CRAFT Beer Market Opening: Win Tickets

Comments 149 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The much-anticipated CRAFT Beer Market is set to open November 7th in the old Salt Building in the heart of The Village on False Creek. This mega pub will have the most taps in Canada with 140 beers on tap — 50 of which are brewed right here in BC.


The 13,000-square-foot space has room for 400 seats, plus a 50-person patio. Inside, the architecture of the circa-1930 Salt Building, which was actually used for storing and packing salt back in the day, has been lovingly preserved. The feel is of an airy, vintage warehouse, with rough-hewn timbers criss-crossing overhead and light filtering in from massive windows. The open space is dominated by a large, oval-shaped bar, with a pair of mezzanine areas overhead. [Inside Vancouver]

Venue features include the original wood structure from the 1930s, high ceilings, and historic trusses. The kitchen has an open concept, there is a private room and mezzanine level for special events, it is Certified LEED Gold, and the largest LEAF Certified Restaurant in Canada. Over 250 kegs in house hold 5,000 gallons of beer (over 19,000 litres), and flow through over 3km of draft lines.

Of course you have to pair all of this beer goodness with great food so the focus will be on North American cuisine, drawing from local inspiration and ingredients. Gluten-free options, Sunday brunch, an extensive wine and cocktail menu will diversify CRAFT Beer Market’s offerings.

CRAFT Beer Market Opening Contest

If you would like to walk through the doors and check out CRAFT Beer Market before the general public on Thursday, November 7, 2013, I have the opportunity to give away 5 double passes to the sneak-peak preview event on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. At this preview event, which will run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, guests will enjoy complimentary drinks and small bites as they check out the impressive space. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Canadian beer (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tix to @CRAFTbeeryvr’s preview event from @Miss604

I will draw 5 winners (who will each get a double pass) at 12:00pm on Friday, November 1, 2013. Must be legal drinking age (19+) to enter, win, and attend. Please enjoy responsibly.

CRAFT Beer Market is located at 85 West 1st in the Salt Building and also has locations in Calgary and Edmonton. Follow on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winners are Peter A, Andy Lumb, Dave, Chantel, and @andreastwocents!

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  1. DuncanMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:37am PDT

    Favourite Canadian beer; this is a very tough call. I commissioned a cask for my recent wedding, from Bridge Brewing, in North Vancouver, and it would have to be my favourite. But, since we are probably talking about beers available on the market, honourable mentions go to Powell Street Old Jalopy Pale Ale, and Driftwood White Bark. My favourite, though, has to be Crannog’s Back Hand of God stout.

    Great contest! I hope I win!

  2. Jeff McCarthyMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:47am PDT

    St. Ambroise Pale Ale. Not necessarily the best beer today in Canada, but still my favourite because it was so unique back in the early 90’s and remains every bit as good. Even better on a Montreal summer patio without the BC markup.

  3. BrianMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:47am PDT

    Powell Street’s Ode to Citra is a beauty. Or Lord of the Hops from P49.

  4. Suzanne BailukMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:50am PDT

    Most often I drink wine or scotch but I enjoy 33 Acres of Ocean from 33 Acres Brewing Co. Great local micro brew.

  5. IzzyMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:54am PDT

    Unibroue, Maudite

  6. IsaacMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:55am PDT

    Red Racer IPA

  7. ColinMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:58am PDT

    Central City Imperial IPA

  8. JeffMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:00am PDT

    Storm’s Black Plague is my current fave.

  9. KateMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:06am PDT

    I like hoppy west coast IPAs, like Phillips Blue Buck. Just spent last weekend visiting the new 33 Acres and Brassneck Breweries here in Vancouver, and found plenty of tasty treats at both.

  10. Lyndsay TilstonMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:07am PDT

    Howe Sound Lager!

  11. StefanMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:08am PDT

    Belle Royale by driftwood. Tart, sour, and a bit of cherry to balance it out with a touch of sweetness. Yum!

  12. Jamie KoebelMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:09am PDT

    Very hard to only pick one, but I thknk I’ll have to go with Dark Matter from Hoyne.

  13. ChelleMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:12am PDT

    I really like the Mutiweizen from Brassneck Brewery, but most brews from Powell Street and Parallel 49 are pretty much guaranteed to be awesome.

  14. S.FieldMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:13am PDT

    With Vancouver’s microbreweries putting out such great stuff there is no need to choose just one beer for all seasons. p49’s Hopnotist is a favourite but not always available, Driftwood’s White Bark, Powell’s spring/summer seasonal Witbier, p49s Ugly sweater….

  15. MeganMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:14am PDT

    So many to choose from… Central City’s Red Racer IPA!

