Meet James at Storm Brewing, 310 Commercial Drive. Storm is the oldest operating craft brewery in East Van, renowned for producing innovative, unpretentious, award-winning craft beers since 1993. “I like making things,” said James, modestly. “I’m a good cook, too.” (Which comes as no surprise when you consider some of his creations: Vanilla Whisky Stout, Basil IPA, Chai Pale Ale, and Granny Smith Apple Pie Ale). James loves the sense of community in the area, especially now that three new craft breweries and a craft distiller have opened up shop nearby. “The brewing community is a really fun group,” he said. “We all pull together.” Visit Storm for a growler fill, keg rental, or tour of the pioneering East Van brewery. Find out more here.