BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of June 26–July 2

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June 27: Hoyne Brewmaster’s Seafood Feast

Crooked Goose Bistro, Victoria BC; 18:00–21:00; $65


June 27: Beer Club Meeting! With Red Arrow

The Landing Liquor Store, Nanaimo BC; 19:00–20:00

UPDATE – We’ll actually be visited by Red Arrow Brewing (Duncan) for this upcoming Beer Club (Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm). Our friends from Category 12 Brewery out of Saanichton, will be here to see us at the follow meeting (July 25 @7pm).

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June 27: CAMRA Victoria – Bring a New Member Event

Swans, Victoria BC; 19:00–21:00

CAMRA – Victoria’s Annual “Bring a New Member Night” will be held in the Penthouse at Swan’s Brewpub.

Appetizers will be served, but we are recommending that everyone plan to have a meal either before or afterwards as the appetizers usually go very quickly.

Swan’s is having a couple happy hours sandwiched around the event, with the first running from 3-6pm featuring $4.95 items with the purchase of a drink, and the other from 9-11pm featuring $8 burgers with purchase of a drink.

We are also asking that members contribute a small donation towards the beer served to help offset the cost to purchase it, as this is usually one of our most expensive events to run.

Also, we are asking all members to please bring your membership cards with you. If you are a new or renewed member and haven’t received your card by the time of the event, please see our membership director Cayla there as she may have it with her.

And as always, please plan for a safe ride to and from the event.

Cheers, and we hope to see you there!

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June 28: The Final Boombox Wednesday

Callister Brewing, Vancouver BC; 14:00–23:00

Join us on June 28th as we bid Callister a fond farewell.

We’ll be pouring four Boombox beers for you to enjoy:
– Wizard Mode IPA
– Pacific Tears Sour
– Don’t you (forget about me) IPA
– And our final beer, which will be announced at a later date.

(This will be your last chance for a proper Boombox flight for a long time)

We’ve had a wonderful year and will miss Callister and you all dearly. So stop by and say goodbye/see ya later to team Boombox! Lots of beer, good tunes (there’ll be a DJ) and great company.


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June 27: Parkside Brewery Tap Takeover

Smiths Pub, Victoria BC; 17:00–01:00

The latest addition to Port Moody’s amazing Brewer’s Row, Parkside Brewery, will be on hand to pour some of their delicious brews for us.

On tap will be their 3 core beers: Graffiti IPA, Dawn Pilsner & Dusk Pale Ale, which won the Judges Choice, gold medal at the Fest of Ales 2017. Additionally, they will be supplying a few of their noteworthy selections from their tasting room.

Come join us for some tasty suds, save room for our $14 Burger and Beer deal and stick around for the best in Psych rock with Audio Osmosis at 9pm.

  • Dawn Pilsner
  • Dusk Pale Ale
  • Graffiti IPA
  • Ekuanot SMaSH IPA
  • Dim Wit
  • Radical Red Ale
  • Unsmoked Porter
  • Tropical Milkshake ISA

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June 27: Crux Launch Party

Portland Craft, Vancouver BC; 17:00–23:59

Join us this Tuesday for Crux Fermentation Projects Canadian launch party! We’ll be tapping 9 kegs at 5pm!


June 28: KPU Brewing Info Session

KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations, Langley BC; 18:00–20:00

Ever wondered about a career in the craft beer industry?

The explosion of craft beer’s popularity is creating a huge demand for educated, trained brewers. Whether you’ve always dreamed about opening your own brewery or are looking for a career change, join us for the KPU Brewing Info Session on June 28 at Red Truck Beer to learn how the KPU Brewing & Brewery Operations Diploma can help you get there!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) offers the only university diploma in brewing in BC and is the first Canadian institution recognized by the Master Brewers Association for a standard of excellence in brewing education.

Meet KPU Brewing faculty, current students and grads — including KPU Brewing alumni and Red Truck brewer, Tom Morrison! If you’re curious about the KPU Brewing Diploma or a career in the industry, be sure to join us at Red Truck Beer.

*Must be 19+ to consume alcohol. ID required. KPU-brewed beer available. Red Truck beer and menu items sold separately. Sponsored by Red Truck Beer Company.

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June 28: Beer & Cheese Please!

Yellow Dog Brewing, Port Moody BC; 19:00–21:00

A night of beer and cheese pairing featuring our special guests, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters.

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June 28: June Brewmaster’s Dinner

Trading Post Brewing, Langley BC; 18:00–21:00

This month’s theme for our Brewmaster’s dinner is Chocolate!

Join us on Wednesday June 28th at 6pm! Your $45 ticket includes a 16oz welcome beer of your choice, and a four course dinner with a different 4oz beer with each course! Our Head Chef and Head Brewer will describe each course and why we chose to pair that particular beer with that dish!

Tickets are very limited and reservations are required. Call 604-343-2337 ext 2 to reserve yours!

