A girlfriend and I had a pleasant evening at the Tap and Barrel. To be honest it wasn’t my first choice as I haven’t heard outstanding reviews. We picked the coal harbour location as it was a middle meeting point on transit and found a table on their large patio without any problems. They have set tables under giant umbrellas or communal seating up top overlooking the seaplane. This is where we opted to sit. They have a large area so we had no trouble finding a table with some space on a summer evening.
Their drink menu is pages long of beer or wine. You can pick a flight of whatever you like, which is a great option. Being easily overwhelmed I picked things that sounded refreshing on a hot day.
Pineapple hef. The Tree Brewing, Kelowna offers up some beers with great creative names. They love what they do and have fun with it. Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen has a summer smell to it! It is a light citrus wheat start for flavour, than evolves to a citrus taste before finishing with the pineapple flavor.
Beermosa, Parallel 49 see: Bearmosa Post
Life, 33 Acres Brewing. I didn’t love this in the start. There is a bite as the beer hits your tounge, but by the 3rd sip it is hardly noticeable. Perhaps that bit is because of the way it is processed. It’s called a California Common” What this means is rather than fermenting the lager at a cool temperature it is done at a higher temperature closer to an ale. Because of this face it is often referred to as a lager / ale hybrid.
Over all it was a great summer evening for a patio drink and some great company.