Taster Tray Series – One20 Public House: Today’s feature is the One20 Public House which is located in Delta, BC on Scott Road (aka 120th street, hence the name). I recently attended a Steel & Oak Brewmaster’s dinner there and couldn’t resist ordering a taster tray off of their excellent local beer list once the dinner event finished. At One20 they boast a local focus for their food and drinks showcasing an ever changing fresh board menu, a very good and frequently updated tap list and even a solid kids menu for families. I can tell you already I’ll be spending a lot more time and money here soon!
One20 Public House: If you live in the Surrey or Delta area especially, this really should be your local craft beer bar as I can’t think of a nearby pub with a better craft menu. Located at Scott road & 80th street, this place has an inviting environment with lots of room and a liquor store attached to it for convenience. Also worth noting, their chef really put on a show with our pairing so I’m willing to bet that the regular food rocks too (I’ll be testing this soon). Their tap list included 15 actual quality local craft beers (from places like Four Winds, Steel & Oak, Fuggles & Warlock, Persephone and so on) and best of all they offer taster trays to let you try 4 of them at a time.
The Taster Tray / Flights: The taster tray cost $9.25, which included any four beers from their taps in 6oz tasting glasses, which is a comparable price for 24 oz of craft beer in BC (or the cost of a 16oz sleeve on Commercial Drive). Each tray is served on a paddle and you can choose from any beer on the tap menu. The foam had settled a bit when I took the pictures, but the glasses were fairly well filled, the beer was served at a reasonable temperature – not frozen like some places – and the taster glasses were completely beer clean. Overall, I am pretty happy to have new local pub where I can sample some BC beers, this is a good thing to have nearby and I’m excited to see them do it right with taster trays and see that they educate their staff.
The Beers: From left to right in the title picture I sampled the Fuggles & Warlock “Persona’s” California Common, Bomber Brewing Park Life Passion Fruit Ale, Category 12 Disruption Black IPA and Yellow Dog Take A Walk Witbier. I thought the Witbier was the best of the bunch, very well put together with some nice citrus flavours, spice and wheat texture while the rest of the beers were fairly tasty as well. All of these were local craft beers that I’ve seen on the shelves, but wanted to sample first before buying to get a feel for their flavours and perhaps plan a few more local cheese pairings in the near future. I didn’t have time or room for another serving, but there was enough variety to make me consider another taster tray as there were lots of seasonal beers on the list that won’t be around for too long.
Final Impression: The brewmaster’s dinner I attended was really, really good and I will look for more of these in the future as the chef showed off some amazing talent (fried queso wrapped sausages anyone?). These folks are leading the pack for a craft beer pub in the area, serving up a taplist worthy of a downtown pub, but housed in Delta for us locals. I got to talk to the staff about their beer lists and the event, and I’ll be back to check out a few other beer and food options in the near future. Be sure to followed them on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on menu changes and events.