My favorite brewery on this visit. Of all the brewpubs we hit, this had the best and most interesting beers. A bit of a shabby place, but comfortable and inviting. Good beers, decent prices. Wanted to go back in the same trip.
When my wife made the map for beer stops as a surprise birthday gift, she highlighted this place. My wife is not beer savvy, but she took the word of our place database. I’m glad she did this place was top notch. Beers selection and service really shines right off the bat. Place overall had this great vibe. Quality was very nice. Got some nice bar snacks too that hit the spot. A must stop in Vancouver.
This is the epitome of everything that is good about Vancouver’s nascent taproom culture. Casual, no fuss, friendly atmosphere and it’s all about the beer. Brassneck brews a crazy number of different beers over the course of a year so there’s a bunch of new stuff every week. I love dropping in to have a small 6oz glass of whatever’s new before I’m on my way again.
Very much enjoyed our visit here last week. Arrived on a late Saturday afternoon to a full house and had to wait about 30 mins to get into the tap room. Being from the states...I was a bit mystified as to why we couldn’t enjoy a beer in their outer bar area while waiting till the tap room occupancy level allowed us in (really just a growler filling area actually)...but then it’s not their fault the alcohol laws are a bit screwy (and I’ll share that New Jersey’s are too in different ways...lol!) So here’s the cool thing...after talking to a few of the staff...and one who I believe was a manager...they gave me and my friend samplers to enjoy while waiting (don’t tell anyone...don’t want to get them in trouble...lol!). In fact they were a sample each of Passive Aggressive, and Massive Aggressive...with the request to guess which was which...(proud to say we did...lol!). So we finally got in...and obviously were already well versed on their selections from the waiting line...not that it mattered...we tried everything...but needed to share samplers with my friend...as there are limits to how much they can serve you per day. So...bottomline...best beer in greater Vancouver/Victoria across the full offering...some other establishments have a better beer or two (examples would be Bridge’s "Side Cut" or Driftwood’s Fat Tug)...but this was far and away the best offering overall. My favorites were Free Radical White IPA, the Magician’s Assistant tart dry hopped (Mosaic & Citra) blonde, and the Wingman American pale ale (Citra & Amarillo)...but the scene stealers were definitely the aforementioned Passive & Massive Aggressive single and double IPA’s. The décor and atmosphere is great...although the taproom is a little too small...but overall...best brewery in the greater Vancouver area by far! If you had a short visit and could only squeeze in two...here and Bridge are the easy answers (maybe Red Truck too...for the cool look, trucks, food, and pretty decent beer).
In the Main Street craft beer zone, so there are others within walking distance (33 Acres, Main Street, etc.) I liked the selection of beers and the atmosphere, though there was a heavy aroma of barley. Right, this is a brewery, so what do I expect? Well, I’ve never been to a place where the aroma in the tap room was this strong. Not that it’s an unpleasant aroma, but it did detract from the ability to rate the beers properly. So maybe better ventilation is needed. Otherwise, a great place with good beer and interesting snacks.
Cool place in one of the brewpub neighborhoods of East Van. This one was the busiest, with a slight wait time for getting in on a Monday afternoon after work. Beer selection was good for the most part, and beers were mostly ok. The decor is pretty cool, with rustic wooden siding. Perhaps the coolest looking brewpub I’ve been to in Van, though its close neighbors are close seconds.