This is definitely a place to go and drink beer but not really to geek out at. Loud, open space with a food truck inside. Loads of taps on a bunch of digital boards that offer up the basic info. Barkeeps were friendly enough. Finding seating on a Saturday was difficult but not impossible. This is taproom is more "scene" than interesting or unique. I was told multiple times I "HAD" to visit here but I'm not sure I found the reason. Still, not a bad place and they do offer up quite a few brews.
Over the years I heard a lot of make sure you stop at Parallel 49 if your in Vancouver. They recently renovated and reopened the tap room. This was to add food. Now they have a food truck inside the tasting room...that’s right inside the building. Had a lot of graffiti that made it seem like a youthful like brewery. The tap selection has increased as well as they had over 30+ taps. The place has everything that would make you love it. BUT for me it seemed to beer hipster.
Last stop on a recent greater Vancouver 5 day craftbeer tour. This night we hit 4 breweries plus a great food and craftbeer venue (Merchant’s Oyster Bar...had oysters and the amazing Bridge Northeast IPA)...so my opinions after more than a few beers arriving here at closing time might be a bit out of context...but in a good way...because I liked the place...the beers were good...can’t say they were great...but we had 3 flights of 4...I think they had 11 beers and we doubled up on one. We arrived about 30 mins before closing time and made the most of the opportunity...lol! I thought the staff was great...and loved the wall paintings. I need to come back here as a first stop and see if I rate them the same...but based on my experience that night...they fared well in my rating. Check them out...I think you will enjoy the place even if it doesn’t measure up as highly to say a Brassneck or Bridge.
Not a bad place but I was kind of surprised they didn’t have more beer here. I think there were more of their beers available at St. Augustines, and definitely more interesting choices. Probably just a coincidence though. A little loud and raucous, which is fine for me. Beer is average for the most part - honestly I think I had higher expectations of this place.
Arrived after a short walk from Doan’s, Saturday June 20, 2015. Got here about 22:00 and left shortly after 23:00. They were at capacity when I arrived, but got a seat at the bar within 5 min or so. Fast friendly service. Only one restroom available. Flights with 4 of 4-5 oz pours. Likely parking on the street.
Wellllll, the girlfriend and I went to breakfast at a place a few blocks away from here (Red Wagon, for those interested...it was pretty damn solid). The information online said they opened at 11am, so I had things planned pretty much perfectly as we finished up our meal around 11:30 and headed over to the brewery. Turns out they don’t open until noon. Derp. Instead we took a trip down the street to the 7-11 and checked out some of the fine Canadian junk food available (and of course bought some).
Having killed enough time, we made our way back over to the brewery and settled in. Typical tasting room with a few bar seats and some high top tables. Not too crowded at noon sharp on a Thursday. They had ten actual beers on tap and one randall/infusion sort of beer, which was actually quite good. For the most part, beer quality was okay here. Nothing really blew my socks off, but most of the beers were decent. And the flights and samples and full pours are cheap. Bottles are pretty reasonable, too. My favorite two beers were sort of radlers/shandies, so I guess I lose a few cool points for that.
My girlfriend seemed to lose all fine motor skills and coordination throughout this vacation as she was constantly tripping over her own feet and spilling things. This stop was no exception...I bumped a glass a little bit which resulted in a minor spill and got a rag from the bartender. The better half took the rag from me and proceeded to knock over two other glasses, including sending one to the floor. At least I made this one trip here a memorable one. And the woman working the bar was kind enough to replace the beer that met its untimely end. Can’t beat that kind of service.
Oakes (832) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 5, 2014
Busy place, in an area that is becoming the epicentre of brewing in BC. Basic taproom, and the service tries to get it done even when the place is busy. The beers are ok - some are decent while others fall flat. So there’s that. Worth a visit, definitely, and hopefully the beers will improve as the brewers gain experience working as pros.
Popped in on Christmas eve at noon and the place was full.....impressive. OK atmosphere but cool growler filling service and friendly staff and some good merc, I might pick one of those t-shirts before I go. Sleeves and paddles available so you can try as many as you want..... go for the paddle (4x3oz) if you’re not acquainted with 49th......good value. Lord of the Hops was the high light and I quite liked the Ugly Sweater......not crazy about the nitro version of US. Definitely worth a return.