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Sneak Peak of Main Street Brewing

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Brewery Creek saw a good year, with two highly regarded breweries opening their doors. Locals, thirsty for a decent pint, flocked to jam-pack first 33 Acres then Brassneck. The clean white interior of 33 Acres couldn’t contrast more with the warm woodiness of Brassneck, but us beer drinkers didn’t care. The liquid on offer was good, so we came–in large numbers. And, as anyone who’s tried to get into Brassneck after 5:30pm on a Friday can attest, we continue to do so to this day.

Meanwhile, not quite two blocks from the bustling, frenetic energy of Brassneck, another brewery is slowly but steadily marching towards opening. That outfit is Main Street, who started out (and currently still run) as a contract brewery compliments of Russell Brewing. They aim to change that status by bringing all the fermentation in-house, and soon. I had a chance to do a brief tour of their current state of affairs this week, and while opening day is still clearly some weeks away, the dream is finally beginning to materialize.


As per usual, the dream involves lots of beer.

These are some teaser shots of what they’re working on. While 33 Acres borrows heavily from a minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic, and Brassneck could perhaps be most accurately described as the ultimate man cave, Main Street will be playing up the aged bricks and beams and soaring ceilings of the aptly named Vancouver Brewery Garage to create something totally different.


If you had a spot like this in your house, you’d turn it into a tasting room, too.

I’d like to say that I’m only sharing three shots because I’m all secretive and stuff, but the reality is that I’m a lousy photographer and the rest came out blurry. I’ll head back in a few weeks’ time with a proper camera (and Sharon to operate it) for an uptime–all the pieces should be coming together by then. Based on my dead reckoning, expect Main Street Brewing to open in February or March of 2014.


Unless that rugged, old roof caves in.

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December 19th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

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