My husband found out about Storm, a microbrewery in a neighborhood-in-transition, as I shall call it. Established in 1994, Storm boasts the title of longest-running independent craft brewery in Vancouver. It’s past Chinatown, in East Van, in an industrial-looking area that has signs of impending hipsterdom, such as a gourmet grocery and an upscale apartment building.
The hood isn’t full-blown hipsterville yet, and I was delighted to discover Storm. We parked on the sloped driveway and walked through the entrance, with flies abuzz, attracted to the funk of fermentation. There was a young woman at the counter wearing a faded gray Mickey Mouse sweatshirt who offered us samples. Storm likes to get creative, and they make special brews called “Brainstorms”. I tried the hibiscus brew and liked the mild, sweet bite. We ended up filling the growler with one of the mainstay brews and drank the whole jug that day to keep the beer from going flat.