Once upon a time Marten Brewing Company was supposed to open as Vernon’s first brewpub. This was back in the summer of 2014. When autumn rolled around, the opening date was pushed back to winter. And then spring of 2015. And then those of us who had been eagerly awaiting their existence began to slowly lose hope. But lucky for us the good folks at Marten’s have managed to buck the trend of postponements and they are now officially open!
Since I am not yet back in Vernon for the holidays, I have not had the opportunity to investigate the pub, but my friend Gavin has. He sent me these photos as well as his general observations on some of the beers and the location.
House Lager (Just For The Helles): Mellow, kind of bland, but a decent drinking beer. 2/5 Okay
House Red Ale (Rough and Dirty Red): Little on the nose. Very malty, like a Scotch ale. Hoppy finish. 4/5 Excellent
House Pilsner (Holy Moses): Did Not Try
House IPA (Big F.I.P.A.): Almost no hop nose. Pleasant hop palate, well rounded. Slightly floral. 2/5 Okay
House Weizen (Autumn Spice): Cloudy. Fruity nose. Hoppy start, nice. Kind of a sweet finish. 3/5 Good
House Ale (Rusty Ale): Caramel, toffee. Bitter finish. 3/5 Good
According to Gavin, the atmosphere is nice. Everything on the inside is wood finished, including the spacious entrance way. Most of the tables are small though so you can’t bring in a large crowd, and the table Gavin and co. sat at was really awkward, their knees kept hitting the table.
He only noticed 1 TV in the pub other than the 3 behind the bar. There are no TVs in the upstairs area where they sat. These are all good signs for creating a positive, authentic pub atmosphere. Vernon already has enough places to go and watch the game; it’s time she gets a place for story telling and ale consumption!
Gavin said there was also “a private room where beer geeks were meeting with nametags n stuff.” This is very exciting!
You can see the big stainless steel vats through the glass walls, but he never saw anyone go inside and do any sort of interacting with said vats.
The food menu is pretty standard, though it does have some cool stuff like bratwurst and schnitzel. Gavin had a Canadian pizza, $16 for a 10″. He thought the price was reasonable. His pizza was pretty good, and everyone else seemed to like their food too.
In conclusion, for those of you who live in Vernon, it seems like it would be worth your while to head on down to Barnard Avenue (30th) and take in a pint or two at Vernon’s one and only, brand new, BREWPUB! I know that I’ll be heading on down there as soon as I go home for the holidays to do some further investigations! Maybe I’ll see you there.