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Category: Lower Lonsdale

Green Leaf Brewing Co.

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A bar is such a nice additional to the Lonsdale Marketplace. “Green Leaf Brewing Co.” makes for a comfortable place to sit and drink at. And best of all, since they don’t serve much food, they allow you to bring whatever you like from the neighbouring food court, past their glass walls, in order to enjoy it in their spacious setting, with their refreshing beers.

So after a trip around the food court, we picked up a tray of fresh, fried fish and chips to enjoy with some of their craft beers. Beers are most refreshing when partnered with the oil and crisp of a good deep fry.

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The brewing company space is made up of glass walls, a series of storage shelves, and floor to ceiling steel vats. Several book shelves worth of printed growlers, tall boy cans, and 12oz brown bottles greet you at their threshold. This, along with other private label whiskeys makes up their bar. Here they specialize in their beers and outside whiskeys, and is the first place to do so, that I have ever heard of and have been to.

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You grab any empty seat surrounding their counter. Either a wooden high top, or one of their larger, polished wood, family style, share tables. Each setting has a drink menu diving beer on tap and beer aged in barrels, with whiskey paired with beer, or whisky alone as a shot. We focused on their in beers. For those on tap: it was 12oz for $5, $7.50 for a 20oz, and $6 for 3 ounces of each of the four 5-6.5% brews. The sours and aged in barrel beers only came in 7oz servings at $5 a glass, and it’s flight was $3 more than what they had on tap.

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Our way to avoid making a commitment on any one pint was to invest in a flight, giving us four tastes at a time. Each 3oz glass was poured from one of eight taps, built into the wall over a metal troth. This was done by a young man, who didn’t look like he was allowed to drink, let alone serve me mine.

As one who doesn’t really have a preference in beer, a flight provides me with the variety I need to keep me interested in finishing them all. Like a share platter of drinks. It was served on a wooden plank, marked by dots to indicate and differentiate one beer from the other.

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The flight featuring all their beers on tap had Weizenhower”, their Hefeweizen with orange peel and coriander; “Lloyd’s lager”, a classic style lager with Pilsner and American yeast; “Pie hole pale ale”, which is a a clean and fruity, hoppy pale ale; And the “Animal farm IPA” was w clean Belgium farmhouse IPA. Together they were an easy to drink assemble that was smooth and sweet compared to the four below.

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Their sours and barrel aged flight was especially tart, you got more sour than you would think the fruit used had to offer. “Dark aged saison”, aged in a red wine oak barrel for a year, 9%. The “raspberry sour” had a pound of raspberry for every litre of their sour ale that they used. The “cherry sour” was similar to the one above, but this sour blond ale was brewed with “heaps of cherries”. And the “modern gentleman IPA” was 100% Brett fermented IPA aged in Merlot barrels.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
This was nice setting for some family brewed beers. And they especially made a great after work stop, if your commute is past the quay. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

GREEN LEAF
Lonsdale Quay Market
123 Carry Cates Court, North Vancouver BC, V7M 3E4
604-984-8409
greenleafbrew.com
Green Leaf Brewing Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Montgomery Fish & Chips

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We were at Lonsdale Quay for their farmer’s market. After a stroll along the water’s edge, and peaking at what each vendor had to offer, we wandered in to the market place for some warmth and ready made food.

We walked the food court until we decided on fish and chips at “Montgomery Fish & Chips”. The look of their booth matched the traditional and regal sounding family name that it began with. The booth’s boarder was decorated to look like a wooden castle with several planks creating a jagged roof top and a gate with cast iron hinges at the bottom. A dragon was perched above and broad swords flanked either ends.

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They offered only what their named mentioned various types of fish fried or in nugget form, and chips dressed in either salt or vinegar, or covered in gravy with cheese for a poutine.

We grabbed two pieces of battered and deep fried cod, with a side of thicker cut fries. And due to one of our two peeves pf fish being on the smaller side, they generously gave us a third smaller one to make up for it. They did the same to one of the other guests before us, making sure to point it out as the they came to claim their plastic tray at the counter.

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These were mighty fine fish and chips, hot and flaky fish hidden under a coating of crispy fried breading. No complaints, we just needed more than two small dollops of tartare sauce to eat it all with.

Of note, the nice feature about this food plaza is that it includes a brewery; and they allow you to bring in outside food to enjoy their beers with, and we did just that. Fish and chips with craft beer is a lovely combination. Read more about that on my next post.

 

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
Stand up, quick and easy fish and chips. A great option when in the area and looking for a comforting lunch. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

MONTGOMERY FISH & CHIPS
Lonsdale Quay Market
123 Carry Cates Court, North Vancouver BC, V7M 3E4
604-929-8416
Montgomery's Fish & Chips Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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