Amouse bouche:
Custard: Dashi broth, eggs, chocolate foam

Ravioli: Goat cheese and hazel nut filling, butter sauce, kale and herbs

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June 29: Crux Launch Party

The Drake, Victoria BC; 17:00–23:59

Crux Fermentation Project beers are coming to Canada. Join us as we throw a welcome party with a number of their beers on tap.

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June 29: VI Brewing Tap Takeover

The Cascade Room, Vancouver BC; 16:00–21:00

We’re taking over the taps at The Cascade Room on June 29! We’ll have seven VI Brewing beers to share with you, including some surprise inclusions.

19 IPA
Juniper Lime Ale
Sombrio Citrus Session Ale
Victoria Lager
Carmanah Ale
Piper’s Pale Ale (on cask)
S-21 IPA “Nectar”

The draft list gives you special opportunity to try Piper’s Pale Ale in the traditional British style and small-batch IPA codenamed Nectar.

You can also try special features on the food menu made with VI Brewing beers. We’ll have prizes to giveaway too!

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June 29: Rare Beer Tap Takeover

Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar—Convention Centre, Vancouver BC; 18:00–23:00

Beer lovers REJOICE!!!

We’ve teamed up with Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar Convention Centre to bring you some of the rarest, coolest, most delicious beers from our friends south of the border.

There will be 16 beers on tap from Against The Grain Brewery, Propolis, Trinity Brewing and Moylan’s Brewing Company, with some making their debut pour in Canada. This is an event NOT to be missed!

Teaser menu coming next week!

To reserve seating, please call (604) 428-2555

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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Jun 19–25

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June 20: Summer PATIO Series: Parallel 49 Brewmaster’s Dinner

CRAFT Beer Market, Vancouver BC; 18:00–21:00

Join East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing Co. & CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver for the next collaboration dinner. If you enjoy great beer paired with fresh local food, this is an event you do not want to miss!

Your ticket includes a welcome beer, plus four courses each paired with P49 beer.

Please note that this is a set menu! If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please e-mail us before purchasing a ticket here.

Limited tickets available for $60 (taxes and gratuity included).

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June 21: Summer Solstice Patio Party

Central City Brewpub, Surrey BC; 15:00–18:00

Join us for our Summer Solstice Patio Party!

Enjoy Burger & Beer Special, BBQ on the Patio, and Signature Cocktails.

No patio reservations – first come, first serve.

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June 22: Red Racer Pairing Dinner

Edith + Arthur Public House, Surrey BC; 18:00

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June 22: Riot Brewing Tasting

The Strath – Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Victoria BC; 15:00–19:00

Join us in store for a Riot Brewing Co. tasting!

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June 23: Driftwood Tasting

The Strath – Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Victoria BC; 15:00–19:00

Join us in store for a Driftwood Brewing tasting!

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June 23: Barkerville Tap Takeover

12 Kings Pub, Vancouver BC; 18:00–02:00

Barkerville Brewing of Quesnel, BC, bring their unique gold rush stories to the magnificent 12 Kings Pub for their first ever Vancouver tap takeover. Seven different brands of northern craft beer will be flowing:

– High Stakes Imperial IPA
– Wandering Camel IPA
– Hound of Barkerville Brown Ale
– Prospector’s Pilsner
– 52 Foot Stout (1st Place, 2016 BC Beer Awards)
– White Gold Witbier (1st Place, 2015 BC Beer Awards), and
– Hoppy Sour, part of our new Claim Jumper sour series.

This free special event features some Barkerville Brewing swag giveaway, a DJ throwing down irresistible dance tunes, and the full 12 Kings food menu.

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June 24: 2017 Cellar Clear Out Day / Tempus Corvi Launch

The Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub, Victoria BC; 11:30–14:30

Join us Saturday, June 24th as we celebrate the Spring with the launch of our 2017 Tempus Corvi. Released once every 2 years, this barrel fermented sour Saison will be on tap and available in limited cork and cage bottles while it lasts!

We’ll also be celebrating with a MOON TAP TAKEOVER featuring you’re favorite rare and limited Moon beers from the past and present seasonals to barrel aged specialties. Beer list to come!

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June 24: Tri-Cities Cask Festival 2017

Queen Street Plaza, Port Moody BC; 12:00–16:00

This is Canada’s Largest Outdoor Cask Festival. With 30 to 40 craft breweries providing a hand crafted cask beer, you will get to see the creative side of these outstanding breweries and beers you won’t find anywhere else.

When, Where, How: June 24th 2017, Noon to 4pm, Queens Street Plaza, 49 Queens St, Port Moody, BC V3H 2A8, at the junction of Queens Street & Spring Street in Port Moody. (Right beside Aroma Indian Restaurant & Lounge)

Who are the breweries?

