Location: Pitt Meadows
Year Opened: 2015
BC Beer Award Wins: 2016 – English Bitter, North American Brown Ale (Bandit Brown)
Canadian Beer Awards Wins: 2017 – Porter (Blacksnake Porter)
Rank in Fraser Valley: T-1st place (out of 11)
Rank in Metro Vancouver: T-11th place (out of 48)
Rank in Southwest B.C.: T-16th (out of 77)
“Believe it: the fourth best brewery in all of Metro Vancouver is right next to the West Coast Express stop in Pitt Meadows.”
We wrote that a year ago, and we were wrong.
Maybe it was due to their main brewers quitting shortly after we did our reviewing last time around. Maybe it was due to our trips coming after we had gone to one or two other breweries, thereby inflating our, um, enthusiasm.
It’s not the amazing, hidden gem we originally thought (hoped?) it would be. But Foamers’ Folly, out in the eastern reaches of Metro Vancouver, still has a combination of range and quality that is worth checking out, and has a combination of quality and quality that makes it tied for the best brewery in the Fraser Valley with Field House, in our estimation.
A foamer is someone who foams at the mouth over trains – the true enthusiast, the rabid fan. The folks at Foamers’ Folly claim to be foamers for beer, and, after sampling their wares, we are inclined to believe them.
First off, the space is fun. It’s well laid-out, homey without being cramped, and clearly shows that someone has put a good deal of thought into the drinking experience. If you are inclined to sample, the option for flights of six is much appreciated. They have board games, a small selection of food, and a record player. A good time was had by all.
When it comes to the actual brewing of beer, they are no slouch. They brew a mind-boggling array of beers (18 at current count!), and do most of them well. They also are unafraid to experiment – their HotBox IPA manages to taste like what you might expect something named ‘HotBox IPA’ to taste like, without seeming like a gimmick. Their Middle Man Marzen and their highly hopped (100 IBUS!) Brass Monkey Marley Wine also stood out. These aren’t absolutely amazing beers — if they were, one of their many, many offerings would have become a standout in the market by now — but they’re interesting and worth checking out.
Foamer’s deserves special mention for their willingness to experiment with nitrogen taps, replacing the bubbles borne of carbonation with N2 in a process pioneered by Guinness that results in creamier, smoother-drinking glass of suds.
While it’s annoying that there is no morning train out to Pitt Meadows that could carry you east for a day of drinking and then convey you home counterflow, there are express busses that make the trip on transit less onerous than might be expected.
We would not make a recommendation for Vancouver-based people to travel out to Pitt Meadows lightly, but the beer at Foamers’ Folly is just delicious and the taproom is a fun place to be.
Quality: 14.4/20 (22nd)
Standout: 3.8/5 (18th)
Diversity: 7.7/10 (5th)
Innovation: 3.3/5 (22nd)
Experience: 7.3/10 (22nd)
Categories: Brewery Rankings