Central City Brewers opens new brewery

Dec 19 2017, 8:54 am

Central City Brewers is celebrating their 10th anniversary with the grand opening of a new 65,000 square foot brewery and distillery in Surrey.

Central City is well known around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland as the makers of Red Racer and Red Betty. They’ve won a number of prestigious awards for their beer including being named Canada’s Brewery of the Year in 2010 and 2012.

First opened in 2003 as a brewpub and liquor store in downtown Surrey, the beer grew so popular that in 2005, the brewery launched a canning line, enabling them to sell beer at its own liquor store, and beyond. By 2009, the brewery reached fully capacity.

Now they are expanding once again to a massive 65,000 square foot facility which will increase its brewing capacity from 7,500 hL to 25,000 hL per year immediately, and up to 100,000 hL+ within a few years. In layman’s terms, that’s a lot of beer!

Another exciting prospect for Central City will be the ability to start distilling their own spirits. The new facility will enable them to begin offering gin, vodka, rye and single malt whiskeys to the public. Craft distilleries are the hottest trend right now, just look at the recent opening of Odd Society Spirits as an example.

The new facility features modern architectural design with floor-to-ceiling glass, striking V-
shaped ‘ghulam’ wood beams, exposed concrete and cedar siding, adding a distinctly west coast feel. An open-concept foyer greets the visitor which opens to a tapping room where people can sample their award-winning beer, and a retail store where full-height fridges stocked full of Red Racer.

Central City Brewers + Distillers is inviting the public to visit and tour their new facility at a grand opening event on Friday, November 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 11411 Bridgeview Drive, Surrey. Beer will be served and food trucks will be on site for all to enjoy. Visit www.centralcitybrewing.com for more information.