Ryan, Michelle and I finally got a chance to try the Bitter Tasting Room, located in Gastown at Carrall and Hastings! Bitter is owned and operated by the same group that runs the Salt Tasting Room, one of our favourite spots, and I would definitely recommend making a reservation if you’d like to get in! We lucked out in getting a few seats at the bar, but the foyer was full of waiting customers waiting to sample Bitter’s huge beer fridge all night!
Bitter had 2 beer flights on special – a flight from New York featuring Brooklyn Brewery‘s “Local 2” Belgian style beer, He’Brew‘s “Messiah” Nut Brown (my favourite of the group) and Ommegang‘s “Hennepin” Saison beer. The second flight was a mix of local creamy and dark ales – meant to taste a little bit like a dessert 🙂 Our favourite beer of the night was the single bottle of “Big Smoke Ale” we shared – it’s a collaborative beer made by Storm and Russell Brewing Companies – smoky and dark, rich and peaty, and definitely easy to drink!
We snacked on a few appetizers while sampling our flights – we tried the pork rillette (creamy pork spread over crunchy baguette slices) and crispy salty pork scratchings – both of which were great with the beer, but next time I’m dying to try a few of their farm eggs (maybe a deviled and a scotch egg) and their handmade sausages! My favourite dish of the night was their Citrus dessert – omg – creamy lemon custard with honey and pistachios – amazing amazing!
We had a great time at Bitter, the food and atmosphere were everything we’d hoped for from a Gastown dining out experience, and the extensive beer fridge will definitely have us coming back for more!