After a long wait and a lot of speculation, the big red barn-like building at 97 East 2nd Ave. (between Ontario and Quebec) is finally open for business.
After opening in October, Steel Toad Brewpub and Dining Hall became the latest entry in Vancouver’s brewing scene (although, at the rate the industry is growing, this statement could be out-of-date by the end of this weekend!). Housed in the former Opsal Steel Building, near Olympic Village, Steel Toad is a spacious, airy gathering place for locals and visitors alike. A large centrepiece bar shares the main floor with dining tables, with another dining area on the mezzanine level. On game nights, a big screen TV screen shows Canucks games. There is also live music.
Steel Toad has a well-stocked whiskey selection, a craft cocktail program and a dinner, lunch and brunch menu. But the on-site brewing is one of the main attractions, and we talked to head brewmaster Chris Charron about his current selection and plans for the future.