THE BREWERY

 

FROM RICH HISTORY TO SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Like the stone guardians of the Lions Gate Bridge, the proud lion on our label symbolizes a powerful link. We bring together a commitment to the future and a passion for the time-honoured traditions of Frank Foubert, Belgian brewmaster of the original Stanley Park Breweing, which he founded in 1897.

As a sustainably focused brewery, we lead the way by optimizing both energy and water usage and by generating power with our own wind turbine, which stands next to our state-of-the-art, five vessel brew house. Our ongoing passion is evident in the freshness and depth of flavour in each of our meticulously handcrafted beers. No effort has been spared to produce world class beer styles for our customers.

ABOUT STANLEY PARK BREWERY

The Stanley Park Brewing legacy dates back to 1897 when our namesake brewery was established in Stanley Park. In 2009, we introduced a new generation of beer drinkers to this storied brand with the launch of Stanley Park 1897 Amber.

Today, our beer portfolio offers our interpretation of some of the world’s great beer styles which, like the Park itself, enables connections with friends, family and the world around us. We embrace a progressive, eco-driven brewing process, that in turn gives our customers the choice to make a difference when selecting their beer.

OUR HERITAGE  Ahead of our time . . .

Stanley Park was created over a century ago by an individual interested in protecting and dedicating land - "to the use and enjoyment of people of all colors, creeds and customs for all times." - Lord Stanley Governor General of Canada, 1888. When the Belgian pioneer brew master Frank Foubert established Stanley Park Brewery in 1897, he provided more than refreshment to park visitors. In doing so he became part of BC's early economic foundation. Our founding beer is named for this legendary brewery and protected coastal rainforest to bring back a piece of our history and link it to our commitment to sustainability.

OUR BREWERY

Progressive, Eco-driven Brewing

The brewing process is an incredibly complex operation, and in the last fifteen years there have been more technological advances in the art of brewing than there have been the last hundred years.

When we set out to build the brewery, we talked with experts in the foremost brewing centres of the world and consulted with the leading designers and manufacturers of brewing equipment. In the end we built a state-of-the-art, sustainably focused, five vessel brew house. It incorporates revolutionary breakthrough technology in mashing and wort boiling to ensure that the beer is treated gently and with the utmost of care, all the while conserving energy and maximizing the use of inputs at every stage.

Five Vessel Brewing

Our brewery design allows us to brew some of the world's most sought after and difficult to make beers. The brewery was built to grow, and employs the latest brewing technology to ensure quality and consistency. While most craft breweries operate with two or three brewing vessels. We built an industry leading "Five Vessel Brew House" to enable us to control the time and temperature at every step of the brewing process, and always ensure the highest quality beer possible.

Malt Cleaning Room

When brewing beer, what "doesn't go into the process" is just as important as what does. Our Malt Cleaning Room "polishes" the malt so that only intact kernels move into the mill. This is the only one of its kind in Canada and makes for the purest ingredients.

  • QUALITY Uncommon for a craft brewery. Removes loose husks, stones, particles, grain dust and other foreign materials that cause off flavours.
  • SUSTAINABILITY Improves efficiency by eliminating non-brewable materials from the process.
Stienecker Wet Mill

When first commissioned, we were the only brewery in Canada to adopt the challenging process of wet milling in removing the husk from the malt without breaking it to avoid the release of tannins into the beer that leads to unpleasant astringency and a grainy taste. A conventional mill smashes the kernel, breaking the husk and the starch into pieces, just like being hit by a hammer. The result is that you cannot control how much husk has contact with the mash and not all of the starch is utilized. Our Stienecker wet mill: moistens the husk, allowing the starch to be squeezed out like a banana being squeezed out of its skin. By doing so, we maximize starch utilization and have much greater control of how much husk is in contact with the wort.

  • QUALITY One of only four in North America. Wet milling moistens husk and gently squeezes out starch without shattering the husk. Older mills crush husk, releasing unwanted flavour compounds that create grainy taste.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 99% efficient compared to as low as 75% in older two roller mills. Reduces effluent loads as husks remain intact and are thus more efficiently separated in the lauter tun.
First Vessel: Shakesbeer Mash Tun
Our Shakesbeer Mash Tun is one of three in the world. It stirs and shakes and is perfect for cooking. We make sure that even temperature distribution is efficient and reduces energy used by 60%.
  • QUALITY Most advanced mash tun. One of only three in the world. Breakthrough technology for perfectly consistent flavours.
  • SUSTAINABILITY Reduces energy consumption.
Second Vessel: Krones Lauter Tun

Most breweries combine the Mash and Lauter tun because they do not realize the ability to control the time of each step. The Krones Lauter tun acts as a filter and cleans and rinses the wort efficiently. This reduces material waste in this step.

  • QUALITY Most breweries combine Lauter tun and Mash tun, reducing ability to control either step.
  • SUSTAINABILITY Reduces effluent load on the waste stream.
Third Vessel: Pre-Run Tank
The Pre-Run Tank facilitates filtering at the perfect time versus sitting on top of the husks.
  • QUALITY Rare in most craft breweries. Allows immediate run-off from lauter tun, avoiding stewing effect from long residencies in the lauter tun.
  • SUSTAINABILITY Reduces energy consumption.
Fourth Vessel: Stromboli Kettle

Most breweries combine the kettle and the whirlpool, meaning the ideal is not achieved for either step of the brewing process. Our Stromboli Kettle is the ideal height to diameter ratio for boiling. It boils the wort homogeneously with an efficient distribution of heat, requiring less energy. In turn, we lose 50% less wort evaporation and half the energy that would normally be consumed.

  • QUALITY Most advanced internal boiling system in the world generates perfect homogeneously treated worts for consistent flavor.
  • SUSTAINABILITY Lower wort evaporation.
Fifth Vessel: Whirlpool

Our Whirlpool is the ideal height to diameter ratio, which helps act as a natural sedimentary filter. We reduce effluent load through low energy use.

  • QUALITY The perfect ratio of height to diameter results in efficient removal of residual hop material and unwanted proteins resulting in cleaner taste and reduced off flavours. Most breweries combine whirlpool and kettle minimizing effectiveness of each step.
  • SUSTAINABILITY This level of effectiveness reduces effluent load.
Floatation Tank

We are one of the very few breweries in the world outside of Bavaria to still allow the beer to float just prior to fermentation to remove all of the cold break, to ensure that only the very cleanest of liquid goes forward to become finished beer. The Floatation Tank is a second natural filtration step, reducing waste and energy consumption in a conventional filtration.

Fermentation Tanks

Glycol jacketed fermentation tanks enable control of fermentation process. This reduces waste as a result of flawed fermentation. We let ales ferment for 3-5 days, and lagers for 5-7 days.

Sustainability Right To Your Door

Our stainless steel, polyurethane coated keg eliminated weight, reducing the gas needed to transport our beer. It is also much more durable, lighter and longer lasting than standard kegs, reducing waste over time and lowering our carbon footprint.

 
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