With subtle tweaks at Bitter already in place, beer lovers can expect an expanded selection of brews and hours in the coming weeks.
Brendan Bonfield, Lightheart’s general manager, says they took over Bitter two weeks ago, and are in the process of adding in more lines, to bring the craft beer on tap options to a whopping 28. They’ll also be pouring two wines from tap, and house two beer casks. There will be some expansions to the seating (think long tables) and by next summer Bonfield says the vision is to have two patios up and running–one out front and one resurrected in an adjacent space (permits willing).
When it comes to the Bitter beer program, Bonfield says the biggest change is to leave the bottle options to a few Belgians, and a refocused emphasis placed on the taps. They’ll be pouring predominantly B.C. craft brews, but will save a couple spots for standout brews from nearby U.S. states.
Bitter has brought in a new chef to revamp the menu. The cherished Scotch Egg is still there, but diners are now able to soak up the suds with salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and mix-and-match charcuterie board. Expect a further food expansion in the coming months, as the kitchen gets new equipment.
One other piece of good news is that while Bitter Tasting Room has been operating Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight, they’re planning to expand to seven days a week with an 11 a.m. open. Bonfield says to watch social media for that announcement.
Bitter Tasting Room
Address: 16 West Hastings Street