By and far, Main Street Brewing was my favourite brewery in the Mount Pleasant area. They are situated in a heritage building and “The Main Thing is the BEER!” as their wall states, is their motto. I liked this place so much that I was there the most when I was visiting Vancouver. I never really knew what to expect but I just enjoyed the environment and really hope to go back again.
The first time I visited Main Street Brewing, I walked around outside a bit before settling on the tasting room entrance. The shop is split into two sections, the bottle/growler shop and the tasting room. The bottle/growler shop has all of their main beers and seasonals available to purchase as well as a bunch of other merchandise. The tasting room is where I spent most of my time, obviously. They had 8 beers on tap and 4 casks as well. This was a lot for any Vancouver brewery and I was amazed at the selection.
The food at Main Street Brewing was really good. It wasn’t the best food in town but definitely worth it. Some of the breweries had really simple items to eat but Main Street Brewing had a good selection of things to eat and the burgers were good. The food may not have been the best food in Vancouver but it was definitely good enough to keep me happy.
The staff behind the counter were usually more punk/rock in style and had a real “I don’t care” attitude but friendly at the same time. While I didn’t talk a lot with the staff at Main Street Brewing, I did enjoy the small conversations we did have. I was happy that they remembered me on my second visit, but it could have been because I had been there a while and talked with them rather than hiding in a corner. It was definitely a place that I could feel relaxed and really enjoy the beers.
My favourite beer at Main Street Brewing was the Belgian Bonsai. It is a hybrid beer that featured N. American ingredients, Japanese hops (Sorachi Ace), and Belgian yeast. It was very unique and refreshing on a hot summer’s day. I also liked the Checkpoint Charlie and the Hare and the Dog. The real highlight was the cask beers. Many breweries don’t have casks, and if they do it is very limited. I really enjoyed trying the 4 different casks, which meant that I had to return to Main Street Brewing often during my trip.
There are a lot of great breweries in Vancouver and there are a lot of great beers too. Main Street Brewing didn’t really stand out to the point that they were at the top of my list, but the tasting room definitely made things much better. The variety of beers at Main Street also helps a lot and while it may not be perfect to a specific style, you can be sure that you’ll be able to try something a little interesting. You can be sure as hell that I will be back to Main Street in the future whenever I do return to Vancouver.