Craft Beer Events for the Week of Feb 27–Mar 5, 2017

Wow! This looks to be a big week for BC craft beer lovers. Not only it it the opening weekend of Victoria Beer week, but there are tons of other events great going on. See you out there!

Do you have an event happening this week that you’d like to see listed? Feel free to send me an email.

For a full list of events, check out my Facebook page

March 1: Vancouver Island Brewing Island Launch

The Strathcona Hotel Clubhouse, Victoria, BC (map); 21:00-00:00 PST

We are teaming up with The Strathcona Hotel‘s The Clubhouse to bring you the (re)launch of Vancouver Island Brewing! Join us on March 1, 2017 to celebrate a new era for our business, and the launch of our highly anticipated new portfolio of beers. All of our new beers will be on special and the VI Brewing team will be there in force to discuss all the changes we’ve gone through since the summer.

No tickets necessary, just show up and enjoy!

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March 2: Vancouver Island Brewing Mainland Launch

The Blackbird Public House, Vancouver, BC (map); 19:00-10:00 PST

We are teaming up with The Blackbird Public House to bring you the (re)launch of Vancouver Island Brewing! Join us on March 2, 2017 to celebrate a new era for our business, and the launch of our highly anticipated new portfolio of beers. All of our new beers will be on special for $5/pint and the VI Brewing team will be there in force to discuss all the changes we’ve gone through since the summer.

No tickets necessary, just show up and enjoy!

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March 2: Magnificent 6

The Drake Eatery, Victoria, BC (map); 11:30-23:59 PST

A celebration of the six lower-mainland breweries that, two and a half years ago, took a chance on an unknown tap room calling itself The Drake Eatery. And they have continued to support us ever since.

Join us for a truly unique opportunity to experience the fun-loving nature… and fiercely loyal camaraderie… of the these passionate brewers and their teams.

For this event, 28 of our taps will be pouring beer from our friends at…


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March 3: Parallel 49 “Pop Up Tasting Room” x Merchant’s Workshop

Merchants Workshop, Vancouver, BC (map); 17:00-21:00 PST

From Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5 Merchant’s Workshop will be hosting a Parallel 49 Brewing “Pop Up Tasting Room” at 1590 Commercial Drive.

Brewmaster Graham With, Merchant’s Workshop Managing Partner Doug Stephen, and Parallel 49 Chef Jason Harper are teaming up to transform Merchant’s Workshop into a mini Parallel 49 tasting room for one weekend only.

The food: A fresh weekend menu, designed in partnership by Parallel 49 and Merchant’s, will feature barbecue dishes and exclusive street food-inspired plates.

The beer: Limited release and small batch beers brewed by Parallel 49 will be flowing from Friday to Sunday. Come in and taste some of what’s to come in the new P49 tasting room and restaurant, set to open in late March.

The fun starts on Friday, March 3 at 5pm.

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March 3: Victoria Beer Week 2017 – Friday Night Cask #1!

Victoria Public Market, Victoria, BC (map); 19:30-23:09 PST

Friday Night Casks at the Victoria Public Market are back! Victoria Beer Week celebrates craft beer creativity at the opening Cask Night with a selection of 25 unique cask-conditioned beers from BC breweries, along with food from the Victoria Public Market’s fantastic vendors.


  • Access to more than 25 casks from BC’s finest breweries + cider & mead!
  • Food options from vendors at the Victoria Public Market
  • Complimentary VBW sampler glass
  • 8 drink tickets
  • 1 food ticket


  • 1 drink ticket = 1 4oz sample
  • Additional food tickets will be available for purchase on-site for $5 each
  • Additional drink tickets will be available for $1.75 each
  • We accept cash or major credit cards for merchandise and beer ticket sales
  • Coat check will be available on site
  • Although some breweries are participating in both cask nights, they will provide a unique beer for each event

19+, 2 pieces ID required
All attendees will be asked for ID

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March 4: Victoria Beer Week 2017: Brewmasters Brunch

Swans Brewpub, Victoria, BC (map); 11:00–13:00 PST

Gather together for some craft beer, food and good ol’ Island socializing. Each table will be hosted by a BC Craft Brewers Guild brewmaster who will take you through a sampling of new brews alongside delicious food offerings.


  • Entry to the event
  • Buffet brunch
  • 4 beer tokens each good for 1 x 5-oz sample of beer.
  • Good times and laughs

19+, 2 pieces of ID required

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March 4: Victoria Beer Week 2017: All About the Wood

Bayview Place Roundhouse, Victoria, BC (map); 13:00–18:00 PST

This brand new event celebrates the rare and special qualities of barrel-aged beers. Only a select number of BC’s best breweries have the capacity to age beers in wood, which means these are very exclusive beers. Taste the difference that barrels make in a wide range of beer styles, including sours, Brett-conditioned beers, barley wines, imperial stouts and others.