Moody Ales
Yellow Dog Brewing
Real Cask
A-Frame Brewing Company
Coal Harbour Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Strathcona Beer Company
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
Silver Valley Brewing
Trading Post Brewing
Faculty Brewing Co.
Old Yale Brewing
Mariner Brewing
Townsite Brewing
Ridge Brewing Co
Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.
Luppolo Brewing Company
Smugglers’ Trail Caskworks
Persephone Brewing
The Parkside Brewery
Callister Brewing
Northpaw Brew Co.
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
Central City Brewing & Distilling
Tri-Cities Cask Festival Association

More to be announced as they are confirmed

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June 24: Summer Kick Off Party

Big Rock Urban, Vancouver BC; 12:00–17:00

On June 24th we`re kicking off the summer with Battle Axe Vancouver!

Join us in the BRU parking lot from 12PM to 5PM a day of ax throwing lessons and competitions, craft beer, free tours, music & BBQ


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June 24: VIB Tasting

The Strath – Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Victoria BC; 15:00–19:00

Join us in store for a Riot Brewing Co. tasting!

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June 24: Andina Summer Days fest

Andina Brewing Company, Vancouver BC; 15:00–21:00

Andina Summer Days Fest. Join us for our first ever outdoor party. Come and enjoy fresh craft beer, food, Live Latin Music and fun. The event will take place in our parking lot! All ages welcome. Two valid pieces of ID required for purchasing beer. Ticket includes one 16oz glass of Andina Session Ale Beer. Cash and Credit Card only at event. saturday June 24th. 3-9pm

Food: Cojines De LECHONA (Traditional Colombian Roasted Pork)

Live Music by: Breaking Boundaries Vallenato Cumbia Band

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June 25: CAMRA Collab Brew

Central City Brewing, Surrey BC; 13:00–17:00

CAMRA Vancouver invites you to join us in celebrating BC craft beer at the first annual CAMRA Collabrew at Central City Brewing (Beatty St) in Vancouver.

CAMRA Collabrew is a celebration of British Columbia’s best locally made craft beers. This event offers attendees the chance to explore new collaborations from some of Vancouver’s favourite craft breweries. Come down to Central City and try a collection of one-off beers that have never been on the market, and may never be on it again!

Participating Breweries:

  • Faculty Brewing and R&B Brewing
  • Steel & Oak and Luppolo
  • Fuggles & Warlock and Britannia
  • Moody Ales and Yellow Dog Brewing
  • Callister Brewing and Odd Society
  • Central City and one of their cross-country collaboration partners

Tickets include entrance, canapés, a 5 oz taster of each beer, and 1 full pour of your favourite of the beers!

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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Jun 5–Jun 11

It’s a bit of a quieter week, but sometimes it’s good to give the old liver a bit of a break!

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

May 8: Sea Cider Tasting

The Strath – Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Victoria BC; 15:00–18:00

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May 9: Bomber Brewing Tasting

The Strath – Ale, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Victoria BC; 15:00–19:00

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May 10: Tap Takeover with Off The Rail Brewing

Malone’s Social Lounge & Taphouse, Vancouver BC; 15:00–21:00

We are excited to have Off The Rail Brewing join us for another great TAP TAKEOVER!

From 5pm Off The Rail will be here to answer questions and give you a unique insight into their beers and brewery.

There will also be prizes for some lucky guests and live music by Katie Cook and Laurence Curtis!

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May 10: HOPoxia

Phillips Brewery, Victoria BC; 15:00–19:00

HOPoxia is back! The seventh annual beer festival dedicated exclusively to hoppy beers is back and better than ever. Over 40 of BC’s finest craft breweries & cideries will be on-hand to transform the Backyard at Phillips Brewing Co. into hoppy beer heaven.

Confirmed Breweries & Cideries:

4 Mile Brew Pub / Axe and Barrel Brewing Company / Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House* / Bomber Brewing / Bridge Brewing Company / Canoe Brewpub / Category 12 Brewing / Deep Cove Brewers + Distillers / Doan’s Craft Brewing Company / Driftwood Brewery / Faculty Brewing* / Fernie Brewing Company / Four Winds Brewing Co. / Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks / Highway 97 Brewing Company* / Howe Sound Brewing / Hoyne Brewing Company / Kettle River Brewing Co.* / Lighthouse Brewing Company / Longwood Brew Pub / Merridale Ciderworks / Moody Ales / The Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub / Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company* / Off The Rail Brewing Co. / Persephone Brewing Company*/ Postmark Brewing/ Powell Breweryl / Red Arrow Brewing / Red Collar Brewing* / Riot Brewing Co. / Russell Brewing Company / Sooke Oceanside Brewery* / Spinnakers Brewpub / Stanley Park Brewing / Steamworks Brewpub – Vancouver / Strange Fellows Brewing / Swans Hotel & Brewpub / Parkside Brewery / Tod Creek Craft Cider/ Tofino Brewing Company/ Vancouver Island Brewing / White Sails Brewing / Yellow Dog Brewing

(Note: * means first time appearance)

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May 11: CAMRA Victoria “Member Only” Event – Glen Moffard

Eagles Eerie #12, Victoria BC; 19:00–21:00

Glen Mofford, author of Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917, where he’ll discuss his publications surrounding the history of BC’s historic pubs and other watering holes.

