The Patio Series Feat. Port Moody’s Brewers Row

The Patio Series Feat. Port Moody’s Brewers Row

Last fall we launched “The Patio Series” alongside our friends at HUB in an effort to promote outdoor dining options that have been helping restaurants stay afloat during the pandemic. Ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend and with indoor dining restrictions still in place, we thought this would be an excellent opportunity to get the series going again. So far we’ve covered Downtown Vancouver, the North Shore, Metro Vancouver Breweries, New West, and Mount Pleasant. This time, we have a very special edition, celebrating the much acclaimed Brewer’s Row in Port Moody. Located on Murray Street, it’s home to five of the most well regarded craft breweries in B.C. With easy access to the SkyTrain’s Millennium Line via Moody Centre Station, Brewer’s Row is tremendously accessible, and with close proximity to Rocky Point Park it’s an afternoon trip waiting to happen. Plan your trip to Port Moody at translink.ca/tripplanner to make it even easier.

We’ll go over a bit of background for each brewery, what to expect from their patio experience, and leave you with a beer recommendation that’ll go down nice and easy in the Summer sunshine.

Parkside

First up is Parkside Brewing, they’re the first brewery in view upon exiting the pedestrian bridge from Moody Centre Station, just hang a right under the bridge, stroll past the mountain bike obstacle course and you’re at the front door. Parkside has some of the best patio space not only in Port Moody, but for any brewery in Metro Vancouver. Their first of two patios is out front, on your right as you lineup for a table. This astro-turf dining space is covered, has lots of potted plants, and appropriately distanced tables with plexiglass screens set up between sections. This patio has plenty of space and is super comfortable, the potted plants and fake grass provide a bit of escapism transporting you to a tropical vacation. The two patio setup means that wait times at Parkside will be shorter than others in the area.

Recommendation:

  • Motel Hazy Pale Ale, a particularly well-done version of a craft beer lovers favourite. Hazy Pale Ale’s carry across the full bodied and enjoyable aspects of their Pale Ale cousins while delivering an immense level of drinkability due to their juiciness and thirst-quenching throat feel. This Hazy Pale is no exception to that thinking, brewed with five different types of hops, Parkside calls this beer “crisp and balanced with strong hints of lemon and a lingering citrusy-dry finish.”

 

Moody Ales

After you’re finished enjoying Parkside Brewery and their incredible setting, why not head West to Moody Ales? Located at the very start of Murray street, this is the brewery to check out if you’d prefer a spot away from the hustle and bustle of the busiest areas. With a patio that runs the length of their storefront, Moody Ales offers a sunny spot with plenty of space for your party. Founded by a pair of friends in 2014, Moody Ales mission statement is to: “make Craft Beers for everyday drinking. Beers you’ll want to have more than one of.” Historically they do just that, their Vienna Amber Lager won 2nd place at the 2016 BC Awards in the International Lager Category while their seasonal Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen is a personal favourite, which won a national award for best wheat ale in 2018.

 Recommendation

  • The Flamingose is a citrusy, amber coloured Gose that’ll leave you ordering another before you’ve finished your first. Brewed with grapefruit peel, coriander, and pink Himalayan salt. Fermented with a Kolsch yeast this beer is light and slightly malty. The grapefruit leaves the drinker with just a hint of bitterness while the lighter body make this beer very drinkable and thirst quenching. Oh, and it’ll look awesome when you post it on Instagram.

Bakery Brewery

Venture back East down Murray Street and you’ll stumble upon Bakery Brewing Company. This new addition to Brewers Row got its name from the building’s historic roots as an Italian bakery. Opened by the owners of Moody Ales, Bakery specializes in small batch, experimental beers that emphasize barrel aging to develop and compound flavours. Bakery’s beers are truly artisan and, much like the bakery they’re named after, can only be purchased at the business itself and aren’t available through conventional liquor stores. Their dog friendly patio is sleek and modern featuring muted grey decking that pairs well with their raw wood tables and fencing. The setting is supported by retro styled string lights that hang overhead to illuminate the patio in the evenings, providing an ambience that pairs perfectly with their eclectic beer selection.

