Red Truck Beer Company is a craft beer company located on the industrial end of East Vancouver alongside many other well known craft breweries in ‘Brewery Creek’ . This year, Georgia Straight readers voted Red Truck Beer Company the coveted ‘Best Local Brewery’ for their 22nd Annual Best of Vancouver 2017 awards. As a thank you, a media event was organized by Paul Done of Donnelly Group to celebrate and sample their new product launch of fall seasonal beers to a lucky group of beer enthusiasts. Andrew from Eat With Mao extended his invite to me and of course I said yes!
According to their website, the story behind the iconic 1946 Dodge pickup truck “Old Weird Harold” was that the founder and owner, Mark used to drive it around delivering kegs to the local baseball stadium. The truck is now easily recognizable in their signature logo 🙂
Red Truck Beer Company isn’t your average local craft brewery as they also serve up some delicious bites aside from their award winning beer. Walking in, there was bit a of mix of a diner/industrial vibe to it with long wooden communal tables and high bar stools. They also have a patio out front great for summer.
I was the first to arrive to the media tasting event and received a warm welcome from the staff and Paul himself. He started me off with their signature Golden Ale. First sip in, the body was refreshing, light with a hint of wheat.
With the rise of craft beer, seasonal beers have steadily become more popular over the years. So the menu changes from time to time due to the rotating season.
Fall season line-up of craft beers at Red Truck!
Our group were each handed a beer flight to sample throughout the evening. Beer Connoisseur (Cicerone) Caryn Westmacott gave us a run through of the flavours, inspiration, and brewing process of each beer.
First flight of the evening (left to right) featuring: Red Truck Red Pilsner, Midnight Run Dark Lager, Blackberry Bourbon Ale
Red Pilsner: Had a gorgeous dark amber hue, light bodied with subtle bread-like malt flavour with an earthly pine and citrusy finish with a bite of bitterness. Not too dark or roasty. This one is available in their mixer or 8-pack.
Midnight Run: This was their experimental one back in November of 2015. It had a dark, malt roasted barley flavour. Aroma of iced coffee with a clean, crisp lager with bittersweet, roasted malt flavour finish. Overall, clean and smooth.
BBA: Brewed locally sourced Fraser Valley blackberries, Kentucky bourbon, and Pekko hops. Super refreshing beer with a sweet tart finish. This one was my favourite of the night and also public fave as well.
Next flight: exclusive tasting to their seasonal beer offerings this Fall! From left to right: Field Trip Fresh Hop Ale, Wicket Smaht New England IPA, Imperial
Fresh Hop: Delicate light ale showcasing 100% Lumberjack BC Hop Company trademark with a bit of grassiness.
Wicked Smaht: Combination of wheat and golden oats with a tropical and fruity aroma of grapefruit, peach, melon, tangerine). Lower on bitterness, dry hopped. It’s a staff favourite and only available here!
Imperial: This one’s not quite ready yet as we only got a sneak peek of its taste. Roasted, smoky accents of barley inspired by the eclipse given its dark hue. It was served lukewarm as ale yeast works best at room temperature I believe.
Along with our beer flights, food was also provided! Their fries were deliciously tossed with freshly chopped garlic and seasoning! Garlic aioli on the side for dipping. Yum!
Deep-fried Pickles: I’m not a pickle person, but I thought they were pretty good just a tad too much batter.
Fried Chicken Wings: Nicely batter, well seasoned, wish I ate them while they were piping hot!
Towards the end of the night, they gave us an exclusive tour showcasing their operation!
Andd some goodies to bring home to enjoy with family and friends 🙂
Thank you Red Truck for your hospitality and Eat With Mao for the invite!
Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media event. All food and drinks were complimentary. Opinons are my own.
295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver