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Food bites: 33 Acres, so much more than a brewery

Local brewery’s new minty watermelon quinoa salad is the perfect summer lunch

In the Vancouver restaurant world, you’ll be hard-pressed to come across a salad that’s filling, a 10-out-of-10 flavour-wise and below $17.

Head to this unassuming Mount Pleasant craft brewery, however, and you’ll not only find a summery lunch that ticks all these boxes, you’ll be able to order a pint of good, cold beer -- made on the premises -- to wash it all down, too.

Three years ago, family-owned and run 33 Acres Brewing Co. was new to our city’s craft beer scene with just two brews on tap (33 Acres of Life and Ocean) and a small snack menu. Flash forward and their repertoire now includes six core beer brands, 11 beers on tap, a cider and an expanded food menu.

Owner Josh Michnik’s vision has, no doubt, been a huge factor in the company’s success, “33 Acres isn’t just a brewery. It’s a hub for like-minded people that share the spirit of community: drink, food, creativity, conversation, space and ideas.”

But back to the food. 33’s edible offerings truly could hold their own against any respected food-forward restaurant in town.

Take the new watermelon and mint quinoa salad ($12), for example. The ingredients are crave-worthy and the end result truly is as delicious as it looks. Generous wedges of avocado are a dish highlight, brightened with citrus and salt. I couldn’t imagine my homemade avocado salads tasting the same with just a squeeze of lemon and salt, though. Chef Patrick Hancock's flavours are intense -- he has a magic touch.

A decent portion of plain quinoa, hidden beneath some well-dressed peppery arugula and watermelon cubes, adds heartiness to Patrick’s creation which he tosses in a unique, super-simple juniper mint vinaigrette. Cucumbers, radish, toasted pumpkin seeds and feta (which is removable if you’re dairy-free) round out this perfect lunch dish which Patrick says you won’t need a 20-minute nap after, “It’s a balanced, healthy meal that will give you the fuel needed to enjoy a few more beers without weighing you down.”

The newest of 33’s food offerings (available all day long) is a super-fresh Baja bowl with rice, beans, avocado, cheese, salsa and yogurt dressing.

This beloved Mount Pleasant brewery will celebrate their third birthday on July 27th from 3:33 p.m. onwards - come one, come all! Josh is planning something special for guests and will also be releasing their first barrel aged product.

33 Acres is open 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with weekend brunch (also very worthy) on from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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