Also we should have on tap a keg of Lighthouse Brewery’s 150th Anniversary Ale.

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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 29–Jun 4

Sorry this is late. It’s been a crazy busy week and half.

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

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May 31: Luppolo Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Smiths Pub

Smiths Pub, Victoria BC; 17:00–01:00

Taking their name from the Italian word for hops and the Italian heritage of two of the owners, Luppolo Brewing Co. is one of our favourite new breweries from the past few years. Whether it is classic tried & true styles or trying something new, they have been very popular whenever we have poured them.

Opening up a short while ago, with an emphasis on quality beer, Luppolo is inspired to share their love of craft beer with the community.

If you haven’t been to their brewery and tasting room, or if you have, we’ll be featuring a few of the birre for our next tap takeover.

  • Pilsner 6%
  • Wild Saison with Pear 5.5%
  • Gose with Black Lime 4.4%
  • West Coast IPA 7.2%
  • Gin Barrel-Aged IPA 7%
  • New World Sour 4.5%

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May 31: VCBW Rose City Rampage

Portland Craft, Vancouver BC; 18:00–22:00; $60

Join us at Portland Craft for our 5th Anniversary of bringing the best beers of Portland Oregon to Vancouver. This is your chance to try some one of a kind brews without having to deal with the border line ups or the I-5 traffic. Come and chat with the brewers and owners of some of the most exciting breweries the Rose city has to offer.

This year’s breweries are confirmed as:

Reverand Nats Hopricot Cider
Reverand Nats Revival Cider
Boneyard/3 Floyds Armoured Fist Imperial CDA
Boneyard Notorious Triple IPA
Breakside Flagship IPA
Breakside Rainbows & Unicorns IPA
Upright Engleberg Pilsner
Upright Kopstootje
Laurelwood Raspberry Wheat Ale
Laurelwood Pale Project 32
Occidental Hefeweizen
Occidental Helles Lager
Deschutes Swivel Head India Red Ale
Deschutes Passionfruit IPA
Hopworks/Patagonia Long Root Pale Ale
Hopworks Ferocious IPA
Your $60 ticket includes 16 beer samples and food. We expect an amazing line up again this year so make sure to get your tickets early!

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May 28: May Brewmaster’s Dinner

Trading Post Taphouse & Eatery, Vancouver BC; 18:00–21:00; $60

This month’s Brewmaster’s dinner is Wednesday May 31st! Check out the menu below and call to reserve your seats, space is very limited!

Field Salad, lettuce, cabbage blossoms, edible flowers, breakfast radish & lemon vinaigrette

Charred Carrot with sorrel and almond pesto

Flowering thyme basted Rossdown chicken, butter and thyme blossom, served with sauteed swiss chard and beets

Raspberry beer and rhubarb ice cream with rhubarb and nut brittle

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June 1: Strange Fellows Brewing Pairing Dinner

The Buck & Ear Bar and Grill, Steveston BC; 13:00; $40


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June 1: I-P Hazy Whole Hog Cookout + Crabfish Boil

Lamplighter, Vancouver BC; 18:00–21:00; $49

Lamplighter invites you to experience the biggest food & beer event of VCBW 2017. Their first ever Whole Hog Cookout + Crawfish Boil. They’ll be spinning a full pig on the patio while they boil up a massive pot of spicy & seasoned crawfish & veg. While you feast you can sample the Haziest selection of IPAs available. From un-filtered NWPA to Milkshake brews – the theme of the night is IP-HAZY. $49 Ticket includes admission, Pig & Crawfish plate with fixins, 3 Hazy IPA drink tickets, and 1 Raffle ticket for the door prize!

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June 2: VMF Meets VCBW

Lamplighter, Vancouver BC; 19:00–23:00; $20

Join VBCW and the Vancouver Mural Festival to celebrate Vancouver’s art and beer scenes in their gallery and HQ! With local craft beer and djs this mixer will be a window in to where the magic is made, behind the scenes at VCBW and Mural Fest. Tickets are extremely limited for this event so be sure to get yours early to avoid missing out!e!

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June 2–3: The VCBW Festival

The Fair at the PNE, Vancouver BC; 13:00–18:00; $39.99

The 8th annual VCBW Festival, Western Canada’s biggest and best craft-only beer fest is back!

Join us at the historic PNE Fairgrounds on June 3rd and 4th, from 1pm – 6pm, where you’ll find over 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring 300+ beer and ciders.

In addition to the biggest selection of craft beer and cider in one place, the VCBW Festival also features art installations, live music, deejays, food trucks, market stalls, brewing demonstrations, and a games area with pinball and foos ball, a pop up barber shop and more!