  16. ChrisMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:24am PDT

    Whistler Brewing Bear Paw Honey Lager

  17. AndrewMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:24am PDT

    Caman! Fat Tug IPA by Driftwood Brewing

  18. Shawn RapazMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:25am PDT

    I love anything from Phillips Brewery, but I really love thier hopcircle beers.

  19. LeeMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:33am PDT

    Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears

  20. SWMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:36am PDT

    Driftwood white bark!

  21. CliffMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:37am PDT

    Howe Sound Brewery IPA

  22. BrianMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:43am PDT

    R & B Brewing Sun God Wheat Ale

  23. MeganJMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:57am PDT

    I really enjoy Stanley park’s amber ale!

  24. MargaretMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:09pm PDT

    Ephimere, by Unibroue

  25. erinMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:37pm PDT

    Red Truck

  26. Anne-SophieMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:47pm PDT

    Definitely Steamwhistle!

  27. michael hMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:47pm PDT

    Hermanns Dark Lager!

  28. KatieMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:50pm PDT

    49th parallel pumpkin beer

  29. Aaron B.Monday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:51pm PDT

    Granville Island – Imperial Chocolate Stout

  30. fionaMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:52pm PDT

    Phillips Slipstream Cream Ale – yum yum yum!

  31. ChantelMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:54pm PDT

    Depends on the season, but I love Hoyne’s Dark Matter, Driftwood’s Farmhand Saison, Russell’s Wee Angry Scotch, and currently really diggin’ Whistler’s Chestnut Ale!

  32. HaylzMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 12:54pm PDT

    So hard to choose but I always go back to Granville Island Lions Winter Ale…mmmmm!!!

  33. moniqueMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 1:15pm PDT

    Fat Tug IPA

  34. Stephanie TMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 1:23pm PDT

    Okanagan springs 1516!

  35. Ryan E.Monday, October 28th, 2013 — 1:35pm PDT

    Driftwood`s Fat Tug.

  36. ScottMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 1:38pm PDT

    Fat Tug

  37. maggieMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 1:39pm PDT

    I think Russell and Phillips consistently put out good beer. My favourite is probably the Russell Blood Alley Bitter.

  38. SaraMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 1:47pm PDT

    Favourite Canadian beer is a tough one – depending on the season, there could be many. I’d have to go with Fat Tug.

  39. HeatherMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 2:14pm PDT

    Favourite Canadian beer is Driftwood’s Pale Ale, by a razor thin margin. I have many delicious favourites.

  40. LeighMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 2:23pm PDT

    I’m going with either Lord Of The Hops (Parallel 49) or Wee Angry Scotch Ale (Russell), depending on the time of year!

  41. BillyMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 2:26pm PDT

    SO EXCITED for CRAFT to open up in the Olympic village. Actually equal parts excited and concerned, considering the amount of future hours and $$ I will be logging in there.

    Very tough call on fav Canadian beer – I’m going to have to go with the good-all-year-round Phillips Blue Buck

  42. Andy LumbMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 3:18pm PDT

    Really looking forward to this venue opening. It’ll be a great place to end seawall walks in the summer.

    Think my all time favourite Canadian beer is still the Storm Black Plague. So dark you can’t shine a light through it.

  43. JonMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 3:21pm PDT

    It depends on the situation, but the best beer I’ve sampled recently is Persephone Brewing’s stout.

  44. RuthMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 3:48pm PDT

    If I have to choose just one… Killer Bee dark honey ale from Tin Whistle in Penticton.

  45. Chelsea WMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 4:02pm PDT

    My favourite is even local – Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale. De-lish.

  46. Ron MartinMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 4:17pm PDT

    Anything from Howe Sound

  47. ShannonMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 4:41pm PDT

    Okanagan Springs 1516

  48. ZaeliaMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 4:46pm PDT

    I’m with Chris… Whistler Brewing Bear Paw Honey Lager

  49. Teresa KMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 5:04pm PDT

    Granville Island Honey Lager

  50. Sheena BMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 5:34pm PDT

    Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale for me as well!

  51. staceyMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 5:37pm PDT

    Granville Islands Winter Ale is one of my all time favourite beers. But am loving the new microbreweries like 33 Acres and Parallel 49.

  52. ShawnaMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 5:41pm PDT

    My fave is Whistler grapefruit!

  53. DavidMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 5:44pm PDT

    The new Salty Scot by parallel 49!

  54. SolanaMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 6:00pm PDT

    I’m not a beer drinker, but my hubs is! And even brews some craft beer of his own!

  55. Michelle CMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 6:19pm PDT

    Gotta stick with GI honey lager!

  56. NadyaMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 6:36pm PDT

    parallel 49

  57. NadyaMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 7:00pm PDT

    La Fin du Monde by Unibroue in Quebec

  58. KimMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 7:27pm PDT

    My favourite Canadian beer would be Granville island brewing and their Winter ale. This is the time of year I wait for all year when my fav beer comes back out!!

