About Callister Brewing
Callister Brewing has grown firm roots in the brewing neighbourhood of Yeast Van. Established in 2013, Callister Brewing was the first co-working, collaborative brewery of its kind in Canada. Opening our doors in 2015, Callister supported talented independent brewers to start their business by creating accessibility to equipment, commercial facilities, and keen local customers. Over five years, we invited 10 different brewing teams to brew and sell their own beers with us and learn what it takes behind the scenes. The program came to a close in 2020 and we are now brewing 100% our own beer.
Since 2015, we’ve also been making our own craft sodas. When we started bottling in 2018, Callister Craft Sodas was born. Focused on unique flavours, cocktail inspired combinations, local suppliers, we use the highest quality, freshest ingredients. Current flavours include Raspberry Earl Grey, Ginger Beer, Hibiscus Lemonade, Cream Soda, and Tonic Water.
You can usually find them brewing, serving customers, or enjoying a beer. Stop by and say hi!
Callister Brewing is named after historic Callister Park. The Park was at the heart of the East Vancouver community and local sporting events. The sports stadium, established in 1921 (originally as Con Jones Park) on Renfrew St. at Oxford (across from the PNE), was home to the Pacific Coast Soccer League, baseball, lacrosse, rodeos, and demolition derby. Chris’ grandfather, Ed Lay, was its caretaker from 1949 to 1970 and lived in a suite beneath the stands with his son (Chris’ father) and wife. Callister Park still exists today as a green space and as the inspiration for some of Vancouver’s best craft beer.
CALLISTER IS A COLLABORATIVE BREWERY
You can still find Ben at Andina Brewing, where he has taken on the role of Head Brewer.
It was in the summer of 2016, at Zuz and Nick’s inaugural rooftop tasting party, that Paul and Vincent suggested taking their beers to the public. After hearing about Callister’s Associate Brewer program, the leap was a natural one, and almost a year since that day, a beer went on tap at Callister.
Boombox is the result of these three friends and their hard work and dedication to producing great beer. Phil originally hails from Australia, and when not in the brewery, works as a geologist and economist. Phil is an award winning homebrewer, VanBrewers member, beer geek and a BJCP certified beer judge. Kent is an award winning homebrewer, VanBrewers member and former VanBrewers executive.
Since Boombox left Callister, they’ve found a new home at Parallel 49 Brewing.
You can now find Superflux Beer a few blocks south of us on Clark Dr.