BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 24–30

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

July 25: Unibroue Brewmasters Dinner

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

5 Beers 4 Courses Unibroue beer inspired and paired dinner. Limited space, reservations required, $65/person. Call 250-590-4556 for information and reservations

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July 26: Callister Tap Takeover at Smiths Pub

Smiths Pub, Victoria, BC; 17:00–01:00

For the past 2 years, Callister Brewing has been rewarding people who make the trek to their Franklin Street location (near Hastings and Clark) in Vancouver, with lots of amazing beers from themselves and other small breweries.

Callister is Canada’s first collaborative brewery, which offers a unique opportunity for independent and talented brewers to showcase their products by creating accessibilty to equipment and commercial facilities.

Find out why we always stop in when we visit Vancouver and try some quality beers from:

  • Callister “Pop Top” Grapefruit IPA
  • Callister “Kul Daddy” Kölsch
  • Callister “Short & Stout” Dry Stout
  • Callister “Zwirbelbart” Dunkelweizen
  • Callister “1 Hop Mind” Single Hop Pale Ale with Ahtanum Hops
  • Boombox “Mic Drop” Triple IPA
  • Light heart “What The Dinkel !?” Saison
  • Morningstar “Principia” White IPA
  • Night Owl “Summer” Saison
  • Real Cask “Cash Money” IPA w/ Citra Hops

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July 26: July Brewmaster’s Dinner

Trading Post Brewing, Langley, BC; 18:30–20:30

Theme: Cheese
Your ticket includes a 16oz welcome beer and a four course beer pairing dinner.Each course is paired with a 4oz beer chosen by our Brewer to compliment that specific dish. We use only the freshest, local ingredients grown here in the Fraser Valley

Check out the Menu below!

Amouse Bouche
Frico: Cheese foam, cheddar crisps,confit tomato, beer ham.

Appy
Squash Blossom: Beer Battered Zucchinni Blossom, carrot aioli, pickled shimeji mushroom.

Main
Whey Brined Porkchops: Whey brined Chops, organic black lentils, patty pan squash, soubise.

Dessert:
Cheesecake, Okanagan Cherry compote.

Tickets are $45. Call 604-343-2337 ext. 2 to reserve your seats. Reservations are required!

Event website

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July 26: Trinity Brewing Tap Takeover

Biercraft, Vancouver, BC; 18:00

Trinity Brewing is doing a tap takeover at our Commercial Drive location on July 26 from 6pm onwards Come try some of Colorado’s best brews!

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July 27: 5 Course Parallel 49 Beer Pairing Dinner

Townhall Public House, Coquitlam, BC; 18:00–21:00

Our chef will present a 5 course dinner, perfectly paired with Parallel 49 Brewing Company Beers!

To see the menu: https://www.jrg.ca/event/townhall-coquitlam-presents-5-course-parallel-49-brewing-pairing-dinner-july/

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July 27: Howe Sound Pairing Dinner

Townhall, Abbotsford, BC; 18:00

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July 27: Twin Sails Pairing Dinner

The Buck & Ear, Richmond, BC; 18:00

 

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July 28: Twa Dogs 1st Birthday Party!

Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery, Victoria, BC; 15:00–20:00

Twa Dogs turns one! Join us for our first birthday party where we’ll be releasing our newest brew, the Melodie Raspberry Kolsch!

20oz pints or flights only $5 from 3pm until we close. We’ll have snacks, giveaways, and a colouring contest for you to enter!

Come help us celebrate a year of brewing for the Twa Dogs!

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July 28: Red Arrow Masterclass

Tudour House Liquor, Esquimalt, BC; 19:00–20:00

Red Arrow Brewery Masterclass with Brewmaster Chris.

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July 29: The Thirsty Chef III

The Market Square, Victoria, BC; 12:00–16:00

THE THIRSTY CHEF III.
A showcase of west coast brewers and chefs.

