In this episode of the Cascadian Beer Podcast, Aaron visits North Vancouver, BC.
In his first revisit episode, Aaron catches up with friends of the podcast, Bridge Brewing. I first spoke with them on episode 23 of the podcast, and a lot has changed since then. Case in point: Bridge opened a second location, the Lonsdale BridgeDeck Kitchen & Taps, earlier this year. That’s where Aaron sat down with co-owner and Director of Consumption, Leigh Stratton.
Bridge triggered the mini-boom in North Shore breweries when it opened as a nanobrewery near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in 2012. Soon outgrowing the space, which was essentially a large garage, the brewery moved into bigger digs in 2015. Incorporated into the new facility was a cute, compact, wood-panelled tasting room that has become a favourite of cyclists, running clubs and other fit specimens; the recent additions of a patio and drop-dead delicious tacos have created queues down the car park and onto Charlotte Street. Bridge’s kolsch is renowned, while its Side Cut IPA was the first BC rendition of the popular North East IPA style.
More recently, Bridge has launched a series of low-carb, low-calorie beers called Prime Time, which includes Prime Time Pale Ale and Prime Time IPA. This is now Bridge’s most produced beer — listen to the episode to find out just how much!