Hooker (16) Coquitlam, British Columbia | August 8, 2007
I find the food is ussualy better than there beer, which is average at best. I have not been to one of thier weekly caskivals but I find that thier BIG Caskivals are a ripoff. (20 dollars for the right to pay $1 for each 4 oz. sampler. No freebees) I will give them credit for atempting to at least get some interset in the local beer scene. Way too yuppie for me.
I have been there a few times before closure. They had some occasional very good beer, but also some less good one (i.e. I know that it had a good reputation, but the brewer didnít have a magic touch). Nevertheless, this one gone, only 2 brewpubs left downtown is really small.
About the same variety of brews on tap as any other Mark James brewpub Iíve visited. Service was good. Food was good and cheap ($6.99 for a decent-sized bowl of Gumbo!). My friend and I came for the IPA (temporarily not available), but the Double IPA was available and was a hit. The interior has a nice, rustic, Western feel to it and I felt at home. Eclectic crowd. Not crowded after work on a Cask Thursday evening.
I think that Dix has become a go-to stop in Vancouver. The place was my kind of place, well-lit, relaxed, fun. The pool table was there, private tables, artifacts, and of course a great bar and bartender. The brewmaster is within the last year or so transfered from Surrey, and has been given free reign recipe-wise. I liked the offerings, fresh and flavourful,and the Texsas brown shows the industry what can be done to spice up a brown,good show! I thought this to be an above-average brewpub overall. Different ages were here, always a good sign.
As with all the Mark James Group pubs, and perhaps because itís a MJG pub, I have mixed feelings about Dix. When it first opened I was thrilled. They brewed a Vienna Lager that was exquisite from what I remember. Rumor had it the brewmaster was going to specialize in lagers and I got really excited. How many brewpubs around here can make a passable lager let alone this copper-colored gem? Then suddenly *poof* no more Vienna Lager. However, they did brew some consistently drinkable beers (including a lager) that were much better than most MJ overcarbonated swill. Before that I went to Dix a lot, almost once a week. Atmosphere in the early days was so relaxed I thought the pub would go under. Seemed they never made a dime unless it was game night. Then it seemed they got into that whole Red Truck thing and homogenized the selection too much. I grew bored with the pub just as biz started picking up. Then suddenly *poof* again and theyíre doing that Caskival thing now. Been to that a coupla times, had a few very well done IPAs, but was always with the wrong people and unfortunately never got into the social aspect of it Anyway, the service at Dix is usually top-notch, always appreciated that. Wonít comment about the food since Iím not a big meat eater and itís a BBQ joint. Iíve heard itís mediocre. However, Iím not a pure vegetarian and I tried the chili once--fantastic.
Your standard sports bar with not so standard beer. Closes early, even on Friday night, which was a little alarming, but luckily itís walking distance to Steamworks and Yaletown brewpubs! :D I had one of the best tasting beers (Game Day) at this brewpub.
Definitely a sports bar, but clean and well-maintained. Menu is decent, food is quite good (standard fare, a bit on the expensive side) and the beer selection is better than average in that they brew decent beers on-premises. Service was good, except no Interac. I will be happy to visit it for special events, or hunting down the latest local brew on special, but not for any other reason.