10 of the island’s best chefs preparing and serving fantastic bites! Sample with pairings from some of our favorite craft breweries. All while raising funds for The Island Chefs Collaborative, supporting our local organic farmers.

This year funds will go to help support farmers affected by the wildfires.

22 Participating Breweries confirmed so far…

From BC:
Dageraad
Moody Ales
Steel & Oak
Yellow Dog
Powell
Persephone
Superflux
Four Winds
Phillips
Hoyne
Category 12
Swans

From US:
Deschutes
Sierra Nevada
Boneyard
Crux
Breakside
pFriem
Gigantic
Left Hand
Modern Times
Green Flash/Alpine/Cellar 3

Event website

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July 29: Canada 150 : Celebration of the Senses

Backroads Brewing Company, Nelson, BC; 12:00–18:00

Backroads Brewing and the Société de dévelopement de la Colombie Britannique are proud to host an official Canada 150 Celebration of the Senses event, Saturday, July 29 from 12.00 p.m.!

Come and join us for this very special day at Backroads Brewing, 460 Baker Street!

We’ll have:

-Workshops about the craft beer making process
-Live music with Stagger Blue and the Brews
-Pottery demonstrations by Fanny Parent (https://www.instagram.com/fp.ceramics/ )
-Live painting by Amber Santos from Artitude ( http://www.arti2de.com/ )
-French food tasting by Chez Totoche ( https://cheztotochenelson.wordpress.com/ )

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I left My Liver in Vancouver, or How I Visited 43 Craft Breweries in 48 hours and Lived to Tell the Tale

Do you ever have a really stupid idea to do something, then against your better judgement, do it anyway? Well, that’s pretty much a way of life for me!

In May I had the ridiculous idea to visit Vancouver for the weekend and attempt to visit 43 craft breweries by public transit. It was quite an adventure, with lots of highs and lows—mostly resulting from the dangerous amounts of alcohol I imbibed. 🙂

I did it, so you didn’t have to. You are welcome!

Day 1

I arrived on the ferry at 11 a.m. with a suitcase containing 20 bombers of beer for a friend I trade beer with on the mainland. He was supposed to pick me up and collect the beer, but messaged me to say he’d had a family emergency, so I was a little screwed, as my AirBnB wouldn’t let me check-in till 3 p.m and I couldn’t really go all over town with this huge amount of beer.

I quickly changed the plan and decided to start with Four Winds, Fuggles, and Brittania, but as I was stressed out, I ended up getting the express bus to River Rock and completely missing them. Damn!

It was 1:30 by now, so I decided to head over to Dogwood, which was close to my AirBnb at Oakridge. Bit of a later start than I originally intended…

Dogwood

Vancouver’s only organic brewery. This place is a bit off the beaten track, but has nice a little tasting room, with plenty of benches, a relaxing atmosphere, and lots of games to play.

As this was my first stop after a stressful morning, I did a flight of six beers. This may not have been the best decision to start off the day.

Super flight:

  • Organic Fest
  • Organic IPA
  • Organic Stout
  • Apricot Sour
  • Vanilla Bean Lager
  • Organic Honey

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Finally, I got to my AirBNB and was able to offload my heavy suitcase of beer.

Now that I was unencumbered by luggage, I decided to head down to the Mount Pleasant area to try out the first big cluster of breweries. How could I start anywhere bu the inimitable Brassneck.

Brassneck has a fantastic tasting room with a nice warm environment and an amazing selection of some of the best beers in BC. It’s the sort of place you could hang out and relax in all evening. However, as I was settling into my flight, I got a message from my friend saying he was waiting outside in his car and didn’t want to some in, so I had to chug all of this fine beer. 😦

Flight:

  • Ambiguation
  • Bjørn Again
  • Free Radical
  • The Geezer

Strathcona

The plan was to head out to Port Moody, but my friend decided to stop in at Strathcona to pick up their new Beach Radler. Much like my previous visit to this place, I came away with a sour taste in my mouth, and it wasn’t from the beer. The service was just abysmal—It took forever to get served and the server was very surly.

