The Founders Brew (and the founding post!)
It’s the inaugural post for our new Bevvys & Brews series. What’s Bevvys & Brews? It’s where we’ll be sharing our experiences at different breweries, coffee shops, wineries, distilleries… get the theme!?
We thought, what better way to kick-off the series than with a recent trip that was made to one of Brigette’s favourite cities in Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo. And it’s there that you can find the oh-so lovely, Abe Erb Brewery. Brigette has always been a fan of their beers, but on a recent trip her love was taken to a next-level. To her delight there were vegan options!
What we drank
Obviously, we have to start with a look at what beers we had. Now, we are HUGE fans of getting flights – who doesn’t love the chance to try four beers for the tummy space of one!? Answer, John… but sometimes he will do a flight anyway to keep the peace.
So, Abe Erb Brewery has 4-5 beers they typically keep on-tap, but another handful that rotate through. It just so happened that when we visited, there were a BUNCH of new flavours we needed to try (yum!!), so you won’t find their staples on this flight! But you will find lots of stouts and porters because they’re the best, and it is winter(ish).
- Earl Grey Pale Ale – This was actually what drew us to stop by on this trip to the ‘loo. Tea + beer? It has to be good (spoiler alert – it was!)
- I’m with Cupid Raspberry Chocolate Oatmeal Stout – Probably one of the best ones – sooo tasty
- Midnight Oil Coffee Stout – Super coffee forward and delicious (we brought some home!)
- Slow Burn Porter – So smoky and full, it tastes like your in a basement in 1997, in a good way! (we also brought some home!)
Interested in seeing what Brigette is drinking between posts? Follow her on Untappd!
What we ate
Unfortunately it was a Sunday so we missed their Meatless Monday (more info on that below), but they do have a Vegan Po’ Boy on their regular menu, and it is DELICIOUS! And it just so happened that they had a vegan taco soup/chili for a side, so we didn’t have to resort to the ever-faithful french fry!
This sandwich was amazing, super filling, and (for once) the tofu was actually cooked properly. We can’t believe how hard it is to find well-cooked tofu at non-vegan/vegetarian restaurants (and even then sometimes…). We would definitely go back for another one, and would highly recommend!
Fun menu facts
If you’re in the area, they do #MeatlessMonday, where they showcase seasonal vegetarian and vegan options they don’t usually have on their menu!
But don’t worry, if you visit any other day of the week you won’t be SOL. Aside from your typical “salad as an option”, they also have a Mediterranean burger you could make vegan, fries, and the above mentioned (delicious) Vegan Po’ Boy. And if you’re lucky, there may be a vegan soup option too!
About the breweries
I guess the first question to answer is who is Abe Erb!? Is it two people? One person? Nobody? He’s was a pretty big somebody to those in the KW area. Abe Erb (Abraham if you’re being formal) was a Mennonite who helped found the city of Waterloo.
Waterloo fun fact
If you go to the Doon Pioneer Village (and you should, it’s surprisingly fun), you will learn that White Star Line had a major train route running through the area that helped assist in the development of that part of Ontario. Wondering why the name White Star Line sounds familiar? They’re also the company that owned the Titanic. See? Fun fact!
Back to about the breweries
So, Abe Erb was a pretty important guy, thus the name! The brewery was originally opened in Uptown Waterloo a few years back by two brothers (if we remember our facts correctly) who had previously owned a breakfast joint in the area. The one brother had a knack for front-of-house business, and the other was an excellent chef. And they both seemed to have a passion for beer, which is clear as soon as you take a sip of what they have cookin’. Across the board, they don’t make a beer that doesn’t taste amazing (#notasponsor).
After they nailed down their “always on” beers, they slowly seemed to start carefully experimenting with more unique flavour profiles, and have now released over 30 beers since they opened. And after the success of their first location, they decided to spread their wings and open a second location in Kitchener in a beautiful old building, what is known as the Tannery. Both locations have great energy, and are equally cool to visit.