A couple of days ago I motored over the border into Canada to check out another Lower Mainland brewery: Big River Brewpub in Richmond. I had read that this was next to a bowling alley, but was not prepared for how cheek-by-jowl the two were. Here is a view of the brite tanks room, imagine the sound of tenpins falling:
I met the brewmaster, Michael Stewart, a third-generation brewer who learned the craft from father and grandfather and started out at a brewery in Vancouver, about fifteen miles north of this spot. He showed me his copper clad brew kettle, heart of the 10-hectoliter (oops, metric up here, call that about seven of our beer barrels) system.
That wasn't the only deal. Across the street is a big cineplex--IMAX screen, the whole works--and every Thursday evening they do a dinner and a movie package for $18. You get a gift certificate good for the price of a regular film; pay extra if you choose a 3D or IMAX version.
Good beer, too. Next time I'll try the taster tray.