parallel 49 + merchants + oysters = awesome!

Parallel 49 Brewing Company Teaming Up with Local Partners to Serve Buck-a-Shuck Oysters
Parallel 49 Brewing Company partnering with Merchant’s Oyster Bar and Sawmill Bay Shellfish for month-long Oyster Fest

Vancouver, B.C. – September 22nd, 2015– With West Coast oysters back in season, Parallel 49 Brewing Company is partnering with Merchant’s Oyster Bar and Sawmill Bay Shellfish for a month-long Oyster Fest. From September 22nd to October 22nd, stop by Merchant’s Oyster Bar at 1590 Commercial Drive for $1 oysters and a $3 12 oz. Craft Lager. The first weekend of Oyster Fest will see Steve and Linda Pocock from Sawmill Bay Shellfish shucking oysters with the Merchant’s Oyster Bar staff. Parallel 49 Brewing Company will also be releasing a limited edition Oyster Stout to commemorate the end of Oyster Fest once the month has wrapped.

The province’s recent weather change is making West Coast oysters safe to eat raw again. Sawmill Bay Shellfish, one of the most authentic independent shellfish companies in B.C, will provide all oysters served at Oyster Fest.

“We’re very happy to be partnering with our friends at Merchant’s Oyster Bar and Sawmill Bay Shellfish for Oyster Fest,” said Graham With, Head Brewmaster at Parallel 49 Brewing Company.

The Oyster Stout will recreate the oyster flavour without containing any oysters. Developed by Parallel 49 Brewing Company Head Brewmaster Graham With, the beer will be available in limited quantities at Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room and at Merchant’s Oyster Bar. The Oyster Stout will be released at the end of Oyster Fest.

“We’re always looking for unique flavours to add to our brews,” said With. “It’s all about trying new things and creating something that’s fresh and original.”

Stop by Merchant’s Oyster Bar from September 22nd to October 22nd for buck-a-shuck oysters and $3 12oz. Craft Lagers from Parallel 49 Brewing Company. For more information about Parallel 49 Brewing Company, please visit:

About Parallel 49 Brewing Company:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company is an East Vancouver microbrewery brewing up some of the most unique and high quality craft beers in B.C. Since opening in 2012, their cheeky named brews have become staples amongst craft beer enthusiasts who enjoy their year round beers including the Filthy Dirty IPA and Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale. In 2015, Parallel 49 Brewing Company won silver at the Canadian Brewing Awards in the Imperial IPA category for their Hopnotist Imperial India Pale Ale. They also took home first place at the 2015 BC Beer Awards for their Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter and a bronze for their Salty Scot Salted Caramel Scotch Ale.

Visit Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room at 1950 Triumph Street and at liquor stores across the lower mainland to purchase 12 and 6 pack bottles. Growlers and growler fills are also available at the tasting room.

Parallel 49 Brewing Company Social Media
Twitter: @Parallel49Beer

About Merchant’s Oyster Bar:
The entire Merchant’s team is proud to use locally sourced, organic, ethically raised and harvested product wherever possible. As such, the menu is subject to change at any time based on seasonality and freshness. The beverage program focuses on unique and playful ingredients to compliment each customer’s favourite alcohol. Whether it be cocktails or a fine selection of Craft Beers, everyone’s palate will be tantalized.

About Sawmill Bay Shellfish:
From the pristine, glacier-fed waters off Read Island, shellfish from Sawmill Bay are fresh, flavoursome and exquisitely enjoyable. Sawmill Bay Shellfish comes direct from two family-run farms, delivered locally within 24 hours of harvesting. They produce oysters, clams, mussels and scallops, all direct to the customer’s kitchen from some of the most pristine waters in British Columbia. No holding tanks are used to take the flavor out of the shellfish.

Sawmill Bay Shellfish’s philosophy is simple: to farm and produce quality shellfish in an environmentally sustainable and ethical manner. They endeavor to provide unequalled service to the food service industry at all times and have approval for all their products from the Vancouver-based Ocean Wise Conservation Programme- recognition of their dedication to sustainable farming. Customers can be assured that when they are eating from Sawmill Bay, they’ll be eating sustainable shellfish.


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