Recommendation:

  • Due to the rotating nature of Bakery’s selection thanks to their small batch mindset, we can’t readily recommend just one beer. Instead we recommend ordering a flight in order to try four of Vancouver’s finest craft beers. Perhaps the Cucumber Watermelon Sour catches your eye, surely that would pair nicely with the Wine Barrel Brett Lager or any of Bakery’s other limited run masterpieces.

Yellow Dog

Well known to craft beer aficionados across British Columbia, Yellow Dog is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. Founded in Summer 2014, Yellow Dog gets bragging rights for being Port Moody’s oldest brewery. Though they’re the oldest brewery in the area, their patio’s actually the youngest, opening for the first time on May 8th.  The new patio is around the back of the brewery, away from the busy street and passing pedestrians. Similar to Parkside, they decided to line their patio with fake grass, with plenty of trees providing shade, it’s less of a patio and more of a backyard… a backyard with unlimited beer of course.  Pair that with an exceptionally friendly staff, an awesome selection of beer, a rotating cast of food trucks parked outside, and you get a must stop on every trip to Port Moody. Yellow Dog is always working on incredible limited release beers, right now they’re offering the Bewilder, an apricot & passion fruit barrel-aged white sour that comes in something closer to a wine bottle.

Recommendation:

  • The Yellow Dog Retriever Golden Ale is a personal favourite that may never get old, especially not with the hot summer months upon us. A bright and easy drinking golden ale, Yellow Dog calls this “A light bodied beer accented with subtle tropical hop aroma and clean thirst-quenching finish.” A golden ale is the perfect bridge for someone that’s used to drinking lagers who wants to branch out into other types of craft beer.

Twin Sails

Finally, after your stops at four of the best craft breweries that Metro Vancouver has to offer you find yourself at the finish line, but that’s no checkered flag, it’s Twin Sails. Twin Sails was founded by a pair of twin brothers who named their brewery partially after their relationship, and partially after the snow white sails that can be seen from the front door of the brewery. Today, White Sails has established itself as a leader in B.C. craft beer. Their patio is quaint, with less seating than the other breweries,  but offering a more intimate experience. The Mama Said Pizza co. food truck can be found outside most days, filling the air with scents of Italian goodness and providing an easy dining option. Twin Sails focuses on “progressive American IPAs, stouts, sours and wild barrel beers.” Their seasonal beers are some of the most exciting and interesting around, consider their Two Straws Milkshape IPA with Papaya, or the Midnight Manatee Blue Stout.

Recommendation:

  • Dat Juice 100% Citra Pale Ale, the perfect patio beer. This Pale Ale is hopped solely with Citra hops, a newly developed with high acid content and a strong, floral finish. The final result of the beer is a juicy (no shit), citrusy, pale ale with the aroma of pineapple and mango. It’s lightly hopped and moderately bodied making it the perfect beer to sip on in the sun.

 

UPDATE

Fraser Mills Fermentation Company

But wait, there’s more. Our new friends at Fraser Mills Fermentation Company reached out to us with a desire to be included in the article, judging by the fact that they’re actually the closest brewery to Moody Centre Station at just 270 metres, we completely agree. Founded in March 2020, Fraser Mills isn’t actually on Brewers Row, instead it’s located on the Barnett Highway that runs through Port Moody. Despite being founded right at the start of the pandemic Fraser Mills has managed to take roots in the community due to a few key factors. Firstly, their title as a ‘Fermentation Company’ isn’t just for show, they actually possess a winery license as well, which permits them to create and sell their own wines, ciders, and mead. Second, their location off of Brewer’s Row allows them to position their patio on the South side of the building to ensure maximum sunshine throughout the day. Finally, they’re the only brewers on this list that have partnered with a barbecue (Truckin’ BBQ) to offer their food full time. Name a better combo than beer and barbecue, we’ll wait.

 

Recommendation:

  • Fraser Mills offers the Paradise Cerveza Mexican Lager in takeaway cans or on tap, definitely the most drinkable beer on this list and an instant transportation to the beach. This light and refreshing cerveza pours a golden yellow, brewed with a hint of corn it offers a slightly sweet after taste leaving you wanting more. That being said, with all Fraser Mills has to offer, you might as well pull up a chair and try them all.