  • Access to more than 20 barrel-aged beers from BC’s finest breweries
  • Complimentary VBW sampler glass
  • 6 drink tickets.


  • 1 drink ticket = 1 x 4oz sample
  • Additional drink tickets will be available for $1.75 each

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March 4: Parallel 49 Brews Brothers Island Launch

Smiths Pub, Victoria, BC (map); 17:00–02:00 PST

Parallel 49 Brewing is blasting their annual collaborative mixed pack called Brews Brothers onto shelves at the beginning of March and we’re excited to be pouring them from our taps, plus some other goodies on March 4.

The brews are as follows:

Baby Got Back Hoppy Hefe collab with Scuttlebutt Brewing from Everett, WA

What’s Golden East Meets West IPA collab with Green Flash Brewing Co.from San Diego, CA

Gettin’ It Farmhouse of the North collab with 49th State Brewing Co Anchorage from Anchorage, AK

Blazing Arrow Tawny IPA collab with Gigantic Brewing Company from Portland, OR

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March 4: Green Flash / Alpine Beer Co / Cellar 3 Tap Takeover

Darby’s Gastown, Vancouver, BC (map); 18:00–23:00 PST

Join us for a Meet the Brewer Tap Takeover featuring Green Flash Brewing Co., Alpine Beer Company, Green Flash Cellar 3 & Meet the brewers from Green Flash and enjoy a few pints of some amazing California Beer.

Green Flash:

  • Imperial IPA
  • Green Flash Blonde (New)
  • Passion Fruit Kicker
  • Tangerine Soul Style IPA

Alpine Beer Co:

  • Nelson IPA
  • Hoppy Birthday
  • Duet
  • Windows Up
  • Pure Hoppiness

Cellar 3:

  • Ideal Belgique
  • Blanc Tarte Barroque

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March 5: Victoria Beer Week 2017: Beer School

Swans Brewpub, Victoria, BC (map); 11:00–14:00 PST

Attend both Beer School classes to learn AND drink:

Class 1: “Let’s Get Brewing” – 11:00am

In this class, you’ll get an introduction to the brewing process, including a talk from Danny Seeton (National Rank BJCP judge and Vancouver Island Brewery’s Production Manager and R&D Brewer) and a visit to the brewhouse itself with a hands-on demonstration by Swans’ Head Brewer, Chris Lukie. It’s a chance to see the inner workings of a brewery and learn a thing or two about how beer is actually made. Participants will get to taste the beer that they help brew.

Class 2: “The Short Thirst and the Long Thirst – A Brief History of Prohibition in BC and the USA” – 2:00pm

Victoria’s own local beer historian, the ever entertaining Greg Evans, returns to tell you all about BC’s part in Prohibition, both our own short version (1917-1921) and the better known “Long Thirst” south of the border (1920-1933).

$20/class or $30 for both classes
Each class includes one glass of beer.

Swans will have a lunch special available for purchase between classes.

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March 5: Victoria Beer Week 2017: Homebrewers Workshop

Category 12, Vancouver, BC (map); 11:00–17:00 PST

Victoria Beer Week presents a comprehensive homebrewing workshop in conjunction with at Category 12 Brewing, led by Michael Kuzyk, homebrewer-turned-brewmaster. Victoria’s vibrant craft beer scene has deep roots in the homebrewing culture. This event offers a fantastic glimpse into the fundamental processes, practices and knowledge that has propelled some select beer drinkers from inquisitive enthusiast to brewmaster.


  • This workshop will take the bulk of the day (6 hours)
  • Lunch will be provided-please let us know if you have any food allergies:
  • Parking is available anywhere in the 2200 Keating Cross road parking lot on Saturday. This includes the MDC, Keating Crossfit, Victoria Water or Western One Rental spots

19+, 2 pieces of ID required

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March 5: 4th Annual Chocolate and Beer Tasting

Clough Club, Vancouver, BC (map); 16:00–18:00 PST

This annual fundraiser to benefit the Parkinson Society British Columbia promises a unique approach to enjoying chocolate and beer! Join us for a self guided tour through 6 local microbrews carefully paired for flavour combinations with 6 local handcrafted chocolates from Take A Fancy Chocolate. Pairings are carefully chosen by Julian Zelazny, BJCP Master Beer Judge and Becks D’Angelo, chocolate maker and chocolatier extraordinairre. Tickets on sale here:

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