Glasses:

  • Left Imperial IPA
  • Rye ESB

Steamworks

Then we made an impromptu stop into Steamworks’ Burnaby location. I’m not a huge fan of the touristy downtown brewpub, but this was my first time going to the Burnany location and I was very impressed. The tasting room had a really nice open atmosphere and much, much better prices than the brewpub. They also had an old fashioned car right in the middle of the lounge for some reason.

Glasses:

  • Tropical Tart Ale
  • Killer Cucumber Ale

IMG_20170527_182129Twin Sails

… and I finally got to Twin Sails! If you read my blog, you will no doubt know that I am a huge fan of this brewery. As an added bonus, they were releasing their new Disco Nap double IPA that same day, so I got to pick up a 4-pack straight from the brewery and try it on tap. I was a little happy

Glasses:

  • Slam Dank
  • Disco Nap

Yellow Dog

A short stumble next door took us to Port Moody’s first brewery, Yellow Dog. These guys are probably my #2 Port Moody brewery, so I was super excited to finally check this place out. The tasting room / lounge was large and funk, but sadly, while they had a huge tap list, I’d drunk everything on offer multiple times. Whoops…

Glasses:

  • VCBW Hazy Pale Ale
  • Super Secret Sour Ale

The Parkside Brewery

We then took a quick stop into Port Moody’s newest brewery, The Parkside Brewery. These guys have been in business a year now and they’ve begun to break away from their standard line-up and experiment a little, with great results. The tasting room was awesome and had a nice community environment. It also had a large patio area featuring fake grass to fit the park side theme.

Flight:

  • S.M.a.S.H Ekuanot
  • Radical Red Ale
  • Dim Wit
  • Hampstead Brown Ale

Moody Ales

Last but not least was Moody Ales, the second brewery to open on the row. Another warm and inviting tasting room with a great little patio and great ales on tap. Fellow Blogger Mike Garson of mikescraftbeer.com even joined us here.

Flight:

  • Sublime Pineapple Hefeweizen
  • Dry Irish Stout
  • Intrepid lemon Matcha Saison
  • Special Bitter

20170527_222739Parallel 49

I really needed food at this point, so somehow we ended up at the new P49 street kitchen and tasting room. I wanted food, but you know, there was booze too!

The new tasting room is pretty cool and had a nice “street” chic to it, but I kind of miss the old tasting room, as it was a lot more low key. They had 40 taps of P49 beers on though, which was insane!

Flight:

  • Experimental IPA 005 (Trash Panda V2)
  • Experimental IPA 002 (Trash Panda V1)
  • Tasty Mon
  • HBC 344 SMASH IPA

Glass (not that I needed it at this point):

  • 2014 BA Barley Wine

After this, sleep was needed, so I got driven back to my AirBnB. However, I got dropped off a few doors down and didn’t know where I was, so I decided to call a cab, which drove me half way across town before I demanded he stop. After a huge argument with the cab driver, my phone died and I was lost. Eventually I found a bar where I could charge my phone and finally made it back around 2 a.m. Urgh!


Day Two

Day two started with a gentle walk from Oakridge down to Main Street. Thankfully, with no hangover!

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First stop of the day. They have a smaller tasting room, but it had a nice atmosphere and good staff. They’d only opened a couple of minutes earlier, so it was a little empty.

Flight:

  • Witches Brew
  • Flahute
  • Breffny Irish Red Ale
  • One Man Band

Red Truck

As tempted as I was to go back to Brassneck. I didn’t want to repeat myself, so I popped into Red Truck. I’m not a huge fan of their beer, but their restaurant / tasting room is probably one of the most unique I’ve ever been to. Called The Truck stop, it’s done up like an old fashioned diner.

Flight:

  • Blackberry Bourbon Ale
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Ryzenshein Crystal Rye Gose

Steel Toad

More a brew pub than anything, Steel Toad is pretty much a swanky restaurant that brews its own beer. Their beer was OK and they had a legit guest tap list, but they’ve since started serving sub-zero macro beer and I am not a fan of that!

