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Brews, Tunes & Tech At The 9th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival

5 Jun

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The ninth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival (VCBW) at the PNE Fairgrounds attracted thousands of craft beer and cider enthusiasts this past weekend. The two day beer fest capped off a 10-day citywide celebration of craft beer culture and community. But it’s about so much more than beer! VCBW is outdoor entertainment at it’s finest – live music, games, food trucks and over 100 craft breweries and cideries. Nine years in and VCBW has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week to become the most anticipated craft beer and cider festival in Western Canada.

For those who have attended a beer festival in the past, you’ll know that it’s difficult to keep track of which brews you’ve tasted, which you liked and which you didn’t – and the more you drink, the more challenging it gets. With more than 300 beers and ciders to try, VCBW offered festival goers an easy way to keep track on their website! On the participating breweries page, each brewery is listed, showing its location on the festival map, the 2-4 brews being poured, as well as giving users the ability to “favourite” a brewery. This meant that you could go through beforehand, choose all the ones you wanted to try and systematically work your way through the festival. If you’re like me and prefer a more spontaneous experience, you could have the webpage open on your phone, “favourite” as you go, and check back later to see which 6-packs you’ll be picking up for your next summer BBQ.

The festival had something for everyone, with extra beer tokens available for purchase and plenty of grassy areas to lounge with your crew, you could kick back with your kombucha infused blonde ale, lime and agave cider, sublime pineapple hefeweizen or beet juice pale ale and revel in the beginning of summer in Vancouver. And not to miss was the “crafts with Craft” tent where you could string pretzels on a string to wear as a necklace – providing endless snackage all while keeping your hands free to hold your beer.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival June 6 & 7 PNE Fair Grounds

29 May

VCBW2015The 6th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off  May 29th and runs till June 7th.  Many craft breweries and restaurants have special events lined up. Vancouver Craft Beer Week has a listing of some of those events, but if you haven’t been paying attention, many of them are already sold out. The good news though is that new events are being added, such as those offered by one of East Van’s newest craft breweries, Dogwood Brewing.  Now on the other hand, if you’d like to sample lots of different beer, you may wish to attend the Craft Beer Week Festival taking place at the PNE Fair Grounds on June 6th and 7th.   You will have an opportunity check out over 100 breweries which will have on hand some 400 beers to sample.

Along with showcasing an immense variety of craft beer, they will be hosting the Stihl Timbersports Western Canada Finals. The competitions will be happening on both days and you can expect DJs Hebegebe and K-Tel spinning summer tunes to open and close the festival. There are a couple of ticket options available. General Admission tickets get you entry into the festival, entertainment, a souvenir tasting glass for $34.99. Or you can purchase Gate Crasher tickets which gets you into the event one hour earlier at 1:00 pm for $39.99.  Once inside, beer tokens are only $1.25 each. The event runs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.Please note that is an outdoor event that will go ahead rain or shine.  To purchase tickets, visit TicketLeader.ca. Cheers!

Dogwood Brewing Offering Delicious Events For Vancouver Craft Beer Week

25 May

DogwoodBrewingIn case you hadn’t heard, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is coming from May 29th to June 7th.  A number of restaurants and craft breweries will be featuring special events during this period.  One of those include Dogwood Brewing Ltd. This is one of East Vancouver’s newest breweries located just off of SE Marine Drive by the Knight Street Bridge at 8284 Sherbrooke Street.  Dogwood Brewing is also Vancouver’s only organic brewery.  To celebrate Vancouver Craft Beer Week, they will be hosting a number of special events. Think oysters, chocolate, brunch, charcuterie and on it goes. They all sound pretty delicious to us.  All events take place at the brewery and some of the events have multiple time slots on the same day so you have a few options.  We invite you to check out this great new little brewery making some great beer.  We have set out below the special events they will be hosting.

May 29: The World’s Your Oyster Night  3:00-8:00 pm

May 30: SPRUCE up your Act! Lumberjack Cask Weekend 12:00-8:00 pm

May 31: Brewery Brunchies! 10:00 am, 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

June 3: Chocolate and Beer Pairing 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm

June 4: Charcuterie Pairing Night 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm

June 5: Come Fir another Lumberjack Extravaganza 3:00 – 8:00 pm

June 6: Hair of Dogwood Saturday Brunch 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

June 7: Hair of Dogwood Sunday Brunch 10:00 am 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

For more information, we invite you to check out Dogwood Brewing’s Facebook page or Eventbrite as some of the events you can purchase tickets in advance. Of course, you are welcome to pop by their Tasting Room anytime to check out their beers. Dogwood Brewing is open Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm and Sundays 11:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dogwood Brewing Ltd.

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