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New Steveston craft brewery opens its doors

Five Roads Brewing has opened up in the former Porthole wine bar on No. 1 Road near Bayview Street
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Five Roads Brewing has opened up in the former Porthole wine bar on No. 1 Road near Bayview Street

A new craft brewery recently opened its doors in Steveston, to add to the collection the village is starting build up.

Langley-based Five Roads Brewing – which had its sole brewery and tasting room in Langley – held a soft opening a few weeks ago at the former Porthole wine bar on No. 1 Road, close to Bayview Street, which closed in August 2020.

According to one of its three co-owners, Aaron Fourt, the brewery will have its official opening on Friday, Oct. 8, which will coincide with its Oktoberfest weekend celebrations.

Fourt told the Richmond News that the brewery will have seven craft beers on tap, five of them being core brews and two rotating.

One of them, added Fourt, is their Permanent Resident IPA – so named because it’s the “resident beer that’s not going anywhere” – which actually won gold in the American Style India Pale Ale category at the recent Canadian Brewing Awards in Quebec.

“For a brewery our size, it’s a pretty big award,” said Fourt.

As was the case with the former occupant in Steveston, the brewery will be rather bijou, with just 35 seats, which includes the two tables on the patio.

Fourt said the brewery has a decent food menu, as well, where they are trying to be “farm to table” and local whenever possible.

He added that they will be working with near neighbour Britannia Brewing to perhaps collaborate on future beers.

And, next spring, he aired the possibility of a “big parking lot event with other Richmond breweries.”