Glasses:

  • Kermode
  • Blood Orange Sour

20170528_130608Faculty

Faculty is an awesome little brewery with a dinky little tasting room where you can literally touch the tanks from your seat. They always have interesting beers on and the staff is always fantastic.

Flight:

  • Rhubarb Pear Sour
  • 404 Cashmere Pale Ale
  • 699 Earl Grey Ale
  • 710 Oaked Stout

R&B

Last time I went to R&B I guess I was a little drunk and just went to the growler bar, but they have actually have a full restaurant and bar set-up where you can also order fantastic pizza. Who knew?

Flight:

  • Belgium Amber Ale
  • White India Pale Ale
  • Lil Haze IPA
  • East Side Bitter

33 Acres

I’m not a huge fan of this place. It’s far too hipster for my taste. Everything is decorated in white, all the beer labels are black on white and even the beer tastes a little white.

Flight:

  • 33 Acres Of Darkness
  • 33 Acres of Genesis – Batch 2#
  • 33 Acres of Sisu
  • 33 Acres of Euphoria

20170528_141912Big Rock Urban

I chose an interesting day to attend. They had a special collaboration beer event the day before, so had none of their regular beers on tap, but I got to try some amazing collabs leftover from the event. This is something of a bonus, because their regular beer is a little bland.

Flight:

  • Kicking In Speakers (Twin Sails / Boombox)
  • La Casa (Four Winds / Luppolo)
  • Fotzel (Powell / Strnage Fellows)
  • Hoppy Mess (Big Rock / Strathcona)

Granville Island

Huge-ass tourist trap parading as a craft brewery. I had a drink and left quickly.

Glass:

  • California Common

Yaletown

Another tourist trap parading as a craft brewery. Meh.

Glass:

  • Ariana Golden IPA

Postmark

This place has a fancy restaurant in a gorgeous building with these massive ornate wooden doors. Their beer is decent, but it’s not the sort of place I’d like to hang out and drink beer in all day. Good for a date, maybe?

Flight:

  • Loral IPA
  • Mandarina Wheat
  • Raspberry
  • IPA

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Now we’re getting back to the good stuff. Formerly called Powell Street Craft Brewery before randomly changing it to Powell Brewery, these guys make some fantastic beer. The tasting room is an intimate affair, but the place was full of beer nerds and the staff was really friendly.

Flight:

  • Old Jalopy
  • Ode to Citra
  • Dive Bomb
  • Cumulus Lupulus

Andina

Andina is East Van’s new kid on the block. Founded by Columbian/Canadian brothers, Andina has a distinctly South american influence, with Hispanic music playing, Andean food on offer and much more. It’s a very different experience and a lot of fun!

Flight:

  • Monita – Blonde IPA
  • Andina Session Ale
  • Totuma – Kölsch
  • Mapalé – Milk Stout

Doan’s

Do you like rye? Because Doan’s has all of the rye! I love these guys. Lots of solid German-style beers with a twist and a tiny but fun tasting room.

Flight:

  • Rye IPA
  • Altbier
  • Kölsch
  • Doan’s German IPA #3

Coal Harbour

Dang! they don’t have a tasting room. Come on guys! Get on that!

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Storm brewing is one of the oldest breweries in East Vancouver and also one of the sketchiest. That’s kind of what I love about the place though. It has an odd smell and you drink beer out of plastic cups by donation. They’re really capturing the East Van vibe. 😉

Oh god, the beer! I love how they have a beer labeled as a cinnamon bun ale and it will actually taste like a cinnamon bun. They are not fucking around. It’s like black magic!

  • Root Of All Evil
  • Cinnamon Bun Ale
  • Vanilla Whiskey Stout
  • Raspberry Apple Ale
  • Old Fashioned Ale
  • Storm Damage

Bomber

After those big Storm beers, I was a little tipsy and I dropped my phone. It’s a Galaxy S7 Edge, so the case did little to protect it from the impact. Oh well, just a casualty of my war on my liver.

