BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Nov 27–Dec 3

Nov 27: Brewers Q&A and Book Signing with Author Stephen Beaumont

Central City Downtown, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–19:00

Stephen Beaumont, author of The Indispensable Guide to the World’s Best Craft and Traditional Beers, joins Brewmaster Gary Lohin and Dageraad Brewing’s Ben Coli for a craft beer Q&A.

Stephen included Hoyne Brewing from Victoria and Central City on his ‘Canada’s Can’t Miss List’. Dageraad Brewing made Stephen’s ‘Canada’s Up and Coming List’.

Join us at Central City Brewpub on Beatty for a flight of beers recommended by the beer guru himself as well as an intimate Q&A with two of Canada’s best brewers.

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Nov 28: Aletown Beer Society

The New Oxford, Vancouver, BC; 18:00–20:00

Hello Beer Drinkers!!

Aletown Tasting Sessions are about to relaunch this year with your hosts Jan Eim and Callum Thederahn.

These two are New Oxford’s top bartenders and have been with our company for quite some time now.. They love their beer (I’m sure as much as you do) and are excited to host these tastings for your enjoyment!

Our first re-launch is going to be amazing! We have a great brewery coming in with lot’s of samples and give-a-ways. You don’t want to miss this!

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Nov 29: November Brewmaster’s Dinner

Trading Post Brewing, Langley, BC; 18:30–21:30

Our last few Brewmaster’s Dinners have sold out so don’t wait to reserve your seat!


Amuse Bouche: “Patatas Bravas”
Skinny Kennebec Fries, Chorizo & Manchego Cheese Jus

Appie: Ensalada A-Rocha
A-Rocha Farm’s Baby Carrot Carpaccio, Sherry Pickled Shallots & Winter Greens

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Nov 30: Cannery Brewing Tap Takeover

St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, BC; 17:00–23:00

Please join us as Penticton’s Cannery Brewing takes over the taps at St. Augustine’s in Vancouver.

There will be 15 different taps – 6 core beers, 7 seasonals and 2 exclusive beers for this event.

Come anytime after 5pm and enjoy a flight of the beers that helped put Penticton on the craft beer map. Meet the team from Cannery Brewing and enter for some beer swag as door prizes.

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Nov 30: 4 Course Hoyne Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner

Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House, White Rock, BC; 18:30–21:30

Our chef will prepare a 4 course dinner, perfectly paired with 4 Hoyne Brewing Company Beers

Click here to see the menu: http://www.jrg.ca/event/jrg-public-houses-present-hoynebrewing-3-course-pairing-dinners/

*Please note: online ticket purchases are subject to service charges, whereas in-store ticket purchases are not

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Nov 30: Tasting Event For Female Craft Beer Enthusiasts

Nanaimo, BC; 19:00–22:00

The Sisterhood of Island Beer Drinkers is Excited to WELCOME you to our first (of many) Beer Tasting Event For FEMALE Craft enthusiasts!

Who Are We?
A collective of ladies living in Nanaimo excited to experience all the craft beer beautiful Vancouver Island has to offer; sharing this passion in a space exclusively for females where we can Learn – Experience – Empower 🍻

What’s in it for you?
For $25 you receive 5 4oz tasters from our local breweries
+AN EARLY released winter spiced brew from Love Shack Libations featured HERE first!
+FIRST 20 THROUGH THE DOOR receive a Sisterhood of Island Beer Drinkers Growler!
Where to buy?
E-transfer @ sisterhoodofislandbeerdrinkers@gmail.com
Credit / Cash @ VIU and Nanaimo surrounding message us!
Can’t wait to see you!

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Nov 30: 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Festival

Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC; 19:00–21:00

It’s Back! The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer and Cider Festival!

This year we have more vendors and more prizes! Vendors joining us will be:

Wolf Brewing
Category 12
Moon Under Water
Tod Creek Local Craft Cider
Now including Spinnakers Brewpub!

