Brews News: Give the gift of beer!

VCBW’s main event runs June 2 and 3, 2018. Contributed photo

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the craft beer lover on your list, it just so happens that tickets are on sale for some of B.C.’s biggest and best beer fests!


Victoria Beer Week


The fifth annual Victoria Beer Fest runs March 2-10, 2018, and none of the events will be outside, which is a great idea.

The week opens with Lift Off! event which will see the launch of 12 brand new beers from some of B.C.’s best craft breweries at the Victoria Public Market. Many of the favourite events from previous years will be back, including All About the Wood; Friday Night Casks; and Beer, Pizza and Gelato. The week closes on a high note with a brand new event celebrating the event’s fifth anniversary: Hoppy Birthday – Five Years of Cheers with Victoria Beer Week.

Tickets are on sale now at Use VBW2018 as a promo code and receive a $5 until Dec. 31.

The full schedule of events is up at


Okanagan Fest of Ale


Tickets to the 23rd annual Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer and Cider Festival went on sale this week, with early bird pricing until Jan. 15.

This year’s festival takes place April 13 and 14, 2018, in Penticton with two full days of great entertainment, local food, and close to 70 craft breweries and cideries on hand.

Penticton boasts a vibrant and lively craft beer scene and is home to five craft breweries while the immediate outlying area is home to nearly a dozen craft cideries. Additionally, there is a fantastic selection of craft friendly taprooms and top-notch craft beer themed tours and excursions to enjoy.

“Sip and Stay Getaways” start at only $135/couple with reduced rates for early bird purchasers. Festival tickets are priced at $26 for a single day admission and only $42 for a weekend pass, but that price is only good until Jan. 15.

Tickets to the event are available online at Accommodation specials can be found at


Vancouver Craft Beer Week


Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s tasting festival is back for its ninth edition, June 2 and 3, 2018, with more than 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring over 300 beers and ciders.

Super early bird tickets, weekend passes and new VIP packages are on sale now at, while supplies last until Dec. 31. Early bird tickets are priced at $29 for single day, and $45 for a weekend pass.

New for 2018, VCBW is also introducing a very limited number of VIP tickets for single-day or weekend enjoyment. These VIP tickets include expedited entry to the festival, 10 drink tokens and admittance to the VIP area within the VCBW festival grounds. The VIP area offers access to exclusive beers and casks, food, live music on the VIP stage, plus a private VIP washroom trailer, ATM and token booth. VIP packages are priced at $75 for a single day and $120 for a weekend pass.




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