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Monday, October 28th, 2013 — 10:29am PDT
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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!

Current contests on


  1. Duncan says:

    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 McCarthy says:

    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. Brian says:

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

  4. Suzanne Bailuk says:

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

  5. Izzy says:

    Unibroue, Maudite

  6. Isaac says:

    Red Racer IPA

  7. Colin says:

    Central City Imperial IPA

  8. Jeff says:

    Storm’s Black Plague is my current fave.

  9. Kate says:

    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 Tilston says:

    Howe Sound Lager!

  11. Stefan says:

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

  12. Jamie Koebel says:

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

  13. Chelle says:

    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.Field says:

    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. Megan says:

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

  16. Chris says:

    Whistler Brewing Bear Paw Honey Lager

  17. Andrew says:

    Caman! Fat Tug IPA by Driftwood Brewing

  18. Shawn Rapaz says:

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

  19. Lee says:

    Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears

  20. Cliff says:

    Howe Sound Brewery IPA

  21. Brian says:

    R & B Brewing Sun God Wheat Ale

  22. MeganJ says:

    I really enjoy Stanley park’s amber ale!

  23. Margaret says:

    Ephimere, by Unibroue

  24. erin says:

    Red Truck

  25. Anne-Sophie says:

    Definitely Steamwhistle!

  26. michael h says:

    Hermanns Dark Lager!

  27. Katie says:

    49th parallel pumpkin beer

  28. Aaron B. says:

    Granville Island – Imperial Chocolate Stout

  29. fiona says:

    Phillips Slipstream Cream Ale – yum yum yum!

  30. Chantel says:

    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!

  31. Haylz says:

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

  32. monique says:

    Fat Tug IPA

  33. Stephanie T says:

    Okanagan springs 1516!

  34. Ryan E. says:

    Driftwood`s Fat Tug.

  35. Scott says:

    Fat Tug

  36. maggie says:

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

  37. Sara says:

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

  38. Heather says:

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

  39. Leigh says:

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

  40. Billy says:

    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

  41. Andy Lumb says:

    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.

  42. Jon says:

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

  43. Ruth says:

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

  44. Chelsea W says:

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

  45. Ron Martin says:

    Anything from Howe Sound

  46. Shannon says:

    Okanagan Springs 1516

  47. Zaelia says:

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

  48. Teresa K says:

    Granville Island Honey Lager

  49. Sheena B says:

    Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale for me as well!

  50. stacey says:

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

  51. Shawna says:

    My fave is Whistler grapefruit!

  52. David says:

    The new Salty Scot by parallel 49!

  53. Solana says:

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

  54. Michelle C says:

    Gotta stick with GI honey lager!

  55. Nadya says:

    parallel 49

  56. Nadya says:

    La Fin du Monde by Unibroue in Quebec

  57. Kim says:

    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!!

  58. hilary says:

    Lighthouse Keepers Stout

  59. Kate says:

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

  60. Peggy-sue says:

    Salty Scot, parallel 49

  61. katrina says:

    i enjoyed gypsy tears

  62. Chris c says:

    Phillips blue buck! Thx

  63. Annabelle says:

    Granville Island honey lager!

  64. Shannen E says:

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

  65. Frank_Z says:

    100% James IPA (fresh hopped) from Storm

  66. Kimberly Hughes says:

    Gypsy tears!

  67. Christy says:

    Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale from Parallel 49

  68. Julie says:

    Fin du Monde!!!

  69. Jeff says:

    Ugly Sweater stout by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  70. Michelle says:

    Granville Island Brewing’s Winter Ale, so good!

  71. Jeff says:

    Driftwood Sartori Harvest IPA!

  72. Kathleen says:

    Granville island raspberry lager

  73. Breeze says:

    Gotta be Granville Island Honey Lager.

  74. Natasha P says:

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

  75. Peter A says:

    Hopnotist by Parallel 49

  76. Jeanne says:

    Love Granville Island honey lager

  77. Cheryl K says:

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

  78. Sally says:

    Powell Street- Old Jalopy Pale Ale

  79. Jeremy says:

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

  80. Shaun says:

    Howe Sound Brewing’s King Heffy is the king!