We can’t wait to welcome all vendors and try their delicious product. We’ll also be raffling off a turkey and movie tickets for 2.

All attendees will receive a keepsake beer stein as well.

Open to all members and their guests. Register on the club website at www.rvyc.bc.ca **Must be 19+ to attend**

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Dec 1: Christmas Craft Beer Show

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC; 17:00–21:00

After a resounding success in its first year the Christmas Craft Beer Show is back for another round! The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Show will take place at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on December 1 & 2, 2017.

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Dec 2: Christmas Craft Beer Show

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC; 13:00–17:00

After a resounding success in its first year the Christmas Craft Beer Show is back for another round! The 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Beer Show will take place at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on December 1 & 2, 2017.

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Dec 2: CAMRA Monthly Meeting – Hoyne Brewery Visit

Hoyne Brewing Company, Victoria, BC; 16:00–18:30

Please Join your CAMRA Exec for a special Tour and Tasing at Hoyne Brewing on Saturday, December 2 @ 4pm

(This is our November event, but due to scheduling will be in Dec) .

In order to be able to do this event, we need to have a mininum of 10 participants and can only have a max of 20.

If you would like to attend this event, Please RSVP by November 29 by going to:


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BC Craft Beer Events for the Week of Nov 20–26

Nov 21: Brewery vs. Winery Dinner

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

Brewery vs. Winery Dinner
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Beer or wine? Why not have both at Craft Beer Market’s twist on this annual event.
Brewmaster Evan from Doan’s Craft Brewing and Sommelier Brent from Blasted Church Vineyards will go head-to-head for each of the four delicious courses in this challenge to see who pairs it best, you will be the judge!

6pm – Welcome Drink

630pm – First Course (each course includes a beer and wine pairing)

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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Nov 22: 3rd Annual Beeard & Moustache Challenge

Strange Fellows Brewing, Vancouver, BC; 19:00–21:00

In celebration of all things hairy and scary in observance of Koutzoulan, we invite you to join us on November 22nd for our 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Challenge.

We hereby challenge the bewhiskered and mustachioed to show us their best and help raise funds for Movember. Categories are Best Moustache, Best Beard, and the Brewer’s Golden Moustache Award*. Your $15 entry fee (a.k.a. donation to Movember) gets you a beer as well as the chance to win some fabulous prizes. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Movember Foundation.
(* open to all brewers and associates of local breweries)

Registration: 6-7pm
Contest: 7-9pm

Koutzoulan, a.k.a. The Most Terrible Wolf Day is an Old Country tradition that honours the much-feared and revered Wolf. To avoid illness and bad luck, superstition dictates that on The Most Terrible Wolf Day people must not wash or comb their hair, wear clean clothes, nor cut bread with a knife. Above all, they must not leave the house after dark for fear of being eaten by the Wolf.

Maybe we’re not all superstitious, but it wouldn’t hurt to stay indoors and join friends at Strange Fellows to celebrate all things hirsute, and support men’s health at the same time!

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Nov 23: Black Wednesday Anniversary: Firefighter Celebration!

Spinnakers Brew Pub, Victoria, BC; 11:00–23:00

On November 23rd 2016, Spinnakers had a fire that could have been the end of it all, but it wasn’t!!! Thanks to the local community and the Victoria Firefighters, Spinnakers still stands as the oldest Brewpub in Canada.

So this November 23rd from 11am-11pm we invite the local community to come and celebrate with our staff, and our local Firefighters at Spinnakers. We will be serving up our Firefighter Thirst Extinguisher Session Ale on tap for a special price of $5 + taxes and we will be selling our tall cans of Session Ale (a dollar of every four pack goes to the Victoria Firefighter’s Charitable Foundation). Not to mention there may be some Firefighter calender’s up for grabs!

We hope to see you there!

