Trading Post Brewery is an addition to the quickly growing list of breweries operating in Greater Vancouver as you make your way East into the Fraser Valley. Opening their doors in Langley BC, they are aiming to bring local flavours to the people that call Langley and Fort Langley home.
Trading Post held a media launch event and we were there to see the sights and taste the beer. The grand opening on Saturday Feb. 13, 2016 shortly follows this sneek peek where anyone can see this brewery for them selves. While sampling the 6 beers that were already on tap and listening to the team of brewing veterans and relative industry newcomers discuss the brewery’s vision it was clear that the team came together for a reason. The Trading Post Brewery’s slogan is “Tap Into The Local” and this ideal is tackled on multiple fronts.
Co-Founder and General Manager Lance Verhoeff’s vision for Trading Post originated in bringing craft beer to his home town of Langley, BC. Joined by brewery veterans John Ohler as Director of Brewery & Culinary Operations and Head Brewer Tony Dewalt the deck is stacked to say the least.
Tony brings his creativity and experience to the table brewing using a two vessel system and a brewing space that is poised to fill in. Looking at the open space within the brewery one can only imagine the tank farm of fermentors that will surely cloud the open view quicker than anyone will expect.
The brewing space is clearly visible when you enter the building. A few small tables sit next to the bar and growler filling station and you may think that the space is rather small. As you venture a little further you will find a set of stairs that lead up to a mezzanine libation studio. This is where you will get most of your work done while visiting. Another dozen or so tables is located upstairs where your view of the brewery moves to a bird’s eye view.
It is not just about the brewery here. In addition to serving unique and high quality craft beer John Ohler brings a food focus to the equation. The brewery is beer-forward with a few appetite appeasing options available on site. If you want to satisfy your hunger you will need to wait until Spring 2016 when the Trading Post Taphouse and Eatery will open in Fort Langley. Trading Post jumped all-in here committing to opening a tied-house mere months from the brewery’s grand opening. At the restaurant you will find a local beer-fusion menu of upscale pub food and a menu that utilizes local ingredients including Trading Post beer. As they put it, “Langley is where food is from”, why not make use of it!
It is no coincidence that beer and bread are made from the same ingredients. Trading post is looking to make best-in-class beer and offer a unique culinary experince at the same time. With a short trip to Langley you too can see what all this noise is about first hand. In the meantime you can learn more about Trading Post Brewery and their Taphouse and Eatery at tradingpostbrewing.com