I’m still trying to catch up on the backlog of posts as apparently, I’ve been too busy eating the last few months and not spending enough time posting about the places that I’ve eaten at. Last fall when I was visiting Vancouver, my friends C and S decided to take me to try Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar on Commercial Drive.
Both my friend S and I each tried one of their Beer Flights ($10 for a choice four 4oz beers on tap). I really liked how the beer sampler was presented, in the little box with the piece of paper listing the selected beers. Biercraft had quite the selection of beers on tap – about 25 beers to choose from.
While we waited for our food, we snacked on complimentary housemade potato chips. They were delicious and we couldn’t get enough of them.
For our first dish, we tried the Fish Tacos ($11), which consisted of achiote & citrus marinated fish topped with shredded white cabbage, chimichurri, fresh cilantro, salsa & crema on corn tortillas. These fish tacos were tasty though I personally still like the ones from Tacofino Food Truck and Commissary more.
The mussels at Biercraft can be prepared in a variety of different ways. We chose a pound of the Normande Mussels ($11.25 for ½ pound; $16.50 for 1 pound), which were cooked with apples, mushrooms, bacon, shallots, Calvados and cream. Initially, I didn’t have high expectations for these mussels but was pleasantly surprised at how good they were. The combination of flavors really gave it that wow factor. I hadn’t been this impressed by a dish of mussels since the ones that I had from Chambar years ago. These mussels actually made it on to my list of top bites in Vancouver for 2012.
To go with the mussels, we also ordered a basket of bread ($2.50) and a bowl of Belgian Frites ($4). Both the bread and fries were perfect for sopping up the amazing broth from the mussels.
For a vegetable dish, we tried the Green Beans ($9), which consisted of soy kissed sambal green beans topped with lotus root chips and black & white sesame seeds. These were just OK and weren’t particularly memorable.
Lastly, we shared the BierCraft Burger ($14). The fire grilled, house-made burger was topped with onions, lettuce, tomato, and mushrooms (additional $1 for the mushrooms) and served on a brioche bun with a side of either fries or salad. We chose the fries. The burger tasted decent though no where as impressive as those Normande Mussels. By far, the dish to get at Biercraft is definitely the mussels.
Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar
1191 Commercial Dr