Beer League Bash (1st Annual) – Vancouver

On April 4th, 2015 Bomber Brewing hosted the First Annual Beer League Bash event at the Britannia Community Rink in Vancouver.

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As can be seen in the poster Parallel 49 Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Yale Town Brewing, Bridge Brewing, Off The Rail Brewing, Storm Brewing, Main Street Brewing, Moody Ales, Central City Brewers & Distillers and Strange Fellows Brewing poured beer for the beer festival portion of this event.

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Lets first get into what this event was all about.  All profits raised at this festival from tickets to the event to food and beer tickets went to B.A.S.H. the Britannia After School Hockey program for at risk youth in East Vancouver.  It helps raise money so that these kids can get hockey equipment and play hockey and have a better chance of staying out of trouble.  I always like to support events that have a cause and keeping children out of trouble is a great cause in my books.  Tickets came in at a very reasonable $25 and included a few drink tickets.  Everyone had to pay for tickets for beer including the people playing hockey as it was all for the kids!  Here are a few of the photos from the beer festival portion of the event to start.

The real fun of the event though was with the beer league hockey side of things!

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The teams involved included Bomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Parallel 49 Brewing and the Craft Beer All-Stars.  Every team had to have a certain number of brewery staff on the team with the rest of the team being filled out with friends.  Bomber Brewing probably had it easiest as they began their life as a beer league hockey team and built a brewery from there.  The Craft Beer All-Stars team was built from brewery staff from other breweries in Vancouver that could not field a full team.  The hockey was great to watch and everyone seemed to have a great time!

I even took a few videos of the event

The winning team of the entire tournament ended up being Red Truck Beer.  They beat Parallel 49 Brewing in the final to win the trophy.

I was lucky enough to be on  the ice for the trophy ceremony and was asked to take the team photo for the winning team.

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Each team had a player of the game and they all got trophies as well.  I was only able to get photos for the Bombers and the Craft Beer All-Stars sadly.

After everyone got off the ice the celebration headed back up into the beer festival where much reveling happened.

Of all the events that I have attended over the last few years this has to be one of the highlights.  Not only was there some really good beer but their was also some great hockey to watch.  I love standing around and chatting beer with anyone and everyone don’t get me wrong but with visual stimulation this just took the cake for me!  On top of all the fun this event was able to raise almost $2500!  I just hope next years event can do event better!

Full sized photos here.

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