Central City Brewery Media Preview

Craft beer? Fancy snacks? A free tour?? That’s the sort of thing that gets this blogger out of the house on a weekday! The shiny new Central City Brewers and Distillers production facility has been open for awhile but the Grand Opening is this coming Friday from 3pm-7pm. In advance of the Grand Opening I was invited to preview the brewery ahead of the crowd. I’ve been to the new space quite a few times already for growler fills and beer sampling but this was an opportunity to have the place to myself (along with the other guests) and go for a tour with Brewmaster Gary Lohin.

The Tenth Anniversary Imperial Porter. Yum!
The Tenth Anniversary Imperial Porter. Yum!

In a nutshell the new facility gives Central City the ability to produce 10 times the amount of beer it could produce at it’s original facility. It is a greener, more efficient production cycle that uses state of the art equipment which brings a modern day consistency to a time honoured craft. Thanks to Yvonne Chiang for the invite, Gary for the tour and Tim Barnes, VP of Sales and Marketing, for the great chat about the new facility and the new Seraph line of craft spirits. Central City has made a big investment in the city of Surrey and has cemented itself as a leader in the rapidly growing BC craft beer industry.

The great food we were treated to in the tasting room.
The great food we were treated to in the tasting room.

Here are a few more pictures of the event, the tasty tapas, and the great new facility in my home town of Surrey BC.

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This is where they’re aging Whisky for the new Seraph line.
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A sneak preview of the Seraph Gin packaging.
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Believe it or not there’s still room for 6 more tanks in here!
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Day or night this is a beautiful facility.
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The labelling machine putting it’s mark on one of my favourite beers.
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There’s a huge merchandise section selling all kinds of Red Racer gear.
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One of 3 copper stills, this is the 2500 litre big daddy.
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The pipework carrying various liquids to different corners of the brewery. It looks like art.
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This is Seraph, the branding image for Central City’s new line of Gin, Vodka, and Whisky set to launch in the new year. It stands in the retail area to greet you as you enter.
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This is the room where they’re barrel aging a few beers for future seasonals and special releases.
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An up close look at part of the brewing process. This is the Imperial Porter.
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A closer look at Seraph.
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This is Kevin filling my growler with tasty ESB! This picture was taken a few days after they opened to the public.
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I’ve even been here during the day!
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Part of the new bottling line.

 

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