From here on out, every brewery we’re talking about is fully respectable: drinkable beer, a focus on the craft, etc.
But one of the 34 (!) such places on this list has to be at the bottom, and that is Black Kettle. Located in an industrial area just to the west of Lonsdale Quay, it’s very much an under the radar brewery, for a variety of reasons.
One, getting to the brewery takes some time (it’s not transit accessible past the Quay) and the tasting room is essentially a few benches in their expansive warehouse complex: quite pleasant if you enjoy minimalism and giant brewing tanks, but that’s it.
Second, the beer is straight to the point: ales, IPAs, porters, an Oatmeal Stout are all in their rotation. But aside from an occasionally-made Kentucky Common beer, nothing is particularly unique, and the styles you can try in their tasting room rarely exceed four or five.
Let’s be clear: this is tasty beer. That’s no longer in short supply in Vancouver though, and there’s nothing in their roster that particularly stands out.
Nothing about Black Kettle is bad. But nothing about it is memorable, either.
Quality: 11.8/20 (26th)
Standout: 2.2/5 (36nd)
Diversity: 4.6/10 (35th)
Innovation: 1.8/5 (37th)
Experience: 6.6/10 (24th)
TOTAL: 27.0 (34th)