33 Acres Brewing Company

Nestled in-between the temperate Vancouver rainforest and the Pacific ocean, tucked away neatly in the up-and-coming Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, lies 33 Acres Brewing Company. Founded in 2013 by Josh Michnik, 33 Acres' vision started out of pure enjoyment for the binding elements of life. His idea is simple - with the natural elements of our surroundings and the spirit of community sharing (whether people are drinking, eating, chatting, working or reading) creativity is able to flourish and high quality products can be created. This vision can also be seen in the minimalistic, open and inviting layout of 33 Acres' beer tasting room. Crafted by Josh Michnik himself, the beer tasting room allows for simple and clean aesthetics. Wood, stone and white walls are balanced by the natural vibrance of neatly situated green plants for all to enjoy (my personal favourite is the cacti on the huge sharing table).

33 Acres Brewing Company's first product was beer. Nine beers and one cider to be exact. All of which are named after a certain element of life - 33 Acres of… life… ocean… sunshine… darkness… euphoria… nirvana… köbes,… welkin… sole (see photo below). I'm a big fan of Pale Ales so 33 Acres of Ocean was the choice for me. The golden-coloured brew managed to encapsulate everything I could want from a West Coast Pale Ale and more. It was hoppy (but not too hoppy) with a big floral flavour and notes of pine. Despite the high carbonation, this beer went down super smoothly and ended with a clean finish and a light caramel aftertaste. The beer tasting room allows everyone to enjoy these beautifully crafted craft beers. Most beers are available in glasses (12oz), growler fills (32oz, 64oz) or bottles (4 or 6 packs) - all of which are reasonably priced (see photo below). 

In 2015, 33 Acres expanded to the next best thing… coffee. And boy did they do it right! A smoothy and creamy latte (my go to at the moment) is served up perfectly on a logo-printed wooden block. The delicious coffee beans come from Heart Coffee Roasters (Portland, Oregon). HCR's focus is on uncompromising quality and this is seen in their use of green coffee, sourced from Central America, South America and Africa, which are then roasted to pure excellence. 

And it's not just liquids that 33 Acres flawlessly produce, they also have a simple yet delicious food menu divided into early, mid, and late options. Whether you're wanting a hearty brunch for the day ahead, a locally-made lunchtime sandwich or late night snacks consisting of cheese, meat and pretzels, 33 Acres has you covered. We were hiking the Grouse Grind that day, so brunch was in order. Served everyday until 2pm, the brunch menu is minimalist (toast, biscuits or granola) with an emphasis on quality over quantity. I opted for 'The Loaded', which consisted of creamy avocado, runny poached eggs, juicy honey ham and smoked cheddar served with a side of chilli jam atop of freshly baked sourdough bread from local artisan bread-enthusiasts, Nelson the Seagull. The portion was more than enough and presentation of the food was aesthetically aligned with the surrounding environment.

I'll definitely be heading back to 33 Acres Brewing Company when I'm next in Vancouver!

For more information, check out their website here.

 

Quarry Rock Hike

Just thirty minutes from downtown Vancouver nuzzled in the quaint Deep Cover neighbourhood in North Vancouver lies this beautiful little hike called Quarry Rock. We didn't have the best weather for the hike but nonetheless we powered on through the drizzling rain to get to the must-see lookout. 

Beginning at the parking lot on Panorama Drive, there are numerous signs indicating the path to follow for the Baden Powell Trail. Quarry Rock makes up only a fraction of the Baden Powell Trail. The complete Baden Powell Trail is 48km and covers a whole range of Vancouver's North Shore region from Deep Cove all the way to Horseshoe Bay. Follow the Baden Powell trail signs, which will take you along Panorama Drive until you get to a set of wooden stairs on your left. This is where the hike begins. Shortly after a few steps, you'll come across a pretty relentless uphill path covered in exquisitely intertwined tree roots. The hike leads you through one of Vancouver's many temperate rainforests with Hemlock and Douglas Fir trees aplenty. The trail begins to level out after about ten minutes, once you get to a wooden bridge. The next thirty minutes of the hike is a steady incline along paths and wooden boardwalks until you reach a fork in the Baden Powell Trail. Merge right through the tree clearing and you'll hit solid rock - this is the Quarry Rock summit. From here, you can enjoy scenic views of the Indian Arm inlet, Deep Cove harbour, and the skyscrapers of a faraway downtown Vancouver.

Quarry Rock is an awesome little hike if you want a bit of exercise before the day begins or if you're just in Vancouver for a couple of days and have lots to cram in!

Round trip: 1.5 - 2 hours

Length: 3.8km

Elevation: 100m