Bacon & Beer at Stateside Craft on Commercial Drive

Stateside Craft on Commercial Drive is the “sequel” to Portland Craft on Main Street except instead of just focusing on Oregon and Washington State beers, it’s the entire US! Well, whatever they can get their hands on, that is. Will Stateside Craft rank among the better beer places along Commercial Drive like St. Augustine’s, Biercraft or Tangent Cafe? Will I like it as much as Portland Craft? Stateside Craft are still in their soft-opening phase, but I wanted to check their progress and get some all-you-can-eat bacon with my beer!

NOTE: I made some errors in my original post (preserved and corrected below). Please accept my apologies folks! Continue reading Bacon & Beer at Stateside Craft on Commercial Drive

Missing the Mark: Postmark Brewing (Plus Make-Up Sex at Main Street Brewing & Brassneck)

Too bad…I was really looking forward to the opening of Postmark Brewing. Their beers aren’t terrible but they don’t stand out either, which in this increasingly crowded craft beer market in Vancouver just doesn’t cut it. I made up for the lackluster experience by dropping by Main Street Brewing and Brassneck afterwards 😉 Continue reading Missing the Mark: Postmark Brewing (Plus Make-Up Sex at Main Street Brewing & Brassneck)

Fucked Up English & Sweet Nut Soup at Bubble Fruity

CORRECTION: Bubble Fruity DOES serve bubble tea. You just have to ask for the bubble tea menu. But they are best known for their dessert soups. I’m gonna leave the rest of the post as-is, as a testament to my rage, confusion and ignorance.

Want food that looks unappetizing but tastes great? Check out Bubble Fruity on Saba Rd near No. 3 in Richmond. What a name! How does one take two words that have clear meanings separately and mash them together into an impossible to parse mess? Ahhh, Richmond…you’re a never-ending source of Engrish pleasures.

And no, they don’t serve bubble tea. Continue reading Fucked Up English & Sweet Nut Soup at Bubble Fruity

Burger & Beer at Pumphouse Taproom in Richmond

Pumphouse Taproom has the best selection of craft beer in Richmond, followed by Hog Shack and O’Hares. I don’t venture out into Richmond that often, and especially not as far as No. 2 & Blundell, where Pumphouse is located. But I had a good time and would go back for the beer if I was in the area. Continue reading Burger & Beer at Pumphouse Taproom in Richmond

Ping Pong Rave Food: Full Blast Summer Jam by Here There

There’s this new class of food events that reminds me of those 90s warehouse rave days. Hawkers Market is a bit like that (previous Hawkers Market events here, here and here) but I went to another similar one-time-only event that was even more “underground” in that it was held in a secret location that wasn’t revealed until the night before. The event was FULL BLAST SUMMER JAM produced by Here There, who have put on a couple interesting food-related events previously, including one where they turned a school cafeteria into a pop-up restaurant. I had even more fun at Full Blast than Hawkers Market! 😛 Even though there was only ONE food vendor and the beer was crap, the food was so good that it didn’t matter! Continue reading Ping Pong Rave Food: Full Blast Summer Jam by Here There

A Trip to Four Winds Brewing Co.

Who doesn’t love Four Winds Brewing? They’ve been winning awards left, right and centre since they opened a year ago. The biggest award is probably their Silver Award for American-Style Brett Beer at the World Beer Cup. Too bad for me that they’re all the way out in Delta, on the other side of the tunnel. We went to visit them back in mid-April during the Easter long weekend. It was a beautiful, relatively stress-free drive! 🙂

NOTE: Four Winds did some renovations on their tasting room in late May, so it probably doesn’t look like how it does in these photos anymore. Continue reading A Trip to Four Winds Brewing Co.