Steamworks Brew Pub – Vancouver

Part 2 of my beer travelogue of my trip to Vancouver…

After the brews at Rogue Kitchen and Wet Bar, we walked across a small parking lot to Steamworks Brew Pub. This multi-level brewpub had the feel of a place that had been there for a while. And for good reason – Steamworks first took hold of its historic Gastown brewpub location in 1995. That’s a nice long run for a brewpub.

Steam Works street view

It was in a great location – right on the water with a view of the cruise ship dock. Todd and I grabbed a spot at the bar on the main level and I ordered the sampler rack:

  • Nut Brown Ale
  • Mocha Porter
  • Empress IPA
  • Saison
  • Belgian Wit

The beers were all solid. The Nut Brown Ale left lacing like I have never seen before – it almost coated the entire inside of the taster glass.

Steamworks Sampler Glass

After the sampler at Steamworks, we explored the cobblestone streets of Gastown to find more local brew. I returned to Gastown several times over the course of my five days in Vancouver. The highlights included:

  • Alexander Keith’s Cascade Hop Ale at The Blarney Stone, an awesome Irish bar.
  • Red Truck Lager and authentic Carolinastyle BBQ at Peckinpah. Todd and I had an amazing lunch here.
  • Back Hand of God Stout by Crannóg Ales at the committee dinner at the Pourhouse.

And there were more, including bottles from Granville Island Brewing. But I’ll save those for my next post.

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