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I had a pint of lager at the brewpub that is Pat’s Pub this weekend.

I know what you’re thinking: Pat’s Pub is a dive bar on East Hastings, not a brewpub.

Well, I’ve got some news for you: Pat’s Pub really isn’t that much of a dive anymore. It’s making a hipster-aided transition into respectability; it’s no longer on the same level as Funky Winkerbean’s. Last weekend they had an awesome jazz trio and the crowd was entirely respectable, except for the one guy we saw who was so drunk he didn’t even know there was a band. They also have a reasonable tap selection with an oddly Okanagan-heavy lineup of beers from Cannery and Tree. Nothing you’re going to get there is going to knock your socks off, but you can find a reasonably palatable beer to drink there, which is more than you can say about a lot of bars in this town with better reputations than Pat’s Pub.

And here’s the other news: Pat’s Pub does indeed have a little brewing system. It’s been there for years in fact. This is no mere technicality: Pat’s Pub is a brewpub, whether we like it or not. They’ve been brewing their lager for several years, but I never plucked up the courage to taste it until last night.

The beer is pale and clear. It looks like a lager. When the glass gets close to your face, though, you’d swear you were hoisting a pint of rotten eggs. The sulphurous foulness of the aroma is amazing; it’s as though the brewer took a handful from that big yellow pile on the waterfront in North Van (or for those of you from the tri-cities, that big yellow pile on the waterfront in Port Moody) and dumped it into your glass.

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There are currently two Elysian limited releases available at Brewery Creek. I figured I’d take the guesswork out of buying them by biting the bullet and checking them both out on your behalf. (Yes, that’s what I tell myself: I’m drinking beer for other people.)

Elysian Rapture Heather Ale, 7% ABV, bought at Brewery Creek

Rapture is the second beer of Elysian’s 12 Beers of the Apocalypse, which they’re brewing to prepare us for the comeuppance that the Mayans have allegedly promised us. The first beer of the series never crossed the border, so we poor British Columbians are falling behind in our apocalypse preparations.

I want to preface this by saying that last month I went to one of Elysian’s pubs in Seattle and found there some of the most inventive and best-crafted craft beer I’ve ever had. I’m pretty sure I had a rosemary and sage saison, and I’m pretty sure it was magical – I don’t know, things were getting fuzzy at the time. The point is, I love weird beers with strange, herbal ingredients when they’re good.

I do not love Rapture, though.

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