Strathcona Beer Company

Location: East Vancouver
Year Opened: 2016
BC Beer Award Wins: NA
Canadian Beer Awards Wins: 2017 – English Style IPA (British IPA)

Rank in Vancouver: 10th place (out of 25)
Rank in Metro Vancouver: 22nd place (out of 48)
Rank in Southwest B.C.: 39th place (out of 77)

When we went to Strathcona’s website to get some background, we were immediately hit by an auto-play of a video of a skateboarder riding around in downtown Vancouver
set to jazz music.

It was overwhelming and confusing. And really, that experience sums up Strathcona’s tasting room pretty well — a weird mix of things in a slick package with white tile walls, cramped booths, and hanging plants.

Strathcona opened in July 2016, and after going through the inevitable growing pains of a new brewery, has established a decent variety of beers on tap and in cans and bottles.

This season’s Brrr! Winter Radler was on point, with a tasty mix of beer and mandarin and cranberry juice that multiple reviewers enjoyed. Aside from that, most found Strathcona’s beers to be generally well-executed, but
somewhat boring.

The tasting room has been thoughtfully designed, although we’re not totally convinced that the collection of objects in the room create a pleasant atmosphere. We like that they
serve pizza, and we think their ice machine is pretty cool. And the fact it’s the current base for Superflux, easily the best beer company in B.C. without a set home, is a bonus.

But overall Strathcona knows its brand, but not its identity. Is it an East Van hipster hangout? A bro-bar with surprisingly good drinks? A prestige label on the cusp of a breakout? There’s a lot of pieces here, some of them good, so we’re hopeful they’ll come together sooner rather than later.

Quality: 13.9/20 (31st)
Standout: 3.1/5 (44th)
Diversity: 6.5/10 (26th)
Innovation: 2.5/5 (45th)
Experience: 6.6/10 (52nd)
TOTAL: 32.6 (39th)

Next in Metro Vancouver: Britannia
Next in Southwest B.C.: Spinnakers

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