Next up was another East Van Classic. Bomber has a decent size tasting room with a bar and ample seating. I love being able to watch people brew through the glass behind the bar.

Flight:

  • Red India Session Ale
  • Marzen
  • ESB
  • Pilsner

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This one is cheating a bit. Callister is a sort of brewery incubator. It’s four breweries operating out of one location, so I’m counting it as four!

I love the variety you get in this place. every brewery has a very distinct style. Sorry to the other guys, but Boombox was my favourite! Sadly they’ve now moved on, but I was lucky enough to try some of the leftover beers at Farmhouse Fest a couple of weeks ago!

Flight:

  • Short N’ Stout (Callister)
  • Sabroso (Lightheart)
  • Blood Moon (Real Cask)
  • Tropic Thunder (Boombox)

Off the Rail

At first glance, you wouldn’t think there was a tasting room here, but after wandering up the stairs to the second floor you will find a really nice little tasting lounge that looks down on the neighborhood.

Flight:

  • Equinox ISA
  • Raybuck Red Ale
  • Belt Up ESB
  • Classic Pale Ale

Luppolo

Luppolo is an Italian-inspired brewery with a warm and inviting tasting room with an inviting rustic feel to it. The beer isn’t really Italian-style, but a mix of different styles from across the globe.

Flight:

  • Hoppy Rye Saison
  • West Coast Farmhouse Ale
  • Table Beer w/ Peach
  • Black Lime Gose

20170528_185041Strange Fellows

Another favourite of mine, Strange Fellows specializes in creative takes on traditional styles. They brew lots of wild ales, sours, IPAs with experimental hops, and more. I’m actually a member of their Fellowship club, so get access to lots of rare barre-aged beers not available to the public.

Flight:

  • Saison De Printemps
  • Cyclhops Bramling Cross IPA
  • El Jefe
  • Guardian White IPA

Central City

Central City has an impressive custom built production facility out in Surrey that is almost as big as some of the macro brew facilities. They have a nice beer tasting bar, retail store, and cocktail bar right in the lobby.

Glass:

  • Thor’s hammer

Steel & Oak

Another favourite. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad beer from S&O. The tasting room is more of a bar than anything. You don’t get to see much of the production side of things, but the atmosphere is always good.

Flight:

  • Radler
  • Red pilsner
  • Dark Lager
  • Smoked Lager

Dageraad

Oh wow! The last time I came to Dageraad, the tasting room was ridiculously small, but they’ve since built a new one that is gorgeous and incredibly spacious. I’d have spent more time here if they we’re closing in five minutes!

Glass:

  • 10° (2017)

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My friend Greg then drove me up to North Vancouver. I don’t know what I would have done without him. I’d have been screwed!

This place had a swanky-ass tasting room with barrels all over the place and a gin still in the corner. I’ve never tried their beer before, but they had some pretty good choices.
Flight:

  • Picnic Apricot IPA
  • The Crawl Stout
  • Scout Rye IPA
  • Yuzu Wit

Bridge Brewing

Probably the most well-known North Van brewery. The tasting room is small, but cozy, which I kind of like. Some of the fancy swanky restaurant ones feel artificial to me.

Glass:

  • Oat ISA

Greenleaf

This place had a nice little tasting room and patio. This was the first time I’ve friend their beer, so I had to go with something special.

Glass:

  • 2 Years Oak Aged Brett

Black Kettle

This place has a nice little tasting room that is right is smack bad in the middle of the brewery. Well, not as bad as Storm, but close. It’s cool to see all of the tanks around you. The beer is so-so.

Glass:

  • White IPA

20170528_212853Hearthstone

Heathstone is a great brewery with a really nice restaurant and bar attached to it. They put out some really unique beers and try a few things that no one else does locally.

Glass:

  • Chocolate Milk Stout

Craft Beer Market

Not a brewery, but holy cow, this place has an insane amount of taps and amazing food. This was the best way to end the night!