Join us and bring your friends to experience Vancouver’s “Best Beer Event” (Georgia Straight Golden Plates, 2013 – 2017) and the “Social Event of the Year” (2016 Golden Owl Awards) – get your tickets today before they are all gone!

Tickets are $39.99 and include 2 drink tokens (more can be purchased for $1.50 each) and a 4oz souvenir taster mug.

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 June 2: Aslan Brewing Tap Takeover

12 Kings Pub, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–02:00

Hang out with Bellingham, Washington’s Aslan Brewing Co. and try several of their organic beers on tap!

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June 3: The KVS Pub Beer Run

The city of Penticton, BC; 13:00–18:00; $39.99

On June 3rd – Take in gorgeous scenery along a 10 k course connecting a Naramata hops farm and 5 incredible craft breweries. Stop at each unique brewery to sample the freshest beer Okanagan Valley has to offer and finish up at Penticton’s iconic Kettle Valley Sation pub courtyard for a gathering including entertainment.

An awesome way to experience the growing craft beer culture of South Okanagan with friends.

All race info and registration online www.pentictonbeerrun.com

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June 3: Brew School: Modern Interpretation of Craft Beer

Vessel Liquor, Victoria, BC; 16:00–15:30; $20

The world of craft beer is constantly moving forward, with new styles and variations popping up seemingly overnight. Where can these ideas be traced back to, and who was coming up with the ideas that feed our creativity today? This seminar explores classic styles from Europe and how North American brewers interpreted them, helping us see why brewers make the choices they do.

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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 15–21

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May 22: 20 Tap Fuggles & Warlock Tap Takeover

Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery, Vancouver BC; 19:00–22:00

Join us next Monday the 22nd from 5pm as we will have an epic 20 tap takeover at St.Augustine’s Pub!

We have saved some incredibly rare beers for this event and here are the list of beers we will bring:

Gin & Lime Pilsner
Pineapple Destiny
Kokoro Pear Sour
Dark Side Russian Imperial Stout
Super 8-Bit IPA
Bella Rossa
Icarus Mosaic Saison
The Last Mango Wit
Ryegar Rye IPA
Shiva White IPA
Valis Imperial IPA
Super SMaSH Brewers
Kakeru Equinox Sour
Blaze Smoked Porter
Gangnam Pale Ale
Destiny IPA
Personas West Coast Common
Bean Me Up Stout
The Last Strawberry
Pixel Pils

See you at 5pm!

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May 23: May CAMRA Victoria ‘Members Only’ Event

Vancouver Island Brewing, Victoria BC; 18:00–19:30

Please join us at Vancouver Island Brewery for our annual ‘members only,’ event as we will be gathering in the retail store portion of the newly renovated facility. Expect to sample tasters of their revamped lineup of beers, and hopefully be joined by a member of the VIB team to answer questions and share some info into the changes they undertook.

As with all of our events, this is ‘members only,’ however you are welcome to bring a potential new member as a guest. And as always, please plan for a safe ride to and from VIB.

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May 24: Yellow Dog Tap Takeover

Colony Bar, Main St., Vancouver BC; 17:00–20:00

Our next #TapTakeover series is hosted by our friends at Yellow Dog Brewing.

We will be featuring a variety of Yellow Dog craft beers as well as prizes, samples, and exclusive information from the brewers and reps.

The perfect opportunity to support local businesses while also drinking beer. Cheers.

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May 25: 3 Course Craft Beer Pairing Dinner ft.Stanley Park

Townhall Public House Abbotsford, Victoria BC; 18:00–21:00

Our chef will prepare a 3 course dinner, perfectly paired with 3 Stanley Park Brewing beers

Click here to see the menu: http://www.jrg.ca/event/townhall-abbotsford-presents-stanley-park-3-course-pairing-dinner

*Please note there are additional service charges applicable when purchasing online

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May 25: 5 Course Driftwood Beer Craft Beer Pairing Dinner

Mickey’s Irish Public House, Victoria BC; 18:30



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May 26: VCBW Opening Night Presented by The Georgia Straight

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver BC; 18:00–21:00

Join us to raise a glass as Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off it’s 8th fantastic year and celebrates The Georgia Straight’s 50th Anniversary with Music, Food, Beer and Art at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Featuring a curated list of 20 of BC’s breweries and cideries pouring 40+ beers and ciders, and VCBW favourite Mark Woodyard flying in specially to provide the tunes for the evening,

Your $49 ticket includes 15 – 4oz drink tickets, live entertainment from VCBW favourite Mark Woodyard, and a sample of Rocky Point Ice Cream’s VCBW 2017 Collaboration Beer Ice Cream! Meet2Eat food truck will be onsite, and breweries include Yellow Dog Brewing, Twin Sails Brewing, Moody Ales, Parkside Brewery, Vancouver Island Brewing, Dogwood Brewing, Backcountry Brewing, Andina Brewing Company, Strathcona Beer Company, A-Frame Brewing Co, Main Street Brewing, Riot Brewing Co., Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Trading Post Brewing, Luppolo Brewing Company, Bomber Brewing and Red Truck Beer, with cider from our friends at Howling Moon Craft Cider.

