Great Canadian Beer Fest returns Sept. 6 and 7

The Great Canadian Beer Festival returns to Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park, Sept. 6 and 7, 2019. Contributed photo

The Great Canadian Beer Festival returns to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, Sept. 6 and 7, with new management bringing a fresh look to Canada’s longest running craft beer festival.

This year marks the 27th annual edition of GCBF, and the first under the new management of the Victoria Beer Society following the handover from the original founders, who retired last fall.

“We are so excited to have this opportunity to put a fresh spin on Canada’s longest running craft beer festival,” says Joe Wiebe, a cofounder and spokesperson for the Victoria Beer Society. “The lineup of breweries will be better than ever, including many coming from across Canada.”

More than 4,500 people are expected to attend the craft beer celebration each day. This year’s festival will feature a diverse range of more than 60 craft breweries from B.C., as well as dozens of breweries from across the country, along with local cideries and food trucks. The BC Ale Trail-er will also be onsite serving a selection of beers from breweries that are unable to make the trip to Victoria. Expect an expanded array of breweries from across Canada to be announced in late June.

Discounted early bird tickets for Victoria Beer Society members will go on sale Tuesday, June 18. VBS members can purchase tickets before everyone else and receive a 25 per cent discount on single day Friday and Saturday tickets. Public ticket sales begin Wednesday, July 3, including both single day tickets, along with new Friday and Saturday weekend passes.


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