Tasting Room: Yes
Growler Filler: Yes ($6 for 1L, $10 for 2L, $7 for 1L seasonal, $12 for 2L seasonal)
Bomber Brewing was the last brewery on the East Van Bicycle Tour – just off the beaten path on the corner of Adanac and McLean Drive (2 blocks west of Commercial Drive).
I really enjoyed the interior design of this one. Their overall branding is reminiscent of classic hockey logos – which I was a fan of (being a design nerd after all). The bar was half full, but we found a spot nestled in the corner. We asked for a tasting flight (four 5oz glasses for $7) and right off the bat my favourite was the Old Fat Heater Winter Ale (8.0% – 39 IBU) – though Blood From A Stone looked pretty good as well (Red Rye IPA), which is a collaboration with Stone Brewing Co.
I was really bummed that they didn’t have the Choqlette Porter pouring, nor available in bottle – as I’d really like to try that one. They also didn’t have the Shut Out Stout or Absolute Horizon CDA, which were my other choices.
Bomber Brewing has some pretty neat videos on their webpage – especially their Bombers Hockey Club video – which shows the team where Chief Operating Officer Don Farion, Creative Director Cam Andrews, and Head Brewer Blair Calibaba began discussing the idea of opening a brewery. Personally, I’m a fan of knowing the history and I love it when it’s incorporated into the branding.
1488 Adanac Street
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