The Drive (Commercial Drive) offers a lot of great eats and most of all great drinks and great patios. One of my favorite go to spots is BierCraft Tap and Tapas Bar. The other is Havanas (they have amazing Sangrias). BierCraft, used to be called Stella’s. Guess someone didn’t like them using that name and it was not worth fighting over in the end. Frankly, BierCraft or whatever you want to call it serves a pretty impressive list of Belgian, Craft & Microbrewed beer.
The story behind BierCraft x Coffeefoodies is that Dave and I came here one year for my birthday before we started dating and long before Coffeefoodies was born. We were seated in the corner and shared some laughs and food. The waiter walked in on us a couple times while we fed each other and him stealing a kiss. (AWWWWW and apologies too much details for those clearly not interested.) While the couple next to us was staring at the menu the whole time in utter silence and awkwardness. Perhaps a blind date gone terribly wrong. Nonetheless BeirCraft holds a special place for us.
Let us begin with libations. I’m sure if your goal was to try one of everything they have you would be pretty pissed drunk. They used to also serve my beloved Fruli strawberry beer, but not anymore. So I must settle for:
This fruit beer is matured in cherries for 18mos. and then blended with natural fruit juices of cherry, bilberry, elderberry, strawberry and raspberry. I’m not a fan and found some traces of cough syrup like properties. My tastebuds wasn’t very pleased.
McAuslan Brewery, Montreal. I first discovered this in Montreal while dining on some POUTINE at La Banquise Resto 24h. This clean fruit ale boast a generous helping of apricots with malted wheat to create an original, refreshing beer.
This big boy is 750ml and has a pleasant display of Granny Smith apples give a full, solid flavour to this white beer. Crisp and refreshing.
More Belgian Witbier … Wittekerke Wit
Unfiltered with sweet wheat and malt followed by a mixture of lemon, orange and coriander notes. A crisp finish with no real bitterness.
To play pretend that I’m drinking some alcohol.
My love of spiked tomatoe juice and olive garnishes continues. I found this drink a tad weak and required a little more punch.
I can’t say we’ve tried everything in one sitting, but definitely the following were only from a span of two visits recently. I know, we eat like pigs in starvation mode. But we also pound the pavement…
The English version of beef tataki with Parmesano reggiano, crispy capers, fleur de sel, spanish onion, garlic rouille. Not bad. Not bad.
Fish Tacos $11
Soft shell tacos are my favorite with Achiote & citrus marinated cod, cabbage, salsa & crema, chimichurri, fresh cilantro. Sometimes these are a bit hit and miss. I’ve had tender fish done just right and other times slightly overcooked and dry.
MUSSLES ½lb $10.25 // 1lb $15.5
Available in a 6 flavours.
Overall this place have fairly reasonable prices for the portions and food served. Remember to sign up for their mailing list because often they have great offers like buy 1 get one free offers on tapas items.
1191 Commercial Drive
Also located at:
3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W6
(604) 874-6900 ()