Can you imagine a whole week drinking your favourite craft beers? Yeah, you can. And so could the organizers of Vancouver Craft Beer Week. So much so that they went and got a festival going. Now in its sixth year, the event features the best craft beers from across Canada, a Battle of the Bartenders, a beer trivia event called What the Hop?, as well as special guests from the brewing industry.
This year Vancouver Craft Beer Week, which goes down May 29th to June 7th, came up with a true Canadian theme: lumberjacks. (We’d call it lumbersexual but we might not be allowed in.) During the week, thirsty Vancouverites will have the chance to sample some 400 beers from 100 breweries. There will be a Gala — of course there will be a gala! — featuring 20+ breweries celebrating the finest year-round craft beer offerings available in British Columbia. Your ticket gets you all the samples you can drink, a souvenir VCBW tasting glass, and some other surprises. The Signature Festival event takes place over the weekend at the Fair Grounds at the Pacific National Exhibition, where where the Stihl Timbersports Western Canada Finals will take place. There are dozens of other fun events, including a night of breweries, great Jazz and good grub at the Alibi Room, a food pairing challenge where you guests decide if dishes work better with beer or wine, and much more.
IF YOU ONLY ATTEND ONE EVENT…
Make it the GIGANTABIROOMCOBALTAPALOOZA. It really rolls off the tongue easy, doesn’t it? No, it doesn’t. But after a few pints it won’t really matter. The past five years the festival partnered with Alibi Room for Hoppapalooza. To change things up in 2015 they are heading to Cobalt, where Portland beer scene darlings, Gigantic Brewing, take over the taps with special guests Brassneck, Parallel 49, and Strange Fellows pouring some special releases of their own. Since beer without tacos and music is like wine without cheese and attitude, this event also features a Taco Bar in the patio headed up by Railtown Cafe and music from the folks at Zulu Records. Get your tickets here.