Off the Rail Brewing in Vancouver was a bit of a strange place for me to visit. I thought it was a good place but being located just down the street from Bomber, and mostly due to timing, I didn’t really enjoy myself. I thought it was a nice place and I would love to give it a second chance to impress me but I just thought it was another derivative craft brewery in Vancouver. This could easily be due to the fact that I had been to so many breweries before this one and the fact that they are very young, so the character hasn’t had time to develop fully.
Off the Rail is not very difficult to find. It is just down the street from Bomber and Bomber is very easy to find. Off the Rail occupies a somewhat small building but it still sticks out. I really thought it was a nice place and there were 4 hop vines growing on the side of the building which was really nice to see. I wonder how the beer grown with those hops would taste but it was way too early in the season for me to try it. Hops are usually harvested in autumn and being summer meant that it was way too early to harvest.
The beers at Off the Rail are as to be expected. They have a really good lineup of beers and more than you could taste in a single session. I thought the quality was very good but nothing really stood out as being spectacular or unique. There are always interesting beers to be had at Off the Rail and it is a place you should visit.
The atmosphere in the afternoon, on a weekday, was not really good. It was pretty empty and even the staff were not really up for making small talk. I was sitting in the corner so that didn’t help at all. I found people at Off the Rail were approachable but I was being a little shy overall. I did enjoy the decor and would love to visit again. If you are in the area, I don’t see a reason why you can’t just visit the brewery before heading to Bomber. I know I did and I had a nice time there.