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Beer Available At Steamworks Brewing Co. (Canada) (arranged by most recent)
Steamworks Cascadia Golden Ale , Steamworks Nirvana Nut Brown Ale 39, Steamworks Copper Roof Ale , Steamworks Hefeweizen (Skinny Tire) 47, Steamworks Blitzen Christmas Ale 47, Steamworks ESB , Steamworks Cascadia Cream Ale 41, Steamworks Lions Gate Lager 16, Steamworks Empress India Pale Ale 39, Steamworks Signature Pale Ale 40, Steamworks Saison 39, Steamworks Heroica Oatmeal Stout 49, Steamworks Pilsener "Vitamin P" 41
Beershine (696) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 23, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Unfortunately Steamworks seems less creative these days but generally the quality of their brewing remains above average. If you are visiting Vancouver, and even if you already live here, itís worth heading over to Steamworks a couple of times a year at least to drink whatís going on. Of course, all the individual beers are rated elsewhere on this site. About the brewpub itself: Steamworks is humongous. I canít understand how it can sustain itself with the price of real estate in Vancouver but the restaurant/bar/cafe/dining room/oyster bar seems to do quite well. Many different rooms means many different environments to suit your needs and tastes. The easiest place to sit is (besides the outdoor patio) the first level, which offers fine views of the North Shore. The lower level offers yet another bar/lounge area but this one with a pool table and a livelier environment. Also good views. Next to the lower bar are two other rooms: an Oyster bar/chill lounge/scotch den type room (used to be a cigar room I believe); and the main dining area with a long open kitchen. Nice dining room, donít know about the food. Pub food usually sucks. Service too. If itís not slow, itís surly and if itís not surly itís slow.
bhensonb (442) Woodland, California | August 20, 2007
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Gastown location. A bit overly modern. A bit crowded on weekends. Ok beer. Food was ok as well. Gastown is an interesting area, and this is the place to stop when in Gastown.
tiggmtl (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | July 3, 2007
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Views out the back over the water are attractive but basement is somewhat dark and close. Be careful on the way to the toilets as youíre walking right in the path of the servers and could get clobbered with a tray full of food as they move quickly and there are blind corners. Service is friendly and generally quite knowledgeable about beers, wine and food. Decent beers are usually quite enjoyable with some turn-over of the seasonals. Food is well made if somewhat pricey but chalk that up to the location.
swoopjones (293) Buffalo, New York | March 19, 2007
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Great looking place right by the water in Gastown. Nice menu & food was good. Beers available nothing special. Worth checking out
holdenn (15) Chicago, Illinois | August 18, 2006| Updated November 7, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Sat on the patio and had fries and beer. Weird table cloths on the patio tables but a nice place to have a beer and enjoy the weather. Service was average, but its seat yourself so the waitress seemed a little bit overloaded since more people kept coming into her section. Itís located really downtown so its rather touristy, but none the less pretty decent beers, could use a few more on tap.
pivo (24) , Germany | April 11, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Really nice place with a good view of the mountains out back. Couches and places to hang. Real casual (is there any place in Canada that ISNíT casual?). A little touristy, maybe, but a good crowd overall. Friendly as hell. Cool stairway in the middle of the whole place.
LordUppity (1) Surrey, British Columbia | April 8, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Located on the edge of Gastown, a stones-throw away from Waterfront skytrain station. We were seated in a tidy corner away from the normal commotion, and we each had a very comfortable leather lounge-area style chair to sit in. The selection of drinks was very good for both the beer drinker and wine drinker alike. I had an opportunity to try out a variety of the Steamworks house brews, including two seasonal beverages. Our waitress was very pleasant, attentive, and typically quick to return with our many orders throughout the evening. I ordered a 10-oz steak, which was served with a peppercorn sauce (more like gravy), and vegetables. The steak was a little rarer than I would have liked, but it was still quite tasty. The potatoes were delicious, and itís a shame only a few were included on the plate. One member of my party had the fish ní chips, and later mentioned it was the nicest tasting fish heís had in a long time. My one complaint was certainly to do with the bathroom situation -- the one near us was a single unit, door locked by the person using it. There was almost always a line-up of 2 or 3 people waiting for the bathroom to be free, which wasnít very pleasant as I myself had to go about 5 times after a night of sampling the drink menu. They also do not accept debit, however there is an ATM on the premises, which will charge you $2.00 to withdraw funds.
DuctTape (10) Toronto, Ontario | November 24, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Went in mid-afternoon and had a tasters platter. Was impressed by the range of beers they had and their overall qualty. Was very impressed by the NXNW IPA, the Coal Porter and the Nirvana Nut Brown. All beers that i could sit and have a session with. The overall ambiance of the upper bar was nice, cozy, good attentive waitor who clearly knew his beers as well. The basement level (which i only discovered due to the neet for the washrooom) is huge and i could see it being a really attractive place in the evening when busy.
Hooker (16) Coquitlam, British Columbia | September 17, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Kind of a neat place, two levels, both times I was there I went to the lower level great decore. Beer delection was dairly good 6 or 7 plus a seasonal wit. Bartender was very attentive and answered all sorts of questions that I had. Only thing missing was their Pumpkin ale they made a small batch to take to the GCBF. They now have a non house brand tap (Raven Cream Ale from R&B) as they canít make enough of their own to keep up with demand.
CapFlu (194) Victoria, British Columbia | March 15, 2005
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
A highlight in the BC brewpub scene is unfortunately the washrooms and this bar is no exception. Fine, its a brewpub... and it does a decent job of preparing food - but its sad to leave a brewpub thinking "Wow, they have nice facilities to squat and releave oneself!" Easily the RoggenWeizen was the best beer... I am actually amazed that this beer was done SO well while all the others lacked. Maybe it was a different brewmaster or time for the lines to get cleaned. Either way, they have proven that they CAN make good beer - now they need to concentrate on bringing the remainder up to this beers standard.
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