March 03, 2020
It’s only a 10-minute drive from downtown St. John’s to the village of Quidi Vidi, but it feels a world away. As I watch through the window, stretches of businesses give way to homes and then to a harbour lined with colourful boats and dramatic cliffs. If this were a postcard, Quidi Vidi Brewing would sit at its centre.
Light floods the brewery’s sizeable taproom thanks to windows that span most of three walls, showcasing the small harbour. “People ask if we built them for the view,” says Justin Fong, the brewery’s director of sales and marketing, as he points at the fishing shacks dotting the coast. They didn’t. The brewery was once a fish plant serving the local industry.
Fong and I share a few flights of beer, the best way to experience this ever-changing 16-tap list. Today it offers a wide swath, from traditional German lagers to new American ales such as hazy New England IPAs. Iceberg, Quidi Vidi’s best-known beer, has long been on my to-drink list. This unique lager uses water harvested from the coast’s famous spring icebergs. It’s crisp as a winter day with tight bubbles and a light finish.
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