Tap & Barrel Restaurants’ new brewery in the former Steel Toad space on East 2nd Ave. in Vancouver will be called BREWHALL, it was announced this week, and should be open for business by late June.
In a press release on Wednesday, Tap & Barrel announced its new concept for the space would incorporate a brewery and a large-scale beer hall, complete with a Beercade stocked with old school arcade video game favourites.
The name and concept of the new location has been highly-anticipated since the company announced possession of the heritage Opsal Steel Building earlier this year.
BREWHALL is “a collaborative craft brewery and food hall that brings the community together in one space and encourages our inner child to play and explore,” states Tap & Barrel founder Daniel Frankel in the press release. He adds, “it has been a dream to take our brewing collaborations to a whole new level, and to create a community hall where people can inspire and be inspired.”
Beer-wise, the plan is for head brewer Kerry Dyson to focus on West Coast craft beer styles, as well as partnering with other B.C. breweries to create collaboration beers with a creative flair. Currently, BREWHALL has a signature pale ale in the works, as well as an IPA, a saison, and a rye lager brewed with Doan’s Craft Brewing Company.
BREWHALL also recently collaborated with eight brewmasters from Vancouver’s Brewery Creek neighbourhood—representing Faculty, Main Street, Brassneck, 33 Acres, Red Truck, Electric Bicycle and R&B—to create a white IPA.
As for the menu, BREWHALL’s “fast-casual” concept will feature local ingredients and healthful options. The food, available for both eat-in and take-out, aims to complement the beverage program, which in addition to the beer, offers a selection of premium local wines on tap along with innovative cocktails.
While the brewery is set to open late June, Tap & Barrel will be launching its proprietary BREWHALL beer at its existing locations by early June.