Steamworks Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 222
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
3.54/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
First time ever in Vancouver, was looking to sample some Canadian microbrews. Headed down to gastown (pretty cool location) and into Steamworks.
From the entrance, the place looks tiny and upscale, but the hostess leads us down a sweet staircase in the back into a cool basement area. We get seated on some big chairs and couch with some sort of a cool, old trunk for a table. Pretty cool atmosphere.
Order some beer, but they are out of their "Signature Pale Ale", how is that possible I ask? Major deduction for being unable to supply me with a beer they consider to be signature. I order the Empress IPA instead. The Empress was pretty meh. Not much flavor compared to many other IPAs I have had. At least the food was pretty good.
08-20-2013 18:35:34 | More by andy_c
3.84/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
My wife and I were in Vancouver for the weekend and this joint was recommended to us. It's down by the pier in the Gaslamp district, which is a pretty cool part of the city. Really great atmosphere, and the place was packed when we went. Being by the water it seems like they get a lot of tourist traffic from cruise ships and whatnot. Despite being busy we found a seat at the bar and the bartenders were helping us very quickly. They were very knowlegable about their products, as well, which is always a plus. We didn't eat while we were there, but the menu had your bbasic pubfare. The beers ended up being a bit pricey, but to be expected in a tourist trap. Decent beer shop attached to it, also, carrying some US brews for take home. All in all, a good visit.
04-16-2011 00:48:22 | More by GarthDanielson
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The setup is nice with the brewing equipment visible and the music is not to loud are grungy. It is at a good location, very close to the sky train and a lot of other good restaurants and shops downtown.
The food is quite good, especially the beer soup. The menu has quite a bit of variety and is decently priced.
The seasonal beers can be quite tasty, though I find the year rounds to be only OK. I do enjoy how easy it is to get a free sample of beer to wet the pallet and make my decision easier.
01-17-2011 03:19:04 | More by Kakaraht
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Summary: The food is better than the beer.
Crawling distance from the Convention Centre and many downtown hotels. Retro European vibe, black and with tile floor, lots of outdoor seating, two bars. It is a big place. I went there on a Friday afternoon, too early for it to be crowded. It too five or so minutes from the time I sat at the bar to the time I was recognized. Don't know what was up with that. While they didn't go out of their way to ask me if I wanted food or another beer, they were very open about what were some of the better Canadian beers available and other places in town I should check out once I let them know I was interested in drinking quality beer.
There were about eight or so beers on tap, with their stout on nitro. I sampled the IPA, Pale, and Stout. Nothing overwhelming, so I went with the IPA. Pints and Imperial Pints are available. Ordered the Montreal smoked meat sandwich as a light lunch at an unlight price (~12 CAD). At least it was very tasty. Overall tab was about 20 CAD before tip.
Would I go back? The food was quite good and it may be worth sampling something else, although the beer was nothing special.
Note: The owners recently opened a second location next door called Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar (not to be confused with the brewery out of Oregon).
07-31-2010 00:18:18 | More by LittleDon
3.88/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ate lunch here with my wife on Canada Day, 02 July 2010. There is a huge patio outside with umbrellas and tables with a decent view of Canada Place. We chose to sit inside today. There is a major difference between upstairs and downstairs. Upstairs, it's much more of a sunny and polished look. Downstairs, it's a bit darker, and more cavernous and seems like a place to hang out with a pint. Service was good, as our waitress was friendly and told us a bit about the day's scheduled activities. Selection was pretty good for a brewpub, with about 8 house beers on tap. I tried the Sour Cherry Ale and the Pilsener. The Ale was very tasty for a fruit beer. We both enjoyed the food. Prices were a tad high for beers, but the food prices evened things out. Not a bad place to visit, with an easy two minute walk from Canada Place.
07-07-2010 22:04:06 | More by morebeergood
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
If you can locate the Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver, then you should be able to locate Steamworks, which sits across the street on the side closer to the waterfront. The inside has a modern feel to it, with the restaurant being located downstairs from the bar. But what's with that gingerbread scent in the air? The windows looking outside are wide, giving you a good look at downtown activity.
