By Sheliza Mitha
for the City of Coquitlam
Craft beers and tasty twists on traditional pub grub seem to be a specialty in Coquitlam, where you’ll find plenty of spots to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite – from cozy pubs to bustling bars.
What’s the meaning of craft beer anyways? It’s best defined as being produced by independent brewers that are considerably smaller than major corporate breweries and are generally known for their emphasis on quality, flavour and brewing techniques. You’ll find some ardent fans of this brew in some of Coquitlam’s most popular local hangouts.
Boasting more than 50 types of craft beer, the John B. Pub in the city’s south-western section is where you’ll want to kick start your self-styled tour of Coquitlam’s craft beer scene. The drink menu here changes quickly and often, with a fast-rotating list of unique craft beers at any given time. Each brew is sure to be the perfect accompaniment to John B. Pub’s eclectic menu that touches on nearly every corner of the world – from comforting bowls of Vietnamese pho and spicy Mexican chicken wraps to saucy pasta, fresh salads, savoury Pad Thai and more.
Moving southward, you’ll find the popular Town Hall – a well-known local haunt with nearly 40 different types of craft beer, all ready for the tasting. Here, the menu is equally diverse. Pair your robust beer with a “street taco” (only $4 each) or indulge in some comfort food like baked mac and cheese, homemade cream of mushroom soup, beef dip or poutine (or try the brunch version topped with breakfast sausage and a soft-poached egg).
Just down the street – about a two-minute walk away – is Woody’s, a Coquitlam institution since 1932. Now more than 80 years old, this popular neighbourhood joint serves up a slew of craft beers – and is particularly known for its generous portions and traditional pub food with a twist. Or head northwest for a short drive and you’ll hit the Foggy Dew Irish Pub tucked into the corner of the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre. Enjoy some Irish spirit, hospitality and delicious fare then watch as the place fills up – most notably on weekends – turning into an urban nightclub with contemporary, dance-worthy music.
From light brews to robust steins, Coquitlam’s pubs have you covered when it comes to sampling specially-crafted beer and satisfying your appetite. All you have to do is figure out where to start.