A showpiece brewery with grand ambition and the beer to back it up.
Mark James does nothing by halves. When he felt it was time for his Red Truck Beer Company to expand, he relocated it from North Vancouver and financed a brewery from the ground up; and to celebrate breaking ground at the Brewery Creek site, a red truck was dropped from a crane. Opened in 2015, the 34,000-square-foot brewery is a shiny marvel, with rows of towering tanks, state-of-the-art bottling and canning lines, and another red truck suspended from the ceiling. You can see it all through the back windows of the Truck Stop Diner, which offers a large menu of homely comfort food, from stacked sandwiches and burgers to deluxe hot dogs and tacos. After focusing on a lager and an amber ale for most of its existence, Red Truck has steadily expanded its portfolio under head brewer Justin Vickaryous since it moved. The company has now expanded into the U.S., having taken over Colorado’s Fort Collins Brewery in May 2017.
Taking up premium parking space outside the brewery is “Old Weird Harold,” the 1946 Dodge pickup that gave its name to the brewery. In summer, the car park also hosts a concert series.
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