But that’s OK, I write to start conversations and lists and rankings start conversations. So here we go.
A little about the rankings… This is about QUALITY of beer… nothing more nothing less. A bad beer diminishes overall quality in my eyes. That said this is my Monolithic view of the quality of beer coming from a brewery… no math.
Breweries within tiers are equal in my eyes.
Not all Breweries are listed, but rest assured I would never say no to a brewery that is listed, as for the others…
These are my personal opinions, they won’t match yours, feel free to be angry anyways
Tier 4 (Solid Lagers & Ales)
Doan’s Craft Brewing
The Beer Farmers
Coast Mountain Brewing
Howe Sound Brewing
Trading Post Brewing
Central City Brewing
R and B Brewing
Coal Harbour Brewing
Main Street Brewing
33 Acres Brewing
Tier 3 (Breweries who I can count on to crush it often)
The Parkside Brewing
Field house Brewing
Silver Valley Brewing
Demi-God Tier (breweries I’ll always make a point of visiting)
I’m going to let the Tri-City news take this one away, the article does a great job of breaking down the whole business plan. Their Plan has some really cool parts and some I’m concerned about and will break down at a later date… Until then the Tri-City News Presents:
Hot off the heels of the 5th Brewers Row Brewery (Moody Ales side Project Bakery Brewing) and former Callister Brew Team Light Heart Brewing setting up shop in Moody Ales we have another Brick and Mortar starting up.
Fraser Mills Fermentation, the brain child of many of the group behind the successful Tri-Cities Cask Festival has selected a spot on St. John street in Port Moody.
The Location is just two doors down from the current Beyond the Grape Location in the former Yamaha Marine building.
If you aren’t from Port Moody that is a 15 minute walk from the Twin Sails/Yellow Dog hub and 3 minute walk from the skytrain station.
The Brewery will be as eclectic as any brewery in the city, housing not only a 10 hl brewhouse with eleven 10 hl fermentors, 5 brites (where the beer is carbed) and Thirteen 5 hl serving tanks, but a home brew business too. You willbe able to have a beer and then buy the supplies to try and replicate it at home.
Did I mention that beer isn’t the only thing on the menu? Cider, mead and wine may also be produced on site.
Although exciting, this brewery isn’t quite a sure thing, Michael Druce, current Beyond the Grape and Fraser Mills owner pointed out:
“…we will be going before the Port Moody council sometime in March for approval of a temporary use permit to allow us to do liquor manufacturing in a commercial zoning.”
“…we will need public support for a Temporary Use Permit for the location…”
Public support may come in the form of letters to Port Moody Council or Vocal support at a public hearing. If you would like to show Port Moody Public Council your support for another business in Port Moody please send an e-mail to email@example.com
If you read this blog at all closely you will notice several things. I enjoy beer, i give special attention to the Tri-City area of Vancouver because its where I live, and i care less about spelling and punctuation than i really should (I already graduated, they can’t take my degree back… can they?). What you may not know is i also enjoy making beer. I wouldn’t call myself an expert nor do I make great beer on every attempt. I understand the general science but tend to nod off once people get into the biology of it.
Much like this blog I sort of give up on the minutia (would you believe i spelled that word right on the first try? i even looked it up to make sure!) So when I do make something good its more of a happy accident than a purposeful effort. The thing is, I kind of want to make good beer all the time, so after being aware of the local beer club for a few months i finally got around to attending a meeting.
So i wandered down to Beyond the Grape with a brewing friend of mine and a growler of my least terrible beer made in months. Something I call “Adult Joke Dark Wit” a dark wit fermented with an abbey yeast. In short it was a great experience. Most people had brought some home-brew or something delicious (the Half Pints Burley Wine was great!), which we sipped and talked about. I can say honestly that I didn’t have a bad Home Brew last night, and that i would choose most of them ahead of many craft beers available. Highlights included a wet hopped ale, a dry-hopped cider, a Baltic Vanilla Porter, a Scotch Ale, and even a Sour. The discussion was just as good as the beer and for the most part i just tried to glean some of the more technical and finer points of brewing knowledge espoused by the members. What was really encouraging was the real effort made by the club to create a community through group buys (who does’t like cheaper hobby supplies), group brews, competitions, and outreach to the greater civic community. In a society where many feel like we are growing away from our fellow (wo)man clubs like this provide an opportunity to comes together and drink awesome beer!
So, if you like beer and are considering or are already brewing check out a club, if it’s anything like the Tri-City Brew Club you’ll be glad you attended.