Creativity and ingenuity are the driving forces behind this popular East Van brewery.
When the founders of Parallel 49 hired an award-winning homebrewer named Graham With (pronounced “wit” as in Belgian wheat beer) as their head brewer in 2012, some were skeptical that the relatively unknown 30-year-old would be up to the challenge of starting and running a big production facility. Well, it has since become clear that they knew what they were doing. With has established Parallel 49 as one of B.C.’s top craft breweries by making a wide range of beer styles — often experimenting with hybrid styles before anyone else dares.
The brewery’s cartoony beer labels reflect his personality with their characteristic blend of creativity, passion and irreverence. P49 has expanded considerably over the years, but it has never lost touch with its origins as one of the pioneers of the second wave of East Van breweries. The recent addition of a street kitchen, including a food truck parked inside, makes the brewery even more of a destination than ever.
Parallel 49 is renowned for its beer names, many of which involve puns or references to pop culture. Some of the best include: Toques of Hazzard Imperial White IPA; Dumb Funk Brett IPA; Snap, Crackle, Hop Imperial Rice IPA; Schadenfreude Pumpkin Oktoberfest; Filthy Dirty IPA; Apricotopus Sour Saison; and 187 On An Undercover Hop Imperial IPA (featuring “Explicit Hop Content”).