Update: CRAFT Beer Market is set to have their grand opening on November 7, 2013
The CRAFT Beer Market is coming to Vancouver in September and we got an early look inside to find out what to expect when they open their doors to the public.
It’s no secret that the CRAFT Beer Market is hoping to make a big impression on the city. With the prominent location of the old Salt Building in Olympic Village, the restaurant is hoping to draw big crowds looking for locally sourced menu options and a exceptionally large tap offering. How large? The biggest on tap menu in Canada with 140 beers to choose from (approximately 55 of those BC based) and 12 wines on tap.
But while they have an extensive beer list, they are more interested in offering locally sourced ingredients. Labelled “New North American Classic” menu options will range from OceanWise Hawaiian Tuna Poke to organic chicken burgers, with providers like Fraser Valley Chicken and Two Rivers Meats supplying the goods.
This focus on authentically local has also translated into the interior design, which retains much of the original beam work from the previous Salt Building renovation. The restaurant will be able to seat around 400 occupants, including the outside patio, with a private room for approximately 30 people and two second level seating areas on each side of the building. The finish will be a very clean wood look that is meant to blend with the large exposed beams throughout the building interior. One unique feature will be the keg room which will feature prominently near the entrance of the restaurant and will be fully enclosed by glass. Tap lines will also run above, rather than below, giving a unique look to the bar.
CRAFT will also focus on showcasing their amazing line-up of beer through cask nights, brewmaster tours and special collaboration beers. They are currently working with Granville Island to bring a collaboration beer to market when the restaurant opens and are scheduling several brewmasters to come in from overseas to sample their brews. They’ve even managed to become the first to convince Austria’s famous Steigl Brewery to ship kegs to their locations; this is the first time the brewery has shipped kegs in its 500 year history!
While the launch of the new location has been delayed, organizers are confident that the building will be ready for the public by mid to late September. They are also ramping up their search for staff. A hiring fair will be held on August 24th and September 7th between 10 a.m. and 1.p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are looking to staff all positions so anyone interested should head down with their resume in hand.
Artistic rendering of the finished restaurant: