In case you weren't paying attention in Geography class, here's a little lesson for you. Humans have divided the Earth up vertically (by longitude) and horizontally (by latitude). Each horizontal latitude line is called a "parallel." The equator is at 0, and the farther north you go, the higher the number of the parallel. Once you get all the way up to the 49th parallel, you hit Vancouver, British Columbia. More importantly, for our purposes, you hit beer.
Now that you can impress your friends with exciting trivia, let's get into the brewery. Parallel 49 was founded in 2012 and has its home base on the south side of Vancouver Harbor, just east of Hastings Park.
Parallel 49's brews have gained critical acclaim. Its "Craft Lager Munich Helles" won Gold at the BC Beer Awards in 2015 and 2017. The same beer also won gold at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2016 and 2018.
One thing you're likely to notice right away is the unique artwork on all of the Parallel 49 packaging. Many of the beers have their own characters, which give the brand its lively personality. Examples include the artwork on the Trash Panda, the Jerkface 9000, and the Hillbilly Ninja. The names themselves are unique, to be sure. But the iconic artwork really helps Parallel 49 stand out.
Parallel 49 recently opened up its Street Kitchen, which they refer to as a food truck parked inside. The Street Kitchen has 40 rotating taps, so you're unlikely to get bored. As far as food is concerned, they have burgers, tacos, shwarma, and snacks. Just the kind of food that goes nicely with a cold beer. They also serve brunch on weekends and holidays.
Cover image courtesy of Parallel 49.