Get your tickets soon – VCBW’s 8th Annual Opening Night presented by The Georgia Straight is set to be the best kick-off yet!

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May 26: The Beers of Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Vessel Liquor, Vancouver BC; 18:30–20:00

Vancouver Craft Beer Week runs May 26 to June 4 with a variety of different events held in various venues throughout Vancouver, culminating in a big, outdoor beer festival at the PNE on the closing weekend.

Joe will guide you through a tasting of 8 different beers from Vancouver craft breweries. You’ll sample some great beers, learn a little about the Vancouver beer scene and some of the events taking place during VCBW, and maybe even decide to plan a getaway across the water to attend some events later in the week.

NOTE: One lucky attendee will win a pair of tickets to The 2017 VCBW Festival in Vancouver on Sunday, June 4!

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May 27: 2017 Cellar Clear Out Day / Tempus Corvi Launch

Moon Under Water, Victoria BC; 11:30–23:00

Join us Saturday, May 27 as we celebrate the Spring with the launch of our 2017 Tempus Corvi. Released once every 2 years, this barrel fermented sour Saison will be on tap and available in limited cork and cage bottles while it lasts!

We’ll also be celebrating with a MOON TAP TAKEOVER featuring you’re favorite rare and limited Moon beers from the past and present seasonals to barrel aged specialties. Beer list to come!

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May 27: Collaboration Tap Takeover II

Big Rock Urban, Vancouver BC; 12:00–17:00

Celebrate Vancouver Craft Beer Week at Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery with the Big Rock/VCBW Collaboration Tap Takeover!

Join us on Saturday May 27th from 12PM – 5PM and sample collaboration brews from many of your favourite local breweries, such as Ravens Brewing Company, Bridge Brewing Company, Four Winds Brewing Co.,Steel & Oak Brewing Co., Bomber Brewing, Persephone Brewing Company, Red Racer Brew, Powell Brewery, Twin Sails Brewing, Field House Brewing Co., Yellow Dog Brewing, Moody Ales, Parkside Brewery,Callister Brewing Company, Dogwood Brewing, and more! Try them all and vote for your favourite!

Your ticket includes a sample of each beer, live entertainment, beer-inspired canapés, and free brewery tours.

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May 27: Dazed and Confused Under the Maltworks

Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Vancouver BC; 21:30–23:30

Travel back to the generation of the bicentennial year of 1976 to celebrate the joys of beer blasts, and pot smoking. On the last day of school before summer break, a rambunctious group of high school seniors celebrate the arrival of summer while hazing the incoming freshmen.

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May 27: Ridge Meadows Beer Fest

Pitt Meadows Golf Club, Pitt Meadows BC; 19:00–21:00

Join us on Saturday, May 27th between 7pm and 9pm at the Pitt Meadows Golf Club where you will enjoy brews from over 18 craft breweries along with matching delicious eats.

This is a stand-up walk around tasting with the option to enjoy your samples in the newly renovated ballroom or on the outdoor patio overlooking the golf course.

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May 28: Brewers Row Block Party

Parkside Brewery, Port Moody BC; 12:00–17:00

Brewers Row Block Party is going down May 28th!! Join us for the first ever Tri Cities Vancouver Craft Beer Week event.

Brewers Row began in 2014 and these 4 amigos enjoy a good time together. Mix in the fine folks at VCBW, it only made sense to collaborate on their official beer and an awesome block party on Murray St.

Sunday May 28th 12-5 PM there will be Live Music, Food Trucks, 16 beers on tap and good times galore. Your $25 ticket includes entry and a 12oz beer.

Friends, Neighbours and Great Beer!

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May 28: VCBW Feats of Strength

The Cobalt, Vancouver BC; 16:00–22:00

Vancouver’s Brewers have long been known for their ridiculous strength, and of course, for their strength in the ridiculous. Join us at the The Cobalt and watch Brewers, Cellarmen/women, Barkeeps and Plain-Old-Full-Time-Strong-Folk, compete in Push Up Competitions, Phonebook/The Growler tearing, Keg Stacking, and possible, but not guaranteed, shirtless-totem-poling. But why should brewers have all the fun???? Test your strength too, while you sample Copper & Theory’s hand picked, outrageously decadent, somewhat nerd-tacular beer list, and laugh….er we mean revel in the glory of, spectacular FEATS OF STRENGTH.