  59. hilaryMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 8:29pm PDT

    Lighthouse Keepers Stout

  60. KateMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 8:41pm PDT

    Phillips Blue Buck, and look forward to trying many more once the Market opens.

  61. Peggy-sueMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 8:44pm PDT

    Salty Scot, parallel 49

  62. katrinaMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 9:12pm PDT

    i enjoyed gypsy tears

  63. Chris cMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 9:38pm PDT

    Phillips blue buck! Thx

  64. AnnabelleMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 9:47pm PDT

    Granville Island honey lager!

  65. Shannen EMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 9:47pm PDT

    My fav Canadian crafted beer is the Steamworks Espresso beer, only brewed in the fall!

  66. Frank_ZMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:01pm PDT

    100% James IPA (fresh hopped) from Storm

  67. Kimberly HughesMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:02pm PDT

    Gypsy tears!

  68. ChristyMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:10pm PDT

    Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49

  69. JulieMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:39pm PDT

    Fin du Monde!!!

  70. JeffMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:04pm PDT

    Ugly Sweater stout by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  71. MichelleMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:06pm PDT

    Granville Island Brewing’s Winter Ale, so good!

  72. JeffMonday, October 28th, 2013 — 11:58pm PDT

    Driftwood Sartori Harvest IPA!

  73. KathleenTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 1:59am PDT

    Granville island raspberry lager

  74. BreezeTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 8:16am PDT

    Gotta be Granville Island Honey Lager.

  75. Natasha PTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 8:16am PDT

    Hard to choose just one… Driftwood Fat Tug, P49 Gypsy Tears, Powell St Ode to Citra

  76. Peter ATuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 9:30am PDT

    Hopnotist by Parallel 49

  77. JeanneTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 9:30am PDT

    Love Granville Island honey lager

  78. Cheryl KTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 9:38am PDT

    Today my favourite is Hoparazzi, geez I hope I spelled that right.

  79. SallyTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 10:44am PDT

    Powell Street- Old Jalopy Pale Ale

  80. JeremyTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 10:48am PDT

    hard to pick one… I would say mostly anything from parallel 49

  81. ShaunTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 12:02pm PDT

    Howe Sound Brewing’s King Heffy is the king!

  82. JaneTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 12:43pm PDT

    Vancouver Island’s High Trail Honey Ale

  83. HollyTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 1:10pm PDT

    Really into 33 acres brews at the moment!

  84. Tracey FlattesTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 1:36pm PDT

    Granville Island brewery – especially the Hefeweizen!

  85. HannahTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 1:47pm PDT

    I really enjoyed Howe Sound You’re My Boy Blue this summer. Actually, I like all their wheat beers 🙂

  86. SteveTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 2:04pm PDT

    Sleeman Original Draught

  87. DarcieTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 2:06pm PDT

    Dead Frog Peppered Lime

  88. CherylTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 2:12pm PDT

    My current favourite is Brassneck Brewing’s Free Radical White IPA.

  89. Steve A.Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 2:20pm PDT

    Anything by Parallel 49

  90. ColbinTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 2:28pm PDT

    Fav Beer: Guinness. If a pub does not have this on tap or by the can, it is not a real pub.

  91. Cindy KSTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 2:52pm PDT

    Granville Island winter ale

  92. JennaTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 3:46pm PDT

    Picaroons Winter Warmer and/or Granville Island Winter Ale…. ‘Tis the season!

  93. MaryTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 4:28pm PDT

    Most definitely Granville Island Winter Ale

  94. KristenTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 5:26pm PDT

    Whistler Honey

  95. Alex wingertTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 6:18pm PDT

    Phillips amnesiac double IPA!

  96. Darcy GoodrichTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 6:19pm PDT

    Right now it’s Granville Island Winter Ale

  97. KevinTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 6:42pm PDT

    Blanche de Chambly! An amazing Quebec beer

  98. VarleyTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 7:23pm PDT

    Brassneck’s Passive Aggressive

  99. GlendaTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 8:52pm PDT

    Granville Island Winter Ale is my favorite.

  100. KarenTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 9:04pm PDT

    I have to say Lions Winter Ale from GI. It tastes like Christmas.

  101. MatthewVTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 10:05pm PDT

    Definitely Parallel 49’s Gypsy Tears – impressive stuff!

  102. NatalieTuesday, October 29th, 2013 — 11:03pm PDT

    Okanagan Springs 1516 or Big Rock Grasshopper

  103. TonyWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 12:26am PDT

    Red Racer IPA

  104. erinWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 10:53am PDT

    Phillips Blue Buck

  105. KristinaWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 11:41am PDT

    Love me some Granville Island Winter Ale

  106. SanazWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 11:52am PDT

    Red Racer IPA

  107. GregWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 11:59am PDT

    Townsite Brewing’s Zunga

  108. nancyWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 12:15pm PDT

    Granville Island Winter Ale hands down

  109. AmyWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 1:09pm PDT

    Granville Island Winter Ale!

