Posted by: Waheeda Harris | November 13, 2012

Going local at the tap

It’s no surprise to find locally created offerings at any restaurant these days. But there’s always room to kick it up a notch.

After a hike in Deep Cove, my good friend took me to the former Athlete’s Village area of downtown Vancouver, now a new condo community and the home to Tap and Barrel.

We thankfully sat upstairs, looking out over False Creek and looking at the city from a different perspective than I was used to doing.

But what captured my attention was the offerings – which was BC brewed beers on tap, and BC wine from the barrel. And there was an extensive selection of both – each easily offering a decidedly unique perspective on both industries.

Raising our glasses to toast a long-time friendship and a devotion to all things BC for both us, Tap and Barrel provided the perfect spot to celebrate British Columbia.

And although the idea may seem obvious, the design was the key for me – the ornate design of the beer taps paired with the wood barrels behind the bar. It elevated the beer and made the wine more accessible – and gave me a new view of what was happening with microbreweries and vineyards.

This is definitely the new world – and having a place that showcased what’s going on encourages anyone to try and sample – whether it be a pint from Stanley Park Brewing or a glass of organic Summerhill Syrah.

I’ve now got a new watering hole when I’m inVancouver – and a place to learn.

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