33 Acres Brewery ft. Tacofino
That's right, it's about time I finally got a chance to stop by this quickly growing establishment by the name of 33 Acres Brewery near the Broadway-City Hall station. As a family owned brewery, 33 Acres oozes of distinct style and a bustling, friendly vibe. Along with brewing their own beer, 33 Acres partners with various food trucks and other indie eateries in the city to bring a truly new type of dining experience.
On the day of our visit, we were lucky enough to be visited by Tacofino "White Lightning" in the front which offers a small selection of delicious tacos and chips&salsa. My friend and I settled for the amazing-sounding fish taco ($5) which comes with comes with chip mayo, salsa, cabbage, and crispy cod. Decently portioned with wonderfully battered and crisp pieces of cod. The quality of the fish reminds me a bit of my favourite fish n chips place down at Steveston - Pajo's.
We found a spot at the gorgeous long table inside 33 Acres and of course, couldn't pass up the opportunity to try the beers for the day by ordering a beer flight ($10). The day's flight consisted of their Life, Ocean, Sunshine, and Merckx brew, all very distinct in flavour - which I loved. Look at the below picture if you want to see the actual ingredients in each glass!
- Sunshine is definitely the lightest and most refreshing out of the choices. The orange flavour stuck out to me the most and definitely adds to the freshness of every sip. I would probably recommend this one for those who are light beer drinkers or simply don't like rich and more bitter beers.
- Ocean (pale ale) has a more deep and rich beer taste as well as fruitiness thanks to the citrus.
- Merckx had the most distinct flavour in my opinion- it started out with a wonderfully aromatic citrus flavour, then a bitter beer taste, and finished off with a slight black pepper aftertaste. Memorable and for people who are looking for a more interesting type of beer.
- Life (lager/ale hybrid) was the most bitter but was very crisp and robust in flavour. Definitely more catered toward beer lovers. Out of them all, I would probably pick the Sunshine to take home.
Remember how I said other indie eateries have a part at 33 Acres? Well Bestie is one of them (so is Earnest Ice Cream!) and I definitely had to take advantage of that and order a Bestie Board ($7) which included a pretzel, farmer sausage, pickles and speckled mustard. Nothing beats a freshly made pretzel especially when it's paired with a nice slice of sausage and a dab of mustard.
I should also mention the impeccable attention and awareness of style and branding associated with 33 Acres. There is a distinct minimalist style with the wooden and stone accents on white brick textures. I'm not even sure how it's possible, but I would describe their style as a modern vintage fusion of natural textures embossed with a Kartika-like font which makes up their aesthetically pleasing space. The staff at 33 Acres call their space "a synthesis of forest and Pacific" - which I think is a right-on-point description. Not only is the space itself lovely, but the people 33 Acres attracts (at least during my visit). Friendly customers with a genuine interest in a great glass of beer and an interest in local food. Friendly staff as well.
R E V I E W.
+ food quality: 9/10
+ service: 9.5/10
+ price/affordability: 8/10
+ atmosphere: 10/10
+ overall: 9.25/10