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Nov 23: Festival of the Dark Arts

Callister Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC

Just in time for Black Friday, join us and discover the delicious, mysterious, dark side of brewing. Experience a wide selection of fine dark Ales and Lagers from all four breweries. All indoors, no tokens and free admission! It will become your favourite festival of the year.

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Nov 23–25: Bannf Craft Beer Festival

Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Bannf, BC

The Most Beautiful Beer Festival in the World takes place in the most beautiful place in the world, the Cave and Basin in Banff National Park. Embrace the mountain lifestyle at the Banff Craft Beer Festival that showcases over 40 of Alberta’s unique Craft Breweries and Distilleries. Banff is known for pristine wilderness, glacier fresh waters and beautiful scenery and you can now immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and stories of this iconic national park and landmark while savouring delicious samples from some of Banff’s finest eateries and sampling some of the best beers and spirits made right here in Alberta!

More details at www.albertabeerfestivals.com

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Nov 24–25: Hopscotch Festival Vancouver

Vancouver Forum, Vancouver, BC

The 22nd Annual Hopscotch Festival is back – but in an entirely new way! Canada’s largest celebration of Scotch and other Whiskies, Craft and Premium Beer, Craft and Premium Spirits, Wine and Food has been given a facelift with immense changes being implemented. It took 22 years but Hopscotch is no longer a “corporate-style” public trade show but rather an experience for the “in” that won’t be forgotten.

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Nov 30: Stouts vs Porters: taste + learn about the historical evolution of the styles

Cascadia Eagle Creek, Vanouver, BC; 17:00–20:00

Presented by Cascadia’s own Stephanie (Certified Beer Server)

Join us on the last Thursday of the month for complimentary beer-focused tastings and learning sessions.

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Nov 23: 4 Course Hoyne Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner

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

Townhall Public House, Langley, BC; 18:30–21:30

4 course dinner, perfectly paired with 4 Hoyne Brewing Company Beers

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Nov 25: Jackdaw Rye Sour – Beer Launch

Ravens Brewing, Abbotsford, BC; 12:00–20:00

We’re excited to announce the launch of the second beer in our Sour Series, Jackdaw Rye Sour.

Join us for cocktails, wine, food from a local food truck and 8 beers on tap!

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Nov 24: Hoyne Brewery Showcase

Tudor House Liquor Store, Langford, BC; 19:00–22:00

Hoyne Brewery

SHOWCASE – 20 seats avaliable



Reserver your FREE Seat on our website.

Phone: 250-590-5883
Email: tudorlrsevents@gmail.com

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Nov 25: Hoyne Brewery Tasting

Tudor House Liquor Store, Langford, BC; 16:00–20:00

Hoyne Brewery



4 – 8PM

~ Tastings are downstairs – no need to register ~

Phone: 250-590-5883
Email: tudorlrsevents@gmail.com

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Nov 26: Category 12 Third Anniversary

Category 12 Brewing, Victoria, BC; 18:30–22:00

This year’s event is a little different! It’s ticketed (by donation via Eventbrite) and there are only 125 tickets! So don’t doddle 😉

West Coast Brewery Tours is going to be running a shuttle service from Swans Hotel to the brewery by donation! Bus 75 also stops right in front, so there’s no excuse not to visit us.

We’re enjoyed three awesome years of support from our community, and want you to join us for a fun celebratory evening to help us return the favour!

You provide the friends, and we’ll provide the fun and four never-before-been-released beers that we’ve created over the past year just for the occasion!

Purchase tickets at EVENTBRITE by donation. Proceeds from this event will go to both the Sidney Food Bank and the Multiple Sclerosis Society!

We look forward to seeing everyone!

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Nov 26: Stephen Beaumont New Book Launch

The Drake, Victoria, BC; 15:00–18:00

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

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Nov 15: Cheers to Four Years: Anniversary Party

Craft Beer Market, Vancouver, BC; 16:30–19:30

Please join us to celebrate four great years of craft beers on November 15th from 430-730pm with live entertainment, complimentary small bites and sampling and most importantly, good company!
…oh and cake…it would not be a birthday party without it.


