Hop and Vine Taphouse
1601 Burnwood Avenue, Burnaby
I am not much of a drinker, but R certainly is. He is especially interested in craft beers. So when I received a invitation to test out a new menu launch at Hop and Vine Taphouse with beer pairing, R was really excited.
Honestly I would have never found this place if it wasn't for this event, because Hop and Vine is located in a rather industrial area near Lake City Skytrain station. Although it's may not be an popular area, it was still pretty easy to find.
- R: this one was strong (8.5%) with a hint of fruity note.
- I loved the salad with their in house sweet honey dijon dressing. The grilled chicken was tender and vegetables were fresh
- The well marinated butter milk chicken was tender with light and crispy coating. The curry ketchup was really delicious, and paired perfectly with the chicken.
- R: this one was his favorite, it was light with a citrus note, that paired perfectly with these heavier courses
- the filling in the pie was really salty in my opinion, but I guess if you drink beer then it tones it down
- both R and I loved the pull pork sandwich with a crunchy slaw, the meat was tender with sweet BBQ tangy flavor.
- R: this one was super strong at 9.4% with intense hop flavor, which I guess is why this course is paired with heavy carbs to soak up that excess alcohol.
- hand cut organic potato with onion and bacon. I liked the addition of caramelized balsamic onion, as it balance out the richness from the gravy. Some people thought other wise
- the mini burger was juicy and delicious, but it had tad too much mayo
R: after the previous strong beer, this was a rather light tasting one.
- after so many heavier course, I welcomed the light chipotle dressed salad with the crunchy tortilla
- the flat bread was loaded with cheese, prosciutto, capicolli and pepperoni. The capicolli added a nice spicy kick. The overall combination was salty, thus it needed the lighter pale ale.
R: bitter note with hop flavor
- the batter coated prawns was very fresh with a snap to it. The coating was not thick nor oily. The sweet chili aioli was just too rich for me. But honestly I think I was just too full at this point to eat another bite.
- the butter chicken was rather spicy comparing with all the mild versions served at none traditional Indian restaurants. The sauce was more tomato based than buttery.
Overall R and I are very impressed by their new menu. R's exact comment was "this is not your typical bar food, such as frozen/pre-made chicken fingers and nachos etc, this is actually quality food that pairs really well with beer." In fact, right after the meal he told a buddy and already plan to come back for guy's night out. They had a huge selection of craft beers from all over the world. So if you are looking for some great bar food/beer, than I strongly suggestion you check out this place.