Brewery: Brassneck, hands down. Stellar beer after stellar beer, produced in just a few months since they opened this Fall. Growler fill-ups available in 1.9L, 1L and 473mL sizes. Necessitates a weekly visit.
Beer: Driftwood Sartori 2013. Ridiculously good. Fresh, gorgeously hoppy, wonderfully balanced.
Go-to: Brassneck Passive Aggressive. I always fill up one bottle with PA, one with another. Driftwood Crooked Coast in the bottle.
Pleasant surprise: Brassneck Young B'stard. I loved seeing a mild bitter produced in Vancouver. 3.5%, not overly carbonated, and very, very smoothly delicious.
Disappointment: Central City ESB. It's muddy and too hoppy. Tastes like someone wanted to put a "westcoast" spin on a classic style.
Pub/drinking establishment: Hard to see past the usuals here, Alibi Room and St. Augustine's. But special mention should go to the new tasting lounges at Brassneck and 33 Acres.
Non-BC beer: Anchor Liberty Ale. I have no idea how mass-produced Anchor beers are, but this is a stellar beer that seems to be widely distributed. I always enjoyed their Steam, but this is a big step up.