  81. Jane says:

    Vancouver Island’s High Trail Honey Ale

  82. Holly says:

    Really into 33 acres brews at the moment!

  83. Tracey Flattes says:

    Granville Island brewery – especially the Hefeweizen!

  84. Hannah says:

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

  85. Steve says:

    Sleeman Original Draught

  86. Darcie says:

    Dead Frog Peppered Lime

  87. Cheryl says:

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

  88. Steve A. says:

    Anything by Parallel 49

  89. Colbin says:

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

  90. Cindy KS says:

    Granville Island winter ale

  91. Jenna says:

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

  92. Mary says:

    Most definitely Granville Island Winter Ale

  93. Kristen says:

    Whistler Honey

  94. Alex wingert says:

    Phillips amnesiac double IPA!

  95. Right now it’s Granville Island Winter Ale

  96. Kevin says:

    Blanche de Chambly! An amazing Quebec beer

  97. Varley says:

    Brassneck’s Passive Aggressive

  98. Glenda says:

    Granville Island Winter Ale is my favorite.

  99. Karen says:

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

  100. MatthewV says:

    Definitely Parallel 49’s Gypsy Tears – impressive stuff!

  101. Natalie says:

    Okanagan Springs 1516 or Big Rock Grasshopper

  102. Tony says:

    Red Racer IPA

  103. erin says:

    Phillips Blue Buck

  104. Kristina says:

    Love me some Granville Island Winter Ale

  105. Sanaz says:

    Red Racer IPA

  106. Greg says:

    Townsite Brewing’s Zunga

  107. nancy says:

    Granville Island Winter Ale hands down

  108. Amy says:

    Granville Island Winter Ale!

  109. Cameron P. says:

    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.

  110. Terry Calhoun says:

    Crannog organic beers from BC Are always a treat

  111. Terry Calhoun says:

    Crannog organic beers from BC Are always a treat

  112. Ray says:

    Central City’s Red Racer IPA

  113. Deb says:

    Hopnotist IIPA by Parallel 49.

  114. Deb says:

    Driftwood’s Sartori IPA

  115. Heidi says:

    Montreal’s Glutenberg Belgian Double!

  116. Jennifer says:

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

  117. Nick says:

    Howesound blueberry ale –> yo my boy blue πŸ™‚ thank you

  118. Andrea says:

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

  119. Mike S says:

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

  120. lor says:

    Piper’s Pale Ale – yum

  121. LaurFair says:

    Phillips Hop Circle!

  122. erin says:


  123. Jason says:

    Red Racer IPA is my favourite CDN Beer ! πŸ™‚ hope i win

  124. Jillian says:

    Driftwood White Bark Witbier

  125. Liane says:

    Granville Island Winter Ale!

  126. Jonathan Parminter says:

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

  127. Clare says:

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

  128. Jason says:

    Parallel 49’s Gypsy Tears

  129. Dermot says:

    Russell Brewing Blood Alley Bitter.

  130. Jenny says:

    Granville Island Winter Ale

  131. Karm says:

    Whistler Honey Paw, anything from Spinnakers’ in Victoria.

  132. Ron Smith says:

    G.I. Winter ale!

  133. Martin says:

    Blue Buck!

  134. Sean says:

    MMM Tree brewing!

  135. Dave says:

    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.

  136. erin says:

    Phillips is great

  137. Lisa Martin says:

    Red Racer IPA

  138. Albert says:

    Storm’s Black Plague for me!

  139. Doug says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  140. Nina says:

    La Fin Du Monde Hmmmm πŸ™‚

  141. john says:

    blue buck

  142. Gazza says:


  143. Steven says:

    Granville island honey lager

  144. Andy says:

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

  145. Renessa says:

    Vertical winter ale tree brewing company

  146. Matt says:

    Phillips Amnesiac IPA

  147. Eric says:

    Either Phillips Blue Buck or Lighthouse Race Rocks.

  148. Ryan says:

    Fat Tug IPA by Driftwood Brewery!

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