#35: Yaletown Brewing Company

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Location: Downtown Vancouver
Year Opened: 1994
Recent BC Beer Award Wins: 2013 – Belgian (Oud Bruin)
Recent Canadian Beer Awards Wins: 2013 & 2014 – Barrel Aged (Oud Bruin)

Yaletown Brewing feels incongruous with most other breweries on this list. At best, it could be described as one of the most approachable breweries in town. At worst, the beer feels like an afterthought.

Unlike most of its competitors, it feels most appropriate to talk about the space Yaletown Brewing has created first and foremost. It dominates the corner of Mainland and Helmcken, boasting one of the city’s more popular patios, and the room itself is split into a sit-down dining area and a more open-concept bar with TV sports, pool, and booths to chill in with your buddies. Needless to say, it’s a fun place. Other writers have lauded it as one of the better places to meet singles in Vancouver (though this might be as much praise for the brewery as criticism of the city).

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Now, the beer is a different story. They typically carry four regulars and four rotating taps, among which there are typically only one or two beers worth re-ordering. The flavours are flat and uninteresting: unanimously, their best beer at the time of review was the Tex Mex Lager, which gives an idea of what the rest must be like.

Above all, Yaletown Brewing knows what it is. It’s a bar first and a brewery second. Generally, their beer isn’t offensively bad, but in this city, there’s always something better available. The only place you should be drinking Yaletown beer is at Yaletown Brewing, but you’ll have a great time doing that.

Quality: 9.9/20 (38th)
Standout: 2.6/5 (32nd)
Diversity: 5/10 (32nd)
Innovation: 2/5 (34th)
Experience: 6.8/10 (21st)
TOTAL: 26.3 (35th)

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