EAST VAN­COU­VER Par­al­lel 49 strathcona Beer com­pany an­d­ina storm Brew­ing

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More than a dozen brew­eries and tap­rooms dot this up-and-com­ing neigh­bour­hood—also known as Yeast Van—in­clud­ing lo­cal stal­warts that led the craft beer charge. Ex­plor­ing on foot? Note that this area is more spread out than its Brew­ery Creek coun­ter­part, so plan for longer dis­tances be­tween pints. Other op­tions in­clude tours with com­pa­nies like Van­cou­ver Brew­ery Tours (page 64), or do­ing as the lo­cals do and us­ing pedal power. Car­toony la­bels and tongue-in-cheek names—like the Trash Panda Hazy IPA, Wob­bly Pop Pale Ale, and Schaden­freude Pump­kin Ok­to­ber­fest—have been this mi­cro­brew­ery’s call­ing card since they opened their doors in 2012. The re­cently re­vamped tast­ing room is just as eye-catch­ing: a food truck parked in­side the brew­ery will crush any food crav­ings, while the ro­tat­ing taps keep pace with even the most en­thu­si­as­tic beer lover’s thirst for new brews. See page 67. This con­crete-and-wood-trimmed brew­ery is decked out with com­mu­nal ta­bles and cozy booths—choose your seat de­pend­ing on how friendly you’re feel­ing. On tap, the ever-chang­ing of­fer­ings may in­clude favourites like the well-bal­anced Pre­mium Pil­sner, the lemon-and-man­darin­in­fused Beach Radler or the hazy N.E. IPA. If you’re plan­ning to stay awhile, the food menu fea­tures gourmet thin-crust piz­zas, along­side sea­sonal sal­ads and snacks like pop­corn and char­cu­terie. See page 70. The yel­low façade adorned with the brew­ery’s fe­male mas­cot—known as La Pola, af­ter a Colom­bian hero­ine who helped the coun­try gain in­de­pen­dence—makes this cheer­ful tap­room hard to miss. The South Amer­i­can flavour ex­tends to the brew­ery, the first in Canada to use Patag­o­nia malt. For the full ex­pe­ri­ence, pair a sug­ar­cane­spiked Mel­cocha An­dean Ale with one of the many va­ri­eties of ce­viche or plan­tain chips. See page 70. Look­ing for a truly unique tast­ing room ex­pe­ri­ence? This pint-sized brew­ery de­liv­ers just that. Es­tab­lished long be­fore the craft beer craze, this un­pre­ten­tious space is fa­mous for se­ri­ously in­ven­tive small-batch beers (ap­pro­pri­ately called “brain­storms”) that in­clude past pours like Peanut But­ter Cup Stout, Cherry Bomb Ale and Pineap­ple Par­adise Pil­sner. But take note: this mad­cap brew­ery is a gritty, stand­ing-room-only space that of­fers sam­ples of their beers—no pints or flights— served in plas­tic cups for a cash do­na­tion. Now that’s an ex­pe­ri­ence. See page 67.

Brews in­fused with South Amer­i­can flavours are the name of the game at An­d­ina

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