BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Apr 3–9, 2017

It looks most of the BC craft beer events are happening out in the Okanagan this week. The Fest of Ale is the big event, but there are several events planned around it, most involving Joe Wiebe.

We also have another new brewery opening this week in Parksville. Crazy!

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

April 3: Oregon Brewer’s Tap Takeover

Alibi Room, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–23:59 PST

We’re back again for the 2nd year! Join Copper & Theory for a total tap takeover at The Alibi Room, featuring the Oregon Brewer’s from our portfolio. We’ll have many tasty beers on hand from the following:

  • Upright
  • Breakside
  • The Commons
  • Ninkasi
  • Rogue
  • Pfriem
  • Cascade
  • Gigantic

There are no tickets, just show up early to make sure you get a seat!


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April 4: Kelowna Casks feat. The Thirsty Writer

BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–23:59 PST

Join Kelowna’s breweries and Joe Wiebe (The Thirsty Writer) for a night of all things BC beer. BNA Brewing Co., Kettle River Brewing Co., Tree Brewing, and Boundary Brewing Company will each prepare a unique cask with a common ingredient.

$15 (no advance tickets) gets you a full glass of each cask, plus a take-home souvenir glass (while quantities last).

Joe Wiebe – Thirsty Writer is the author of “Craft Beer Revolution – The Insider’s Guide to BC’s Breweries” and will be on hand to sign copies of the book and chat about beer in our beloved province. (Casks will be served as along as quantities last, but Joe will be here from 6-9pm)

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April 5: Craft Beer Revolution Seminar + Beer Tasting

Marten Brewing Bar & Grill, Vernon, BC; 19:00–21:00 PST

Learn about B.C.’s Craft Beer Revolution while enjoying a range of beer samples at Marten Brewing Bar & Grill. Host Joe Wiebe – Thirsty Writer will talk about the history of craft beer in B.C. from 1858 through the start of the microbrewing movement in 1982 up to the present — and into the future.

As part of the seminar, Joe will also lead you on a guided tour through a range of B.C. beers that each represent an important moment in the province’s craft beer history, providing tasting tips and suggestions for further craft beer explorations. At the end of the event, he will answer any and all questions you might have about craft beer in B.C.

The $25 ticket includes five beer samples served during the event as well as a glass of a special cask-conditioned beer created in Joe’s honour by Marten Brewing.

Personalized and autographed copies of the completely revised 2nd edition of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries will be available for sale ($20) as well.

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April 4: Beer-paired Dinner with Bad Tattoo

Brodo Kitchen, Penticton, BC; 18:00–21:00 PST

Join us and our friends from Bad Tattoo Brewing for a family-style beer-paired dinner as part of Taps Around Town and the Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017! Call us to reserve your spot, limited seating.

(778) 476-1275 | $40 per person plus tax and gratuity

Jalapeno-smoked gouda cornbread

Stout+beef ‘pies’ with peppery arugula, espresso hollandaise

Roasted cauliflower+aged cheddar risotto, pale ale battered cauliflower, porkbelly lardons, kale crispies

Watercress salad with parmesan, roasted olives+bellpeppers, fried capers, truffled-dijon vinaigrette

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April 6: Category 12 and Parallel 49 Brewmasters Dinner

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Brentwood Bay, BC; 19:00 PST

Join us for a five course dinner, paired with six unique beers from Category 12 and Parallel 49 Brewing!

Brewmasters Michael Kuzyk from Category 12, and Graham With from Parallel 49, will host the evening, discussing the different beers and pairings.

Reservations available through the Front Desk at 250.544.2079

$55 per person + tax and gratuity

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April 6: IPA Odyssey

Bad Tattoo Brewing, Penticton, BC; 19:00–21:00 PST

What is an IPA anyway?

The name, India Pale Ale, dates back to the 1700s when British brewers began sending hoppy pale ales to India. The style became immensely popular in England by the mid-1800s until Pilsner lagers from continental Europe began showing up.

Today, IPA is once again incredibly popular, at least in craft beer circles. To some beer lovers, IPA is scorned for being too bitter, but “hop-heads” can’t get enough of it. Meanwhile, craft brewers continue to experiment with newer hop varieties, brewing methods, and unorthodox yeasts, creating new IPA variants all the time.

Your host, Joe Wiebe – Thirsty Writer, will tell you the story of IPA from its earliest origins in 18th century Britain through to its resurrection by contemporary craft brewers in North America and its evolution into a wide range of popular craft beer styles: Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale; Red IPA or India Red Ale; Belgian/White IPA; Wild IPA; Double/Imperial IPA; Session IPA or ISA; Rye IPA or India Rye Ale; Brown IPA or India Brown Ale; and, finally, the New England or Hazy IPA.

Over the course of the evening, Joe will lead the group through a tasting of several different IPAs, including a special cask-conditioned IPA prepared by Bad Tattoo Brewing.

Tasting Seminar by Joe Wiebe at Bad Tattoo Brewing
on Thursday, April 6, 7-9pm
$25/$20 for CAMRA members, includes 6 beer samples

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April 6: Trivia Night!

