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Beer League Part II: Interview with Armin Sodhi of 12 Kings Pub

Armin & friends at a ‘Caps match

From Beer League Part II

Armin Sodhi took over what is now the 12 Kings Pub (12th & Kingsway, Vancouver) in Fall 2014, and introduced 12 taps of craft beer into a Kingsway sports bar. What’s Brewing caught up with him to find out how the concept is working out.

WB: You have 12 beer taps at 12 Kings. All of them are allocated to craft beer. Why?

Armin: I wanted to support local beer. Also, craft beer just tastes better, and it’s fresher because it’s locally made.

WB: Why did you start a craft sports bar?

Armin: All of the founders of 12 Kings are fans of both craft beer and sports. It was hard to find both in Vancouver at the time. Why couldn’t there be a good craft beer sports bar?

WB: How did previous patrons take to the change in beer lineup?

Armin: We knew there would be people that wouldn’t be into craft, so we reserve one tap for a house lager. Our top seller is Coal Harbour’s 311 Helles, aka 12 Kings Lager. Our #2 seller is our ‘house IPA’, Play Dead  by Yellow Dog.

We do have bottles of Bud, not only to pacify certain patrons but also because it’s mandatory to have this in order to be listed as a Whitecaps Supporter Pub.

We also sell Corona and Stella. Believe it or not, some people just don’t want to drink from a cup or glass; some people really want to drink their beer in a bottle.

Read the main story here: Beer League Part II: the new wave of craft-centric sports bars

Ed. Note: see also CAMRA Vancouver’s spotlight of 12 Kings by David Perry, at


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