Glass:

  • Mountain View Black Currant Sour

Day Three

My last day! My friend steven picked me up and we hit the last few stops on the way to the ferry.

20170529_113307Four Winds Brewing

What better way to start the day than drinking Four Winds and eating delicious tacos? Four Winds is my favourite BC brewery and perhaps one of the best in Canada. I’ve never had a beer from them that was less than excellent!

Glasses:

  • Elementary Lager
  • Wild Marmalade Farmhouse // Coolship Collaboration Series 04/04

Fuggles & Warlock

Fuggles! I am a huge geek, so how can I not love this place with all of its nerdy decorations and old school video game machines. I wish I could have stayed all day.

Flight:

  • Yuzu
  • The Last Fruit Salad
  • Takumi Saskatoon Berry Wheat Sour
  • Personas

Britannia Brewing

One last stop on the way to the ferry. Basically another restaurant that brews some beer. The beer wasn’t bad, though.

Glass:

  • King of the Sea Saison

And done! I arrived at 11 a.m. on friday and left at 11 a.m. on Monday. 43 breweries and a craft beer bar. I’m not sure how I did that.

I even went out on a date when I got home and had a few more beer!

Morning Star and Night Owl Brewing Latest Additions to Callister Co-Op

callister.pngCallister Brewing is a brewery incubator based out of East Vancouver. Callister Brewing is the permanent brewery and other breweries operate out of the location on one-year contracts.

Previous members include Machine Ales (now Superflux) and Boombox.

The latest breweries to join the co-op are Morningstar Brewing and Night Owl Brewing.

Morningstar held a soft release of their first small batch beer on June 2. Called Early Riser, this Belgian ISA sold out within just 3.5 hours and received great reviews. They are now hard at work brewing their first proper batch at Callister, which will be called Immortal Peach.

Night Owl released their first pilot batch on June 15, called Side Hustle. This 7% IPA was brewed with a pilsner malt base, and hopped with galaxy, cascade, and a ton of citra. It was said to be highly aromatic with low bitterness.

I can’t wait to check them out on my next Vancouver trip.

 

Craft Beer Events for the Week of Mar 13–19, 2017

It seems things have calmed down a bit after Victoria Beer Week and various events in Vancouver and the rest of BC last week. This is probably a good thing, as my liver took quite a beating!

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 13: CAMRA South Okanagan AGM & March Members Meeting

Craft Corner Kitchen, Penticton, BC; 18:00–21:00 PST

The AGM will start at 6:00pm. Come hear about our results from 2016 and our plans for the upcoming year. Elections will be held for the executive positions. Nominations can be sent to pres@camraso.ca and will also be accepted at the meeting. All current CAMRA SO members are eligible to vote.

Once the AGM wraps up (around 6:30pm) we will start our regular members meeting with our special guest, Nathan from Detonate Brewing, who will have some of his beer on tap for purchase. CAMRA SO is excited to welcome our members back together at our first official 2017 meetup and we will be providing complimentary appies prepared by Chef James! As always, CAMRA members save 15% on food and get 20oz pints for the price of 16oz.

Ginger from Okanagan Fest of Ale will also be on site selling weekend passes at a reduced price for CAMRA members!

We are looking forward to catching up with you all soon! As always we will also be accepting new memberships during the meeting as well.

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March 15: East Side Beer Fest

The Wise Hall & Lounge, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–21:00 PST

Liberty Merchant Company proudly presents the 5th Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event. This Liberty-sponsored event is in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, which helps provides food for up to 25,000 people in need each week. All proceeds from both ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the GVFBS.

The evening will feature craft beers from all over the world and gift card prizes from La Mezcaleria and Merchants Workshop. It’s the perfect Spring event! Join us on Wednesday, March 15th, from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Wise Hall located at 1882 Adanac Street, just off of Commercial Drive.

Tickets are $24.99 plus a non-perishable food donation to the GVFBS and are available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations. Tickets are all-inclusive – all alcohol tastings are included with your ticket.

