In a little pocket of Burnaby, at the bottom of the mountain, in the corner of a white-washed industrial park, a fast-travel portal exists ready to whisk you away to the beer halls of Belgium. Named after a city square in Antwerp popular with locals as a non-pretentious, laid-back place to gather with friends, Dageraad Brewing brings the same ideals to their cozy and welcoming indoor/outdoor tasting room.
The beers are Belgian-inspired (very broadly defined by complex flavours: fruity, spicy, herbal, floral), brewed in Burnaby with local ingredients. “Burnabarian” as they’ve been dubbed. Here are a choice few to sample on your next visit, which really should be soon.
The latest in a series of biotransformed IPAs that are experimenting with new yeast combinations and unconventional ingredients to create some verifiable “fruit bombs,” this iteration is a double IPA that marries Amarillo and Sultan hops for a citrusy, tropical finish.
Back by popular demand, this vibrant dubbel (Belgian style dark beer) takes its unique characteristics from the addition of tart and spicy tamarind and a treacle made from the kithul palm, a sweetener used in Sri Lankan cuisine for centuries.
From their “barrel room,” comes an ever-changing line-up of beers lovingly aged in oak vessels. On tap as of this writing is Entropy No. 29, a Nectarine Sour with Okanagan fruit, Entropy No. 28, Balaton Cacao sour with BC cherries and cacao nibs and Entropy No. 22, a version of their Vast Indifference imperial stout, this one with chocolate notes added to complement the vanilla and spice.
Some beers just taste better when poured from a tap. Maybe that’s all beers, but it’s certainly true for the Dagerlaager, their bright and crisp and oh so refreshing Bohemian Lager. Perfect for sipping on the patio now as the sun stays out a little longer, and so do you.
Every Monday to Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., it’s Raad Hour in the tasting room where big pours of select brews are $1 off.
You can easily get to Dageraad with a quick walk up from the Production Way/University SkyTrain Station. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.