Yellow Dog Brewery

Maybe the idea of Port Moody becoming a craft beer mecca, a suburban destination along the highway of BC gastronomical experiences, was worth sniggering at earlier this year. If you thought so, then hang your head in shame, as we now have not one, but two great small batch beer breweries in the ‘hood.

Yellow Dog Brewery won out ahead of Moody Ales by opening earlier in the year, throwing the doors wide to an eager local audience before the end of the summer. Visitors to the cozy tasting room found a solid bar nestling at one end of the lofty warehouse brewery and could raise a refreshing glass of Take a Walk Wit wheat beer to see out the summer.

Yellow Dog BreweryA short hop over the road from Rocky Point Park, the tasting room and brewery are open to visitors almost daily now, from mid-afternoon until late evening. It’s a perfect location for families, not just hip young singletons and couples, as the brewery provides soft drinks from the cooler and is welcoming to the “bring a picnic” crowd. On recent visits (purely for research, repeated almost weekly), I spotted a Thrifty’s take away pizza, and several IGA pack-and-go deli counter salads on tables out on the patio. Think carbs to soak up the beer calories. Or pay a visit when one of the local food trucks is in outside the house – FlipTop and This Little Piggy have both been spotted there.

At the bar, welcoming visitors and situated at the front of the brewery itself, friendly staff can help you with your beer choice. As per the name of the establishment, all the beers brewed on the premises take a dog-related name – Play Dead IPA, Old Dog Alt and Chase My Tail pale ale. And don’t forget the Shake A Paw smoked porter that won Best in Show at the recent BC Beer Awards.

Confused about the variety available after checking out the Currently On Tap board above the bar? Just ask. The staff know what they’re talking about and can gently guide you to the right refreshment. If you’re still torn between IPA and pale ale, why not settle for both and order a flight of four tasters, served appropriately on a bone-shaped paddle? You will not be disappointed.

Try before you buy is a great feature of the Yellow Dog Brewery tasting room – various sizes of take-home bottles help transport craft beer from bar to home fridge. Yellow Dog sells both growlers and the smaller bostons for that take-home experience. Simply drink, wash and rinse then return for a refill.

And then there’s the ice cream! A beautiful collaboration between Rocky Point Ice Cream and the brewery saw the release of Smoked Porter ice cream, a gorgeous flavour by all accounts; it vanished rapidly – I’m still waiting to catch my taste of it.

Another way to get your lips around some fine Yellow Dog craft brewing is by keeping an eye on their Facebook page, to see when another taste-pairing menu might pop up again. The recent event held at Newport Village’s St. James Well saw patrons sample chorizo sliders with Chase My Tail pale ale and PEI mussels with Take A Walk Wit. Oh yum, and oh shucks! I missed  that one too L

As winners of this year’s Best Tourist Destination at the Golden Spike Awards, the success of Yellow Dog Brewery at this early stage is confirmed. So why not take a walk down to the park, play on the swings, and build up a thirst. All you need to do is head over the road – bring the kids along too. They’re welcome in Port Moody’s latest watering hole!

Yellow Dog Brewery

1-2817 Murray Street, Port Moody

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