BC Beer Awards and Festival 2017 – New Format, New Awards!

Press release:


Vancouver BC, August 11, 2017 – The 8th annual BC Beer Awards and Festival (BCBA) is set to return on October 21, 2017 to the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the province. A one-day only event, it features both the BC Beer Awards ceremony and a craft beer festival with over 65 breweries, and a selection of BC ciders presented by The BC Farmed Craft Cider Association.

We are pleased to announce a new format this year! We recognize that not everyone wants to pause to watch an awards ceremony in the middle of a beer festival. For those that do, and the industry folks, it’s a special time! Well now you have the choice. Ticket holders can choose between two ticket types:

VIP Awards Hour Ticket grants early entry at 4pm and live viewing of the awards ceremony hosted by CBC’s Stephen Quinn in the main ballroom, and starting at 4.15pm. These tickets will be for industry folks and a limited number will be available for sale to the public.

General Admission Ticket runs 5 – 10pm does not include the live awards ceremony viewing, yet still offers a full 5 hours of festival as before.

Awards will be presented for 30+ categories including the CBC People’s Choice Award, Richards Buell Sutton LLP Rookie of the Year Award, and the Krones Brewers Challenge. New this year – The Tap & Barrel Brewery of the Year Award. More award announcements to come!

Last year the BC Beer Awards challenged Brewers to show off the wonders of the almighty Mild Ale. This year we want them to SMaSH it out of the park, by showcasing how a single malt and single hop can really make a beer shine! The Growler is also back hosting a Brewer’s Collaboration Booth.

Event Details

Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from *4 – 10pm
Tickets: On sale Tuesday August 15th @ 10am

  • VIP Awards Hour Tickets – $55 + tax (no early bird)
  • General Admission Tickets – Early bird $35 + tax until October 1st, Regular $40

Tokens: All tickets include 4 x 5 oz drink tokens

Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes: July 31–Aug 6 (19 Unique Beers)

Bottles & Cans


Vigneronne (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

This was packed with huge bright and fruity Muscat grape flavours, with a delectable vinous character and undertones of oak. The mouthfeel was lightly tart, with tingling acidity on the tongue.

Kriek 100% Lambic Bio (2016) by Brasserie Cantillon

This had so much wonderful fresh cherry flavour. This was a young sample so the fruit took dominance over the lambic character; however, it was still tart with a touch of funk

Abt 12 (2016) by Brouwerij St. Bernardus

This Belgian quad was full-bodied and dark with a nose of apricots and orange The palate was complex and malty with a bitter-sweet finish and a nice hop bite.

Mochaccino Messiah by To Øl

The coffee brown ale had big coffee and chocolate notes with a super malty body and sweet, smooth finish from the addition of lactose.


Clean Saison by Burdock

This classic saison was clean, and crisp with a touch of dry clove character from the yest. In fact, it was an almost perfect Saison Dupont clone.

A Blessing And A Curse by Left Hand Brewing Company

This big double IPA had a big nose of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits, with a caramel malt body. It was rather dank on the palate with a bitter finish.

Wild Marmalade Farmhouse // Coolship Collaboration Series 04/04 by Field House Brewing Co. & Four Winds Brewing

Clove spiciness from the phenols with very subtle orange and lemon. Touch of funk-lite in the finish.

ReQueened Honey Ale by Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

Rich notes of honey and toffee. Sweet in the middle, but finishes crisp and dry.

Go Get It by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

Tons of lime and just the right amount of ginger to give it a spicy kick. Very tingling on the tongue from the lactic acid.

Currant-ly Unavailable Blonde Ale by Riot Brewing Co.

Getting blackcurrants and raspberry. Slight tartness. A wee bit sweet on the finish.

Mating Saison by Dogwood Brewing & Calliser Brewing

Nice twist on the classic saison: clove-like spice from the phenols and banana and pear from the phenols, with a dusty spiciness from the rye.

Junk Punch IPA by Riot Brewing Co.


A nicely balanced day-to-day IPA with classic citrus and tropical fruit hop character and a biscuity malt base.

Killer Cucumber Ale by Steamworks Brewing Company

Light and easy-drinking with a refreshing hint of cucumber and a touch of black pepper and citrus.

Green Magic IPA by Dead Frog Brewery

Decent West Coast IPA with tons of pine and a touch of citrus and tropical fruit. Bready malt body with a relatively balanced finish.

Trailer Park Boys Freedom 35 by Double Trouble Brewing

Let’s be honest, I bought it for the can. It’s not the worst cheap lager I’ve ever had though. Malty and not much else.

Affable IPA by Moody Ales

Classic West Coast IPA with pine, citrus, and a touch of mango from the hops and a doughy malt body.

On tap at The Drake


Black Butte XXVIII by Deschutes Brewery

A rich and heady mixture of scotch, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, sweet orange peel, molasses, raisins, figs, and liquorice. Divine!

Notorious IPA³ by Boneyard Beer Company

An intense but well-balanced west coast IPA with pine and citrus on the nose and and a rich caramel malt body.

La Folie (Lips of Faith) by New Belgium Brewing Company

Puckering acetic acid sourness with notes of sour apple and cherry with earthy and oaky undertones. Rich and complex.

Mirror Pond Pale Ale by Deschutes Brewery

A nicely balanced pale with a smooth caramel malt body and citrus and floral notes on the nose from the Cascade hops.


Dageraad Brewing Releases 10.5 month Aged Batch of Amber Kelderbier

Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby is planning to release a special small-batch of their Amber Kelderbier that has been ageing for 10 1/2 months.

Amber Kelderbier is their Belgian-style pale ale that has been spiked with Brettanomyces lambicus, bottle-conditioned in 750ml bottles and then aged. Brettanomyces acts very slowly, and brings out some lovely pepper and cherry-pie notes in this beer.

“Kelderbier” is Flemish for cellar beer. In this case, it means both that the beer has been aged before they release it, and that it is appropriate for continued aging. Stored properly (upright in a cool, dark, temperature-stable place) this beer will continue to develop for at least two years.

Amber Kelderbier will be available tomorrow, August 9, at noon for $9.75 per 750ml bottle. There will be 22 cases available, with a limit of two bottles per customer per day.


Kettle River Releases Barrel-Aged Ale with Rhubarb and The Great White NE IPA

Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna BC has announced the release of a special version of their one-year barrel-aged beer that has been refermented on rhubarb.

The beer is said to lightly flavoured with oak and hints of red wine then balanced from the tartness from the rhubarb.

They will have a limited amount of bombers available at their tasting room from 12 p.m. on August 9.


While you are there, also make sure to check out their new The Great White New England White IPA. It’s said to be a smooth-drinking beer with hoppy notes, a fruity finish, and a nice bite.