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The Brewery Creek Liquor Store

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BA SCORE
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26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%
[ Store ]

3045 Main St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 3G6
Canada
phone: (604) 872-3373

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(Place added by: BDTyre on 11-24-2006)
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Photo of thatleetboy
5/5  rDev +14.4%

I wouldn't even have walked down the hallway into the store if it hadn't been for the great reviews this place has. An amazing depth of selection when it comes to BC micros, and some interesting imports from south of the border. For such a small store, he's got a lot going on! Gerry was hard at work in the office, but dropped what he was doing to come out and spend some time talking to me about various local brews. Now that I've found the place, I won't come to Vancouver without going there to shop...

thatleetboy, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%

Gerry the owner is himself a bit of a beer geek, and makes good use of a limited space. There are rows stacked up high of beer. Yes, mostly local stuff but the nose is pointed up as he gets private orders in of US and Belgiums. Elysian, and some Belgiums not available Northeast US or Eastern Canada. Conenient in the downtown area if you have a car.They are right there for service and Gerry gave me insightful guide to where to go pub wise.
Rerate 3 years later: A lot better US and import selection, and full selection of local stuff

Sammy, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of CBA
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Gerry has definitely made this the go-to-store in the lower mainland. You can tell he's passionate about beer, and does his damnedest to get quality product onto his shelves (everything from decent Belgians, to Brooklyn, Speakeasy, Rogue and many excellent regionals). A must stop when in Vancouver, and if you're not in town and want to order over the phone, he'll gladly put your beer aside to be picked up at a later date. Ensure to give them your business, as it's places like this that make our local beer culture that much better.

CBA, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of colebenoit
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

One of the better places to get beer in Vancouver, and the only place I've seen a lot of American micro's such as Rogue, Pike, Fish Tales, etc. They also carry Coopers (more than just the sparkling ale), the whole line of Brooklyn, Alhambra, and Saison Dupont (among others from the same brewery), as well as a bunch of other stuff BC Liquor Stores don't stock. The store is small but selection is great for its size and there always seems to be something new each time I go which is always a bonus in this province. Staff is usually friendly and helpful and I've scored a few free glasses through out my purchases there which is always a plus.

colebenoit, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
4.5/5  rDev +3%

This is a little store located on the south end of Main St. It's tough to find but once you do, you'll be happy you did.

The selection at this tiny little store is phenomenal for the size. This is the only place I know of in BC where you can find beers from Rogue, and Pike. Gerry does a great job bringing in the highly prized American craft beers for his customers as well as some of the harder to find Canadian ones.

The staff is great. Each time I've gone in there they have been warm and helpful. They seem to know more about beer than even the BC liquor Stores product consultants. Very friendly.

As has been mentioned, the prices for stuff you can get from the government stores are higher for sure. But that is not why you visit Brewery Creek. You go to pick up the brews that the gov't stores haven't bothered to supply. The prices for the unique beers are not unreasonable. Brooklyn Black Chocolate is $3.75/bottle. Not bad by any means.

Hornet2003, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Mention to Gerry, the manager, that you're on BA and he will not hesitate to strike up a conversation.

Considering the geographical location in Vancouver, Brewery Creek has to be one of the best cold beer and wine stores around. Gerry is very helpful and goes out of his way to secure new brews, domestic and imported, for his customers (though I have yet to see the shipment of Rogue, damn Canada Customs!)

Selection is above average for this style of store. Howe Sound, Mission Springs, expanded Brooklyn Brewing, more than the average offerings from Big Rock and Merridale....

The staff are even willing to go the extra distance, for example, exchanging a chipped glass out of a gift set.

Selection varies at times, but part of this comes down to the brewers, the reps and Canada Customs. Its not always the staff's fault :)

Prices can be a bit on the high side, especially when comparing the same product to a BC Liquor Store; even more so when you consider there is a gov't liquor store a few blocks down, and a very good one (39th and Cambie) within driving distance. However; much of the selection is chilled, and often you get stuff you don't get in a gov't liquor store (especially Mission Springs, Howe Sound and Merridale, all BC products not stocked in gov't liquor stores.)

Overall, a very nice place to visit and definitely worth stopping by if you're from out of town. Just to visit Brewery Creek for me is a full hour, minimum of driving (round trip)...and it is certainly worth it.

Update 01-29-2006: While the BC Liquor stores now offer beers from Howe Sound, Gerry still has a better selection!

BDTyre, Dec 08, 2006
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The Brewery Creek Liquor Store in Vancouver, BC, Canada
95 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.