New Port Moody brewery looks to celebrate nostalgia

Neon. The Rachel Green haircut. Brick-like phones. MuchMusic There’s plenty of iconic moments from the 80s and 90s and the owners of a new brewery in Port Moody are hoping to capitalize on that nostalgia.
Rewind Beer Co. is the latest addition to Port Moody’s popular Brewers Row. photo supplied

Neon. The Rachel Green haircut. Brick-like phones. MuchMusic. 

There’s plenty of iconic moments from the 80s and 90s and the owners of a new brewery in Port Moody are hoping to capitalize on that nostalgia.

Rewind Beer Co. is set to open in the heart of Brewers Row (2809 Murray Street) sometime next month, says Travis McLean, social media and marketing coordinator.

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Owners Vern Lambourne and Sam Payne, are industry veterans who also own nearby Parkside Brewery.

“We love the community,” says McLean. “It’s just so lively down here.”

Rewind will be a different experience for customers along the popular stretch of Murray Street near Rocky Point Park that currently houses five breweries and a distillery.

As its name suggests, Rewind will be a celebration of the past, namely the 80s and 90s, but also the 2000s.

“We find that Rewind can be anything in the past,” he says. “We just like to celebrate the fun of the past and bring them into the future.”

The brewery’s decor is heavily influenced by those decades. The team behind the new concept grew up in the 80s and 90s, so it resonates with them, says McLean. 

“It speaks to us so we get to have a lot of fun with it,” he says.

There will be glass bricks, neon-toned metal chairs and movie posters like the Princess Bride and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Even the tap handles will be shaped like clunky phones.

Even the tap handles emulate the 80s and 90s. photo supplied

Promotion on social media has included teasers of the decor, along with clips from popular videos of the time and Vancouver hallmarks.

There will be enough seating inside for 100 people and another 100 seats on the patio, which features tables inspired by Expo ‘86. The owners hope to eventually transition to an all-weather patio with a roof and heating.

Unlike Parkside Brewery, which relies on a rotating cast of food trucks to offer solid sustenance to customers, Rewind will have its own kitchen with plans to serve deep-dish Detroit-style pizza.

Beer will be made in small batches, allowing for more experimentation, along with the classics. 

Rewind has a few more hurdles to overcome before it can open, including allowing time for the beer to ferment. 

“People are excited, which makes us excited,” says McLean. “We’re excited to join Brewers Row. It’s a very friendly environment down here.” 

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