Steamworks Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 224
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by trevorwideman:
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Steamworks is a piece of Nostalgia for me. I discovered it when I had just turned 20. I knew absolutely nothing about craft beer, including the fact that it existed. The girl I was with asked for "something wheaty, like a Begian." That sentence in itself confused me, but when I had the witbier it was like a whole new world opened up in front of me.
Flash forward: 2007. The revisit. I tried three of the offerings, the Porter, IPA, and Witbier, and all were adequate if not slightly above average for the style. There is two levels, both spacious and relaxing. The girlfriend and I sat by a window, and did the crossword, read, and were served promptly when our beers emptied. There were about 6-8 beers on tap when we were there, all house offerings, two were seasonals. All we had for food was an order of yam fries, which is hard to screw up, and they didn't. All in all a great place to waste an afternoon with some good beer.
08-13-2007 04:12:44 | More by trevorwideman
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3.54/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
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
Steamworks Brewing Company in Vancouver, BC, Canada
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.