We’re huge fans of the city’s brewery scene (which thankfully shows no signs of slowing down), so when word got out that the highly-anticipated Steel Toad Brewery had finally opened the doors to its 300-seater space in False Creek, we were pretty stoked.
Located in the revamped iconic red Opsal building in False Creek, the historical space is now home to live music, modern bistro fare, and a showpiece craft brewery that we’re pretty sure we’ll be calling our second home this winter.
You can bet your tastebuds will be well cared for after you head to Steel Toad given that they’ve hired a certified cicerone, Chris Charron, to helm the brewery. Trained in all aspects of service, beer styles, culture, tasting, and food pairing, he’s fashioned a collection of traditional European and American suds on tap with a continuously (and creative) rotating brew list to keep it interesting.
Chef Robbie Robinson takes care of feeding guests and comes with a plethora of experience having trained at many of Vancouver’s fine dining restaurants, such as West and Le Crocodile. He’s also honed his culinary prowess abroad working in some of London’s top establishments (think Michelin-starred Claridge’s of Gordon Ramsay fame).
Steel Toad serves up plenty of bistro favourites with locally sourced ingredients prepared with a classic French twist and meant to be enjoyed with one of the brewery’s in-house specials.
On the main floor dining hall, guests can kick back and take in the lively bar atmosphere while noshing on brewpub classics such as burgers, steak frites, mussels, sandwiches, and thin crust pizzas from a forno oven. Upstairs, look for a more refined selection of goods — perfect for date night or a more intimate gathering, thanks to the elevated dining menu.
So why the name Steel Toad? It’s a throwback in time, and a nod to the building’s history. Built in 1918 by Dominion Construction, the heritage building was originally a manufacturing site for Columbia Block and Tool Company. At the time, craftsmen — dubbed “Steel Toads” — handled heavy machinery and worked blazing forges. Sitting empty and inactive for over a decade, the Opsal structure was finally given new life. During the past five years, the edifice underwent a painstaking conservation effort to become what it is today. That gives it a “part of our heritage” stamp of approval from us — all the more reason to check it out.
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