Brassneck Brewery

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2148 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5
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The owners of Brassneck Brewery are basically Vancouver craft beer royalty. Nigel Springthorpe is responsible for the city’s premiere beer-focussed restaurant, the much-beloved Alibi Room. Conrad Gmoser cut his teeth as the long-time brewmaster at Vancouver craft beer pioneer Steamworks brewpub.

Together, the two have combined to establish one of Vancouver’s most popular places to drink ales and lagers. Located right on Main Street — fittingly in an area originally known as Brewery Creek — Brassneck only sells its beer on site. That’s right. It can’t be found in liquor stores or restaurants, and you can’t even purchase a keg. It can only be enjoyed in glasses in the tasting room, or in take away resealable jugs called growlers.

The name Brassneck references an English idiom to describe the behaviour of someone with gall and brashness. “And a bit of foolishness, too,” adds Conrad, “which certainly describes us, and our decision to open a brewery.” Because while they were always confident in their plan, they never imagined how long it would take. Setbacks and impossible-to-pin-down timelines left the two sporting chest-length beards — “Our version of a playoff beard,” laughs Conrad— out of a commitment to not shave until opening day.

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Just like its name suggests, Brassneck’s brewed offerings are punchy, bold and a little bit cheeky. With 14 fermenters, the Main-street staple constantly rotates its offerings, but – regardless of style or flavour – each brew could be held up as the hipster-explanation of Plato’s forms: they’re the quintessential punch of flavour expected from each beer, from saisons to sours to stouts.

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Serving the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, this local brewery is full of character, wooden panels and serious ales. Brassneck doesn’t have a kitchen of its own, but you’re welcome to bring your own outside food to enjoy with your beer. Saisons, dry hops, porters, Hefeweizen and other European styles will have you asking for more. Visit the tasting room often as their chalkboard menu changes frequently.

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Consistently hopping, Brassneck is a buzzing after-work meeting place or a chill Sunday afternoon spot for trying some of the craft brewery’s tasty and creatively named beers. From pilsner and lager styles to white IPAs and hopped pale ales, Brassneck is turning out tasty tastings at both their bar and their growler station. Grab a pint or a paddle for a sampling of four and be sure to try one of the delicious snacks at the counter from food truck Pig on the Street. There’s also always a truck out front.

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