February 19, 2015

From Howe to Beer x Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House x Gastown

Beerfest at Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House on Beatty Street in Gastown on February 11, 2015.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

From Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish, Devil's Elbow is their "tied house", off-site brew pub.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

As a seemingly modern gastropub tied to primarily serving a particular brewery's beer, Devil's Elbow mixes Howe Sound's reliably solid craft beer lineup with the usual pub fare.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

HSB makes some good, diverse beers and Devil's Elbow was a pleasant experience, but with the advent of local brewery tasting rooms, it just felt like it was missing something.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

As for the beer, I very much liked the Whitecap Wheat Ale with its easy drinking nature, fresh taste and aroma.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

I was disappointed by the IPA mac 'n cheese with its satisfactory but unremarkable taste and texture. It needed more creaminess and possibly IPA flavour.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

The Rail Ale Nut Brown Ale was a little standard but nicely full-bodied with a good bite to it.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

As for the smoked duck BLT (with orange glaze, smoked bacon, rosemary jam, and sans tomato), it was quite tasty. Served on a long bun, it was tricky to eat with the thick cut pieces of duck, but still quite enjoyable. This is a good sandwich.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

For a downtown bar close to the stadium district, you can't go wrong with the quaint, appealing bar. In between Crosstown and Gastown, it's wedged in a fancier district near the stadiums and makes for an appealing watering hole.


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