Get Your Shit Together New Vancouver Breweries…

When I go to a brewery I don’t tell anyone who I am. Don’t get me wrong i don’t expect people to know who I am even if I told them, but I still don’t like mentioning I write a blog unless I am trying to get some specific information that really needs consent. I don’t tell because I don’t want to feel bad about telling the truth, when the truth is the beer sucks. I honestly believe if you are going to write a blog about anything you have to be willing to give your opinion, negative or positive… so here it is.

I’ve visited two newer Vancouver Breweries over the past several weeks and in short they were pretty underwhelming. Both Strathcona Brewing Faculty Brewing co. have a lot of work to do if they want to stay relevant.

 

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Strathcona presents as a Brand heavy brewery. Great Location in a “real”neighborhood. I say “Real” because it is, “strath” exists as one of the last Vancouver neighbourhoods with a community built outside of gentrification (even if it is on its way). Maybe thats why the cool brewery seems like an anti-septic juxtaposition dropped on the block in a “just-so” way… even the sex-trade workers seemed to give it a wide berth. I’ve been 3 times for some reason in the last month, each time I walk away less impressed. I could go on at length about the tasting room itself, but its not worth it. It’s nice, but an art room in a Strathcona brewery is just little pedantic, when you consider the local community- its just so Vancouver. The best beer I had here was the radler, upsetting as it also contained the least beer. The saison had only hints of the familiar farm house flavours, and the hoppy beers, the British IPA, Northwest Pale Ale, and the ISA, were nearly impossible to discern as distinct styles. These were definatley different beers but someone needs to take a trip to the UK. In short this brewery needs to get its shit together… because gentrification is still a few years away…

Also their website is just a video of people skateboarding… http://www.strathconabeer.com

 

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Faculty Brewing definitely has more to work with but even so has some kinks to work out. Faculty has opened in the same Brewery Creek neighbourhood as, well, everyone else. They are making decent to good beer, and their tasting room is warm and inviting. So why then do they need to get their shit together?

Because they aren’t doing anything different, and they aren’t doing anything better. I am aware of their intent to rotate beers on a structured basis, some might say this is their niche, but if Brassneck has more available and styles that change nearly as quickly does it really matter? It’s like going to a chocolate cake festival and bringing a carrot cake. Even so, I have high hopes for this fellows and wish them all the best.

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5 thoughts on “Get Your Shit Together New Vancouver Breweries…

  1. Benjjjamin September 20, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I think your a little unfair as it really takes a brewery 1-2 years to hit there stride. At this point it is more important for them to have beer to sell then to be offering an amazing, rotating list of beers. Though I do think Strathcona has more room for improvement as they have seemed to have stretched themselves thin when really they should be zeroing in on the beers they plan to offer year round. I enjoyed the beer at Faculty, especially the 241 MinzeWeizen. They may never be what Brassneck is but when compared to Main Street they are doing just fine.

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    • BrewardInlet September 20, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      With the increase in competition will strath have 1-2 years to improve? Breweries will start to fail just as BRB did recently and their are rumours of more in the coming months. I agree the faculty has some decent beers and i’m excited to see what comes. That said if i have a chance to hit one brewery in the area Faculty is not at the top of my list.

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  2. Mike September 21, 2016 / 3:24 am

    I have not been to Faculty in a bit now as I have been far to busy but I am a big fan of the beer that I had when I was there. I was also a fan of the test batches that I had to drink. So we will have to differ on our opinions of them.

    With Strathcona I will give them 6 months before I get openly judgemental. Some times it takes time to scale up. After that the brutal truth could be warranted.

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    • cturton September 21, 2016 / 5:25 am

      I think that’s entirely fair. I enjoyed faculty’s beer but they are in area with so much great beer. You’ve definitely convinced me revisit this post in 6 months.

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      • Mike September 21, 2016 / 5:32 am

        Its no different than any craft beer area in the world. There will be variations of quality or at least perceived quality. There are very popular breweries that I don’t enjoy their beer. It happens

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