Weekly Craft Beer Events List—March 5–11

Here’s your weekly list of craft beer events happening around BC this week. As always, if you know of any events that I don’t have listed here, please drop me an email.

Mar 5: VBW Ultimate Craft Beer Quiz

Northern Quarter, Victoria, BC; 19:00–22:00

The Ultimate Craft Beer Quiz is generously sponsored by CAMRA Victoria.

Do you have what it takes to defeat VBW’s own Thirsty Writer, Joe Wiebe, and take home a prize package? Bring your own team of “experts” (up to 6 people per team). Victoria’s Quiz Master Benji Duke hosts this fun and entertaining evening of beer-themed trivia. Come early to enjoy dinner from NQ’s excellent kitchen.

– 1 glass of beer from Northern Quarter’s regular draught menu

– additional beer and food is available for purchase from Northern Quarter’s menu


19+, 2 pieces of ID required

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Mar 5: Collective Arts Brewing Tap Takeover

The Cobalt, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–00:00

Vancouver, we’re headed your way! We’re packing our bags (beer) and coming to put on an epic launch week full of tastings, tap takeovers, live music and art. Starting March 5, 2018 you’ll find our beer portfolio in retail stores, bars and restaurants in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Help us kick-off our week at The Cobalt with a Tap Takeover and Karaoke!

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Mar 5: VBW Beer, Pizza, and Gelato

Pizzeria Prima Strada (Fort Street), Victoria, BC; 17:30–19:30 & 20:00–22:00

The perfect beer and pizza party is even better this year with the addition of a dessert course featuring a gelato-and-beer pairing.

– 1 slice from four different pizzas each paired with a 4-oz. serving of beer
– a gelato-and-beer pairing for dessert
– complimentary VBW sampler glass

– additional beer is available for purchase from Prima Strada’s menu

19+, 2 pieces of ID required

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Mar 7: VBW Taco Tuesday

Victoria Public Market, Victoria, BC; 19:30–22:00

Taco Tuesday is generously sponsored by the Victoria Public Market.

Last year we launched this new event celebrating Victoria’s delicious taco culture outdoors in the middle of a winter storm, and it was still a big hit! This year, we’ll be in the warm confines of the Victoria Public Market with even more taco-and-beer pairings to choose from.

PRICE: $35 + GST & fees

Taco Stand Al Pastor: Adoboda-rubbed rotisserie pork w/ toppings
La Taquisa: chicken tinga, pork chorizo, veggie rajas, refried beans
The Very Good Butcher: Muy Bueno Taco, Buffalo Cauli Taco, BBQ Jack Taco GF
La Taqueria: TBA

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Mar 7: VBW Beer, Cheese, More Beer

Victoria Public Market, Victoria, BC; 19:00–20:30 & 21:00–22:30

One of our most popular events from past years will be even better this year — it will be less crowded and much more focused on cheese-and-beer pairings. Pick the session (7pm or 9pm) that’s best for you.

PRICE: $35 ($5 off till December 31, 2017)


– access to at least a dozen beers from BC’s finest breweries
– cheese samples from several local cheese providers
– complimentary VBW sampler glass
– 6 drink tickets

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Mar 7: Punch Drunk Love – Beer Release and Fundraiser

Callister Brewing, Vancouver, BC; 14:00–21:00

Come join us as we release a very limited batch of our Whiskey Barrel Aged Wheat Wine “Punch Drunk Love”, as well as fundraise for Beer Wars and our contender and friend, Robyn Lundstrom!

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Craft beer Market, Vancouver, BC; 14:00–21:00

Come join us as we release a very limited batch of our Whiskey Barrel Aged Wheat Wine “Punch Drunk Love”, as well as fundraise for Beer Wars and our contender and friend, Robyn Lundstrom!

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Mar 8: VBW All About the Wood

Victoria Public Market, Victoria, BC; 19:30–22:00

All About the Wood is generously sponsored by the Victoria Public Market.

Beer geek alert! This is definitely the most specialized event on our schedule. Taste the difference that wood-aging makes in a wide range of beer styles, including sours, Brett-conditioned beers, barley wines, imperial stouts and others. The Victoria Public Market’s food vendors will be serving up their own masterpieces to go along with these special beers.

Many of these special beers will also be available to purchase and take home after the event at an on-site pop-up liquor store provided by Spinnakers Spirit Merchants.

PRICE: $50 + GST & fees

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Mar 8: Women and Beer Dinner for International Women’s Day!

CRAFT Beer Market, Vancouver, BC; 16:00–19:00

March 7th – 4-7pm

Join us on March 7th as we launch 42 new beers to our core menu! We will have live beats, light eats and complimentary beer sampling of much of the new lineup!

Come and #drinkforacause.

Tickets are $5 with 100% proceeds being donated to the YMCA Annual Campaign.
The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity focused on raising much needed resources that help kids, youth, adults and seniors get access to proven YMCA community programs. Proceeds provide people with the financial assistance they need to reach their potential.

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Mar 8: Penticton Ale Trail Tap Takeover

St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, BC; 17:30–23:30

Please join us as all 5 of Penticton’s craft breweries head to Vancouver to take over the taps at St. Augustine’s.

For this Penticton Ale Trail event, each brewery will be taking over 5 taps, for a total of 25 taps from Penticton.

Expedia recently named Penticton as one of Canada’s Best Beer Towns. Let us bring you a taste of Penticton. Come anytime after 5:30pm and enjoy a flight or a pint or two of Penticton’s finest.

