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
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
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
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
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
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…
Tuesday, May 30, 5-10pm @ The Devil’s Elbow
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
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
Few things in life are better than a pig on a spit, crawfish on the boil, and a cold, hazy IPA in your glass.
VMF Meets VCBW
Friday, June 2, 7-11pm @ Vancouver Mural Festival HQ (877 East Hastings)
Vancouver’s art and beer scenes come together at this super fun (and super exclusive) party. Tickets are going fast!
Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 1-6pm @ PNE Fairgrounds
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!
• Visit VancouverCraftBeerWeek.com for tickets and info