*St.Vincent de Paul Society is a non-profit organization helping families in-need in our community all year long with the hope of lifting them from poverty. Every year, the CRAFT team supports 10 families around Vancouver during the holiday season by providing them with food, clothing and other gifts of need. In 2016, we raised $40,000 across Canada for this great cause.

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Nov 16: BC Beer Award Winners

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

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 taste through some of the Gold Medal winning beers from the 2017 BC Beer Awards.


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Nov 16: Beer Club—Spinnakers

Lucky’s Liquor Store, Nanaimo BC; 18:30–20:00

This month’s Beer Club features great craft suds from Spinnakers Brewpub. Now in their 33rd year of brewing, Spinnakers was the first Brewpub to open in Canada. Duncan McIntyre will be on hand as brand ambassador, pouring and chatting up the brews from this iconic establishment.

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Nov 16: Driftwood Brewery Tap Takeover

328 Tap House, Langford BC; 19:00

Who’s stoked for our TAP TAKEOVER on the 16th? We can’t wait! Hope to see all of your smiling faced there! Driftwood Brewery Driftwood Brewery


Nov 14: Aletown Beer Society – Relaunch!

The New Oxford, Vancouver, BC

Aletown Tasting Sessions are about to relaunch this year with your hosts Jan Eim and Callum Thederahn.

These two are New Oxford’s top bartenders and have been with our company for quite some time now.. They love their beer (I’m sure as much as you do) and are excited to host these tastings for your enjoyment!

Our first re-launch is going to be amazing! We have a great brewery coming in with lots of samples and give-a-ways. You don’t want to miss this!

We will be hosting Aletown every second Tuesday. We have a great line up this year and will hopefully continue on after the New Year as well.

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Nov 16: Hawaii In November Night feat. Maui Brewing Co.

Garrick’s Head Pub, Victoria, BC; 18:00–23:00

Join us for a special event at Garricks Head Pub on November 16th! All the Maui favourites will be on tap including a few limited releases. We will also have a special guest joining us from Maui Brewing Co, so come join us for a pint and a little taste of Hawaii in November!

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Nov 18: Camosun Childcare Brews Mystery Tour

Dunlop House, Victoria, BC; 15:00–22:00

The Brews Mystery Tour will take place at three different secret locations, starting and finishing at the Dunlop House on the Lansdowne campus of Camosun College . You will be transported to each event on a double decker bus and upon arrival will enjoy a variety of beer tastings paired with canapes while experiencing live music/entertainment. The evening will conclude with guests returning to Dunlop House for a silent auction, all in support of Camosun Child Care Services (CCS).

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Nov 18: White Sails Two Year Anniversary

White Sails Brewing, Victoria, BC; 11:00–23:00

Join us in celebrating White Sails Brewing’s two year anniversary!

We want to thank our amazing community for supporting us over
the last two years by offering special anniversary pricing, two anniversary casks, live music, food specials, prizes and giveaways, free brewery tours and much more!

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Nov 18: Coal Harbour Open House Vol.2

Coal Harbour Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC; 15:00–22:00

We know you all wonder why we don’t have a tasting room like everyone else. We’re working on it.
In the meantime…..join us for the second edtion of our monthly (hopefully) open house/pop up tasting room!!
Come hang out, drink our beers, check out the space, take home some swag, and chat us up!!
We want to see everyone and their dog here (mostly just the dogs).
$4 beers
-311 Helles Lager
-Market Saturation IPA
-Woodland Sour Saison
-Sunrise GUAVA Gose
-Special cask

Be there. No other option.

