Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off with the East Van Crusher

The VCBW party gets started this Friday, May 25, with the East Van Crusher at the Maritime Labour Centre. Contributed photo

Gird your liver and clear your schedule, because the ninth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week is almost upon us.

What started out as a humble craft beer fest back when you could count the number of local breweries on both your hands has turned into a 10-day cultural phenomenon, with parties and events across the city—including The Growler’s very own 12@12 Tap Takeover launch party and beer release at 12 Kings on June 1.

Kicking off the best week in craft beer this Friday (May 25) from 7-11pm is a brand new VCBW event for 2018: the East Van Crusher.

The theme of the night is canned beer, with the ceremonial cracking of the first can by infamous author/radio host/columnist/rock god Grant Lawrence to open the VCBW festivities—as well as the official launch of the VCBW 2018 Collaboration Beer.

Feats of Strength returns, with brewers, cellarmen and women, barkeeps and hopefuls competing in ridiculous events designed to measure one’s strength, but mostly to entertain. Live music will be provided by Alex Maher and Hebegebe.

The event is at the Maritime Labour Centre, which you might not be familiar with unless you went to a lot of raves in the ‘90s. It’s a great venue at Victoria and Triumph, mere steps from some of the best breweries in the city—the perfect place to kick off this year’s Vancouver Craft Beer Week.

There’s still tickets available, but probably not for long, so click here to get hooked up. Tickets are $25 and include entry and two beers.

And, in case you needed reminding, the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival returns to the PNE Fairgrounds June 2 and 3 with more than 100 breweries and cideries. Don’t forget to come by The Growler tent and say Hi! Single day, weekend passes and VIP tickets still available here, starting at $39.

For a complete list of VCBW citywide events from May 25-June 3, visit


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