Your ticket includes entrance, a chance to win a bunch of stuff. The beer list includes beer from Four Winds Brewing Co., Gigantic Brewing Company, Ninkasi Brewing, Brassneck Brewery, Steel & Oak Brewing Co., SuperFlux Beer Co., Yellow Dog Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Bridge Brewing Company, Breakside Brewery, Dageraad Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery and Moody Ales. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door!

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May 28: Three Course Strathcona Beer Pairing Dinner

Townhall Public House, Maple Ridge BC; 18:00



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BC Craft Beer Events; Week of May 15–21

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May 16: VanBrewer Awards Gala

The Cobalt, Vancouver BC; 19:30–23:30

Join us in celebrating the winners of the 2017 VanBrewer Awards! There will be beer, medals, raffle prizes, general merriment and more beer.

$5 gets you entry and your first beer, drinks are market price after that.

Register your entries and sign up for judging/stewarding here: http://vanbrewers.brewcomp.com/

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May 16: Battle of the ‘Burbs – Dageraad vs. Steel & Oak

Wildebeest, Vancouver BC; 19:00–22:00

It’s almost summertime and Wildebeest is welcoming in the season with another exciting edition of their outstanding beer dinners for your eating & drinking pleasure! On this occasion we’ll be showcasing two of our favorite breweries from outside the city – Dageraad from Burnaby and Steel & Oak from New Westminster. Both breweries have secured their spot among the top brewing talent in British Columbia and we aim to showcase their amazing beer through our carefully selected head-to-head pairings.

Dageraad Brewing defied all logic by brewing only Belgian-style beers. Other breweries have tried, with varying degrees of success, to produce these styles of beer in individual batches, but no one expected that a brewery in BC could focus exclusively on Belgian beer and be successful. While the brewery may be a bit out of the way for some, it is indeed a hidden gem, well worth the train or bus ride out to Burnaby for their beer. Dageraad is singular in Vancouver, with no other brewery coming close to creating these styles with such quality, consistency, and attention to detail.

Steel & Oak Brewing Co. embodies the modernness of today while remaining dedicated to the craftsmanship of years long past. Materials of strength and durability, steel and oak; house protect and nurture what we stand for most – exceptional tasting craft beer. Using a mixture of North American, English and German brewing styles, techniques and ingredients, Steel & Oak explores new beer styles while constantly refining and perfecting the classics. Always unfiltered, unpasteurized and made with the finest ingredients, Steel & Oak proudly returns the noble tradition of brewing quality beer to New Westminster.

Tickets are $85 including tax and gratuity.

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May 18: Island Tour de Brewers Wrap up Fundraising Party for MS

Moon Under Water, Victoria BC; 19:00–23:00

After riding over 500 km’s to every brewery on Vancouver Island, the Island Tour de Brewers will wrap up at Moon Under Water! Donated beer from island breweries will be pouring to raise funds for the MS Society of Canada. As well, some exciting donated auction items will on hand to bid on (including Shawn Soole’s hair!)

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May 18: Beer Club – Category 12

Lucky Liquor Store, Nanaimo BC; 18:30–21:00

This amazing weather is calling for beer! Fantastic beer! Come on up to Lucky’s Gourmet Loft and join our craft beer specialist and the crew from Category 12 Brewing as they walk you through a tasting of delicious brews with a story or two. Cheers!

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May 18: La Ducasse & Life Drawing

Strange Fellows Brewing, Vancouver BC; 19:00–22:00

Strange Day #29

Think you can’t DRAW to save your LIFE? Face your fear (of drawing) and join us for an evening of LIFE DRAWING.

La Ducasse de Mons’ yearly re-enactment of the battle of St. George and the Dragon celebrates the triumph of bravery over fear. Even if you think that you can’t draw, take inspiration from St George, and join us on Thursday May 18th, when we’ll celebrate bravery with an evening of judgement-free LIFE DRAWING.

La Ducasse: The good luck charms of some are small enough to fit in a pocket or wear around the neck. Other charms are bigger, like the one that characterizes the tiny village of Mons, Belgium. Each year, the townsfolk re-enact the notorious battle between good & evil, with St George astride his horse, valiantly battling the Dragon. First performed in 1349 to cure the village of the Black Death, this charm obviously works, as the town has not suffered from the Plague since.

$12 – for a beer and a Life Drawing Session* with a live model. Materials and instruction provided. You bring your courage to try something new. *Life Drawing Sessions are 1 hour: 7-8pm, or 8-9pm. All artistic abilities welcome. Please RVSP.

Many thanks to OPUS Art Supplies for their generous donation of materials.

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May 18: San Diego Day

The Drake, Victoria BC; 11:30–23:59

A celebration of small-scale, independantly owned craft breweries from one of our favorite beer cities, San Diego, CA.

Hosted by Scot Blair, owner of Monkey Paw Brewing, South Park Brewing Company and the iconic craft beer bar, Hamilton’s Tavern.