Moody Ales, Port Moody, BC; 16:00–18:00 PST

Join us for our first ever trivia night! It’s FREE to play and there will be prizes for first, second, and third place teams (or individuals)!

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April 6: Sythe Matters Release and Tasting

Phillips Brewing, Victoria, BC; 16:00–18:00 PST

Introducing the big brother to our Wheatking: Scythe Matters! A standout in its field, this imperial hefeweizen yields a hefty harvest of flavour. Our latest release helps prove that it’s not the size of the scythe that counts, it’s how you swing the blade.

This golden giant is fermented with a Bavarian yeast strain that offers a complex ester profile. Notes of bubblegum, clove and banana are all rounded off with robust Pacific Northwest hops.

Scythe Matters is only available from private craft-focused liquor stores for a limited time! If you find yourself in our neighborhood this Thursday April 6th, come on by between 4-6 for a special draft tasting


April 7: Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer Festival

Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo, BC; 18:00–21:00 PST

Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer Festival is the Mid-Island’s largest celebration of local craft brews. Friday, April 07th 2017, Beban Park Social Centre, 6pm-9:00pm.

All proceeds go to the Nanaimo Kinsmen in support of the community’s greatest need.

Tickets are now available online at http://www.nanaimokinsmenbeerfest.com or locally at Northgate Liquor Store, The Quarterway Liquor Store, Nesvogs Meat & Sausage Co, Columbia Bakery, & Lucky’s Liquor Store.

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April 7–8: Okanagan Fest of Ale 2017

Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, Penticton, BC; 12:00–18:00 PST

Whether you’re new to the brew or a seasoned craft beer connoisseur you won’t want to miss the 22nd Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale! Join 55 craft brewers and 5000+ craft beer enthusiasts at one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest. This 2-day festival features 150+ quality crafted brews, ciders and cask ales for tasting in a unique indoor/outdoor venue. Come and enjoy great live entertainment and fabulous food while you’re here, but don’t forget to stop at the onsite liquor store to take some of your favourites home with you! This festival takes place in the heart of beautiful Penticton, BC, and has been an annual “must attend event” for patrons and participants alike for over 20 years! 1 Day Admission – $29 2 Day Passes – $47 Tasting Tokens – $2 per token (4 oz. tasting glass) Sip & Stay Getaways start at $99/couple (available at http://www.FestofAle.ca) *Net proceeds from this event are donated to local charitable organizations.

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April 8: Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Opening Weekend!

109-425 Stanford Ave East, Parksville, BC; 11:00–21:00 PST

We are so thrilled to announce that we are finally opening!!
Sample some local craft brews with tasting flights, growler fills and bottles sales. You’ll also get a chance to win some amazing prizes on our opening weekend! Come for a brewery tour and have a great time! Cheers!

Our official opening day is April 8th, Saturday from 11:00am to 9:00pm. We are located at 109-425 Stanford Ave., Parksville.

Island brew. Mountain view.

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April 8: Springtoberfest 2017! Gladstone Brewing & Pizzeria Guerrilla

Gladstone Brewing Co., Courtenay, BC; 12:00–23:45 PST

Springtoberfest is coming!

Join us Saturday, April 8th, at Gladstone Brewing Co. / Pizzeria Guerrilla for a celebration of our locally made craft beer, and German-inspired cuisine.

Pizzeria Guerrilla will be serving a special German-inspired menu from 12-5PM. (And your favourite awesome pizza service will resume at 5PM).

With LIVE MUSIC, from:

1PM | Mouki Butt (Back by popular demand! Port Alberni, BC)
3PM | Cedar Spoon
4:30PM | Tyler Shrimp and the Bad News
5:45 PM | Twin River (Vancouver, BC)
7PM | The Wits
9PM | Roadside Rattle

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April 8: Murderers Row Cask Event

Kettle Valley Station Pub, Penticton, BC; 12:00–18:00 PST

After Okanagan Fest of Ale, please join us at the Kettle Valley Station Pub for Murderers Row: Licensed to Kill. We’ll have some fantastic casks (a brewer’s dozen) from some amazing Craft Breweries! We’ll tap all the casks at 6pm. Plus we’ll have live entertainment so you can tap your toes while enjoying your cask beers!

Tickets are $30. This includes your entrance into the event, your first cask pint and a Murderers Row tshirt. Tickets go on sale on Monday March 20th. Please drop in and see us to purchase your tickets or call 250.493.3388 to purchase via credit card. This event always sells out in advance.

The participating breweries are: Four Winds Brewing Co., Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Fernie Brewing Company, Tree Brewing, Crannóg Ales, Red Truck Beer, Central City Brewers + Distillers, Red Collar Brewing, Torchlight Brewing Co., Firehall Brewery, Cannery Brewing and Bad Tattoo Brewing

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April 8: Pints Not Pipelines!

Performance Works, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–21:00 PST

Human Rights!
Buy your tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pints-not-pipelines-tickets-33062699424

We will have local craft beer, food trucks and live music. Try the best of West Coast brews for an awesome cause!

EARLYBIRD: $20 dollar admission gets you three beer tickets!

You get to vote on the best craft beer, all admission goes directly to Pull-Together- a fundraiser for First Nations lawsuits against the Kinder Morgan transmountain tar sands pipeline.

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