We started at Parallel 49 which was the furthest from home and consequently the best one to bike to fully sober. It’s the least indie of the Vancouver’s indie beer scene, having experience massive growth right out of the starting gate.
The tiny Doan’s tasting room is a homey affair with a large communal table filling up most of the tap room and a fun wall mural providing eye candy. A new kid on the block, the family-run brewery is starting small, sticking to just a few brews. Their tasting room is more homey and less uber-modern-hipster-cool than some of the rooms in the area.
The folks at Storm make it very clear that they do not have a tasting room. Rather, you walk in right onto the brewing floor and stand amongst the tanks, pipes, and kegs. That means you might be sloshing around in wastewater and other beer-making slop while you drink.
There’s no beer here and therefore Odd Society presented the perfect palate break sandwiched between breweries. Everything here is made from 100% BC agricultural products. Oh, and you can order yur very own private 30-litre cask of 3-year-aged Canadian Single Malt.
The brand new tasting room at Callister was one of the most appealing on our tour. They don’t depart far from the standard polished concrete floors, natural wood tables, and colourful chalkboards common in craft breweries around the world, but somehow they have managed to create an especially enticing space.
Bomber Brewing has become our favourite tasting room in Vancouver and if you only have time to visit one (god forbid!), we recommend Bomber. Its cozy seating area is always full and the tight squeeze necessitates camaraderie with your fellow drinkers. There’s just something in the air at Bomber that makes any time a great time to visit.