Living just a couple blocks away from East Vancouver Brewing Company’s Commercial and Venables location, I’ve been eagerly waiting for a chance to check out the newest addition to East Vancouver’s abundant craft breweries. Watching their progress since early last spring has built up the suspense: finally, on one of these twilight-zone foggy nights we’ve been getting in Vancouver recently, I stopped in for a beer.
East Vancouver Brewing Co.
East Van Brewing Company opened its doors in early November, boasting a spacious tasting room, industrial-chic décor, an ACDC pinball machine and a wide variety of indulgences like local pickles from Kaylin and Hobbs, calzones from Bianca Maria Italian Foods and of course, many hoppy, yeasty libations. We were especially intrigued by the Humble Hive English Brown Ale, brewed in collaboration with local company EastVan Bees, who manages hives all over East Vancouver, producing what their website identifies as “hyper-local neighbourhood honey”– “taste the flavor-hoods”! The Humble Hive Ale is imbued with a sweet, honeyed undertone courtesy of East Vancouver’s bees, chocolate malt, and English hops. Other stand-outs include the Jive House Ale, brewed with Norwegian Farmhouse yeast strains and Pacific Northwest Hops to produce a fruity, tart, unconventional brew, and the crisp, easy-drinking Community Lager (also available in six-packs if you’re the take-home type).
The brewery is a tribute to the community from which it draws its name. You’ll find East Vancouver roots everywhere: the flights of six are arranged in a cross shape, reflexive of the iconic East Van sign at Clark and Great Northern Way. A couple of beers deep, I can confidently attest that East-Vancouverites like myself will immediately feel at home and embrace East Van Brewing with open arms: eagerly riding in on our road bikes for a beer, a growler fill, and a hipster-aesthetic fulfilling East Van Brewing Company hoodie (available for 39$ for those of you who want to look like “that craft beer guy”).
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