Yaletown Brewing

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Black wrought iron fencing surround the narrow outdoor patio of Yaletown Brewing. Its red brick interior and exterior convey a rugged but warm environment. Weekend night crowds of roughly 50/50 men and women keep the place very full. A medium size light wood bar stands slightly raised in the middle of the large open room. On it appear four beer engine handles and two 3-tap ceramic towers. The CD sound system sets the mood with continuous Rock and Roll from above. Four silent TVs are perched over the bar and under the 15 foot ceiling of wooden beams and black ducting. Hanging chalkboards display the current beer list. Surrounding the bar at ground level are dozens of very rugged wood tables and padded chairs on wooden floors. Great attention to detail is evident in the interior design. The 18 by 18 inch wooden beams were retained from parts of the original historic building. The beautiful bar floors of local fir originated in the Victoria Building. For the stone arches and fireplace Mexican sources were tapped. The plentiful red bricks are not actually native to the area but were originally brought to the area by merchant sailing vessels that used them as ballast.

Master Brewer Frank Appleton previously oversaw the operation at Whistler Brewing. Now he is assisted by Ian at Yaletown. Open since December, 1995, the brewery produces both ales and lagers. Sacks of grain fill both the conditioning room and the second floor mill room. Recipes use pelletized hops from the neighboring U.S. The 20 16 hl (~10 bbl) tanks span numerous rooms between the two separate operations. In the restaurant, kids are allowed and smoking is not. In the lounge of the Pub/Cabaret smoking is prevalent. Here loud Rock and Roll fills the air while peanut shells cover the floor, seven TVs ring the room, and pooltables attract a young crowd that appreciates the full liquor selection and the house beers flowing from dual 3-tap ceramic towers. The attraction of the beers was matched by that of the food at Yaletown. Entrees range from $7 to $10 and killer sandwiches stand out.

When used, the gas pushing the beers is the popular CO2/Nitrogen mix call Aligal. The Frank's Nut Brown appears a clear dark brown with a light body, smooth mouthfeel, very dry malty flavor and goes down smoothly. The Mountain Mild Ale is more of a dark amber color with a malty aroma and a very pronounced hop over malt flavor balance that results in a overall mellow brew of light body and smooth mouthfeel. The Double Dom Stout is expectedly opaque with a medium body, very roasted flavor, smooth mouthfeel and dry roasted aftertaste. The Hefeweizen starts with a hazy gold color followed by a tangy mouthfeel, serious clove flavor, medium body, nice sweet wheat flavor and a very subtle lactic note. The Harbour Light Lager appears a clear dark gold with noticeable carbonation, a light malty flavor, medium body, subtly hops (Mt. Hood), and very clean finish. The Mainland Lager, dark amber in color, has a light Munich malt flavor accompanied by a very light hop (Hallertau) flavor, and finishes cleanly. The Red Brick Bitter is a clear dark amber with a hop over malt flavor balance, light body, and lingering light hop aftertaste (Chinook). The Indian Arm Pale Ale is also a dark amber color but combines a nice malty flavor with plenty of hops (BC Kent Golding) to finish cleanly. Survey says, check it out.


Yaletown Brewing company
1110 Hamilton Street
Granville Island
Vancouver, B.C.,
(604)688-0039

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - May, 1997
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