Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver
Beer Available At Firefly Fine Wines and Ales (arranged by most recent)
Tree Kelowna Pilsner 17, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock 100, Howe Sound Cloudburst Lemongrass White IPA 74, Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter 98, Samuel Smiths Organic Apricot Fruit Beer 91, Borg Bríó Nr. 1 28, Lindemans Faro 80, Samuel Smiths Organic Raspberry Fruit Beer 80, Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine 97, Rogue Dead Guy Ale 92, Central City Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter 93, Gavroche 87, Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer 12, Moon Under Water Creepy Uncle Dunkel 52, Grimbergen Cuvée Ambrée / Double (Dubbel) 84, Bush de Noël (Scaldis Noël) 97, Corsendonk Christmas Ale 98, Brooklyn Local 1 97, Echigo Stout 70
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | October 10, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Just a few minutes away from brewery creek which is probably a better store, Firefly is nevertheless worth a visit if you can spare the time. Indeed, the selection is of course mostly similar, but there are quite a few complements. In fact, the BC selection I believe was greater at Firefly than Brewery Creek. When you enter, you’re in a cleanly laid out, spacey, modern wine store with an aisle of beer on the right. Make sure to step into the walk-in cooler at the rear as this is where 90% of the beers are stocked. It is very cold in there and makes for a weird experience unless you have a winter coat as you don’t feel like hanging there for too long, yet there’s a few hundred bottles to browse through. We did not interact much with the staff, but they seemed professional enough.
Oakes (649) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 27, 2007
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
New store, bright wine section and the beer section is almost entirely in a walk-in fridge. They carry a healthy range of brews right now, rivalling but slightly different to that of the nearby Lennox store. Their website at present mainly lists breweries so doesn’t give a very good indicator of what they actually carry. They have an interesting take selling wine and beer, though. This is a store I think will be worth watching. Last store I said that about was Brewery Creek.
It’s a bit tough to access given the state of construction outside - I just parked in a no parking zone with my blinkers on.
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | October 5, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
A large walk-in cooler greets you with many beers. They carry 6-packs, cans and singles too. I grabbed a couple of cans on special (ha!) to go, which was nice to have refreshments while walking around outside. Staff were friendly though the lady behind the counter looked at me suspiciously.
Sammy (550) Toronto, Ontario | July 29, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Not as good a selection as Brewer Creek, but still worth picking up some different choices. A large cooler room. Prices on average were higher than Brewery Creek, noticeably consistent in this regard. Some high quality stuff. Service was OK. Fancy laid out.
fiulijn (517) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 28, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
One very good place; as usual for the best places in Vancouver, it shares 95% of the beers with the other shops, but there are a couple of good extras here, and there are more beers than at the Maple Ridge location (don’t forget to check the walk-in cooler). Modern looking wine shop. Service doesn’t try to make you feel comfortable.
JoeMcPhee (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | May 20, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Nice large store with a brightly lit area in front that mostly features wines (although spirits are coming shortly) with a large walk-in cooler that houses the beer and cider. They have a unique way of laying out the products that is geared towards helping people pick out styles of beer rather than having them organized by brewer. For a geek like me, this is somewhat annoying as I tend to shop by brewer to find things that I want/haven’t had, but I can see it working for someone just getting initiated. The staff are pretty helpful and quite knowledgeable, which is always a plus. A solid addition to the Vancouver beer scene.
Ferris (446) Burnaby, British Columbia | January 13, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A good craft beer shop but nothing notable. Lots of their beer is right by a huge window, so if you worry about light struck beer this may be a bit worrying. They have a cooler as well but again in all a good shop but nothing notable.
mcberko (283) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 28, 2009| Updated April 15, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
This place used to rival Brewery Creek and 16th Street for the best liquor store in Vancouver, but has gone way down hell since. Selection is far inferior to the two aforementioned and the prices are higher.
DuffMan (270) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | September 9, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Nice store, well organized layout for wines and a large well organized walk-in cooler for beers. Good local selection (all Mission Springs stuff was here, all Buckerfield’s) and some nice imports too (Budel’s variety 8-pack). Quite a number of single bottles too.
KansaiBeerLvrs (206) Kyoto, Japan | August 7, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Located in a weird office building - of which they seem to be the only tenant giving it an uninviting feel from outside & made me think they were closed. They were open, the huge shop had high ceilings and was inviting as we’re the friendly staff. A nice big selection: one aisle of belgians/germans, tons of US stuff and a good selection of local craft. I’d have bought a bunch but alas my bag was already at the max weight allowance for my flight.
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