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March 16: Beware the Ales of March

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

Join us March 15th for Boombox’s inaugural Ales of March. We will be launching two (2!!) new IPAs as well as our limited release “Double Double” Golden Ale. Three brand new Boombox beers on the same day!

Growler fills will be time limited on the 15th so that you don’t have to lineup too long for a pint. Get fills of either of the IPAs from 2pm – 5pm. Growler fills will resume the following day.

We’ll also be providing some appies in the evening to celebrate Kent and Ryan’s birthdays as well as staying open until 11pm.

Hopefully you can make it and remember… Beware the Ales of March!

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March 16: New Beers & New Breweries Tasting with Joe Wiebe

Vessel Liquor, Victoria, BC; 18:30–20:00 PST

Explore the world of BEER with the Thirsty Writer, Joe Wiebe. Once each month, Joe shares insights into a different style of beer with us. Taste through 8 beers in a friendly, relaxed environment, with a maximum of 14 guests per class. All beer fans welcome!

This month we’re tasting some of the newest beers available in Victoria, including several of the beers that were launched at Victoria Beer Week 2017: Lift Off! as well as a few other ultra-new tasty options from:

  • Powell Brewery – Hop Hash IPA
  • Persephone Brewing Company – Single Hop series
  • Dageraad Brewing – White
  • Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Valis Imperial IPA
  • Steel & Oak Brewing Co. – Towers + Trains Earl Grey IPA
  • Twin Sails Brewing – No Fun Zone Blonde Stout AND Str8 Flexin Imperial Stout
  • Hopefully something from Parkside Brewery.

See you there!

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March 17: Tapping of the Casks

The Bent Mast, Victoria, BC; 16:30–01:00 PST

This St. Patrick’s Day, come celebrate with us at The Bent Mast for The Tapping of the Casks.

Fuggles & Warlock, Bomber Brewing, and The Bent Mast are joining forces to bring you the Spirit of the Irish with two casks and Irish inspired dishes.

Bomber Brewing will be bringing our Choqlette Porter with Jameson soaked oak chips.

Casks are tapped at 4:30.

No cover. Pints are 6.00. Cask and menu information to follow.

Wear green!

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March 18: Port Alberni Hops Festival

Echo Centre, Port Alberni, BC; 19:00–21:00 PST

 

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March 18: Beer Wars Fundraiser Night at the Moon!

Moon Under Water, Victoria, BC; 16:30–23:00 PST

Come support your Island contenders as they make their way to BC Beer Wars to face off against some Vancouver Breweries!

Tickets $25 – includes a burger, side, and 20oz pint!

There will be door prizes, a raffel, and live music provided by the talented folks of Roy’s Bag

If you would like tickets, please shoot Victoria Boxing Club a message or swing by Moon Under Water. Tickets will be available at the door.

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March 18: Hoppy Sunday: an IPA tasting

Spinnakers (West side), Victoria, BC; 16:30–01:00 PST

**FREE EVENT**

Join us at Spinnakers Spirit Merchants Vic West in Victoria, BC to explore the world of IPAs! The style becomes more broad every year and brewers continue to push the boundaries for this category. Over the course of 6 samples we hope to show you the wide variety of flavour and aroma profiles within IPAs.

We will have TWO sampling sessions, one at 2pm and another at approx. 2:50pm.

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March 19: Hops & Hounds

Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, BC; 14:00–16:00 PST

**FREE EVENT**

Festival Nanaimo, Pacific Island Entertainment and the good folks at Dog n’ Suds Pet Services are letting the dogs out to join us at Hops & Hounds, a fundraiser for the Nanaimo SPCA on Sunday, March 19th at Maffeo Sutton Park from 2 pm – 4 pm.

Oh – let’s not forget about the beer! Nanaimo’s own White Sails Brewing, and Longwood Brewery, will provide some of the finest craft beer made on the Island. $2 beer tasting tokens. There will also be a BBQ by Original Joe’s – yum!

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