On a recent quiet Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Sip and I ventured to Granville Island’s Dockside Restaurant, which houses their own brewery amongst one of Vancouver’s finest locations for patio enjoyment.
There, I ordered the Railspur IPA, which was a decent hop-forward brew with a nice amber colour to it. The 5.7% ABV, 55 IBUs beer is available on tap year round at the restaurant. Drinkers can even fill a growler with the beverage.
Railspur refers to a district of Granville Island that features a cobblestone street and is a hub for local artisans, whether they be creating alcohols at Liberty Distillery, jewellery at Hammered and Pickled, or even brooms at the Granville Island Broom Company. It is also home to the Arts Club Theatre Company.
My, how things have changed. Every time Mrs. Sip and I return to the Dockside Restaurant, we always reminisce about our very first visit there when we were still in our teens. Back then, we were money-conscientious students whose food preferences didn’t extend far beyond chicken strips and fries. A mutual friend of a visiting guest suggested the restaurant and upon our arrival promptly ordered appies for the entire table, without giving us a chance to decline. Nowadays, we sit back and laugh at our younger selves… over drinks and fine dining.
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