and nice ambience. But the beer is a pretty standard affair - only 8 taps. They admittedly specialize in their bottle selection, all of which are available for 1/3 to 1/2 the price at any off-license liquor store in town. So whatís the point in coming here? So you can gain expert beer knowledge on all the beers they have, they say. Pass - Iím not buying the sales pitch. No reason to come here.
Beershine (795) The Sunshine State, Florida | January 18, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Cool urban bistro with small but good beer list and small but fun menu. Good date place.
Oakes (718) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 18, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
New place, had dinner here. The food was okay, and some things were reasonably priced. The beer list is good, the main drawback being that only 8 taps. The bottle list is large but as a beer geek Iím not so interested in paying restaurant markups for the same bottles that are already expensive at the store. But otherwise, another solid addition to the Gastown crawl. The service on our visit was excellent.
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