At the Granville Island Taproom, you can enjoy all Granville Island beers, including the latest limited release and enjoy it with something from the light fare menu.
Except for their bland beers. I remember a time when Granville Island beers weren't that bad before palettes were changed by the explosion of micro breweries everywhere. Now, I am sorry to say that GI beers just don't cut it any more.
This is really more of tourist destination. They can only sell up to 12 oz of beer per customer because of their liquor license. So take your pick on either 3 four ounce glasses or a 12 once glass. They also do a tour every couple hours and you can check out the facilities. They sell snacks and appetizers which are reasonably priced so you can enjoy some food with your beer.
Overall, not a bad place to try once but more for tourists than anyone.
My wife and I used came here when we lived across False Creek. We still visit every few months. The place has high ceilings, benches, and tables. There's not a lot of space, but it's airy. There's a big glass wall showing the tanks where they make the beer and there are regular tours which is a major draw for tourists. In fact, all summer the bar's overrun by tourists and you can only rarely get a seat. The service is slow because it's often busy, but we were so regular the waitresses at least gave us a smile and apology. There's no real food to speak of other than chips/salsa, jerky, etc. That's OK if you're only stopping over, though, and not going for a meal; we always go/went after a walk around the Creek.
The pub features its own house beer. Years ago GI beer was a bit watery for my taste but in the past 10 years or so it's really improved. The winter and maple ales are way to dark and sweet for me but they seem to sell well. There are some good standbyes like the pale and IPA and lager. These are served cold and you can get tester sets or pints. The beer goes down very well stopping in after a good walk.
Try the tasting of 3 varieties. That way you get more. They can only serve limited drinks due to their licensing.
Always crowded as limited sitting, go early. However, due to the above limitation, we noticed quite fast patron turnover. There's the retail beer shop connected to this place so you can purchase the beers that you enjoy. We quite like the 9 different options. Pricey but ...
Visited the Brewery recently while on vacation from the States and had a great time tasting some delicious beers and experiencing some lovely service. My girlfriend and I were told upon entering, that the bar was subject to a tasting licence and as such we would be limited to the quantity of booze we could purchase; which was fair enough i suppose. Or was it? As it turned out, a group of people sitting very near to us (in the main bar and not the tour-group room) were being treated to seemingly endless amounts of beer from a man we later found out to be the Brew-master! Surely the licensing applies to everyone within that premises? Anyway, whatever the legalities of the situation, we found it to be bad form for a senior member of the company to openly flaunt this inequity in front of all the other people who had been refused further drinks. When we questioned the service staff about the situation, they appeared visibly distressed about the whole thing; which seemed to be out of their hands. They were extremely friendly an apologetic despite this however.
In conclusion, good beer, lovely staff - a shame about the mismanagement.
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