Beer Santa has some more fine gifts to offer us, but they won’t be delivered until the new year. The beer elves are still busy putting the final touches on two new BC craft breweries that are set to join the growing artisan ranks in 2012.
First up, we have Parallel 49 Brewing Company, who are set to start delivering bottles and kegs from their East Van location a few blocks north of Hastings and Victoria Drive in early spring.
Brought to us by the good folks of pioneering craft beer pub St. Augustine’s on Commercial Drive, we are expecting good things; these guys know their beer. Recently, I caught up with Parallel 49 Brewery co-owner Anthony Frustagli to ask him a few questions about the upcoming venture:
Describe the style and approach of the brewery…
The overall approach is the same one we took with St. Augustine’s. We ask ourselves one question: “What do WE want to see out of a beer company?” Everything kind of flows from there. We will be producing the kinds of beers that we love. What kinds of beers are those? In 6 packs we want session beers with high drinkability, but that are still packed with flavour. In bombers we’re looking to really let brewmaster Graham With loose and let him explore big, interesting beers. Overall, I want to produce beer that is amazing… the kind of beers that Cicerones and connoisseurs can appreciate, but presented in a very fun, non-threatening way such that casual craft drinkers won’t be scared off. Craft beer to the masses! Portland, your days are numbered!
How many beers are you planning to launch with?
Yet to be determined
What styles and why?
We haven’t hammered out all our recipes yet, so I can’t say definitively. I will say that most of the styles we are looking at are either twists on common and familiar styles, or styles that are not represented well in our market.
How will you present your product?
Draft, 6 pack 341ml bottles, and single 650ml bombers
How many hectoliters will you produce in 1st year?
Hopefully quite a few :) We have a few sets of projections, but saying them out loud is kind of like of like saying “shutout” (I’m typing this after the Nucks game finished 6-0, so I can say it without fear of repercussions from the sports gods)
When are you hoping to be open?
Mid-spring 2012 (fingers crossed)
If there was one brewery to emulate, which one would it be?
I can’t really name one in particular, and we’re not looking to emulate anyone. While there are several great breweries in BC and TONS down the west coast we believe that the market is still big enough (and growing) to support more breweries that can each bring a unique perspective to the industry.
Parallel 49 Brewing Co.
1950 Triumph Street | Vancouver
Tel: 604-558-BREW (2739)
NEXT, we take a look at Townsite Brewing opening up on the northern Sunshine Coast in Powell River. Stay tuned!