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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 Tap, 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.
BierCraft Tap is not only great place to have a few pints in the open patio, but they also have a pretty delicious set of Tapas and food items.
The story behind BierCraft Tap is that Dave and I came here one year for my birthday before we started dating and long before we started a food blog. 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 BierCraft Tap 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 taste buds wasn’t very pleased.
St. Ambroise Apricot wheat ale
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.
More Belgian Witbier … Wittekerke Wit
I can’t say ate 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.
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 BierCraft Tap 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.
BierCraft Tap and Tapas
Cuisine: Bar, Pub, Tapas
Sunday 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 11:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 11:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 am
1191 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2
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Also located at:
3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W6
(604) 874-6900 ()
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Today we explore the Airport side of Richmond. Aside from being one of the busiest Airports in Canada, there is a gem that is surrounded by gorgeous views and serene atmosphere. If you are not familiar with Vancouver International Airport, it is separated from the Main Terminal and the South Terminal. The South Terminal is for smaller aircrafts such as seaplanes, chartered flights, and helicopters. Inside the Harbour Air Terminal is Flying Beaver Bar and Grill. Just like any quality pub, they have daily drink specials, appetizers, burgers, and breakfasts. What’s special about Flying Beaver Bar & Grill Richmond is that you can see planes taking off as you have a pint. This is real estate you won’t come across every day.
Remember the serene, tranquil atmosphere outside? You can leave that on your way in because this place always have a crowd of pilots, passengers, bystanders, or patrons travelling specifically to this pub. Talk about happy hour, every hour of the day from opening to closing.
Inside you’ll find the décor to center around aircraft components, hunting, and BC wilderness. Everyone had a happy weekend attitude, while feeling cozy.
I miss the sun, it has been raining for a long time and we’re finally getting a bit of fair weather. We had to seize the moment and enjoy it as close to the water as possible. We opted to sit by the heated patio. There was a table with a group of friends enjoy a Sunday brunch. It was breezy but they had throws to keep you warm. Our minds were kept busy with the scenery of ducks, peaceful waters, clouds and planes taking off kept us entertained.
Lunch was in order. We wanted to have good classic pub food. What’s better than fish and chips and pulled pork sandwich.
Fish and Chips: 2 pieces of halibut generously served. Very light, crunchy battered skin on the outside. The knife slices through the skin with ease. Inside, the freshest fish lightly seasoned. It comes with fries and coleslaw.
Pulled Pork Sandwich: First thing I have noticed is how sweet the BBQ sauce was. This was aided by the roasted pears. The pulled pork was soft, and every bite ensured meat juices flying everywhere. This came with a tossed salad.
One side note I want to bring up is the fact that the owners and staff of Flying Beaver are true locals. Even in the menu they give everyone an insight on Richmond. Such as the road conditions, and where we are located in the solar system. I guess they are expecting E.T.’s arrival.
After lunch, we walked out to a windy breeze. It would be foolish not to walk around and enjoy this scenery. People are departing and arriving just around the corner. I can only hope they would slow down and enjoy the view. After all, what’s the hurry? Take your time…
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill Richmond
Cuisine: Pub Food, Pizza, Burgers
Mon 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Tue 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Wed 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Thu 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun 9:00 am – 12:00 am
4760 Inglis Dr, Richmond, BC V7B 1L7