BC Beer Baron #24 – Granville Island Island Lager

Each month, as part of this 366-day BC craft beer extravaganza that I will be sharing with you throughout 2016, I will highlight a specific style or theme of beers for a whole week of articles. For the opening month of this project, I wanted to look at some of the flagship and original offerings from breweries around the province.

What better way to start than with BC’s very first craft brewery: Granville Island. The brewery opened its doors all the way back in 1984, changing the local beer landscape. Their first release was the Island Lager, which can still be found being poured at the brewery and at restaurants around BC, as well as being available at liquor stores throughout the province to this day.

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“A traditionally brewed and full-flavoured lager seemed a natural choice for our first brew,” said Nickolai Zarchukoff, Sponsorship and Event Coordinator of Granville Island Brewing. “The enduring popularity of our lager is most likely due to the fact that most beer drinkers are consumers of macro-brewed mainstream lagers. Our lager has proved a durable alternative and exists as an introduction into the world of craft beer.”

From that original release spawned numerous beers (most of which are named after locations around Vancouver), including English Bay Pale Ale, Cypress Honey Lager, and False Creek Raspberry Ale. While there has been some debate as to whether Granville Island Brewing still belongs in the micro-brewery category, following its acquisition by brewing giant Molson Coors, the brewery continues to put out small batch releases, keeping them in the craft beer conversation.

Personally, I love making the odd trip out to GIB’s Granville Island tasting room and checking out what’s new on tap. It’s a good walk or bike ride away and reminds me of some of my first craft beer experiences, picking up their mixed packs and enjoying them poolside at Ma and Pa Sip’s place. As the brewery’s mantra goes: “It’s Good to Be Here”!

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