R&B Brewing has been in East Van since 1997, and it’s expanded in the last year to include the Ale & Pizza House under the same roof. When we visited last summer, the interior of the new space was finished, but it wasn’t open yet because the restaurant license hadn’t come through at the time.
When we visited earlier in March, the place was in full swing; a hotbed of hipsterdom with casually stylish folks nursing beers and eating pizzas as curated music grooved through the room via the many surrounding speakers. The atmosphere is like the living room of a culture vulture: records on display, a piano near the bar with sheet music, book shelves above a seating area, and tables made of reclaimed wood. The dining space was full, and more people kept coming in. Luckily, we were able to snag a corner at the bench seating by the windows. We ordered several tasting flights, and the two standouts for me were the Raven Cream Ale and the Dude Chilling Pale Ale.