Strathcona—East Vancouver's Strathcona Beer Company, after an extended period of many months under a limited lounge license last year after opening, has been enjoying its full-blown tasting room status for the last few months while serving an expanded lineup of their craft beers.
SBC has been busy whipping up some new beers including a smooth, traditional English-style dark mild with its hints of midnight wheat and chocolate rye dark malts—highly recommended.
Alongside their standard beers—Strathcona Gold, premium pilsner, ISA, and pale ale—there's also a refreshingly crisp and easy drinking, amber hued specialty Vienna lager for easy everyday imbibing. The Belgian dubbel, smoked porter, and rye ESB look promising as well.
In keeping with the more diner feel of the brewery, the freshly made pizzas are pretty good. The thin crusts and chewy but tasty dough prove quite tasty. The slices are crisp and doughy in a manner that complements their beers rather well.
I most enjoyed the diavola pizza (with mozzarella, fior de latte, soppressata, Kalamata olives, jalapeños, and chili oil, and basil) the for the spicy flavour and zesty tang. New are snacks like popcorn, charcuterie meats, cheeses, and salads that are all fairly standard.
Strathcona already feels like one of the more polished breweries to open recently. It's design, decor, and branding are totally on point and reflect its obvious yet still appealing skater influence and aesthetic. It also doesn't hurt that so far their beers are mostly pleasing and consistent.
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