Experimental East Van brewery is Superflux-ing good

superflux colour and shape ipa

What does Superflux mean? According to Merriam-Webster it’s a superabundance or an excessive flowing — of tasty beer in the case of this semi-recent entry to the so-called “Yeast Van” neighbourhood also inhabited by nearby Strathcona, Strange Fellows and many more.

Having the unfortunate timing of opening up its tasting lounge at 505 Clark Dr. right in the middle of the pandemic, the brewery is back to full capacity with a patio welcoming guests to try their well-rounded selection of craft beverages and of course the signature hot dogs.

In fact, Monday to Friday 1 to 4 p.m. is happy hour where the week’s feature dog and a 12-ounce pour is $15 all in. A personal favourite is the spicy B.L.T. (beef wiener, shredded lettuce, spiced tomato and topped with spicy mayo and crumbled bacon) complemented by the Colour & Shape IPA, which is a hazy dry-hopped example that’s not too bitter. The latter is sold in local liquor stores as well.

There are also interesting numbered experimental brews on-tap — the name hinting at the company’s aim to stand out in the industry from the types of beer made to the design of the airy space devoid of any exposed wood beams overhead — like the current creamy and sweet #24 IPA made using Citra Cryo Hops.

The location also has a fully stocked beer store carrying various canned varieties and wearable merch like the Budget Printing white tee, a nod to the former long-time tenants of the building whose sign still hangs outside.

Though this brick-and-mortar business is relatively new, Superflux is not having brewed out of Callister — calling itself Machine Ales at the time before a moniker change — and the aforementioned Strathcona for about five years previously. For more information about hours of operation and the menu, visit http://www.superfluxbeer.com.

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