Well its that time of year again! The Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria has come on gone. The festival ran on Friday September 6th between 3pm – 8pm and Saturday September 7th Noon to 6pm and was held at the Royal Athletic Park. I was lucky enough to go this year but was only able to go to the Saturday event.
The breweries involved came mostly from BC but also came from all over Canada and the Western United States. The breweries that came included 33 Achres, Big Rock, Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Cannery, Canoe, Central City, Coal Harbour, Creemore Springs, Dead Frog, Deep Cove, Double Trouble, Driftwood, Elysian, Fernie, Four Winds, Gigantic, Granville Island, Green Flash, Hogsback, hopworks, Howe Sound, Hoyne, Lighthouse, Longwood, Merridale, Mill Street, Moon Under Water, Mt. Begbie, Muskoka, New Belgium, Nickel Brook, Ninkasi, Noble Pig, Okanagan Springs, Old Yale, Paddock Wood, Parallel 49, Phillips, Powell Street, Prince Albert, Prohibition, Russell, Salt Spring Island, Sound, Spinnakers, Stanley Park, Steam Whistle, Steamworks, Swans, Tin Whistle, Tofino, Townsite, Tree, Unibroue, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Wolf and Yukon.
One of the great things about this festival was that many of the booths were serving casks of their beer. It is always great to try one off beer and standard beer hopped in a different way. Due to the fact that I know way to many people now I did not get to try all that many beer. I did however try some amazing beer as well as meet all kinds of new people and visit with lots of local beer friends. My beer list was as follows:
33 Acres – 33 Acres of Sunshine
Driftwood – Old Cellar Dweller cask
– Crooked Coast altbier
Canoe – Galaxy ESB
– Summer honey wheat ale (Blackberry infused)
Granville Island – The Pumpkining cask
Howe Sound – Hopraiser IPA
– Megadestroyer Stout
Hoyne – Devils Wet Dream
Ninkasi – Maiden In the Shade Dble IPA
Old Yale Brewing – Chilliwack Blonde
Paddock Wood – Black Friars Porter
Phillips – Kaleidoscope Mosaic IPA cask
Salt Spring Island – Spring Fever Gruit Ale
Tin Whistle – Strawberry/rhubarb cask
Townsite – Westview wheat
– Blackberry FestivALE
My pick as favorite beer of the day was Driftwood Brewings Old Cellar Dweller cask although I did only have a small sampling of the beers.
This festival was just as much about the beer as it was for the people for me so here are all the photos that I took at the event!
Next year I plan on taking in both days and hopefully every brewery if not every beer. One day will be for visiting and one day for sampling seriously. The people that Put on the Great Canadian Beer Festival and volunteers did an amazing job and should be very proud. I look forward to my next festival!
Larger versions of the photos can be seen on the blogs new flickr page!