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Nov 16: 4 Course Hoyne Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner

The Buck & Ear Bar and Grill, Richmond, BC; 18:00–21:00

Townhall Public House, Maple Ridge, BC; 18:00–21:00

Our chef will present a 4 course dinner, perfectly paired with 4 Hoyne Brewing Company Beers

To see the menu: http://www.jrg.ca/event/jrg-public-houses-present-hoynebrewing-3-course-pairing-dinners/

*Please note: online ticket purchases are subject to service charges, whereas in-store ticket purchases are not

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Nov 17: Cannery Brewing Tasting

Tudor House Liquor Store, Victoria, BC; 16:00–20:00


4 – 8PM

Tastings – no need to register

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Nov 17: Craft Beer Pairing Dinner

Howe Sound Brewing, Victoria, BC; 19:00–21:00

Join us on November 17th for another amazing night with Chef Brendan Cooke. The Craft Beer Pairing Dinner Series continues with limited seats available. 4 Courses + 4 Beers. Call now to reserve your place at the table. 604.892.2603.

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Nov 18: Turbrewlence!

Comox Officers’ Mess, Comox, BC; 13:00–17:00

The OMess will be hosting a selection of BC Breweries for an All-Ranks Beer Fest!

Regular ticket includes:

– 9 stations of beer and cider, pouring until the kegs run out! (breweries TBA)
– 5oz souvenir sampling glass
– A tasty menu provided by Tria, including hot sausage po’boys, pork belly bahn mi, double beef sliders, wings, and more!
– Live band
– Your chance to win some awesome door prizes!

Ticket sales are cash only. Early bird tickets go on sale 3 Oct!
$30 for OMess Members
$40 for Guests of Members

Starting 1 Nov, tickets will be $35 and $45 for members and guests, respectively.

Food-only tickets are available for $15.

Refund policy: no refunds unless due to operational reasons. You may conduct ticket buy/sell/trade transactions using this FB event page.

As a reminder, taxi chits are available for OMess members. Please don’t drink and drive.

Popcorn will be popping and beer will be flowing; you won’t want to miss out. See you there!

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Nov 18: Whistler Cornucopia – Best in Glass

Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, BC; 11:30–13:00

Whistler Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial
SEMINAR | Best in Glass: Award Winning BC Craft Beer

Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, leads a guided tasting of the different styles of BC beers, and shares the stories behind many of the winning local brews. BC-made craft beers continue to punch above their weight in North American competitions. At the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards, for example, 47 of the 165 medals, including Beer of the Year, went to beers made in this province. Breweries and beers featured:

1. Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.: Kolsch – Gold, Canadian Brewing Awards and Canadian Brewery of the year
2. Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company: Blonde Ale – Gold, BC Beer Awards – Brewery of the Year
3. R&B Brewing: Pale Ale – Gold, Canadian Brewing Awards
4. Backcountry Brewing: Widowmaker IPA – Silver, BC Beer Awards and Rookie of the Year Award
5. Central City Brewers + Distillers: Thor’s Hammer – Gold, Canadian Brewing Awards
6. Coal Harbour Brewing Company: Smoke and Mirrors – Gold, Canadian Brewing Award

Saturday November 18, 2017
11:30AM – 1:00PM
Whistler Conference Centre
Ticket includes 6 tasters of beer

Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial, the True North of food & drink festivals – a place of culinary reckonings, where the wild meets the refined and the epic and the epicurious come together. Cultivate passion. Open wide. Let your tastebuds run wild.

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Nov 18: Whistler Cornucopia – Brewing Outside the Boxs

Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, BC; 14:30–16:30

Whistler Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial
Seminar: Brewing Outside the Box – Brewers Gone WILD
Presenter: Ken Beattie

Picasso was perfectly capable of painting anatomically correct — and boring — portraits of attractive women, but if that was all he’d ever done, you probably never would have heard of him. He had mastered the depiction of the human body, but his genius lay in going a step further. Similarly, BC’s eminently qualified craft brewers are experimenting brilliantly with unusual ingredients and flavour combinations. Ken Beattie leads this tasting of BC craft beers that will turn your expectations of how a beer should taste inside out and upside down.

