Location: Pitt Meadows
Year Opened: 2015
Flights of Four: $7 (also the option of six for $10)
BC Beer Award Wins: 2016 – English Bitter, North American Brown Ale (Bandit Brown)
Canadian Beer Awards Wins: NA
Believe it: the fourth best brewery in all of Metro Vancouver is right next to the West Coast Express stop in Pitt Meadows.
The numbers don’t lie. Foamers’ Folly, out in the eastern reaches of Metro Vancouver, managed to impress the sizeable contingent of reviewers that made the trek out to their brewhouse, with a combination of range and quality that eclipses nearly everything in the region.
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. Their passion for the craft shows, as does their touted two decades of collective brewing experience.
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. For an establishment less than 18 months old, they brew a mind-boggling array of beers (15 on tap at current count!), and do them all 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. Also remarkable was their ability to avoid mistakes – all their beers were good, if not great, and not a single goose egg among them.
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: 15.6/20 (8th)
Standout: 3.8/5 (9th)
Diversity: 7.5/10 (5th)
Innovation: 3.6/5 (8th)
Experience: 7.8/10 (9th)
TOTAL: 38.3 (4th)