GOODS: “Dead Famous” Pub Crawl Mooring At Dockside For New India Pale Ale Release
The GOODS from Dockside
Vancouver, BC | The 2011 Vancouver Craft Beer Week “Dead Famous” pub crawl will not only be part of the kickoff for the festival but it will also launch a full season of great craft beer events at the Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company at the Granville Island Hotel. The Dockside, the last stop on the beery tour, is one of Vancouver’s original brewpubs and has been serving up craft beer made in-house for 15 years.
During the Dead Famous pub crawl, the Dockside and brewmaster Mark Simpson will be launching a new IPA which will also be presented in two different cask-conditioned versions to launch Dockside’s first-ever cask brew. This double launch of both the new IPA and the Cask Program will be the kick-off to Dockside’s best beer summer ever. IPA will join the selection of signature beers on tap year-round at Dockside and a regular schedule of cask brews is being planned for the year with regular events on Dockside’s award-winning patio. What could be better than cask ales combined with spectacular views of False Creek and Vancouver?
Mark Simpson of the Artisan Food & Beverage Inc. (www.artisangroup.ca ) was brought in over a year to overhaul the Dockside’s beer program and recipes. Mark brought a wealth of expertise and a long list of accolades to Dockside including 10 medals from the World Beer Championships and World Beer Cup. The response to the new recipes has been phenomenal and the new IPA should produce the same reaction.
“We’re really excited to launch the IPA,” said Simpson. “We experimented with the recipe and I think we have brewed a beer which is consistent with both our focus on balance and drinkability but which is still true to our West Coast roots. The launch of the Cask Program is something near and dear to my heart—I first worked with cask ales 15 years ago and I am really excited to introduce it at Dockside as well.”
The IPA was made using “Falconer’s Flight”, an Northwest IPA-specific hop blend from Hopunion, a renowned specialty supplier to craft brewers based in Washington State. Falconer’s Flight has proven to be so popular that it recently sold out, having been used by over 250 breweries in six countries. Dockside procured enough of this season’s hops to make several batches of IPA, so fans can be sure that it will be on tap the next time they come to Dockside for a pint.
Pub Crawlers will also be treated to gastro BBQ fare from Chef Jeff Batt and they’ll get a sneak preview of the new Dockside patio which has been completely renovated with outdoor fireplaces and a gazebo. It’s been named as the “Best Patio in Vancouver” multiple times and this will set the bar even higher. A few tickets for the Pub Crawl are still available here https://www.eztix.co/kiosk/2886.
“At this point, the only thing the beer is missing is a name and we’re going to be opening a contest in the next few weeks to name the beer. We’re inviting Vancouver beer fans to get their creative juices flowing for the chance to win a great Dockside Brewing grand prize.”
For more information on the Dockside Restaurant, visit www.docksidevancouver.com.
Glenn Cormier | Director of Food & Beverage Operations | glenn [at] docksidebrewing.com
Alexandra Mackenzie | Sales & Catering Manager | sales [at] docksidebrewing.com
Eugene Vassilev | Restaurant Manager | eugene [at] docksidebrewing.com
Mark Simpson | Brewmaster | brewmaster [at] docksidebrewing.com
Jeff Batt | Executive Chef | chef [at] docksidebrewing.com
The Dockside Restaurant offers superbly prepared classic dishes in a setting like no other. Located on the waterfront where Granville Island faces the city, guests can enjoy panoramic views across False Creek to the world-famous cityscape of Yaletown and beyond to the mountains of the North Shore.
The open dining room is relaxed yet refined, wrapped in spectacular floor to ceiling windows, while the lounge offers warm intimate surroundings for evening cocktails. The award-winning patio catches sunlight from morning to late afternoon. Protected on three sides it’s an oasis of calm, disturbed only by the occasional sound of boats making their way along False Creek. Recent renovations have added fireplaces and casual seating areas to this Vancouver destination.
These three venues offer seating options that are perfect for groups from 4 to 200. With signature elements like a 50-foot aquarium and an open kitchen, each meal is an experience for all the senses. Located adjacent to the boutique Granville Island Hotel, the Dockside Restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended.
“This is our very favorite place. We drive into town from Delta and make an evening of browsing through Granville Isl. Market. The restaurnat is perfect for a quiet evening.View is wonderful. I appreciate the spacious arrangement of the tables. We have our favorite table, the staff and service is fabulous. I had the herb crusted Halibut – it was delicious and my husband enjoyed the slate fish. It was a memorable evening. We look forward to another visist very soon. As well, we have enjoyed the great patio – has to be one of Vancouver’s best.” OpenTable.com
“We have going to Vancouver for many years and most recently (if twenty years can be considered recently) staying exclusively at the wonderful Graville Island Hotel. Because we have an aversion to hotel restaurants, this is the first time we have had dinner there. It was one of the finest dinners we have in a city that is known for its fine restaurants. Outstanding in every way!” OpenTable.com
“We enjoyed the welcoming feel of the restaurant – appropriate lighting, comfortable seating – it is like a comfortable dining room. We will return again as the restaurant has once again met our expectations. The salmon was nicely prepared and the lamb was well presented and excellent on the tongue. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable.” OpenTable.com