Saturday November 18, 2017
2:30PM – 4:00PM
Whistler Conference Centre
Ticket includes 6 tasters of beer

Beers will be sampled from these breweries (which are known for creating some wild and interesting flavour combinations:
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
Category 12 Brewing
Central City Brewers + Distillers
Bridge Brewing Company
Tofino Brewing Company
Deep Cove Brewers + Distillers

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Nov 18: R&B Tasting and Brewmasters Night

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

Join us as we bring in a classic – brewing the good stuff since 1997 – R&B Brewing!

To celebrate their big win at BC Beer Awards (Bringing home Gold out of 82 other brews with their Vancouver Special IPA) we’re not only doing our normal tasting night with great beer specials but have limited tickets available for a long table styled 4 course pairing dinner.

We’ll be pouring for the evening the award winning Vancouver Special IPA, Shake Your Fruity Milkshake, Dark Star Oatmeal Stout, and Ravens Cream Ale.

Beers will be on special for 4$ a sleeve, 16$ a Pitcher, and 8$ for a flight.

Dinner includes four 5oz beers, and a four course meal with an introduction of each beer by our R&B rep Ty.

Please note reservations must be made for the dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $30 per person. Please e-mail in all reservations and inquiries to cjohnston@famoso.ca RE Brewmasters Dinner.

As usual, we’ll be doing our prize baskets – Each beer purchase gets you entry into the draw for swag from R&B and gift certicates to your favorite Pizzeria; Us! 😉

See you here – we start at 530!

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Hoyne Releases Voltage Espresso Stout 2017

Hoyne Brewing in Victoria BC has released the 2017 version of their fall seasonal
Voltage Espresso Stout.

Voltage is a breakfast stout brewed with espresso from Habit Coffee in Victoria BC. Voltage pours out a dark brown colour with big aromas and flavours of espresso along with hints of chocolate and hazelnut.

Voltage is available now at the Hoyne tasting room and is currently shipping out to select private liquor stores across BC.


The Unmissable Beers of GCBF 2017

Selfi_guyThere’s a lot of great beers being served at this year’s GCBF. With such a wide variety of brews on offer it can be a little overwhelming to chose what to try in the limited time available.

I realize that not everyone is like me with the alcohol tolerance of a Norse god and a replaceable liver, so I thought it would be a good idea to make list of what I think will be this year’s unmissable beers.

In addition to the below, make sure to check out The Drake cask tent, where they will have tons of interesting and unique one-off beers on offer.

Four Winds Brewing– Quadrennial

Four Winds is by far the best brewery in BC and a contender for the best in Canada. I got a chance to try Quadrennial at Farmhouse Fest this year and I still have dreams about it. It’s a four-year barrel aged dark American-style sour ale, conditioned on blackcurrants. OMFG!

Twin Sails Brewing – Dad Jokes

I might have a little bit of an obsession with Twin Sails. There… I said it. These guys just make fun beers and love to play around and experiment. To that end they make almost-weekly small batches of test beers that are only available in their tasting room and this 100% El Dorado hopped DIPA is one of those! Hopefully they are kind enough to bring me a can for my ever-growing collection. Hint! Hint!

If you haven’t tried them yet, also try Con Leche and Dat Juice—I love those beers.

Faculty Brewing – 713 Balsamic Stout

This one is definitely not for the casual beer drinking. Faculty loves to experiment with their beers and the numbers assigned to the beers indicate how challenging they are—713 is pretty up there.

For this one they infused their award-winning Oaked Stout with balsamic reduction. I’m imagining a maltier and less sour version of Duchesse De Bourgogne.

Steel & Oak Brewing – Steinbier

Steel & Oak specializes in traditional German-style beers. For this unique lager, they collaborated with Germany’s Freigeist Bierkultur. 

Steinbier which translates to “stone beer” in German was created by pouring the wort over hot granite rocks, instantly bringing it to a boil, causing the malt sugars to caramelize and creating clouds of piping hot hot steam—resulting in a lager with a malt-candy-like finish.

