VCBW: Your guide to Vancouver Craft Beer Week!

The eighth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week takes place May 26-June 4. Contributed photo
The eighth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week takes place May 26-June 4. Contributed photo

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is back! Here’s your guide to this upcoming week’s festivities…


VCBW Opening Night

Friday, May 26, 6-10pm @ Roundhouse Community Centre

Tickets: $49 (includes 15 four-ounce drink tickets)

Kick off Vancouver Craft Beer Week with a whole lot of craft beer, what a concept! Close to 20 breweries and cideries will be on hand at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, pouring their deliciousness for the masses. There’s live music and food, too!


Collaboration Tap Takeover

Saturday, May 27, noon-5pm @ Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery

Tickets: $49 (includes beer samples and food)

The talented folks at Ravens, Bridge, Four Winds, Steel & Oak, Bomber, Persephone, Red Racer, Powell Street, Twin Sails, Field House, Callister and Dogwood are teaming up to release a bevy of limited edition collaboration beers. Your ticket includes a sample of each beer, live entertainment, beer-inspired canapés, and free brewery tours.


Brewers Row Block Party

Sunday, May 28, noon-5pm @ The Parkside Brewery

Tickets: $25 (includes a 12-ounce beer)

If you haven’t yet made the trip out to Brewers Row, this is a great excuse to hop on the SkyTrain and check out four of B.C.’s best breweries located mere metres from each other.


Feats of Strength

Sunday, May 28, 4-10pm @ The Cobalt

Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at the door

Festivus has come early with this annual display of superhuman strength. The finest human specimens from the craft beer industry will be on hand to compete in push-up competitions, phonebook and The Growler tearing (seriously??), keg-stacking and “shirtless-totem-poling,” whatever the hell that is.


BierCraft Belgian Showcase

Monday, May 29, 6:30-11pm @ BierCraft

Tickets: $80 (includes 15 beer samples and food)

It’s a well-known fact that Belgium makes the best beer in the world, and the best of the best will be available for one night at BierCraft Cambie. We’re talking abbey ales, trappistes, saisons, strong blondes, strong darks, Flemish reds, dubbels, tripels, you name it. No word on whether the elusive Westvleteren 12 will make an appearance, though…


Forbidden Fruit

Tuesday, May 30, 5-10pm @ The Devil’s Elbow

Tickets: $40 (include eight four-ounce beer samples and food)

Inspired by the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, 20 B.C. breweries will be pouring fruit beers, fruit wheat beers, Belgians, and sours.


Rose City Rampage

Wednesday, May 31, 6-10pm @ Portland Craft

Tickets: $60 (includes 16 beer samples and food)

Portland Craft is celebrating five years of craft beer excellence with all your favourite beers from down the I-5, including Gigantic, Deschutes, Pfriem and many more. The brewers and owners will be on hand for a chat, too!


IP-Hazy Whole Hog Cookout and Crawfish Boil

Thursday, June 1, 6-9pm @ Lamplighter

Tickets: $49 (includes beer samples and food)

Few things in life are better than a pig on a spit, crawfish on the boil, and a cold, hazy IPA in your glass.



Friday, June 2, 7-11pm @ Vancouver Mural Festival HQ (877 East Hastings)

Tickets: $20

Vancouver’s art and beer scenes come together at this super fun (and super exclusive) party. Tickets are going fast!


VCBW Festival

Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 1-6pm @ PNE Fairgrounds

Tickets: $39.99 (includes souvenir tasting glass and two drink tokens)

Here it is, the big one! The VCBW Festival is back for Year 8 with more than 100 breweries and cideries on hand pouring 300-plus delicious sudsy beverages. There’s also art installations, live music, DJs, food trucks, market stalls, brewing demonstrations, and a super fun games area with pinball and foosball, a pop-up barber shop and tons more. So much fun! See you there!


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