A Port Coquitlam brewery that faced a massive setback last year when two fermenting tanks were stolen is getting back on its feet and seeking approval to manufacture and sell beer.
Boardwalk Brewing, located at 2115 -575 Seaborne Ave., has applied to the Liquor Cannabis Regulation Branch for a liquor manufacturing license and permission to operate a 50-seat lounge.
It also seeks city approval for a parking variance; it wants to use space in its loading bay and has obtained permission from a nearby business to use some of its parking spaces after hours.
“The proposed business would be located in a multi-tenant light industrial building close to the corner of Dominion Avenue and the Fremont Connector in the Dominion Triangle Industrial Area. The site is within walking distance to the PoCo Traboulay Trail. Surrounding land uses are comprised of industrial, agricultural and residential,” a staff report states.
It notes that noise impacts from the proposed lounge are expected to be minimal, as the site will be designed with sound dampening engineering to ensure proper sound absorption and reduce buildup of ambient noise.
PROVINCIAL SPIRITS WANTS TO EXPAND ITS LOUNGE TO SERVE ITS BRAND OF VODKA COCKTAILS
This would include the use of ‘slat walls’ which is similar to a practice used in music studio design. The installation of HVAC to the building will ensure temperature control within the unit to keep doors and windows closed and will not require open air circulation. There is currently no proposal for an outdoor patio due to limited available space. However, Boardwalk Brewing may revisit this in alignment with additional bicycle parking once the brewery is operation
Staff are recommending council approve the variance and advise the LCLB of its lounge endorsement.
If approved, it would be good news for Boardwalk Brewing, which had two giant beer fermentation tanks stolen last October.
The tanks, valued at more than $40,000, were located at a scrap yard and were returned but needed some repairs.
Meanwhile, another Port Coquitlam liquor manufacturing company also located in the Dominion Triangle area is looking to expand its lounge.
Provincial Spirits, at 1170-573 Sherling Place, wants to increase its seating capacity by 18 seats to create a 33-seat lounge for customers who enjoy its brand of vodka cocktails.
The interior lounge would be reconfigured to accommodate 23 seats and an exterior patio outside the front of the unit would accommodate an additional 10 patrons.
The proposed patio will require the relocation of the existing short-term bicycle facilities and replanting of landscaping on-site, according to the city.
The business also requires a parking variance but has agreements from nearby businesses to use an additional 13 spaces outside of regular business hours, as well primary demand for parking is expected to be in the evening when parking in the area is expected to be underutilized.
According to the city, there have been no complaints from neighbours about the lounge area since Provincial Spirits opened 18 months ago, and staff have recommended approval.