We are right in the thick of Brewpub Junction, the glut of places in town that provide ever-so-slightly above average beer with good food and a nice experience, and you can only be so jazzed about that, you know?
But let’s consider Deep Cove as its own entity, beginning with the beer selection: a decent selection of ales, IPAs and lagers, with rotating options — such as the Grapefruit Radler IPA or Chocolate Coconut Porter — that are significantly more interesting than the standbys.
(They also have a fairly regular tea saison, but that proved, um, divisive with our group)
Still, despite pretty good distribution, the number of options at their brewery was underwhelming, but that’s the tradeoff you get at most places in Vancouver with a big kitchen.
And that kitchen is quite good: all things considered, the food at Deep Cove is about as tasty as you’ll get at a Metro Vancouver brewery, with a style best described as “comfort foods done classy.” And with a distillery on site as well, there is, cliché as it sounds, something for everyone in your group to enjoy, hops evangelist or not.
Unfortunately, the room itself is a bit nondescript and location is a bit out of the way, so it doesn’t get the same plaudits as, say, Postmark. In short, while solid across the board, there’s something inessential about Deep Cove that makes it hard to justify the trip out, unless there’s one beer that you really like, which we haven’t found yet.
Quality: 12.5/20 (21st)
Standout: 3.1/5 (24th)
Diversity: 5.7/10 (22nd)
Innovation: 2.5/5 (28th)
Experience: 7.8/10 (9th)
TOTAL: 31.6 (23rd)