A Grand Tour of Beer pairs classical music and classic beer styles

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Classical music and classic beer styles come together at A Grand Tour of Beer this Friday in Victoria. Hosted by The Growler’s own Joe Wiebe in conjunction with Pacific Opera Victoria, the event promises to be a beer-soaked musical journey through Europe and North America, exploring each region’s unique tradition of classical music and brewing.

Tickets include five 10-ounce glasses of beer and light snacks. Each beer will be introduced by Wiebe and accompanied by musical performances by renowned local musicians Michael Jarvis (harpsichord) and Paul Luchkow (violin) along with the internationally acclaimed viola da gambist Sam Stadlen of Fretwork (London, UK). There will be a special emphasis on audience participation through the inclusion of classical drinking songs. Dancing on the tables will not be discouraged.

The pairings include: Johann Baptist Vanhal (Czech, 1739-1813) with Hoyne Brewing’s Pilsner; Germany’s Johann Schobert’s (c.1740-1767) and This Is Hefeweizen by Moon Under Water Brewpub; Willem deFesch (1687-1761) of the Netherlands and La Trappe Quadrupel by de Koningshoeven Trappist Brewery; James Lates (England, 1740-1777) and Driftwood’s Blackstone Porter; and finally American William Selby (1738-1798) with Category 12’s Fresh Hopped Wild Pale.

  • A Grand Tour of Beer takes place Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30pm at the Baumann Centre, Pacific Opera Victoria (925 Balmoral Rd, Victoria). Tickets are $40 from the POV Box Office (250-382-1641) or online at POV.bc.ca/grand-tour.html.


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