Alibi Room, Gastown, Vancouver
I was at the Alibi Room for a wedding function last night and I was amazed at the on-tap selection there. It's just what I was looking for in Vancouver, after being wowed by all the beer bars in Toronto, where you'd find at least a dozen local craft brews and decent food to go with it. And let's not forget about cask days festival in TO as well...
Anyways, the standout of the evening was the Blueberry Porter. It was the first time I'd ever had a porter with fruit in it. It was a great match, flavourwise. I'll have to try a full pint of it next time. I'm a big fan of raspberry ales, lambics, etc, and I grab Fruli whenever I see it for sale. I'm really not a beer expert (I'm a beer advocate!) but I know I can't stand the macro stuff. I love what the owners are doing by offering a great selection of BC craft brews on tap. The west coast needs more stuff like this.
Great space to have a party in as well...upstairs for dining and speeches etc, downstairs lounge for drinks, dancing etc. Dinner was buffet-style with Pemberton farm-raised beef (grass-fed?). Lean and tasty!
I'll have to come back here soon and try another round of beer samplers.
I rarely go to the Alibi - something I really must rectify. Nigel, the owner, really knows his beer and is quite hands on (he drives regularly to Vancouver Island to pick up craft brew casks himself).
From someone who has lived closely to the Alibi Room for many years, I can tell you that it has really come a long way in the last year or so. While the location and architecture has always made this spot an attractive hangout for any occasion, the new owners (two young industry vets) have taken a welcome gamble to transform the Alibi into a beer parlor with 20 or so unique local brews on tap and high quality pub food to match. The wait staff are also quite knowledgeable and can be trusted in making recommendations. The last time I was here, their was a Saison, Barley Wine, and an Oud Bruin (beer geek stuff) all on tap! Highly recommended.