Craft beer’s surge in popularity is due, in no small part, to the sense of community that its enjoyment fosters. Likewise, it’s the spirit of community, and the desire to create spaces in which community can flourish, that often drives small batch craft brewers to jump into the game.
While craft beer breweries are dominating the urban landscape, outside the confines of Vancouver proper there is much brewing, including in Langley, BC, where Trading Post is tapping into the trend, its regional history, and their own community at their brewery and restaurant.
With a current roster of eight brews, crafted under the guidance of Brewmaster Tony Dewald, Trading Post offers an array of beer styles and flavours, many of which pay homage to the region with their ingredients and flavours.
For example, their tart Captain Cooper’s Cranberry Ale is a nod to cranberries, a crop celebrated annually in the area, as well as it’s a player in the current crop of popular sour-tart brews. This particular fruit beer is polarizing, to be sure, with its big, sour taste and mild malt-hop finish.
Other beers coming from Trading Post include an approachable and light 1827 Helles Lager, and the heftier Three Bears Breakfast Stout, among others.
To showcase their brews, Trading Post operates two outposts; they have a casual tasting lounge as part of their Langley brew facility, as well as their well-appointed Taphouse & Eatery in Fort Langley.
On the menu are easily shared comfort classics, like their addictive Cheddar Beer Bread (served with hop butter), Pulled Pork Poutine, and a Brewmaster’s Board of charcuterie, cheese, and pickled veg. Or diners can sink their teeth into Trading Post’s phenomenal Fried Chicken Sandwich, or sup on more elevated options like a Mushroom Risotto or a Stout-braised short rib.
Look for lots of beer going into the food, and lots of great options for pairing food with their in-house brews, or what’s pouring from the guest taps.
As Langley’s first craft brewery, Trading Post has tapped into the taste of success, with their beer and their food, offering locals something truly local to enjoy, and a worthy option for urbanites who crave a taste of craft in Langley.
Address: Taphouse & Eatery – 9143 Glover Road, Fort Langley, BC