Year Opened: 2014
Flights of Four: $8
BC Beer Award Wins: NA
Canadian Beer Awards Wins: NA
Steel Toad is a cavernous, 2,000 square foot monument to the opulent redundancies of British Columbia’s beer rush, all form and commercialism over function or purpose.
Steel Toad is the place in Olympic Village that sits right next to Craft Beer Market and Tap and Barrel, because the planned neighbourhood really needed three gastrohalls appealing to the same demographic.
Steel Toad is an adequate restaurant, with slightly elevated pub food that’s a good option if you’re a tourist or a local in north Mt. Pleasant who wants to put absolutely no thought into their dinner choice for the evening.
Steel Toad makes their own beers, thus qualifying them for this list, but the most interesting part about those beers is the taster holders they reside in: metallic and bunched in a cube, rather than a paddle.
Steel Toad has a serviceable selection of ales, lagers and IPAs, just like that other place you’d prefer to be at. They all range from not great to just passable. They also discovered a raspberry beer last summer like everyone else in the market.
Steel Toad was discussed for five minutes when we debated whether it was indeed the worst brewery in Metro Vancouver, and the nicest thing anyone said about it was “I never have to wait 30 minutes for a table like other bars.”
Steel Toad. Why?
Quality: 7.3/20 (41st)
Standout: 1.7/5 (40th)
Diversity: 4.2/10 (38th)
Innovation: 1.1/5 (41st)
Experience: 4.8/10 (40th)
TOTAL: 19.1 (42nd)