Launched last July by Christopher Lay and Diana McKenzie, Callister Brewing Co. is one of Vancouver’s newest breweries, operating as Canada’s first collaborative brewery incubator. Here, smaller breweries just getting their feet wet in the industry can brew and sell small-batch beers on a yearly contract basis.
Callister Brewing aims to provide the foundation of an existing support and peer-learning network by creating accessibility to equipment and commercial facilities, allowing professional brewers and home brewers alike to grow their business and engage the craft beer community.
Callister Brewing has already gained a loyal following in Yeast Van’s brew hood. Callister offers mostly European styles, Machine Ales focuses on Pacific Northwest IPA, Brewery Creek Brewing is all about Belgian sessional table beers and Real Cask Brewing specializes in English cask ales served on cask engines.
A majority of the beer is sold on constantly rotating taps in the tasting room. You can also find some of the beers in casks and kegs in various craft beer oriented pubs, including St. Augustine’s and the Alibi Room.
The Current Lineup
Machine Ales | Toucan Slam Freestyle IPA, Pulp IPA
Callister Brewing Co. | Zwirbelbart Dunkelweizen, Siren Song Irish Red, Midnight Porter
Brewery Creek | Simple Saison #2, Le Sage Belgian Amber Ale with Sage
Real Cask | Burnley Bastard Mild, Figgy Pud’n Mild, India Porter
Also at the bar: handmade tonic, ginger mint soda and gin and vodka cocktails.
Bring or pick up a growler onsite for taking home your new fave discovery. Mine’s the Midnight Porter.
Located at 1338 Franklin Street, just off Hastings and Clark, Callister Brewing bridges two major craft brewery hubs. Unwatermarked photo above courtesy of Callister Brewing Co.