  110. Cameron P.Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 4:49pm PDT

    Howe Sound Brewery’s Megadestroyer Imperial Licorice Stout. Not the lightest-tasting beer in the world, but believe it or not, it pairs well with chocolate and oysters.

  111. Terry CalhounWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 5:03pm PDT

    Crannog organic beers from BC Are always a treat

  112. Terry CalhounWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 5:03pm PDT

    Crannog organic beers from BC Are always a treat

  113. RayWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 7:00pm PDT

    Central City’s Red Racer IPA

  114. DebWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 7:05pm PDT

    Hopnotist IIPA by Parallel 49.

  115. DebWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 7:06pm PDT

    Driftwood’s Sartori IPA

  116. HeidiWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 8:38pm PDT

    Montreal’s Glutenberg Belgian Double!

  117. JenniferWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 9:39pm PDT

    Tofino Brew Co. Hoppin’ Cretin’ IPA. Tropical deliciousness!

  118. NickWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 10:02pm PDT

    Howesound blueberry ale –> yo my boy blue 🙂 thank you

  119. AndreaWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 10:04pm PDT

    My favourite Canadian beer is Salty Scot by East Vancouver’s Parallel 49.

  120. Mike SWednesday, October 30th, 2013 — 10:29pm PDT

    Best Canadian all-round beer still is Blue Buck from Phillips great balance.

  121. lorThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 1:01am PDT

    Piper’s Pale Ale – yum

  122. LaurFairThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 1:14am PDT

    Phillips Hop Circle!

  123. erinThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 9:04am PDT


  124. JasonThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 11:55am PDT

    Red Racer IPA is my favourite CDN Beer ! 🙂 hope i win

  125. JillianThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 1:55pm PDT

    Driftwood White Bark Witbier

  126. LianeThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 2:54pm PDT

    Granville Island Winter Ale!

  127. Jonathan ParminterThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 3:36pm PDT

    So many to choose. I’ll have to go with Sleeman’s Honey Brown…

  128. ClareThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 3:38pm PDT

    Hoyne Down Easy Pale Ale (Victoria). Nice and hoppy but smooth enough you can drink it all night.

  129. JasonThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 3:38pm PDT

    Parallel 49’s Gypsy Tears

  130. DermotThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 3:50pm PDT

    Russell Brewing Blood Alley Bitter.

  131. JennyThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 3:52pm PDT

    Granville Island Winter Ale

  132. KarmThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 3:55pm PDT

    Whistler Honey Paw, anything from Spinnakers’ in Victoria.

  133. Ron SmithThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 3:59pm PDT

    G.I. Winter ale!

  134. MartinThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 4:45pm PDT

    Blue Buck!

  135. SeanThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 8:39pm PDT

    MMM Tree brewing!

  136. DaveThursday, October 31st, 2013 — 11:00pm PDT

    Love what Dead Frog has been up to recently, and have been all over Central City’s fine offerings, but ever since the first drop hit my lips, Driftwood’s Fat Tug IPA has been my all around favourite.

  137. erinFriday, November 1st, 2013 — 8:00am PDT

    Phillips is great

  138. Lisa MartinFriday, November 1st, 2013 — 9:28am PDT

    Red Racer IPA

  139. AlbertFriday, November 1st, 2013 — 1:11pm PDT

    Storm’s Black Plague for me!

  140. DougSaturday, November 2nd, 2013 — 9:14pm PDT

    I must say Creston, BC’s finest Kokanee is my favorite. I know it may sound boring but it’s a classic and goes down smooth 🙂

  141. NinaSunday, November 3rd, 2013 — 2:33am PST

    La Fin Du Monde Hmmmm 🙂

  142. johnSunday, November 3rd, 2013 — 1:44pm PST

    blue buck

  143. GazzaSunday, November 3rd, 2013 — 3:37pm PST


  144. StevenTuesday, November 5th, 2013 — 9:45pm PST

    Granville island honey lager

  145. AndyWednesday, November 6th, 2013 — 3:40pm PST

    Phillips. Great beer, and great people at the brewery too.

  146. RenessaWednesday, November 6th, 2013 — 3:43pm PST

    Vertical winter ale tree brewing company

  147. MattWednesday, November 6th, 2013 — 3:43pm PST

    Phillips Amnesiac IPA

  148. EricWednesday, November 6th, 2013 — 5:51pm PST

    Either Phillips Blue Buck or Lighthouse Race Rocks.

  149. RyanThursday, November 7th, 2013 — 12:38pm PST

    Fat Tug IPA by Driftwood Brewery!

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