By Anna Black
When you’re looking to enjoy the finest lagers and ales and superior seasonal and specialty beers down at your friendly neighbourhood pub, Big Ridge Brewing Co. in Surrey is the place to go. Not only do they have an impressive array of beverages to choose from, their menu offers up a fine selection of comfort food and wok-prepared dishes using only the freshest ingredients. And the best part? You don’t have to be a beer snob to enjoy any of it.
Located at 5580 152nd Street, Big Ridge Brewing Co. is Surrey’s original brewpub, serving patrons their time honored, handcrafted lagers, ales, and beers since 1999. Part of the Mark James Group, British Columbia’s premiere collection of craft brewery restaurants, Big Ridge Brewing Co. keeps good company with six other West Coast area breweries and distilleries including Vancouver’s Yaletown Brewing Co. and the Brewhouse Brewing Co. in Whistler.
The brewpub was recently named as a Vancouver Craft Beer International Awards winner for 2016 in the Light Standard Lager category for their 152 Lager, noted for its subtle fruit flavor with a unique cotton candy flavor.
Unlike a microbrewery which has an annual brewing capacity of less than 17,600 (or 100 litres) and the ability to sell its products in bottles at beer and wine stores and through provincial liquor distribution outlets, a brewpub must operate in concert with a pub and must sell one hundred percent of its production on site. This means that when you’re enjoying a cool one at Big Ridge Brewing Co., it’s a brew that can’t be obtained anywhere else. It also means you’re enjoying a beer that’s made with nothing but the basics: water, hops, malted barley and yeast; Big Ridge Brewing Co. beer is never pasteurized and does not use modifiers.
The pub regularly hosts and participates in community and fundraising events so there’s always something exciting going on a Big Ridge Brewing Company.
Big Ridge Brewing Company is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:30 AM – 12 AM and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM until late. They can be reached at 604-574-2739.
Need to grab a quick cold one on the go? Big Ridge Brewing Co. has its own 3200 square foot Cold Beer & Wine Store, located at 103 15250 Highway 10, also in Surrey. The store offers customers a large selection of craft beers, spirits, and wine from around the world, including local BC offerings.