Craft beer lovers unite at two new restaurants, including Western Canada’s largest

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

It’s easy to find great craft beer in Vancouver these days–and it’s not just at brewery tasting rooms. Restaurants around the city are taking as much pride in their beer lists as their wine lists and offering some of British Columbia’s finest on tap.

Two new restaurants have just opened that put craft beer front and centre.

On July 28, Tap & Barrel Shipyards made its debut on Lower Lonsdale. The North Vancouver location is the third in the Tap & Barrel chain–and this one’s a biggie.

Sprawling out over 14,000 square feet with over 700 seats, it’s the biggest restaurant in Western Canada, according to a restaurant representative. Over half of the seating is on the patios, which have stellar views of Burrard Inlet. (Not all the patio seating is open yet, but it will be soon.)

Tap & Barrel Shipyards

Tap & Barrel Shipyards

All of the 36 beers on tap–not to mention the 16 wines on tap–hail from British Columbia. Hyper-local choices include one from Lonsdale Quay’s Green Leaf Brewing Co., which was brewed especially for the restaurant’s debut: the Green Leaf Grand Opening ISA.

From North Vancouver’s Bridge Brewing Company, there’s also a Blood Orange Bourbon Wheat Ale, which was brewed in conjunction with the restaurant.

Meal options by executive chef Brian Everett include burgers, steaks, rice bowls, and pizzas.

Central City's Red Racer Restaurant

Central City’s Red Racer Restaurant

In downtown Vancouver, Central City Brewers + Distillers opened a new restaurant on July 24 near BC Place and Rogers Arena.

Located at 871 Beatty Street, it’s in the spot that formerly housed Dix BBQ & Brewery. The restaurant, which is pretty spacious at 4,800 square feet, has been completely redone with gorgeous wood tables made from B.C. willow trees and stylish industrial touches throughout.

The private room at Central City's Red Racer Restaurant

The private room at Central City’s Red Racer Restaurant

Central City is not brewing its own beer here: its brewery remains in Surrey. But the restaurant is, of course, serving Central City beers; there are 14 on top, including Red Racer Copper Ale and Red Racer Kolsch German-style ale.

Executive chef Carl Sawatsky’s menu features hands-on fare like burgers and pulled-pork and brisket sandwiches.

Other excellent B.C. craft beer options include Postmark Brewing’s Blonde Ale and 33 Acres of Life’s California Common–both from Vancouver craft breweries.

And if that’s not enough choice for you, check out the latest brewpub to open on the Vancouver scene: Red Truck Beer Company’s Truck Stop Diner.

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