Moon Under Water Brewery – 4 Year V (cask) 

Moon Under Water just release their 5th year anniversary wheat wine, but as a special treat for this year’s GCBF they’ve taken this year’s release and blended it with barrels of last year’s 4th year anniversary wheat ale, which has been aging for 12 months. Beware though, it’s 11.5%!

Field House Brewing – Field House X Brassneck – Wild Brett Wasp Ale

Inspired by a Brassneck beer called Buzzkill, this beer was fermented with yeast harvested from a wasp’s gut and finished with Brettanomyces. It was then left overnight in Fieldhouse’s Copper Coolship with elderflower and hops, allowing the beer to collect micro flora and fauna from the cool pacific night air, while naturally bringing it down to fermentation temperatures. 

Brassneck Brewery  Red Currant Changeling

Brassneck’s Changeling is a very tart kettle sour that is brewed using a different fruit every time. This new variant is brewed with red currants and if it’s like any of the previous iterations, it should be divine!

Moody Ales – Boss Juice Double IPA

I’m a sucker for my hazy NE IPAs, especially DIPAs. They even added Saccharomyces Trois to this one to this one to give it a little tartness and funk. They say it has notes of pineapple, mango, and citrus—sounds amazing!

Salt Spring Island Brewing – Apple Belgian (cask)

I got to try this one up at the Cowichan Beer Festival last month and was really impressed. It is brewed with Begian yeast, crystal hops, specialty malts, and 100% pure BC apple juice to create a crisp summer ale with subtle hints of spice and malt sweetness. 

Lighthouse Brewing – Ryujin

This plum-infused tripel is a special collaboration with Fuggles & Warlock and is said to have aromas and flavours of spice, clove, and plum. I can’t wait to try it.

While you are there, also make sure to try the new Ahtanum hop variant of their Numbskull IIPA.

Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Last Strawberry-Guava Wit (cask)

This special cask of their Last Strawberry wit has been infused with extra strawberry puree, guava puree, and honey!

Also check out their Gin & Lime pilsner. That stuff is legit!

Townsite Brewing – Bois Savauge (cask)

This unique barrel-aged ale was fermented with wild yeast found in the Townsite barrel room. Expect farmhouse funk and tart acidity with notes of cherry and stonefruit on the palate.

Hoyne Brewing – Dark Side of the Farm (cask)

It’s very rare that Hoyne puts on a special cask for this sort of event, so I’m very curious to try this one out. They say that it is dangerously dark, mysteriously light, and magically infused with Sea Bluff Farm’s blackberries.

Sooke Oceanside Brewery – High Tide Rye – Imperial Rye Ale (Friday cask)

I’m a big fan of rye in beer. It just gives beer such a dry spicy character that I love! This imperial ale is brewed with unmalted rye and a big dose of North American hops. 

Vancouver Island Brewing – Burton Ale

This is a special collaboration with Gladstone Brewing. The Burton ale is an amber ale that originates in 16th century Burton-on-Trent, England and acted as the inspiration for modern IPAs.

Category 12 Brewing – Brett Pale Ale (cask)

C12 always brings a great unique cask to GCBF. This year they are bringing a pilot-brewed Brett pale ale that is said to be deliciously fruity with a smooth, subtle finish.

Beau’s All-Natural Brewing – Buenos Dias Gruit Ale

Buenos Dias is a gruit, which is centuries-old style of ale that uses bittering agents other than hops—in this case, organic lime juice, organic orange, lime peel, and sea salt. This refreshing summery ale has pronounced citrus notes with a touch of salt and hints of coriander. The finish is clean and dry.

Brasserie Dunham – Berliner Mango Weisse

This non-traditional Berliner weisse from one of Canada’s best breweries was brewed with mango puree. They say that it is dry and sour, with an exotic and spicy character. It sounds like a perfect beer to drink on a warm summer day.

While you are there, also try their Saison du Pinacle and Tropicale IPA. They are to die for.