One of the perks of working alongside the beautiful and hardworking Maryanne is that she does not drink beer. So when someone needs to try out Langley’s first brewery and all of their local offerings, I get to tag along and taste all the beers… and try to convince the Editor-in-Chief to step outside her comfort zone. With much excitement and anticipation (seriously, as soon as my first photos hit Instagram, friends were messaging for more information) Trading Post Brewing is now open in the heart of Langley.
Located just east of 200th street on 64th avenue, Trading Post Brewing has a warm and comforting tasting room brimming with local history where you can sample their current selections, enjoy an after-work drink with friends or get your growler filled. With the brewery located on site, Trading Post is setting itself up to celebrate all things that are distinctly Langley.
“Our goal is to inspire people to build relationships and create community by offering an inviting tasting room in the same space that we brew our beer.” says Lance Verhoeff, founder and general manager of Trading Post Brewing. “We chose Langley for many reasons; first and foremost Langley is where we live. Secondly, we have a passion for the rich history here and in Fort Langley”.
In connection with this passion for local and historical, The Trading Post Taphouse and Eatery will be opening in Fort Langley at 9143 Glover Road in the Spring of 2016. With a focus on local and sustainable ingredients that will include and feature the Trading Post brews, the eatery aims to become a hub of community and culture in the Fraser Valley.
I personally enjoyed the Hop Session Lager with its deeper amber colour and floral hop finish. I was also a fan of the Brett IPA, which is a big deal for me because I do not tend to choose IPAs over wheat ales or stouts. And speaking of stouts, with dark roasted malt and cold extracted coffee from Republica Roasters, the Breakfast Stout was my clear favourite. I love a thick, dark beer at the end of a good meal and the black coffee notes in this oatmeal stout spoke to my heart. I will risk the gluten indulgence for this beer anytime.
But as a non-beer drinker, Mrs. Lechleiter was not feeling the stout. Luckily for her, Trading Post really is featuring all things local with their Tart Cranberry Ale – with cranberries sourced from where else but Abbotsford. She was easily a fan of this distinct American style wheat ale with its bright and sour cranberry flavour. I finished the rest of her flight, while she ordered another refreshing “pink” beer.
To say that I am excited to see what Trading Post will mean for beer and food culture in the Fraser Valley is an understatement. I think that with the vision of Paul and Lance Verhoeff, founders, John Ohler, Sales Manager, and Tony Dewald, Brewmaster with over 25 years in the craft beer industry, there is a promising future for Trading Post Brewing. Langley is lucky to have people with such passion deciding to do something unique and intentional to shine a light on everything that makes the Valley special. I will be watching and tasting with great enthusiasm in the months and years to come.