Surrey brewer expands to Vancouver

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Central City Brewers + Distillers is expanding out of its home in Surrey, B.C. The Vancouver Beer Club blog is reporting that the company has taken over the space previously occupied by Dix, an old brew and bbq joint located at 871 Beatty Street across from B.C. Place Stadium.

The new brewpub is scheduled to open at the end of May. Interestingly, the brewery will specialize in sour beers. According to the blog, “The room will centre around an enormous foudre,” which is a cask that will be used to house fermenting sours.

The opening is good news for Vancouver beer drinkers, especially those who miss Dix. As one of Vancouver’s first brewpubs, Dix – which closed its doors five years ago – was ahead of its time. Too bad it didn’t stick around long enough to see the craft beer revolution that’s happening in the city now.

Of course, other Central City brews (and probably its new Hopping Mad cider) will be available at the new location. The brewpub is expected to feature 40 draft taps, half of which will pour creations brewed by its parent company in Surrey, with the other 20 devoted to beer from other local craft breweries. A cocktail list will draw from Central City’s line of gin, vodka and (eventually) whisky.

Central City's IPA for Autism. Photo courtesy Central City.

Central City’s IPA for Autism. Photo courtesy Central City.

Last year, Squamish brewer Howe Sound opened The Devil’s Elbow Ale and Smokehouse, its own brewery-related venue, on the same street. Currently, Central City runs a brewing and distilling facility and a brewpub, both in Surrey.

A spokesperson reached at the Central City distillery would neither confirm nor deny the report, but said that a news release will be issued soon.

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