About seven regular styles are offered, such as oatmeal stout, pale ale, and IPA. The seasonal being offered was a witbier, which I didn't try. Kostrizer was also offered on-tap as a guest beer. The beers I tried was quite good, especially the oatmeal stout on-nitro, which was a tasty treat. No fancy glassware here: "sleeves" (shaker pint glass) and imperial pints are the glass types offered. It took some time to be served from the bartender, but after that 20 minute string of orders she dealt with, she turned out to be easy to chat with, and she helped with one of my beer-related questions.
Steamworks gets a good mark from this BA. It's easy to find. And there are several good styles of beer made and offered here. Try it out.
06-06-2010 04:39:12 | More by DoubleJ
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
At the junction of the cruise/pier area and the gaslight district (AKA tourist central). The building is nice on the outside. On the inside it's a bunch of slightly separated rooms at odd 1/2 levels. A couple of small bars. Large outdoor area was very busy. We grabbed a spot at the back bar.
About 7 on tap, ranging from an IPA to a stout. Things were a bit pricey, at about $6.50 Canadian a pint. Seems normal for Vancouver though, especially a tourist area. Service was efficient but slightly detached. No beer advocating going on here.
Decent stop in Vancouver, but then high-tail it up the street to the Alibi Room.
07-15-2009 13:16:08 | More by shivtim
3.76/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Clearly a tourist-trap sort of brewpub, but it's not Steamworks' fault they're right on the water and in the heart of the touristy district of Vancouver's downtown area. But their beers do seem to be common denominator brews--beers that aren't at all poor, but are also fairly run-of-the-mill to the average geek. We tried three different beers and did some sharing amongst the three of us, and the consensus was that it was all "pretty good."
It was a pretty warm day so we sat outside, but they still had the overhead heaters on. I felt like I lost five pounds just sitting there in the heat. It was crowded so I couldn't move around very well, and I didn't bother asking them to turn it down or off, as we only stopped in for a quick thirst-slaking.
I kind of wish we'd sat inside. What an incredible vibe, with two levels and the feel of a posh old hotel lounge, but expanded and made comfortable for the everyday joe. But it's touristy and definitely doesn't feel like a neighborhood hangout. Seemed massive, in terms of square footage. Just duck in if you're in the area, if just use the restroom, so you can check out the interior. As for their beers, I wouldn't go back for them, but they did the job I guess. So, a decent place, something to check out once, but not a mindblowing must-return-to destination.
05-21-2009 13:15:51 | More by Metalmonk
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The wife and I were up visiting Vancouver for a few days and thought I'd check this place out. Stopped in for lunch. Decent view of the historic street on one end of the place and an alright view of the harbour on the other end. The place is set up almost nicely with 2 bars, and they are soon adding a third. Service was great, as the waiters knew the beer they they carried. The food selection was stellar! This was the best offerings I've seen in a brewpub. I was very impressed. My wife got an open-faced turkey sandwich with a salad, that was very good; and I got a lamb burger with fries. This was excellent! The beer selection for this time was pretty average, with 5 or 6 of their normal offerings and 1 seasonal, a Belgian Wit. I got their Empress IPA which was pretty good. I should have gotten their sampler as I most likely will never be back to this area any time soon. Ah well. I really enjoyed this place and would recommend it to anybody.
05-05-2009 19:02:22 | More by Onenote81
3.1/5 rDev -20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Had the IPA during a stop off here on day one of my trip. I was immediately impressed with the space, décor, and view. The lower level is really relaxing.
The IPA was just mediocre and dissapointing. It was one dimensional and no better than average. I'm told the stout is pretty good but did not stick around to try it.
The service was nice and friendly and they were well staffed. All and all a tourist trap with so so beer great views and nice décor.
I'd hit the Alibi Room or the railway for beer before going here.
04-18-2009 23:36:31 | More by jp11801
Steamworks Brewing Company in Vancouver, BC, Canada
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