Meet the teams from all 5 breweries and get a chance to win beer swag and the grand prize of a fabulous Penticton getaway!

Participating breweries are Bad Tattoo Brewing, Barley Mill Brew Pub & Sports Bistro, Cannery Brewing, Highway 97 Brewing Company and The Tin Whistle Brewing Company. Come hop on the Penticton Ale Trail, a part of the BC Ale Trail.

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Mar 9: VBW Friday Night Casks

Victoria Public Market, Victoria, BC; 19:30–23:00

Friday Night Casks is generously sponsored by the Victoria Public Market.

Our ever-popular cask night celebrates craft beer creativity with a selection of 25 unique cask-conditioned beers from BC breweries, along with food from the Victoria Public Market’s fantastic vendors.

PRICE: $50 + GST & fees

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Mar 9: Parkside Brewery Tasting Night

 Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Surrey, BC; 17:30–23:00

Taking over our Taps this month we’re happy to be hanging out “Parkside” with Parkside Brewery!

Located in Port Moody on the famed Brewer’s Row – Parkside is literally just that, Parkside. Celebrating everything that makes beer lovers what they are; Friends, Nature, Community and a sense of home.

Come on by March 9th starting at 530pm as Corey will be doing samples of four of their beers including Dawn Pilsner, Dusk Pale Ale, Murray English Mild, and SMaSH Simcoe Pale Ale.
Sleeves of each will be on special for 4$, Pitchers 16$, and tasting flights for 8$. With each purchase of a beer you get a raffle to enter into a draw for some swag from Parkside and Famoso!

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Mar 9–10: Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival

Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, Coquitlam, BC

The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival showcases brews from over 45 craft breweries and 8 local restaurants and caterers.

New in March 2018… a unique Cask Corner featuring 6-8 pin casks showcasing some amazing brews!

The event is proud to partner with Team Taylor of the The Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.

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Mar 10: BC Beer Wars – The Purge

Eastside Boxing Club, Vancouver, BC; 14:00–21:00

As training for BC Beer Wars 2018 approaches the half way mark and you know what that means – bring on The Purge!

“The Purge” is an afternoon of sparring matches to determine the fight card for the final Fight Night. Who will make the cut?

Where: Eastside Boxing Club, 238 Keefer Street, Vancouver

No advance tickets, $5 cash entry for non-fighters and beers will be $5. CASH only.

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Mar 10: VBW Hoppy Birthday

Victoria Public Market, Victoria, BC; 20:00–23:00

Hoppy Birthday is generously sponsored by the Victoria Public Market.

Victoria Beer Week turns 5 years old this year and we want to party in style. So break out your tuxes and prom dresses, your wedding suits and bridesmaid’s gowns, your kilts and cotillion frocks, and join us for a dressed-up celebration of Victoria’s beer scene at the Victoria Public Market.

This is our party and we want to celebrate with our crew – that means local breweries and out-of-towners who have been involved with VBW since Year One. Breweries will be serving something special, and admission is all-inclusive. Please dress formal-and-fun, and instead of a birthday gift, why not bring a toonie to donate to our Scholarship Fund.

Featuring a live performance by the Susannah Adams Trio: Susannah Adams (vocals), Wes Carroll (guitar) and Rob Johnson (double bass).


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Mar 10: Kootenay’s Tap Takeover

Smiths Pub, Victoria, BC; 17:00–01:00

Once again, we’ll be bringing the crisp mountain air and fresh water of the Kootenays to Smiths on Saturday March 10, in the form of quality brews from Fernie Brewing Company (Fernie), Torchlight Brewing Co. (Nelson) & Whitetooth (Golden) for our second Kootenays Tap Takeover.

Following the success of last years Tap Takeover with Fernie and Torchlight, we’ve managed to convince Whitetooth to finally make their way outside of Golden and pour their small batch, Belgian-inspired and West Coast influenced beers, for the first time ever. Are we excited? Oh yes we are.

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Mar 10: Cannery Brewing Tap Takeover

The Guild, Victoria, BC; 18:00–23:30

Please join us as Penticton’s Cannery Brewing heads to Victoria for a very special Tap Takeover event at The Guild Victoria.

We’ll be taking over 8 taps for the evening with a great selection of our beers. We’ll have some of our core beers, some limited/seasonal release beers and some that have never been poured on the Island before including 2 beers exclusively made for this tap takeover event!

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Mar 10: Tofino Brewing Tasting

Tudor House Liquor Store, Equimalt, BC; 15:00–19:00
We are excited to welcome Tofino Brewing into our store for a tasting from 3 to 7pm. Pop by our tasting bar to meet the great people behind this beer. (FREE EVENT)

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Mar 11: International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

Callister Brewing, Vancouver, BC; 11:00–17:00

Welcome to International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day for women brewers all over the world! The event is free for participants (19 years or older) and embraces all women who brew, whether it be on a commercial basis or for their home brewing hobby. The aim of the day is for women who are passionate about beer to get together and brew.

Diana is hosting a women’s brew day for all homebrewers, professionals, or interested women who want to come learn more about brewing or just hang out with like-minded brewing enthusiasts. She will be crafting a new recipe for Unite Exotic and invite you to share in the process.

The event is now full. Thank you for your enthusiasm, ladies! We’ll hold another one soon. If you’d like to join us for a beer after the brew, please join us in the lounge around 4pm. Cheers!

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