Craft Beer has exploded in British Columbia. It won’t be long before we rival Portland for the numbers of breweries in our city. We are already there when it comes to variety and quality of brews. Beer lovers that started out as home brewers have tapped into their passion and started breweries that craft beers they want to enjoy. There is a place just outside of Vancouver where three breweries have set up shop a block apart from each other with a fourth just a month or two away from opening. I call it Port Moody Brewery Row, home to Moody Ales, Yellow Dog Brewing, and Twin Sails Brewing and it is a must visit destination for any beer lover. Grab your friends and tour Port Moody Brewery Row.
Before you ask, let me tell you were Port Moody is. Port Moody is sandwiched between Burnaby on the West and Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam on the East and South. The Burrard Inlet is the Northern border of Port Moody; the 7A Highway runs right through it. Starting in early 2017 you will be able to take the Evergreen Line, which connects Coquitlam, Port Moody and Burnaby to the already existing Sky Train routes.
Let’s start the tour. As beer is always better when shared my beer loving friend John Biehler has joined me on this adventure. Some of the pictures used here are his.
Moody Ales – We start with Moody Ales at 2601 Murray Street. At any given time they can have twelve different beers on tap. We ordered two tasting flights of four each. The first flight included a Blonde Ale, Brown Ale, Affable IPA, and the Smoked Porter. Our second flight consisted of Sociable Pale Ale, American Stout, Honey Red Ale, and 1880 Export Stout. My personal favourite was the Affable IPA, which is a shocker as IPA’s are generally my least favourite beers. Not too Hoppy but with enough of a bite to make it enjoyable. It’s very affable.
Twin Sails Brewing – At 2821 Murray Street you will find Twin Sails Brewing and a list of beers that have names I don’t recognize. Beers like Munich Dunkel, Weizenbock, and Roggenweizen. They also make Pilsner, Sticke Altbier, Hefeweizen and a German Winter Ale. We tried them all. It was tough for me to pick a favourite but the Pilsner and Munich Dunkel stand out. I think I’ll have to go back and try again.
Yellow Dog Brewing – Last stop on the Port Moody Brewery Row tour is Yellow Dog Brewing at 2817 Murray Street. Two more tasting flights are ordered that includes beers called Take A Walk Wit, Sit and Stay ISBA, Chase My Tale Ale, and Shake A Paw Smoked Porter. Go Fetch Saison, Cascadian Dark Lager, Play Dead IPA, and Sour Cherry Bruin round out the beers. My hands down favourite is the Sour Cherry Bruin. A bonus at Yellow Dog Brewing is their back Beer Garden patio. Perfect for hot summer days and nights of beer sampling with friends.
Parkside Brewery – Opening soon! A fourth brewery called Parkside Brewery will be opening soon, it is located between Yellow Dog and Moody Ales. This will bring the total of breweries within 5 minutes of each other to four!
I can’t wait for the Evergreen Line to open. Imagine just nipping out to Port Moody for an afternoon of fun along the water then ending it with a Port Moody Brewery Row tour. I think it would make for a perfect Saturday or Sunday adventure.
If you are hungry stop at Hopcott Meats on 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road for some great eats. Eat in or take out, either way, they offer up great food and of course premium cuts of meats to throw on the BBQ.