Retro-themed Wayback Brewing opens in Surrey

Surrey is back up to three craft breweries with this addition to the brewery scene

A new brewery called Wayback will have its grand opening on Dec. 1, 2023 in Surrey in the Panorama Ridge neighbourhood in the Newton area. Wayback Brewery

Surrey is getting a new craft brewery.

With a Grand Opening on Dec. 1, Wayback Brewing brings the Metro Vancouver city back up to three, and it brings a new taproom to the area.

It’s been just over a year since longtime Surrey brewery Big Ridge shut down; it was located fairly nearby in South Newton.

Wayback is going for a retro look with its 70s style, roller skates, and icons from 50 years ago. Nostalgia is one of its “four keywords ” (as are California, fresh, and unexpected).

“Think rustic coastal, muted, airy, and laid back Bohemian feel. We want to create that sense of escapism, where you can enjoy the bright and airy feel of the space,” Wayback says on its social media.

Head brewer Kevin Emms has plenty of local experience, with recent stints as the brewmaster at Granville Island Brewing and Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. Most recently he was with the now defunct MOD Beverages.

They have a line-up of five beers already on their site (all appear to be in 355 mL cans): a classic lager, a west coast IPA, and a citrus wheat (based on a Belgian wit) are all fairly usual options. They also have a Mexican-style take on a Bavarian dark lager called Baja Dark and a light lager called Lite described as having herbal and stone fruit flavours.

The new brewery is tucked away at 15063 54a Ave. in the Panorama Ridge neighbourhood on the southern edge of Newton in Surrey; the brewery is taking over a section of a light industrial/office park.

It’s actually related to a Vancouver business, Resurrection Spirits in East Vancouver at 1672 Franklin St.

Follow @waybackbrewco on Instagram.

—This story originally appeared on Vancouver is Awesome

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