On Saturday October 27th, Kim and I headed to the Salt Building(85 West 1st Avenue) in The Olympic Village for Craft Beer Market‘s open house. How can you pass up an invitation to sample local craft beer, wine and food? The event took place from 12-4pm, and received a huge turnout.
When Craft Beer Market officially opens Summer 2013, it will be have 140 beers on tap, being the largest selection of draft beer in Canada.
Central City, Whistler, Granville Island, Dead Frog, Parallel 49, Howe Sound, Stanley Park, Tree, and Russell Brewing are some of the local breweries whose beers will occupy those taps, and supplied plenty of samples for guests to enjoy. Mike Macquisten from FreshTAP: Wine-On-Tap had samples of Roaring Twenties and Blasted Church wines, and Christopher Bonnallie showcased what’s available for purchase at Legacy Liquor Store which is nearly right next door to the Salt Building.
As for food, we were able to sample two items from the menu-to-be. “Fast Food Sushi”- cheeseburger and fries wrapped in bacon and presented sushi style, and “Hawaiian Ahi Poke”- chopped sashimi-grade tuna, cucumber, fresh ginger, garlic and sesame soy vinaigrette served with crispy wontons. We also had an assortment of bread, cheese, and meats that were brought in from Terra Breads and Urban Fare, which paired well with the beer/wine.
Women’s Ski Cross Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor made a special appearance from 2-3pm, taking photos and signing autographs. Ashleigh spent a lot of time in the Salt Building during the 2010 Winter Olympics, which was used for downtime by the athletes, and can’t wait to see how the iconic building will be transformed.
Craft Beer Market’s philosophy “Think Global, Support Local” was well presented at the open house. On our guided tour from co-owner PJ L’Heureux, we learned they plan to be LEAF (Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Food Service) certified, use local premium ingredients(with vegetarian and gluten-free options), have 140 taps(3km of draft lines!) and will seat 350. We can expect to see a huge bar that will take up the middle of the building, as well as an upper level for private parties and special functions.
Kim and I had a wonderful time sampling and learning about what is to come, and look forward to the official opening Summer 2013!
-Megan Harris @megana28