Central City Brewing
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.66/5 rDev -8%
Got a growler fill that was worth the trip. Also stopped in at the bottle shop next door and picked up a number of bottles. Compared to SK it was quite good, but the selection was only a bit better then the provincial stores and behind what is available over the border in Seattle. The staff on the bar side were great, but in the bottle shop side not helpful at all. If you are in the Vancouver area, it is worth the stop for some Red Racer IPA right out of the tap, and some bottles not found elsewhere.
11-07-2013 05:01:47 | More by sasky7777
British Columbia (Canada)
3.45/5 rDev -13.3%
I keep wanting my experience here to be great but it's consistently been very average in all ways. They offer about 10 beers on tap regularly plus a few seasonals. I've tried many and all have been fine but none have really impressed me. The room is big and very sharp/modern. Lots of tbs tuned to sports. The bar feels more like a cocktail lounge. The whole place is more like an Earls' feel than a beer place. Really lacks any character. Food menu is pretty pricy I think (burger with fries for $12). Ive learned now and will look for other brewpubs/pubs.
10-08-2011 21:00:53 | More by EspressoGuy
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
Their beer and wine store is probably in the top 3 for selection of beer in B.C. And I bet it is the most inexpensive as well.
The restaurant and brew pub has changed over the years. I remember watching concerts in an area that is now filled with vats because the Red Racer brand of beer has really taken off.
Atmosphere is great and laid back. Beautiful building that is decorated in a modern style. Private booths, long tables, and a bar area depending on what you are in the mood for.
Quality of food is excellent. I have found that the quality of the beer is spotty though. By that I mean that the typical taps (IPA, ESB, etc) have been excellent some times, and have been green and premature at other times (although 90% of the time it is excellent). It is a brew pub after all, I guess.
Selection at a brewpub? Well the interesting thing about this place is that they have the Red Racer beers that people are familiar with, along with excellent seasonals that you cannot find anywhere else. You can take these seasonals (including their tripel, imperial porter and imperial IPA) home in growlers if you wish.
Food is excellent. They had amazing deals and selections available recently for the BC craft beer week.
Value is excellent. Very inexpensive for what you get. Simon Fraser University students receive pitchers for only $9.99 and there are other specials which make their already low prices even cheaper.
Overall, this is a great place and I'm lucky to have it so close to home. The seasonal offerings are so good they haunt me and I sometimes come up with excuses to drop by for a pint on my way home.
06-04-2011 19:11:32 | More by DaftCaskBC
British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
Start off with a great building. Located at the mall and off site SFU campus with easy access to the Sky train. The architecture is beautiful. The interior is modern and comfortable and the beer is great. There are plenty of TV's showing sports while soft music plays in the background. So you can still talk and its girl friend friendly. Good daily specials, $3.50 pints on Tuesdays! The food is better than average and they supplied moist towelets with the wings, thats class. Like I said the beer is good and fresh, enough said.
Also the semi attached beer and wine store has a great selection of hard to find beers. Good selection and well worth a visit.
02-26-2011 03:01:10 | More by LazyL
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Sometimes things are better at the source. And that's exactly what I thought when I took the SkyTrain to Surrey to check out this up and coming celebrity. It's very easy to find from the SkyTrain station; just walk south for maybe 500 meters and you see it.
The interior looks a little modern with wide open windows. The bar is in the shape of a pair of lips. Big booths hugging dinner, hockey on TV, and one small part near the bar with very comfortable chairs. it was Friday night, and while there were people there, it wasn't what I'd call "busy".
I had two very helpful bartenders during my stay. I lost track if I was drinking the IPA or ESB, and my bartender helped distingish them, as both had very simiilar hop profiles. The other bartender who helped me was very interested in my opinion of a few of the beers, and let me taste a couple of the rotating beers they had on-tap.
I mention beer, so let's talk beer. They had about 6 or 7 regulars and a few rotating offerings. Central City makes a pale ale, lager, stout, witbier, ESB, IPA, Raspberry Wheat, and during my visit, an awesome Double IPA and great barleywine. Quality ranged widely, but generally was very good.
I had the "craft dinner" entree, which is essentially pasta and cheese with chicken. Good stuff.
The IPA alone is worth making the visit to Surrey, and if you're lucky, they'll have the Double IPA as well. Yes, you can find Central City IPA at bars and stores around Vancouver, but wouldn't you rather drink it fresh at the source?
06-07-2010 03:21:40 | More by DoubleJ
Central City Brewing in Surrey, BC, Canada
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.