Breweries confirmed…

  • Mikkeller SD
  • Monkey Paw
  • South Park
  • Council
  • Burning Beard
  • Burgeon

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May 20: Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival

Fort Langley National Historic Site; 12:00–17:00

Get ready for a brand new beer festival for the Fraser Valley!

Located outside the palisades of the Fort Langley National Historic site in the heart of farm country, this is the perfect place to enjoy the best of local craft beer, food and entertainment!

Mark your calendars for May 20th from 12 to 5 pm for an afternoon filled with old fashioned fun!

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May 20: Rare Brews North America 2017

Darby’s Gastown, Vancouver BC; 19:00–22:00; $60

The newest installment of Darby’s Rare Brews brings some of the best rare beer to Darby’s Gastown from some great North American breweries.


  • Against The Grain
  • Trinity
  • Moylan’s
  • Funkerks
  • Propolis
  • Cascade
  • Boneyard
  • Dieu du Ciel
  • Le Trou Du Diable
  • Dunham

Enjoy some Canadian and American import rare brews while you enjoy locally sourced comfort food from Chef Simon McLeod and Sous Chef Alex Chiu.

Join us on Saturday, May 20th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm from some great food and beer.

Tickets are limited and can be found on Eventbrite.

Food and Drinks are inclusive of price.

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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 8–14

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May 9: CAMRA Brewmaster’s Beer Pairing Dinner

Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery, Vancouver BC; 19:00–22:00

CAMRA Vancouver invites you to join us on May 9 at 7pm for a brewmaster’s beer pairing dinner at Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery! This custom curated menu features a 4-course dinner, each course infused with beer and paired with a Big Rock beer.

A vegetarian option is available, please select the vegetarian ticket option. No other substitutions available as this is a set menu.

Sweet beets, warm BC goat cheese, micro greens, cumin & Mosaic Lager dressing

Tomato, garlic, onion, avocado on crostini with Stout & pomegranate reduction


Traditional Ale braised beef cheeks on celery root mash with seasonal veg and crema
(vegetarian option available)

Lavallee’s olive oil cake with Fiasco pistachio gelato Midnight Rhapsody and Rose infused sugar

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May11: Category 12 Beer Dinner

Bar Norcino, Vancouver BC; 18:00–21:00

On May 11th Bar Norcino will be hosting a Category 12 Beer Dinner. This evening will include a 3 course pairing menu guided by head brewer and founder of Category 12, Michael Kuzyk.

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May 11: 4 Course Moon Under Water Pairing Dinner

The Henry Public House, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–21:00


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May 11: Search for the Perfect Pint

Port Moody, BC; 18:00–23:00

Join Red Truck Beer as you search for the perfect pint on May 11, 2017.

Search for the Perfect Pint is a craft beer tasting event, with over 22 breweries, 6 local restaurants and live music in the back ground, this event will celebrate all things craft beer. Come down to the Port Moody Galleria at City Hall and give your taste buds a test drive!


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May 11: Aslan Tap Takeover

John B Neighbourhood Pub, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–22:00

Come hang out with us and team Aslan Brewing Company as we take over the taps at John B Neighbourhood Pub The!

We got a stellar beer lineup that night including:
– Captain Planet IPA
– Maiden Voyage Pale Ale
– Horizon Lines California Common
– Irie Eyes Red Ale
– B’Ham Brown
– Ginger Rye
– Classic Light Lager
– Batch 15
– Dawn Patrol

We’re also giving away a “Night in Bellingham” package (hotel stay, food and drinks for two) courtesy of Beerthirst + Aslan Brewing Company!

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May 12: Dogwood Tap Takeove

East Side Craft House, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–01:00

Dogwood Brewing will be taking over the taps at East Side Craft House while the Quizmistress supplies an evening of trivia!

There are no reservations for this event and seating is limited, so get there early if you want to participate..

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May 13: Beer Wars Spill Over

East Side Boxing Club, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–23:00

Due to the popularity and increased participation from the contenders in this years Beer Wars we will be holding two shows to accommodate more match ups. As you know, the first show BC Beer Wars – FIGHT NIGHT was held April 29th.

The second show will be held at Eastside Boxing Club on May 13th 6pm – 11pm. Tickets are $25. Doors at 6pm, fights to start around 7pm.

Congratulations to all contenders for all your hard work!

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May 13: GOBF 2017 The Main Event

Waterfront Park, Kelowna, BC; 12:00–17:00

Join us for the main tasting event at Waterfront Park, where we’ll be pouring for 3,000 beer drinkers. Nestled on the beautiful beaches of Okanagan Lake and right in the heart of the city of Kelowna, dozens of breweries will come together to celebrate the love of beer.

We’ll cheers to the best craft beers and ciders that BC has to offer, showcasing breweries from across the Sea-to-Sky corridor and the Okanagan, with a few of our favourite Ontario, Quebec and International brews joining the fun.

We hope you’ll join the party as we celebrate the unity of water, hops, yeast and malt!

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